Date(s) - July 22
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Please join the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health (NYS-AIMH)
and the New York Zero-to-Three Network (NYZTT) for this bi-annual
“BREAKFAST FOR BABIES” event
July 22, 2022 9:00 am – noon
We will have a panel of three parent/family advocates for families with infants or children with special needs.
- What is the current landscape of access to services for infants and very young children?
- How can we address the significant challenge of waitlists for receiving services?
- Is the glass half-full? What is working in supporting families – and families supporting one another – in these difficult times?
Breakfast for Babies is a collaborative project of NYS-AIMH and NYZTT, that offers twice-yearly, informal, Friday morning get-togethers that are free* or inexpensive.
Open to all who work with or on behalf of very young children and their families – those who work in childcare and early learning; home visiting; Early Intervention; psychotherapy; child welfare; healthcare; policy and research, and more!
Breakfast for Babies is a time to hear new ideas from experts in our field, and then enjoy rich, small group discussions about those ideas with your colleagues.
*As always, Breakfast for Babies is free for members of NYS-AIMH and NYZTT $15 for non-members
Sarah Milko is a founding member and the Executive Director of AutismUp, the leading 501(c)3 autism advocacy organization in Rochester NY, and the surrounding areas. Founded in 2004, by a small group of parents of children on the Autism Spectrum, AutismUp has grown to include more than 3,300 families. AutismUp’s mission is to support individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and their families by expanding and enhancing opportunities to improve their quality of life. The organization does this by offering support, education, training, and most importantly, direct programming for individuals with ASD. AutismUp recently became a founding partner of the newly built Golisano Autism Center (2019), a state-of-the-art community-based center where individuals with autism and the families who love them, can get all their needs met under one roof. Please visit www.autismup.org and www.golisanoautismcenter.org for more information.
Emily Mondschein is the proud mother of two boys, one who was born with Down syndrome. She has a master’s degree in education and has founded 2 not for profits that serve individuals with Down syndrome. She currently serves as the Executive Director for GiGi’s Playhouse in Buffalo, New York. She is a member and leader on multiple councils, both local and national, that support individuals with disabilities. Emily works alongside medical providers to ensure that patients with Down syndrome are receiving optimal medical care. She also provides education to clinicians around best practices for delivering the prenatal diagnosis. Emily is passionate about inclusive education and supports schools in providing these learning environments. She has advocated to congress on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome and is currently working on legislation to better impact the lives of the disability community.
Kelly Conlon is a Family Navigator at the Golisano Autism Center in Rochester, NY and is the proud Mom of two children, Tyler and Madeleine. Tyler was diagnosed with autism six years ago, and her life changed in an instant. It quickly became her life’s mission to give Tyler the best life possible. Kelly researched autism day in and day out, and one day stumbled upon a local group, AutismUp. She reports “My life quickly changed. I finally found a group of parents that understood my life, sometimes more than I even did and gained incredible friendships.” Kelly is also a founder of her school district’s SEPTO, as well as the district’s TIES coordinator.