PITT Meeting Notes: Thursday, November 16th, 2017

 

Today’s meeting was facilitated by Shelly Shephard of Harmonized Brain Centers.

 

General Notes:

  • PITT was created in 1992 when transition services were mandated by the state.
  • There is an updated roster. Please e-mail Carol Van Ness if you would like to be on the distribution list.
  • 2018 budget = $2863.80
  • 2016/2017 Expenses = $1319.47
  • Starting in January 2018, monthly PITT meetings will be held at: Pikes Peak BOCES: 2883 S Circle Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Annual Resource Fair: Thursday, April 19th 5-8pm
    • Tentative location is Library 21C: 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
    • Event location is near public transportation, however public transportation stops at 8pm
    • Event geared towards transition age individuals 18+, it is a one stop shop for individuals who need more information
    • January 2018 invitations will go out to vendors ($50/table for vendors)

Speakers:

  • Go Team Therapy Dogs
    • Started w/ the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012- dogs provided comfort to Fire Fighters to help them sleep.
    • Over 600 teams nation wide
    • Dogs are trained to provide comfort and love, they are not trained as therapy dogs. Takes 1 full year to train dogs. Qualified dogs must receive their advanced canine good citizens test as well as the urban good citizens test. Dogs are trained to help in crisis situations and help relieve stress.
    • Dogs and volunteers will go wherever is needed- hospitals, nursing homes, schools, universities, special events, Paws to Read at local libraries.
    • Learn more: http://goteamsms.org/index.html
  • College Living Experience
    • Provides wrap-around supports to young adults with learning differences
    • CLE students include young adults with Autsim Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, non-verbal learning disorders, as well as specific learning disorders.
    • Approach is to provide services through community integration helping students to understand, imagine and create solutions that give meaning and value to their world.
    • Students live in apartments near the CLE center and receive support in the following areas: Academics, Career Development, Independent Living Skills, Executive Functioning and Social Supports
    • We offer a 3 week pre-college program in the summer from June 24-July 14th, for families looking to figure out the support structure needed after high school.

 

Updates from the PITT community:

  • Cheyenne Village: offering a respite group on Sat for individuals 18+ from 9-3pm
  • Private pay for $65/day or SLS waiver
  • Meets at the Leeman office and the group goes out into the community
  • Du Myon Martial Arts: has a new grant and new tools for balance
  • 9/27/2018- Annual Party/ Star Gazers