Attend our Special Needs Parent Connection Support Group meeting on Saturday, October 4th to learn how to advocate for your child’s healthcare.
Arlene Reith will be speaking about how to educate and communicate with medical providers in a healthcare situation.
Arlene Reith is a dedicated patient safety advocate who personally understands the difficulties that individual and families dealing with I/DD face. Two of Arlene’s children were diagnosed with both Down syndrome and autism. One of those children, Gabriel, suffered from leukemia. During his treatment, Gabriel struggled to communicate. His sensitivity to texture, movements, and loud sounds made hospitalization a frightening experience. He became aggressive, yelled, threw food, and ripped a port out of his chest. Gabriel eventually succumbed to a sepsis infection. This experience motivated Arlene to become an advocate. She is now a parent/family advocate at Stony Brook University Hospital Pediatrics, a patient safety advocate with PULSE of NY, and a member of the Long Island Patient Safety Advisory Council.
Arlene reminds us that in order to educate, we will need to communicate and when we can communicate, we can advocate.
Date: Saturday, October 4th
Time: 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Sweet Hollow Presbyterian Church
95 Old Country Road, Melville 11747
Please RSVP as space is limited.
Call (631) 286-1061 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat.
For additional information, please call my office at (631) 286-1061.