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Friends of the Network.

On April 3, 1992, June Lockhart spoke with a group of 30 people from the greater D.C. area to help the Friends of the National Parent Network on Disabilities (NPND). Ms. Lockhart, star of screen and stage, has a long history of assisting disability service groups across the country. Most notably, she has had an ongoing involvement with International Hearing Dog, Inc., a program in which dogs are rescued from animal shelters and trained to be ears for the deaf. She owns a "demo" dog and has a tape of him being trained. Through her continued involvement, the program has broadened and most recently dogs have been trained for people who are both deaf and blind.

The dinner, hosted by Dick and Mary Sue Metrey at their beautiful, spacious home in Olney, Md., was a wonderful evening consisting of good conversation, good food, good people, and a start down the road to private funding support for the NPND.

Special NPND guests in attendance at the dinner were Ludmilla Politikova and her daughter Katryna. Ludmilla and Katryna, through the mutual efforts of NPND, the Foundation for International Professional Exchange, the American Association of University Affiliated Programs and the Georgetown Child Development Center, were in the United States to gain an accurate diagnosis for Katryna's disability. They were hosted by NPND staff during their stay and were able to undergo a comprehensive screening at Georgetown before their return home to Moscow later in the month.

Ms. Lockhart will return to the D.C. area later in the year and, schedule permitting, will be able to continue to assist in the formation of "Friends of the Network." Our thanks go out to her and all of the people who made our first event such a special evening. Special thanks go to: Dick and Mary Sue Metrey, who hosted the evening; Jan Scheftman for her unflagging enthusiasm and organizing skills; the NPND staff for preparing the side dishes, desserts and generally preventing glitches; and all of the concerned, caring, generous people who rearranged their schedules on little notice to be in attendance.

What a start to a wonderful journey. NPND couldn't have better friends than this.



* Carol Blades, Special Education Action Committee (SEAC), Mobile, Ala.

* Richard Burden, IN*SOURCE, South Bend, Ind., Secretary, NPND.

* Joanne Butts, Washington PAVE, Tacoma, Wash.

* Amparo Crespo DeCastro, Asociacion de Padres Por Bienestar de Ninos, Impedidos de P.R., Inc. (APNI) Rio Piedras, P.R.

* Connie Curtain, Vt. Information and Training Network (VITN), Winooski, Vt.

* Diana Cuthbertson, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), Westfield, N,J., 1st Vice President, NPND.

* Christine Davis, Parent Union for Public Schools, Philadelphia, Pa., Treasurer, NPND.

* Paula Goldberg, PACER Center, Minneapolis, Minn.

* Connie Hawkins, Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC), Davidson, N.C., President, NPND.

* Calla Lawson, Iowa Pilot Parents, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

* Cheron Mayhall, Coalition in Oregon for Parent Education Project, Inc. (COPE), Salem, Ore.

* Florene Poyadue, Parents Helping Parents, San Jose, Calif.

* Sue Pratt, CAUSE, Lansing, Mich.

* Judith Raskin, Parent Information Center (PIC), Concord, N.H.

* Pam Steneberg, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), Berkeley, Calif.

* Patricia Smith, Executive Director, NPND
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Title Annotation:Networking: Information from the National Parent Network on Disabilities; Friends of the National Parent Network on Disabilities
Publication:The Exceptional Parent
Date:Jun 1, 1992
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