IN*SOURCE Provides Training on Special Education

IN*SOURCE provides a host of trainings (both workshops and webinars) to help parents with special needs children and youth. These trainings do count toward our foster parents’ annual training requirement. In order to get credit for completing the training(s), foster parents will need to submit a certificate to Susan Peterson. This certificate is typically provided by IN*SOURCE, or can be printed at home.

WORKSHOPS : Special Education Trainings for Parents and Professionals
If you are interested in attending any of these trainings/workshops, please contact the contact person listed for more information. If you are interested in scheduling a training/workshop, please contact Scott Carson at IN*SOURCE, (574) 234-7101 or (800) 332-4433.

Upcoming workshops include:

  • Special Education 101 / Saturday, April 11, 2015 / 10:00-12:00 noon EDT
  • The Special Education Process: Understanding Article 7 / Saturday, April 11, 2015 / 9:30-11:30 a.m. CDT
  • Your Dependent with Special Needs – Making Their Future More Secure / Monday, April 27, 2015 / 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Transition to Adult Life / Thursday, April 30, 2015 / 12:00-2:30 p.m. CDT

Many Webinars are archived and available at your convenience; among the many available are:

  • Advocating for the Special Needs Foster Child
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Characteristics, Practical Strategies, & Potential Supports
  • Bullying at School and Children with Autism
  • Facilitated IEP Services
  • (The) Facts About Charter Schools and Special Education

Expert Advice: Summer Camp for Special Needs Kids

Jenni Newbury Ross, Executive Director for PALS Programs, recently posted “Your special needs child can feel free and bloom at summer camp.” In this article, she offers guidance on how to select a summer camp, including “do’s” and “don’ts” like:


  • focus on age-appropriate options
  • understand the camp’s vision
  • contact the camp before applying
  • prepare your child for the experience
  • encourage your child to try new things


  • allow location to limit your options
  • be afraid of high tuition costs
  • misrepresent your child’s needs
  • forget to give your child space to grow
  • underestimate your child’s capabilities

A helpful article for anyone considering summer camp options!