Thursday, December 13, 2018

Public Comment for State Advisory Panel

Sharing a message from the Special Education State Advisory Panel (an advisory group to Georgia Dept. of Education...for more information on the State Advisory Panel, visit this link: Ga DOE State Advisory Panel)

Georgia’s Special Education State Advisory Panel (SAP) will meet on January 17-18, 2019 at the North Macon Holiday Inn Hotel  You may access the agenda on the State Advisory Panel webpage. The State Advisory Panel would appreciate public comments on Thursday, January 17th at 4:00 pm. We need your voice and feedback about special education services and supports for students in Georgia.  Public comment may be oral, in person, by phone call, or in written form to be read by the Chair and are limited to no more than 5 minutes per person.

If you choose to make a public comment in person, then you should plan to arrive prior to the public comment portion of the agenda. 
If you choose to request to make public comment by phone call, then the request must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to the scheduled meeting.
If you choose to submit a written public comment, then the comment must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to the scheduled meeting (by January 14). You may submit a written comment via this online survey form:

We look forward to your comments and thank you for partnering in student success.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Financial Resources for College

Students with disabilites who are planning for college, whether they plan to attend classes with support services or attend an inclusive program like Destination Dawgs at UGA, must figure out how to pay for their education.  College grants, loans, and scholarships are available, but it can be difficult to find information.  Be sure to check with your student's high school guidance counselor; they can help!  And this website has a great list of resources too - be sure to scroll down, you'll find a list of financial resources that's categorized by disability.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Parent Workshops in Athens

There are two Parent to Parent workshops in Athens in the next week; these free learning opportunities are open to all interested parents!  On Saturday, December 8, the "Georgia Medicaid Basics" workshop will offer parents information on qualifying & applying for Medicaid, what it covers, and information on waiver services (important for students with disabilities who are ageing out of school). The workshop is from 9:30 - 11:30 at Cedar Shoals High School (Rm C218). On Tuesday December 11, the "Peace, Love, Harmony and the IFSP/IEP" training will teach how to use effective communication strategies to develop a partnership with your student's education planning team.  This workshop will be from 12:00 - 2:00, at the Athens Regional Library.  For more information contact Jerolee Oschack at

Monday, December 3, 2018

Autism and College

Makig the transition to college is challenging for all students; students with autism, who may excel academically, may still find the changes of greater independence and social interaction difficult.  This is a great article, with ideas for parents to support their young adults in this important milestone!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Mental Health First Aid Training

Georgia State University, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education, is offering free training on Youth Mental Health First Aid. This training is offered to all adults (eg., parents, educators, clergy, first responders) who interact with adolescents. 
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour public education program that:
  • introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns in adolescents
  • builds understanding of the importance of early intervention
  • teaches individuals how to help an adolescent experiencing a mental health challenge
  • teaches participants how to select interventions and provide initial help
  • teaches participants how to connect young people to mental health clinicians
They will be hosting two YMHFA trainings on Friday, November 30th and Friday, December 14th at Georgia State University.
You can register for this free training using the registration link below or by contacting Camara Gregory at or 404-413-9577.
YMHFA Registration Link: 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Survey for Independent Living Needs and Recovery Needs in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is the government agency that administers programs for people with mental illness, with addictive disease, or with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  It's a big department!  They are currently conducting a survey on statewide needs in Georgia; this short survey is an opportunity for you to give input, so please take a few minutes to share your opinion!
Identifying Independence and Recovery Needs in Georgia

Monday, November 26, 2018

Training in Special Education Law

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy training sessions are a great opportunity to learn the basics of special education law, as well as strategies for IEP meetings and tips for working with teachers to support your child.  Pete Wright is a good teacher!  I've attended this workshop myself and recommend it.  There is a training coming to Macon next February 21; there is a registration fee, but this is first time they've held a training in Georgia in a long time, so take advantage of the opportunity if you can!  For more information, visit this link: