Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Big Hearts!

The most heartwarming night of the year is coming up soon!  ESP (Extra Special People) presents Big Hearts - Be Loved, An Extra Special Fairytale, on Saturday, February 13, at 4:00 pm at the Classic Center Theater in Athens! Each year, ESP brings together community members and the children and families it serves for a special evening of celebration, where people with developmental disabilities can shine on stage, leaving their disabilities in the wings.  There are still a few tickets remaining, so plan to attend this amazing evening of music and fun!  Visit here for more information: http://extraspecialpeople.com/big-hearts/

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Advocacy Training

All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) is an advocacy group, based in Atlanta, that provides information and training statewide to help families support their children with disabilities. While there are "on-site" workshops, they also have a series of webinars - online training that parents can participate in from home.  For example, here is the information on a webinar that's coming up next week:

WEBINAR - Advocating at School
February 9, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Hear from the experts on how to most effectively advocate at school for your children. Gwinnett Parent Mentor Jackie McNair and Partner Yvette Pollard will provide tips, ideas and strategies for being more effective at school. Register Now

For a calendar of workshops, or more information on AADD, visit http://aadd.org/events/category/advocacy-2/

Monday, January 25, 2016

Destination Dawgs!

The University of Georgia magazine ugazine just published an article about the planned new program for students with intellectual disabilities - the program is scheduled to begin in Spring 2017! Read more about this exciting new prospect here:   

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

IEP Preparation Workshop

Oconee County Schools is hosting a workshop for parents, to help you prepare for your student's annual IEP review.  "Peace, Love, Harmony...and the IEP!" is designed to give parents helpful ideas for planning and contributing to a productive IEP meeting; learn tips for conflict resolution, organizing your paperwork, reflective listening and other communication strategies.  This and other free parent trainings are provided by Parent to Parent of Georgia (www.p2pga.org).  Join us on Monday, January 25, at 6:30 pm in the community meeting room at Oconee Veterans Park (3500A Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville).  For more info or to register, email amccollum@oconeeschools.org.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ESP's ML5K

ESP (Extra Special People) is hosting a 5K to raise funds for summer camps and after school programs for kids with disabilities.  The ML5K will be held on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18, at Dudley Park in Athens.  Registration begins at 1:00 pm; the Dream Dash, a short run/walk in which children are invited to participate, begins at 2:15; and the 5K begins at 3:00.  To register, click HERE.  For more information, see http://extraspecialpeople.com/ml5k/.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

As school starts back, I wanted to share an article from The Mighty, a website for families experiencing life with disabilities.  This is a great time to stop, re-evaluate, and make a plan for the year!  Check out what other parents are doing:  New Year's Resolutions

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Monologues and More

Monologues & More is a theatre program designed especially for members of the cognitively challenged community through Athens Creative Theatre, a program of the Athens Clarke County Leisure Services Department. During this six week course participants will explore emotional responses to situations both ordinary and extraordinary, build self esteem and confidence through readers' theatre skits and theatrical games. 

Registrations are currently being accepted for this course online at www.athensclarkecounty.com by following the online registration links. Classes will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm - 2pm beginning January 12th at Quinn Hall (Memorial Park). Registration for a participant covers both the individual and their caregiver or guardian; caregivers are encouraged to come join in the fun and help us to all grow and develop together through theatre.  Any questions you have about Monologues & More and any of Athens Creative Theatre's other programming can be answered by calling 706-613-3628 and speaking to Terry Powell (the ACT program specialist and the Monologues & More instructor) or Daniel Self (the ACT Theatrical Assistant).