Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Disabilities-Support Is Here!

Everyone is faced with challenges, and for those with disabilities, Vol State is hosting The Resource Network Thursday August 20, 2009 in the Wood Campus Center. The Resource Network has the goal of aiding those with developmental and physical disabilities in finding the resources needed to have a productive life.

Anyone is welcome to attend and is encouraged to learn more about this subject. The tendency is to always brush this off if this isn’t something we normally deal with, but the fact is you never know when you may need these resources. There will be thirty six vendors to include different Autistic groups, ARC of Tennessee, and Faces of Hope.

Neil Laffely is the Transition to Work Consultant with the Sumner County Board of Education. Neil has been a music therapist since 1986. “Disabilities aren’t always caused by birth defects.” Neil said. Neil began telling me about a four year old little girl who was under water for ten minutes, and she was revived by CPR. She was a victim of a lack of oxygen to her brain. She was on life support for three years before she passed away. “This was when I was getting started in Music Therapy, and this particular case is what gave me my passion for this subject. I’ve seen a sixteen year old being discharged to a nursing home for the rest of his life because of drug use. When the brain loses oxygen it shrivels up,” said Neil.
Neil does presentations with his guitar and welcomes people to attend. You can find his information on the Sumner County education website. He will be available for questions and discussions at Vol State August 20, 2009.

Sumner County Board of Education Presents:
The Resource Network-Supporting People with Disabilities
Location: Volunteer State Community College
Building: Wood Campus Center in the Carpeted Dining Room
Date: August 20, 2009
Time: 6pm to 8pm

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