How can parents practice and model a philosophy emphasizing that all children are special in their own way? Parents of children ages 5 to 12 are invited to attend a free, virtual session to explore ways to talk with their children about disability awareness, empathy, learning from individual differences and building friendships.

The free, one-session workshop will take place Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. It will be presented by Richard Halpern, who has more than 25 years of experience working with families. He teaches parenting education in Multnomah County and is a certified positive discipline parent educator.

Topics at this session will include:

• What is ableism and inherent bias?

• Talking to children about disabilities.

• Activities to promote empathy.

• Advocating for unique learners at home and at school.

Participants must have access to an internet device with camera and microphone and will receive a Zoom link and password at time of registration. For more information and to register, contact Sommer McLeish at

The class is sponsored by Parenting Success Network and Samaritan Health Services.

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