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ADAPT -Annual Virtual Family Connect Summit


The 8th Annual ADAPT Family Connect Summit

Will be Live via Zoom on Thursday, October 5th



 Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, announced today that the 8th Annual ADAPT Family Connect Summit will be held live via Zoom on Thursday, October 5th.

This year’s ADAPT Virtual Family Connect Summit will highlight important updates and resources available to children and adults with disabilities. Experts from across New York will be presenting on various topics that can benefit the intellectual or developmental disability
IDD) community.

“The ADAPT Virtual Family Connect Summit is for families, self-advocates, professionals, and anyone interested in the latest information regarding intellectual and developmental disability services and supports for children and adults,” says Edward R. Matthews. “The summit offers a variety of sessions presented by experts, industry leaders, and public officials in various topic areas.”

The ADAPT Virtual Family Connect Summit will open with a plenary session (10:05AM - 10:55AM). This year’s topic will be “The Future of Healthcare for People with Disabilities”. Tracy Pickar, Vice President of Family Services at ADAPT Community Network, will moderate a discussion with: Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network; Courtney E. Burke, Senior Fellow in Healthcare Policy, Rockefeller Institute and Consultant, Sachs Policy Group;  Shaniqua Freeman, Self-Advocate; and Dr. Vincent Siasoco, family medicine physician and Medical Director at ADAPT Community Network.

The summit will also offer a variety of sessions presented by experts in topic areas including:

"Addressing Parents Fears of Early Childhood
Special Education."
with Dr. Scott Mesh, CEO & Co-Founder
Los Niños Services
(11:00AM - 11:55AM)

·       Preserve Benefits and Protect Funds to
Enhance Quality of Life,”
with Sarah Grimes, Director of Outreach and Community Relations, NYSARC Trust Services
 (12:00PM - 12:55PM).

·       “Adulting: Effectively Preparing Individuals with ASD,” with Dr. Mary E. McDonald, Professor in the Special Education Program at Hofstra University
 (1:30PM - 2:25PM).

·    “The Power of Peer Support for Siblings
  of People with Disabilities,”
  with Linda Monterroso-Hurtado, Chair of the Board
 of Directors, Sibling Leadership Network

 (2:30PM - 3:25PM).

Registration for the 8th Annual ADAPT Family Connect Summit is free and is open now.
Register today and learn more about the sessions at:


About ADAPT Community Network

ADAPT Community Network is the leading human service not‐for‐profit and a pioneer in providing cutting‐edge programs and services for people with disabilities. Every day, we build a more inclusive world for thousands of New Yorkers through education, technology, health, residential, and recreational programs in all five boroughs. Our schools and services encompass many people who have challenges beyond cerebral palsy such as autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and neuromuscular disorders, among others. We are the largest provider of pre‐school education for children with disabilities in New York. ADAPT’s 100 comprehensive programs serve over 20,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families.

For more information and sponsorships contact Family Connect at:
or call (718) 436-7979 ext. 704.

For more information about
ADAPT Community Network go to:


ADAPT Community Network on Social Media:
Facebook – ADAPT Community Network
Instagram - @adaptwechange
Twitter - @adaptwechange
YouTube – ADAPT Community Network

Hashtag: #adaptwechange




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