Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

President's Message

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

President's Message

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

As President of the Board of Directors of the National Parent Network on Disabilities (NPND), I want to open this column with a "Hello" and an "Invitation" to all of my fellow parents of children with special needs. My "Hello" is your introduction to our organization provided by this publication -- we are extremely pleased to meet you. I also want to thank Exceptional Parent Magazine for making this introduction possible.

And my "Invitation" is a sincere wish that you will join us in our work. I find it very difficult to describe the history, qualities and potential of the National Parent Network on Disabilities "in the abstract." I want you to understand our enthusiasm for this organization and the Network's developing potential to make a real difference for parents of children with special needs.

I would like to compare the growth of NPND to that of a child. The Network has good parents. Our charter members, Directors of Parent Training and Information Centers in all parts of the United States, felt the need for a national organization to represent their concerns in Washington, D.C. and "to speak for parents." In 1987, the concerns of these parent leaders led to the birth of the National Network of Parent Centers.

The Network has older siblings who have offered support and guidance along the way. Many national organizations interested in our issues have helped us to quickly grow into an effective spokesman for parents. We didn't have to learn everything by trial and error because of the expertise and counsel of these groups.

The Network became a toddler with its own personality. And like many two-year-olds, decided to explore all the possibilities and test its potential. This expanded picture of the world led to our name change from the National Network of Parent Centers to the National Parent Network on Disabilities and opened our membership to all types of parent organizations and groups. …

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