Fialka-Feldman Family to receive National Honor

Janice Fialka and her family will receive the Family Voices Lifetime Achievement Honor at the 2009 Gala “One Heart, Many Voices: Celebrating Families” on February 23, 2009 in Washington D.C. Janice’s family includes her husband, Rich, and children, Micah and Emma. According to Family Voices, they are “making a difference in the world as a family of social justice activists for inclusion, parent/professional partnerships, disability rights, and disability pride.”

Family Voices (www.familyvoices.org) is a national nonprofit organization that aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through their national network, they provide family and youth leaders tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

Janice is a Special Projects Trainer with Early On Training and Technical Assistance. Her recent work with Early On providers includes: Knowing Ourselves and Connecting with Families; The Dance of Partnership: Why do my feet hurt?; and This is not who I expected: Understanding and Supporting Families Changed by a Child with Special Needs. Janice also spearheads and coordinates activities of the newer Early On Center for Higher Education, assisting faculty with infusing early intervention content into the college classroom.

February 02, 2009

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