Release Date: 
Monday, June 3, 2019

HFC hosts inaugural Early Childhood Special Education Conference June 20

Event Date: 
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Andrew A. Mazarra Administrative Services and Conference Center (ASCC) (Bldg. L)
headshot of Janice Fialka
Janice Fialka is a nationally renowned author/lecturer.

In partnership with the Dearborn Public Schools and Communities In Schools, the HFC Children and Families and Pre-Education Program will host the inaugural Early Childhood Special Education Conference called Accentuate the “Can” and the “Do” Thursday, June 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the ASCC (Building L).

Janice Fialka, LMSW, ASCW

The keynote speaker will be Janice Fialka, LMSW, ACSW (, a nationally renowned author, lecturer, and special education advocate. Attendees will also learn about the integration and importance of play in the home, special education advocacy, autism, special education law and expectations, Applied Behavior Analysis and so much more!

“This conference accentuates the ‘can’ and the ‘do’ when it comes to children with disabilities. Janice Fialka is the right person to give the keynote address, given her background and experience. This is a great conference for teachers, parents, and community members who want to learn more about applied behavior analysis (ABA), autism, the difference between an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and how to integrate play at home,” said Dr. Patricia Lanzon, HFC Pre-Education Director.

Register by June 18

Registration can be made through Eventbrite ( Please register by Tuesday, June 18.

The cost to attend the conference is $14/person. Conference registration begins at 8:00 a.m. There will be a continental breakfast as well as a grab-and-go lunch. Educators can earn three State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) at this conference. Please bring your MDE information if earning SCECHs.

For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Lanzon at or Nicole West at