SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 5, 2013

Fair tomorrow for parents of special needs students

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — Families of special needs children may be able to find answers about services available in the area at a free Danvers Special Education Parent Advisory Committee resource fair tomorrow night at Holten Richmond Middle School.

Featuring representatives from organizations that include Special Olympics, Windrush Farm, Danvers Recreation, the Federation of Children With Special Needs, the DanversCares prevention coalition, Northeast Arc, Challenger Sports and the Beverly YMCA, the fair kicks off at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the multipurpose room on the second floor of the school at 55 Conant St.

Featuring 18 organizations, the resource fair will also have vendors who might appeal to general education parents, such as estate planning attorney Kathryn Lyon of the firm Stern, Keilty & Wall and college financial planner Rich Biagiotti of Personal Financial Management Plus.

Danvers Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Co-Chairwoman Deb Zorzonello said the first fair was held two years ago and was the idea of former Co-Chairman Alan Vervaeke. This year, with Keri Smith Holian as the group’s co-chairwoman, the event has expanded. Zorzonello said the fair is a good way for a parents of special needs children to find answers in one place.

The fair is open to parents in Danvers and in other districts on the North Shore, Zorzonello said.