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Released March 17, 2005

'STOMP' FOUNDER TO SPEAK AT MARCH 29 SEMINAR IN GULFPORT

HATTIESBURG – The University of Southern Mississippi's First Stop Family Support Center will hold a seminar on the Gulf Coast for military and veteran families caring for loved ones with a developmental disability.

Heather Hebdon-founder and director of STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents)-is the featured speaker for the March 29 event.

Hebdon's presentation is titled "Families Under the Flag: Working with the Exceptional Family in the Military." During the presentation, Hebdon will discuss the history of STOMP, its philosophy and services, and the issues that come up when working with a military family who has a special-needs member.

The seminar is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will take place at Gulfport's Orange Grove Community Center at 13472 Interstate Highway 49 South. Admission is free, and lunch will be provided for a nominal fee.

Seating is limited, so please R.S.V.P. For more information, contact Jerry Alliston at (228) 867-266 or 1-888-671-0051.

First Stop is a program of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at Southern Miss, funded by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

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