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Information Day at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School

Information Day Helps Families Find
the Services Required to Assist Special Needs Children



(Pictured above: Debra Brault and husband Brock speak with Bernadette Van Gurp, assistant executive director of Community Living Stormont County (centre), at an information day for families with special needs children. The event was held Wednesday at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School.)

By Mark Calder

(Cornwall) – Families of students with special needs enjoyed one-stop-shopping access to community services Wednesday at an information day organized by Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS). 

Hosted in the school Learning Commons, the day was organized to make it easier for families to connect with services available to their children during their school years and beyond, said Josh Harrison, a CCVS vice principal who organized the day. The event featured displays staffed by a variety of community agencies including: Beyond 21; Cornwall Community Hospital Child and Youth Counselling Services ; Single Point Access ; and Laurencrest Youth Services . Parents could find out about transition services for native students with special needs moving on to work or post-secondary studies, job programs for youth, student support services for special needs students attending college, recreational opportunities, mental health support and housing services.

Debra Brault, the mother of two teenaged sons on the autism spectrum, said she appreciated the information day. She used the event to gain information about Community Living , academic support available for her eldest son through the St. Lawrence College Community Integration through Cooperative Education program and community sports activities for her younger son.

“Parents of kids with special needs have to do a lot of searching to find out what’s available from all these different agencies,” said Brault. “There is so much digging. Having something like this just makes it so much easier for us.”

Posted April 28, 2016

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