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Families invited to forum on services for children with disabilities

April 12, 2004

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Disability Services Division is sponsoring a forum featuring Louis Rossetti, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert on services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Parents of young children with developmental delays or disabilities are invited to participate in an interactive discussion on Sunday, April 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Best Western Doublewood Inn, Bismarck, N.D. There is no registration fee.

Rossetti is a speech and language pathologist and has served as the coordinator of the communication disorders program at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. He will lead a discussion with families on topics including recent research on promising early intervention practices, the role of families in intervention services, and how families can train future service providers and change current intervention practices.

Parents of children age two and younger who are eligible for developmental disabilities case management services will be reimbursed for mileage and childcare if they attend.

Rossetti will share his expertise with others too. On Monday, April 19, he will lead sessions for students at United Tribes Technical College and the University of Mary.

Area physicians are invited to a complimentary noon luncheon presentation on April 19 at the Radisson Inn and should call 328-8930 to register. Rossetti will also lead an intensive workshop for early intervention professionals April 19-21 in Bismarck.

Rossetti is the author of five books on infants and toddlers with special needs, as well as the creator of a widely used communication assessment scale for young children.

For information, please call the department of human services at 328-8930, 1-800-755-8529, or
TTY 701-328-8968.


Debra Balsdon (701) 328-8930 or Heather Steffl (701) 328-4933


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