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ADAPT Community Network Hosts Family Connect Summit For NYC Families On Latest Disability Supports And Services, April 26

Leading Human Service Nonprofit Holds a Free Half-Day Conference to Hundreds of Families by Disability Experts and Vendors in the Sector (April 20, 2017)

NEW YORK, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of New York City) will host a half-day Family Connect Summit for hundreds of families with disabilities and practitioners in the field on Wednesday, April 26th. The event will include expert panel discussions, presentations and vendor exhibits to showcase the latest supports and services available in the sector from over 50 nonprofits, governmental agencies, universities, and corporations working to advance the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families in New York City.

The conference covers a wide-array of topics to guide families coping with a variety of challenges in the changing disabilities arena. The adult programs and schools of the ADAPT Community Network already support people who have many disabilities beyond cerebral palsy. Among the topics are: the Front Door process with OPWDD system; government benefits; managed care; counseling interventions for behavioral challenges; Autism and ASD; community habilitation; working with your child's school; environmental modifications and assistive technologies.

Some of the highlights of the day include: a panel discussion, titled "Achieving Conflict-Free Case Management Across the New York State OPWDD Service System, featuring ADAPT's CEO Edward R. Matthews and panelists Kate Marley, Deputy Director, Division of Person-Centered Supports, OPWDD and Donna Colonna, CEO, Services for the Underserved; and a presentation about the frequent overlap of Autism and ASD, titled "The Worry Bug Strikes Again: Strategies for ASD & Anxiety, by Sarah Kern, LCSW, Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center.

WHAT: ADAPT Community Network Family Connect Summit

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 8:30 am 1:00 pm
(sessions start at 9 am)                                  

WHERE: New York Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Avenue at 103rd Street (entrance at 103rd Street)

REGISTER: To attend, you should register for this FREE event, by Tuesday, 4/25, at

For more information, please contact or call: 718-436-7979, ext. 704.

The Family Connect Summit is sponsored by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, the NYC Council's Autism Awareness Initiative, Rosemont Press, Weeks Lerman, Cuddy Law Firm, PLLC, Eden II Programs, Medisked, Park Surgical Company and SimplyHome.

About ADAPT Community Network (formerly UCP of NYC)
ADAPT Community Network (formerly UCP of NYC) is the leading not-for-profit agency and a pioneer in providing programs and services that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. For over 70 years, ADAPT Community Network has created a more inclusive world for New York City children and adults with a variety of challenges. ADAPT Community Network's breadth of over 100 comprehensive programs include education, health, technology, residential, and recreational services for thousands of individuals and families annually. Our programs are delivered by thousands of trained and dedicated staff, including a number of employees who have disabilities themselves. For more information:

About ADAPT Community Network Family Connect
Caring for a child with a disability presents a host of joys and challenges. It is important for families to feel supported, informed, and connected to one another. Through the ADAPT Community Network Family Connect Centers, families are encouraged to learn, explore resources, and participate in improving outcomes and support for all children with disabilities. ADAPT Community Network Family Connect Centers offer free weekly workshops, support services, and educational resources for New York City parents and families of children with disabilities. For more information:

CONTACT: Petra Tuomi,, 347-831-2159
James Grant,, 917-626-1300

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