Affording Special Needs workshop

  • Sunday, May 11, 2014

Trident Academy and Trident Technical College will host a free workshop on “Affording Special Educational Resources for Your Child” on Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m. in Building 410 at TTC's Main Campus in North Charleston.

Families with children who have been identified as having exceptional needs such as language-based learning differences or autism spectrum disorders will benefit from the three-part event. This comprehensive workshop will include an exhibition hall of organizations and specialists who work primarily with children with special needs, a speaker who will provide a roadmap for finding financial advisors, and 20-minute, one-on-one meetings with a financial advisor.

Nicole McLain, director of The School for Asperger's/HFA at Trident Academy, will open the event with a seminar that provides families with a roadmap to follow from diagnosis onward. She will help guide families on finding resources and securing the funding they need for their child's growth and education.

“Outside of special education offered through public and private schools, supplemental resources like speech, occupational and behavioral therapies can cost $3,000 to $60,000 annually,” says McLain. ”With median household income for the tri-county area at approximately $50,000 and families at or below this level devoting over half their income to shelter, these resources are often out of reach.”

Individual breakout sessions will follow the seminar to allow families to work with financial experts in quilting together a funding plan. Forty families will receive an in-depth understanding of harnessing their finances to underwrite their children's education with one-on-one meetings with financial advisors.

Trident Technical College's Child and Youth Studies Department is a nationally accredited program that is committed to serve as a community and educational resource. The department promotes informative and educational opportunities for parents and professionals whose primary goal is to provide quality care for children with special needs.

“Partnering with Trident Academy to host the Affordability Workshop is a great opportunity for two highly qualified and respected entities to support parents and children in our community,” says Tonya Misuraca, department head of Child and Youth Studies at TTC. For more than 40 years, Trident Academy has been the only school in the Charleston region to use the proven Orton-Gillingham approach for students with learning differences. Trident Academy is also the only school in Charleston that provides an academic program for students with autism spectrum disorders.

To register for this event, visit www.affordability.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Niki Leiva at 843-884-3494.

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