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With the slogan “Every child deserves to learn without boundaries”, the Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA) invites families to its annual Special Needs Homeschool Conference for Gifted and Struggling Learners. This year, the conference will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida on Friday and Saturday, November 20-21.

The conference, which is in its third year, not only focuses on the child with special needs, but the parents who see the potential in their children and desire to educate them at home. There is an impressive list of speakers that include Jan Bedell; Faith Berens; Felice Gerwitz; Holly Giles; Andrew Pudewa; TJ Schmidt; Cheryl Swope; Hal and Melanie Young and keynote speaker Heather Laurie. Attendees will enjoy workshops and speakers who will cover topics that provide the encouragement and tools parents need to be successful as homeschooling parents of special needs children.

HLA guidance counselors, Lani Carey and Phyllis Broadus, will be on hand at the conference to share information about the services offered through the umbrella school for special needs children and their parents.

“We offer total flexibility and help parents develop individual education plans for their special needs students, said Carey. “The goal of HLA is simple; to provide support, record keeping and counseling. We come alongside you – the parent – in order to help “light the fires” of education in your children,” said Carey.

Tina Shreeve, of HLA, mentioned the Bible verse Psalm 139:14 comes to mind when speaking about the umbrella school and the support it offers homeschool families.

“One thing I hear HLA counselors say at curriculum fairs to parents with special needs students is that ‘their child, yes even their child, is fearfully and wonderfully made’ – emphasis on “wonderfully.” I’ve seen moms and dads cry tears of joy at that one statement,” said Shreeve.

HLA offers parents three registration options for special needs children. Students may receive a Standard HLA diploma; a Modified Diploma or a Certificate of Completion. HLA also does not require students to test in order to graduate.

“We have a full staff of counselors for kindergarten through high school students who are knowledgeable and have experience in helping parents select curriculum and special programs that best fit the needs of their child,” said Carey.

Lani and Phyllis are looking forward to meeting parents at the Special Needs Homeschool Conference for Gifted and Struggling Learners. Be sure to stop by and say ‘hello’.

Conference registration is $55 for FPEA members and $65 for non-members, and includes you, your spouse and your minor children. Register for the conference today.


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