Being a parent of a child who has a disability can be overwhelming.
A Woodbridge non-profit is helping them find the resources they need through a program.
Based out of Woodbridge, the Arc of Greater Prince William has been serving Prince William County for 55 years.
It supports individuals and families of those who have disabilities.
The non-profit hosted its Circle of Support, an annual program it started in 1994, at Hylton High School in Woodbridge on Saturday.
“It was originally a conference just for early intervention, and then we expanded over the years,” the Arc’s Family Support Coordinator Jan Russell said.
This year, the Circle of Support featured nearly 60 workshops and more than 80 exhibitors.
“It’s so important for the families to learn all the resources that are available in the community,” Russell said.
Frank Campagna, who writes a blog and runs a Facebook page called “Autism Daddy,” served as the event’s keynote speaker.
His presentation, “Things No One Ever Told Me After My Kid Was Diagnosed With Autism,” offered a humorous approach to being a parent.
“It’s just sort of like a reality dose for parents of what things are going to be like in the future, and just try to make them laugh,” Campagna said.
Next year’s Circle of Support is scheduled for November 2, 2019.
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