The Friday Fax

a weekly news bulletin from the National Parent Network on Disabilities
NOVEMBER 1, 1996 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Number 16

Bright Consumers, Bright Families, Bright Futures

We're getting closer to the November 21 National Video Conference, entitled "Bright Consumers, Bright Families, Bright Futures". Produced by the National Parent Consortium on Maternal and Child Health, the video conference airs at 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EST. Amongst others confirmed to present during the video conference are Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Dr. Judith Palfrey, and assisting with understanding what quality health care for kids is all about is the Kids on the Block.

Many of you already know or know of Dr. Brazelton. For those of you who have not yet experienced Dr. Brazelton's approach to accessing health care and life in general, this is must see TV! Often published, Dr. Brazelton remains down to earth and tells it like it is! Dr. Palfrey also works with families as we wish all physicians did! She will bringing with her a vision of the Bright Future for Families.

Rounding out the broadcast will be parents, kids and others who will help you rethink how to go about getting the health care your child needs. The audience will be able to ask questions of the presenters directly and dialogue with them as well.

What?? You say that you haven't had time to set up a downlink site in your community. It's not too late and we can help you. Contact NPND at 703-684-6763 and ask for Emily. We've done this before. It's painless and can even be fun (and it's good for you too).

Looking for that Great Holiday Gift?

Why not give yourself, your loved ones, your colleagues and your friends a gift you and they won't soon forget. Give them an individual membership in the National Parent Network on Disabilities. It will bring them updates on federal legislation that impacts all of our lives. It will bring them the Friday Fax. It will bring them the joy of belonging to the most caring community in the world.

As NPND's membership grows, it's ability to make your voice heard also grows. So, as they say in Chicago, join early and join often. We need all of the friends we can get! Our children need all of the friends they can get!!
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Exceptional Parent Turns 25

Congratulations to Exceptional Parent Magazine for providing 25 years of information and support to parents of children with disabilities. Those unfortunate enough to be unable to participate in EP's Forum 96, celebrating EP's 25 years of service, missed one of the finest gatherings of parents and professionals ever held. Kudos to all involved!

We especially want to recognize Joe Valanzano the new managerial force at EP and Stanley Klein the long time parent "heart" of EP. Good work guys and here's to your next 25 years!


Next Tuesday, we pick our congressional legislative leaders for the next Congress. Without question, we preached at you enough last week about how to determine who deserves your vote.... Now its all up to you.

You are one of the most powerful people in the world. All of the political parties and candidates for office have spent millions if not billions of dollars to influence how you think about issues and people running for office. You're that powerful. You are so powerful, that even after spending all of that money, politicians still fear what you may or may not do. You're that powerful. You can shape the policies and services that your child will have available for school, health care, employment and community life. You're that powerful.......unless you fail to vote! So get out there and show them who's boss. Get out there and vote!!!

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