SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 4, 2014

Danvers special ed PAC to hold resource fair

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — Parents of special education students will be able to learn more about various services available for their children, thanks to the Danvers Special Education Parent Advisory Committee’s annual resource fair tomorrow.

The event takes place in Holten Richmond Middle School’s multipurpose room, 55 Conant St., at 7 p.m.

Parents will be able to visit tables of various vendors and find out what services are available. Light refreshments will be served.

“It’s just going to be a one-stop resource for parents to get a ton of information,” said Deb Zorzonello, co-chairwoman of the Danvers SEPAC. The fair is open to North Shore residents. Vendors will include a special education attorney and advocate, along with providers of extracurricular activities for special needs students, something that can be lacking in a regular education setting, Zorzonello said.

The fair will also allow parents of special needs children to meet one another.

Zorzonello said that with 20 vendors, this is the largest resource fair held by the information and support network for parents.

Vendors will include Special Olympics; attorney Hillary Dunn; the Autism Insurance Resource Center of Worcester; Personal Financial Management Plus of Lynnfield; Danvers Community Access Television; Peer Projects-Therapy From the Heart of Beverly; Northeast Arc of Danvers; Helen Joy School of Dance; the Beverly YMCA; The Drama-Play Connection summer program; North Shore Community College; Windrush Farm of North Andover and Boxford; Federation for Children with Special Needs; Challenger Sports of Peabody; Futures Behavioral Therapy Center of Beverly; Massachusetts Advocates for Children; Landmark School in Beverly; and Recreation Education Center in Peabody. A licensed social worker will also be on hand.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.