When and where is the conference?
The conference is Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), located at 4170 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. The program begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
How much does the conference cost?
Nothing. The Family Resilience Conference is proudly sponsored by Devereux and offered free as a service to the community. Breakfast and lunch are included as part of the day’s events.
How do I register?
Please register online. You may also call Kristin Schloendorn at 610-542-3094 to register.
Do I have to stay for the whole day?
While you are not required to remain for the entire conference, to receive the full benefit of each session, we recommend you stay as long as possible. Should you be unable to stay until the end, materials from each workshop will be posted online at www.resilientfamilyblog.org after the event.
Are all facilities accessible?
Yes. The conference takes place in Evans Hall on PCOM’s Philadelphia campus (4170 City Avenue, Philadelphia). The building’s entrance is on the ground level, and there are elevators to access upper floors.
I’m driving. Where should I park?
While there is limited on-street parking nearby, most attendees will use PCOM’s on-campus, five-level garage (see campus map). Please enter from Monument or Stout Road. Garage parking is a flat $5.00 and is paid upon leaving the garage. Please note: the automated gate only takes quarters, one, five and ten dollar bills.
I’m taking public transportation. Is a shuttle available?
Yes. A Krapf shuttle will pick up conference attendees at SEPTA’s Overbrook Train Station located at 2195 N. 63rd Street (off of City Avenue), Philadelphia, PA 19151. The station is 2.1 miles from PCOM. The Krapf shuttle will be marked with green and white signs and picks up at approximately 8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 9:30 a.m.
At the end of the conference, the Krapf shuttle will depart PCOM to return to the Overbrook station at approximately 3:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Please note: All pick-up and drop-off times are dependent upon traffic on City Avenue.
Taking the bus?
No shuttle would be needed, as SEPTA bus numbers 1, 44, and 65 drop off right in front of PCOM.
Can I bring children?
Yes. Childcare is offered for children age 2 and up with a limit of 50 children. Please be sure to list any children along with their names, ages, and any health information we should know at the time you register.
How much does childcare cost?
There is no charge for childcare. We offer it as a service to make it easier for families to join us for the day. Children will be engaged in a variety of fun activities and given breakfast and lunch as part of their time with us.
What credentials do the childcare staff have?
Childcare staff are teaching students from the Kinney Center for Autism, part of Saint Joseph’s University. Each childcare provider has had all background clearances and is specially trained in caring for children of all abilities. Each group of children will also have a member of Devereux’s staff - special education teachers or program staff who work with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
What is the child-to-staff ratio for childcare?
Children with an intellectual or developmental disability will have a ratio of one staff member for every 2-3 children. Typically-developing children will be cared for at a ratio of one staff member for every 5-6 children.
Can infants attend childcare?
While childcare is designed for children ages 2 and up, childcare staff are able to watch an infant to allow a parent to take a break during the day. Please contact Gabriel Smith at 610-542-3117 for more information.
My child is medically involved. Are you equipped to care for him/her?
While staff are trained in first aid and CPR, they are not qualified to perform medical procedures on children in childcare. Should an emergency arise, a nurse will be on-hand to assist until an ambulance arrives.
Would care be available for my adult son/daughter?
Childcare activities are geared toward children up to age 13. However, we will do our best to accommodate young adults where needed. For more information, please contact Gabriel Smith at 610-542-3117.
My child requires toileting assistance. Can he/she attend childcare?
Yes. Our childcare staff are able to assist with toileting and/or diaper changes as needed. Please be sure to provide any supplies your child may need (diapers, wipes, etc.) the day of the event.
Can I come as a professional? Are CEUs available?
While CEUs will not be offered as part of our event, professionals are welcome to join us for the day. Those who have participated in past conferences have shared they gained a better understanding of the challenges faced by those families with whom they work.
I/we have dietary restrictions. Will food be available?
Please be sure to list any food allergies when you complete the online registration form. We will make every effort to accommodate children and adults with food allergies or sensitivities and will offer a vegetarian option with lunch. However, if you are unsure whether the food provided might contain an ingredient you or your child cannot consume, please plan to bring snacks that are safe for you to eat.