to the 2014 Hopes & Dreams Conference

- a conference in support of the Child with Special Healthcare Needs.


This web-site contains all the information you will need.

Information about Workshops details and CEUs is under the Program tab.
Information about Speakers is under the Speakers tab and in each workshop description.

Other information can be found under the Info tab.
To view the official conference brochure or a schedule of the Friday or Saturday workshops go to the Info tab and then select Downloads.

On-line registration is available through Register Now under the Register tab.


If you need further information you can call Family Connection at 803-252-0914, or toll-free at 800-578-8750.

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See you at the conference on February 7 & 8.


Online Registration is now closed. Limited registrations will be available at the door on Friday and Saturday beginning at 8 am.


Dates & Times


The conference is held on Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Each day has a different agenda.

The conference begins each day at 8:00 am. Registration will be open and coffee and exhibitors will be available.

The presentations will begin with an official Welcome at 8:45 am.

The first Workshop of the day begins at 9:15 am.

The presentations will end at 4:15 pm.


Who Should Come


This conference is created for parents and caregivers of children with special needs, community agency/organization personnel, early interventionists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, nurses, physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, teachers and other interested health care and service providers.


Conference Purpose


The purpose of this conference is to increase the sensitivity and expand the knowledge of parents and professionals about disabilities and special needs, family support and opportunities available to families who have children of all ages with special needs.



Conference Objectives


This conference is for parents of children with special needs and professionals who care for them.
It is an opportunity to explore the issues and challenges which families face in caring for children with developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses and long-term health needs.

There are 64 workshops covering a wide range of issues including behavior, care & treatment, education, family care, finances and more.

CEU credits will be available for Nurses, Social Workers, Speech Pathologists, Teachers, Early Interventionists, and Child Care Workers.


What to Expect


After the conference, participants should be able to:
• Better meet the challenges of caring for a child with special needs from infancy to adulthood.
• Address issues such as education, transitions, child’s self-esteem, family wellness and recreation.
• Work toward providing and receiving family-centered services.
• Identify Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc. and other agencies/organizations as resources for families and professionals caring for children with special needs.


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