Special ed conference gives parents hope for change

By Colleen Keane
Special to the Times

ALBQUERQUE, April 3, 2014

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More than 400 participants, mostly parents, teachers and advocates, attended the Native American Conference on Special Education held here last week – double the number from last year, according to conference organizers.

Grandparents, parents and children posed for group pictures, held listening circles, hands-on workshops, a powwow and performances by the 46th Miss Navajo Nation, Radmilla Cody, one of the keynote speakers.

Participants came from across the state and the country and even British Columbia, according to Wanda Johnson, Diné, a conference coordinator.

The conference was sponsored by Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs with support from the New Mexico Indian Education Department.

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