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Introduction to Cultural Integration for People from Developing Nations
From experience, when you come from the developing nations to the western world, the services available and the focus are mostly concentrated on how to get our basic needs met.
However, our integration process is so difficult compared with someone who immigrated from a developing nation. Mostly, our experience of western culture, life, politics, religion, education system, law and cultural values, cues, and language are based on what we watched on TV and in movies before we landed in our western country.
And coming to the USA, no amount of language ability or usage of interpreter is going to bring us closer to understanding the western culture that is constantly changing.
This workshop aims to equip newcomers to the US culture (America/ Europe/Canada) on some basic concepts to help navigate in the vast ocean of knowledge and integration of western culture ahead.
How to Advocate for your Child with Special Needs
Having a child presents new responsibilities for parents. As parents, we practice having different roles in our children's lives. From being a breadwinner to making sure our kids have everything they need to thrive in their homes, school, the community, and the society at large. And we can all agree that raising children is not easy, although it brings to us so much joy.
When you have a child with special needs, the role of a parent doubles. It brings with it a lot of challenges because, on top of everything any parent does for their kids, parents now must learn to be more for their children. Being an immigrant also brings with it more challenges.
Parents now have to navigate new territory, they have to get services and resources for their children, but first, they need to locate those services. Though, where to find them isn't always obvious.
They must manage their emotions within themselves while navigating relationships with family, school, and service providers.
I remember my early days when my son started preschool. I felt like I had to fight for every little thing for my son. I had to sometimes scream to be heard or break down in front of service providers because I had no idea how to advocate for my son Aaron who needed lots of services.
In this workshop, you are going to learn how to advocate for your child and for yourself, saving you more energy and time so that you can give attention to what is important in other areas of your life, too.