News Release

June 23, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Health Care Reform: What Does It Mean for Children and Adults with Disabilities and Their Families

Forum to Be Held in Farmington on July 13

FARMINGTON, CONN. A well-known advocate for children with special needs will be the featured speaker during a forum on health care reform on Tuesday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hartford Marriott, 15 Farm Springs Road, Farmington.

The forum will feature an overview of the health care reform bill that was enacted this year, including specific provisions of interest to children and adults with disabilities in Connecticut. The keynote speaker will be Julie Beckett, a founder of Family Voices, advocate for children with special health care needs, and mother of Katie Beckett (for whom the waiver program is named). She will be followed by a panel of experts, parents, and persons with disabilities. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

The forum is sponsored by the University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

For more information or to register for the forum visit or call 860-679-1500.

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