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ADAPT - Virtual Family Connect Summit



The 2020 Virtual

ADAPT Community Network Family Connect Summit

 Will go live starting

Monday, October 19


Adapt- Ed Matthews

Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network,
will moderate a Legislative Panel Discussion


Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, announced today that ADAPT is moving its annual 
ADAPT Family Connect Summit
 to a virtual platform for 2020.
The summit will take place on Monday, October 19.
“The virtual event will offer professionals, families, and self-advocates the latest information regarding intellectual and developmental disability services and supports for children and adults,” says Edward R. Matthews.

“The summit offers a variety of sessions presented by experts, industry leaders, and public officials in various topic areas.”

In addition, ADAPT’s Family Connect Summit will provide information for families on the latest in technology, equipment, and virtual learning. Last year, over 600 people registered for the summit.

Join Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, and elected officials from the City and the State of New York, in a discussion about programs and policies addressing the needs of people with disabilities. 

Matthews will moderate a legislative panel discussion and will be joined by other industry leaders and public officials to provide an update on the services landscape and what people can expect in the coming year, as well as offer insight, guidance, and advice for families.

Industry leaders confirmed to participate include:
Presenters Include:
Edward R. Matthews, CEO, ADAPT Community Network and Legislative Panel Moderator.

Gustavo Rivera, New York State Senator

Brian Kavanagh, New York State Senator

Karines Reyes, New York State Assembly member

Linda Rosenthal, New York State Assembly member

Nicole Pagano, Director of Family Support Services, ADAPT Community Network

Wendy De Leon, Director of Housing Assistance Services, ADAPT Community Network

Peter Cobb, Director of Community Outreach, 
ADAPT Community Network
Shaniece Frank, Community Outreach Program Coordinator, ADAPT Community Network
Noemi Rodriguez, Person Supported, ADAPT Community Network
Dr. Michelle L. Gorenstien-Holtzman, PsyDAssistant Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai and Director of Community Outreach for the Seaver Autism Center

Lorien K. Baker, PhD, Clinical Instructor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU Langone Child Study Center

Gili Segall, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone

Irene Pagonis, Benefits and Entitlements Specialist, Care Design NY

Danielle Mazza, Assistant Vice President of Care Management,
 Care Design NY

Kristen Ribnicky, Senior Director of Care Management,
Advance Care Alliance

Nine sessions are being offered online this year and will be available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. 
For more information on each session go to:

Registration for the 2020 Virtual ADAPT Family Connect Summit is free. To register go to:


ADAPT Community Network on Social Media:

Facebook – ADAPT Community Network

Instagram - @adaptwechange

Twitter - @adaptwechange

YouTube – ADAPT Community Network

Hashtag: #adaptwechange



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