Reaching Families Advocacy and Support Group    
         reaching to educate, support, and empower 

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Habesha Families Raising Children with Special Needs Phone Conference 

REACH Families in collaboration with Sara Asmerom, a dedicated parent of a child with special needs living in Massachusetts,  holds a monthly phone conference  to educate and support families living in the US and Canada. Habesha Families Raising Children with Special Needs phone conference dates are  listed below. Please let us know about topics you would like to discuss during our conferences. Contact organizers if you have suggestions or you would like to be added to the list to receive monthly reminders.  

Facilitator: Tigest Aberra



Organizers:  Sara Asmerom  ( 

                    Tigest Aberra  ( 

Dial: (712) 775-7031

Meeting ID: 436-270-161

2016 Conference Dates! 

Time Zones/start time

  • 9 pm Eastern
  • 8 pm Central
  • 7pm Mountain
  • 6 pm Pacific

Dates: All conference dates will fall on  Friday 
Jan 27, 2016
Feb 26, 2016
March 25, 2016
April 29, 2016
May 27, 2016
June 24, 2016 
July 29, 2016
Aug 26, 2016
Sep 30,2016
Oct 28,2016
Nov 25, 2016 
Dec 30, 2016

Jan 13, 2017

How to Join:  Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7031
                      Meeting ID: 436-270-161
Please share this with other families in your network and I hope you will join us.
This is a very important topic, so please make sure you mark your calendar and join in time.

**Recordings of phone conference are available for families. Please contact Tigest. 

APRIL 24,2015   8:00 - 9:00 PM US Central Time

                            9:00-10:00 PM US Eastern Time 

                            Independent Living Centers (ILC)

                            Speaker: Sally English 

                            ILC Presntation Ressource


MAY 17, 2015    8:00 - 9:00 PM US/Central Time

                           9:00-10:00 PM US Eastern Time  

                            Emergency Preparedness

                            Speaker: Mary Castro Summers

                            Director  Family Ties of Massachusetts

                            Emergency Preparedness Presentation Resource 

JUNE  19, 2015   8:00- 9:00 PM  US/Central Time 

                            9:00-10:00 PM US Eastern Time 

                            Overcoming Stigma and Building Strong Family Relations 

                            Speaker: Biniam Abebe LPC  

AUGUST  21, 2015   Biomedical Testing in  Autism 

                                   Nicole Aldridge Wallace, 

                                   Mother and Pediatric Care Manager
                                   Kotsanis Institute, Grapevine, Texas

                                         Generation Rescue 

                                         Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)


September  25, 2015       Special Education and IEP

                                        Deborah Smith-Pressley 

                                        Founder and Executive Director of Grant Pressley Autism Resource                                              Boston  


October 30, 2015            Genetic Testing 

                                        Speaker:  Meron Azage, MS, CGC

                                        Certified Genetic Counselor

                                         Genetic Counsiling PPT