Grandparents: What You Should and Shouldn't Say


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Things Grandparents Should and Shouldn't Say

Wednesday, May 25  •  7:00 - 8:30 PM  •  Zoom Webinar Registration Required

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According to the 2018 US Census Bureau, more than 26% of the American public is living with a disability (DREDF, 2019)1.

And, now, you have a grandchild that is one of those 26%.

Your adult children may be intentionally planning and preparing their lives for a child who may require restorative therapies, specialized schooling or adaptive parenting. What can you possibly say that would be helpful?

Even if you do not parent a disabled child yourself, knowing what to say can be difficult. Grandparents need to know how to talk about disabilities in a helpful and empowering manner.

In this Support Group, grandparents will learn to:

  • Let your adult children know that you acknowledge their struggle and care about how they are doing.
  • Be there for your adult children if they need to talk about their grandchild with a disability.
  • Celebrate the little things. What seems like tiny accomplishments are really a very big deal for kids with special needs.

NOTE:  While there is a focus on autism, grandparents of grandchildren of all abilities are welcome!

1Reference:  2020 Census disability community toolkit. (2019). Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund.


Jocelyn Eskenazi, BCaBA at The Esken Group, LLC



Yes, registration is required to receive the link for the Zoom meeting.



If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Wendy Cline, LSW and ASGA Support Specialist via email here or via phone at 330.940.1441 ext 1. 




About the Autism Society of Greater Akron

The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) is part of a nationwide network of affiliates with the Autism Society of America, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization. ASGA serves Summit, Stark, Wayne, Portage and Medina counties (OH) and works locally to achieve its mission --to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

ASGA is also a proud member of the Ohio Family Network (OFN), connecting people with disabilities and their families to local information and resources within their communities.  OFN provides opportunities to share ideas, find solutions to common challenges and inspire and strengthen others.

Event Details

Event Start Date 05-25-2021 7:00 pm
Event End Date 05-25-2021 8:30 pm