STARability Hosts Family Forum on Health and Wellness

The STARability Foundation invites adults with developmental disabilities, their family members and caregivers to a family forum featuring a panel of representatives from organizations that are dedicated to improving access to health care and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Panelists will share research, experiences, and tools they have developed to navigate challenges when seeking out health care and will respond to audience questions.

The forum is from 10 am to noon on Dec. 12 in the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center’s Community Room.

Panelists: Cole Caruso, Executive Director, Community Resource Network of Florida, Inc. Cydnee Dennison, Senior Community Outreach Manager at Special Olympics Florida Healthy Community Janet Hess, Ph.D., Project Director for Florida Health and Transition Services (FloridaHATS)

Merrylee Kandel, parent, and advocate Leigh Ann Nowak, Coordinator of the Ft. Myers branch office for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities-University of South Florida (CARD-USF)

RSVP required by December 5, 2018, so we can ensure an accurate quantity of presentation handouts and refreshments. CLICK HERE to RSVP and to learn more about the event and upcoming forum topics. You can also RSVP by phone 239-594-9007 or email

About STARability Foundation

STARability Supports people with disabilities by providing life transforming opportunities that emphasize Teamwork and connection to the community to build Awareness and Respect for individual abilities. In 2018, the organization rolled out its new name to reflect a focus on what people with disabilities can do, not what they can’t do. Their roots date to 1982 when about a dozen parents came together to form a 501(c)(3) nonprofit known for many years as the Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled. They grew and evolved to become STARability, where a professional staff and more than 100 volunteers work

to give their members the quality of life they seek and deserve. STARability serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southwest Florida, where they fill a void that exists after aging out of school supported services. STARability opens up a whole calendar of engaging activities with innovative and creative programs that focus on continuing education, teamwork and community involvement. For more information about the STARability Foundation and its programs, please visit

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