Springbrook Family Weekend
Springbrook Family Weekend
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First Annual Family Weekend at Springbrook

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Springbrook will be hosting its first annual Family Weekend on Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21. The weekend will feature a variety of events, with the main goal being to bring the Springbrook family together and celebrate all that we do to make Springbrook what it is today.

Share your stories and memories of your experience as a parent, sibling, caregiver, participant, or employee as you help us create a recorded oral history at the Springbrook Story Booth, or attend a workshop. Topics include: Effectively Working with School Districts, Sensory Workshop, Know Your Representative, Sibling Poetry Workshop, and Navigating Transitions. There will also be games, activities, and bounce houses (for adults and kids!) throughout the weekend.

Workshop Schedule*:

Advocating for the needs of your child can be difficult. Parent Council Co-Chair, Wendy Martinez, will share tips about how you can effectively work with your school district to meet your child's unique needs.

Presented by members of Springbrook's therapy department, this interactive workshop will offer a fun experience for families to take part in together.

Learn from Springbrook's executive leadership and local elected representatives about how you can advocate for the needs of the developmentally disabled community at the local, state, and national level.

Master Teaching Artist, Bertha Rogers, will lead this unique workshop designed to give siblings the opportunity to share in the creative writing process and craft a poem together.

Join Springbrook's CEO for this informative discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing Springbrook today, and how families are the key to our future.

And of course, nothing brings a family together like food. With that in mind, there will be two great dining opportunities: our Friday night Welcome Reception at Stella Luna Ristorante, which will feature hors d'eouvres (full bar and dinner menu available at regular restaurant prices), and a Family Picnic, featuring Oneonta’s famous Brooks’ BBQ (includes BBQ chicken, cole slaw, a fresh roll, pasta salad, a cookie, and a beverage for $10/ticket—also, no extra charge for participants and on-duty staff).  

Springbrook is also proud to welcome bestselling author and autism advocate, Jesse Saperstein for a lecture and book signing. After experiencing the social stigmatization and bullying that can sometimes affect autistic adults and children, Saperstein—who has a form of autism commonly known as Asperger’s syndrome—decided to become a writer and advocate for people with autism. His memoir, Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters, became an instant best seller due to the author’s unique talent for practical and engaging advice for a misunderstood demographic that often goes unnoticed. His innovative ideas and unique talent for compelling lectures have earned him a place next to other great autism advocates, such as Temple Grandin.

We would love to have you! If you are interested in attending Springbrook’s Family Weekend, please contact Laura Gattoni at 607-286-7171, ext. 271 or by email at gattonil@springbrookny.org to RSVP. For those who plan on attending only the Jesse Saperstein lecture, no RSVP is necessary.

*PLEASE NOTE: Family weekend activities are subject to change. Please check back for updates and further information as the event approaches.