Family SHADE

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Head over to the Parent Information Center (PIC) of Delaware’s “Events” page to see a calendar of upcoming events.


Managed Care Organization (MCO) Call


May 14th, June 11th, August 13th, September 10th, October 8th, and November 12th.


A forum where parents/caregivers have the opportunity to ask questions and/or discuss issues they are having with their Medicaid MCO (Highmark Health Options or AmeriHealth Caritas). Common issues discussed have included: care coordination requests, in home care hours, denials, therapies, private duty nursing, supplies, equipment and medication. During the call MCO’s and Medicaid representatives, along with other partner organizations can help problem solve with you.MCO calls are offered in English and the Spanish language. Held every 2nd Tueday at 11am EST (no call in July or December)

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Family Leadership Academy
Dates: May 4th & 5th, 2024
Location: TBA

Why is this important? Families are a critical part of the home, school, and community partnership. Every family has assets and can use its own personal experiences and knowledge to create and implement a plan of success. 
Do you want your voice to be heard? 

  • In your schools?
  • In your districts?
  • In policy decisions?
  • In education legislation?

This training provides

  • Advocacy & leadership development
  • Information about the Delaware educational system
  • Resources to locate leadership opportunities on a local, state, and national level
  • Tips to use the power of a personal story to make positive changes
  • Approaches to dealing with conflict
  • The importance of listening and asking clarifying questions

More Details

  • May 4th, 9am — 1pm & May 5th, 9:30am — 12:30pm

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Bimodal-Bilingualism Learning Community

Location: Webinar

ASL Bilingualism Mythbusters:

  • Will learning ASL delay my child’s speech?
  • Do I have to be a fluent signer for my child to benefit?
  • Do kids with CIs even need sign language?
  • How do I get started?

In this session, we’ll break down some of the biggest myths surrounding bilingual ASL/English education, and learn how to provide a language rich environment for your deafor hard-of-hearing child or student and keep them thriving.

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Care Mapping
Hosted By: Delaware Family Voices/ Parent Information Center of Delaware
Dates: May 15, 2024 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Location: PIC Kent County Office

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Kaleidoscope–Who we are, What we do

May 16, 2024 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Location: Virtual Meeting

Kaleidoscope ABA treats and supports individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ourteam of highly skilled Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Behavior Technicians (BTs) are dedicated to serving the needs of every child. Helping your childdevelop independence and grow into adulthood is our whole life.

Join us to learn who they are and how they can help!

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Maternal Health Book Club-Body Belly

May 22, 2024 6:00PM-7:30PM

Body Belly Soul: The Black Mother’s Guide to a Primal, Peaceful, and Powerful Birth by Nicole Bailey


This book is not only a personal journey of pregnancy and birth, it explains situationsmany new mothers find themselves in.

Perhaps you’re an expecting mother that does not feel completely comfortable with your healthcare provider and you need direction onnext steps. Maybe the idea of induction has been presented and you’re in need of holistic ways to jump-start labor. Or you’ve just given birthand find yourself experiencing breastfeeding woes, like clogged ducts and isolation dueto generational disconnects.  This book explores common scenarios that Black Mothers are finding themselves in every 40 weeks and so much more you wish your mom, auntie, or sister shared with you.

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Delaware Center for the Inland Bays James Farm Ecological Preserve

June 01, 2024 11:00 AM

Location: 30048 Cedar Neck Road Ocean View,DE 19970

Community Event Series

An event for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and the professionalswho work with them Discovery Bay! Participants in this lesson get closer to the Inland Bays than ever beforeas they either assist or watch as Center staff seine the shallow waters of the Indian River Bay for aquatic life. In addition to observing different species in their naturalhabitat, students will catch, identify, measure and discuss the different organisms we find at the James Farm Ecological Preserve. Enjoy pizza, snacks and soft drinks,networking with other families, and D/HH printed resources.

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PIC in the Park

Hosted By: Parent Information Center of Delaware (PIC)

June 08, 2024 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Location: Glasgow Park, Pavilion 1

Join us for fun in the sun! We will have community organizations present to talk aboutyour child’s summer learning and health needs. There will also be games, snacks, andbubble fun!

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Creating a Care Notebook


February 14, 2024 12:00 PM


This educational event will share The Care Notebook resources (all materials, binder, and tangible notebook document will be created). We will do a deep dive into the creation and utilization of The Care Notebook with the support of staff, as well as go into scenarios and experiences that your Care Notebook can be utilized in when supporting your loved one.

A Care Notebook will help you keep everything important organized and easy to find, especially in an instance where you’re medical home information is not stored on an app or virtual space. The Care Notebook will give caregivers the information needed to best take care of your child in various settings and life experiences, including times of transition and even emergencies.

Attend this event to grow your understanding of The Medical Home and Care Notebook!

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Learning Community – Cued Speech


March 04, 2024 7:00PM


Hilary Franklin from the National Cued Speech Association will provide a foundational overview of Cued Speech, how it relates to communication and language development, as well as address common misconceptions about it. She will provide resources for families who are interested in learning more.

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Learning Community: Listening and Spoken Language (LSL)


January 17, 2024 7:00PM


Learn the purpose and basic methods of LSL and how it differs from other interventions. Determine the fit between parental goals for their child and LSL, or if other opportunities best further achievement of the parents’ goals. Learn how to access LSL services in Delaware.

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Understanding the Medical Home


January 24, 2024 12:00pm


This educational event will share useful information on the medical home and care notebook creation and utilization. Understanding a Medical Home is an important component for those with special medical and health care needs.A medical home builds partnerships with clinical specialists, families, and community resources. The medical home recognizes the family as a constant in a child’s life and emphasizes partnership between health care professionals and families

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Membership Meetings and Workshops:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Taskforce Session


Representative Cyndie Romer


Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30pm



Representative Cyndie Romer is facilitating a taskforce to review Deaf and Hard of Hearing services throughout the state. As part of the taskforce, a parent/caregiver listening session will be held to receive to gather input from those families navigating services.

Announcing parent listening session scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30pm. Participants may attend in-person at Legislative Hall (411 Legislative Ave, Dover, DE 19901) in the House Majority Hearing Room or on Zoom. We’re asking that all participants register here: There are instructions for how to submit written comments on this page as well. Accommodations are available for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

To access recordings of previous Family SHADE workshops/webinars, please click HERE.

Family Shade Developmental Screening Symposium:

July 15th, 2023 10:30am – 2:00pm recording for this workshop coming soon.

2nd Annual Caregivers Are The Key Symposium:

June 24, 2023, 9AM to 12:30PM recording of this workshop coming soon.

Family SHADE Transition Symposium:

Friday, March 24, 2023, 10:30am to 1:30pm to view the recording of this workshop, please click HERE.

Family SHADE “Moving the Needle on Social Justice” Workshop Series:

February 23, 2021, 10am-12pm: “Embedding Social Justice in Our Lives”. To view the recording of this workshop, please click HERE.

March 23, 2021, 10am-12pm: “Getting Out of Our Own Way”. This workshop was not recorded at the request of at least one attendee.

April 27, 2021, 10am-12pm: “Designing A More Inclusive Environment”. This workshop was not recorded at the request of at least one attendee.

May 5: 9:00am – 11:00pm
Family SHADE Membership Meeting

May 12: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Family SHADE Workshop – Emergency Preparedness
To view the recording for this workshop, please click HERE.

June 15 and 17: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Family SHADE Child Care/Out-of-School Care Resources Workshop Series

To view the recording for the June 15th session, please click HERE.

To view the recording for the June 17th session, please click HERE.