Monday, January 26, 2015

"Ask An Attorney" Workshop Rescheduled!

The speaker for tonight's "Ask the Attorney" parent workshop has the flu!  The workshop has been rescheduled for Monday, February 9, at 6:30 at Oconee Veterans Park, in the conference room.  Parents of students with special needs can take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the issues surrounding guardianship, considerations for planning a will, and NEW details of the recently approved ABLE Act.  Please plan to attend on this new date - you can register by email to or by calling 706-769-5130 extension 1210.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Planning for the future? "Ask an Attorney"!

The first Weeknight Workshop of this semester for parents of students with special needs will be on Monday, January 26; "Ask an Attorney" will give parents an opportunity to gather information and ask questions about planning for their child's future.  Local attorney Dennise Grayson will go over the guardianship process in Oconee County, discuss things to consider when making a will, and answer other questions related to making financial plans for the future.  If you have questions on these issues, be sure to join us!  We will meet at 6:30 pm in the community room at Oconee Veterans Park, on Highway 53 in Watkinsville.  RSVP to or by calling 706-769-5130 ext. 1210. 

Autism "Across the Spectrum" Conference

The 4th annual Southeastern "Across the Spectrum" Autism/Asperger Conference and Expo will be Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, 2015 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in Norcross, Georgia. Each year people from all across the country attend this conference and receive information on cutting edge research, amazing educational tools and strategies, and insight and inspiration from world class presenters and exhibitors.  Online registration is now open - visit for more information.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ESP's Big Hearts Pageant 2015

The Big Hearts Pageant is coming up soon!  This wonderful community event is held at the Classic Center in Athens, and will be on Saturday, February 7, at 4:00.  Each year Extra Special People (ESP) brings together members of the northeast Georgia community with the children and families that it serves; the Pageant is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of our community's most big-hearted individuals, while leaving their disabilities in the wings.  The event begins with a fabulous silent auction in the Fire Hall at 3:00; the pageant begins in the theater at 4:00; and the evening concludes with a banquet at 7:00. 

Tickets for the pageant are on sale now through the Classic Center Box Office:  Big Hearts Tickets
For information about tickets to the banquet, or for other questions, contact .  Don't miss out on a fantastic evening!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dream to Be Able ML5K on January 19

Come support Extra Special People in the 5th Annual Dream to Be Able ML5K on January 19th, at Dudley Park in Athens!  Join ESP for a race that embodies the true spirit of the MLK Day of Service by showing your support for the extra special children of ESP.

The race kicks off with the Dream Dash at 2:15. It’s a short (less than a mile!) run/walk in honor of children with developmental disabilities. Children of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. The Dash takes place in the parking lot and all participants are awarded a medal. Be sure to arrive early to cheer our dashers on!
The 5K begins at 3pm. You can register here:   ML5K Race Registration.  Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 1pm on race day - and race registration is $25.
Please no pets!

Whether you’re a runner or not, we encourage everyone to come out to the ML5K!  Enjoy a drink at our hot chocolate bar, show your support for ESP, and cheer on our runners!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Afterschool Programs at ESP

Registration is now being accepted for afterschool programs at ESP (Extra Special People), in Watkinsville.  Called "ESP 360", the classes are offered from 4:00 - 6:00 Monday - Thursday, and include everything from swim team to martial arts to theater to outdoor education!  Students with special needs are partnered with a buddy to guide them through activities - so that "campers" can thrive!  For more details, visit - and be sure to register this week!  Classes begin Monday January 12!

Inclusive Post-Secondary Academy (IPA) at Georgia Tech

The Inclusive Postsecondary Academy at Georgia Tech (IPA) is a four-year, two certificate program for students with mild intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) leading to two separate Certificates of Social Growth, Academic Enrichment, and Vocational Exploration.  The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for all students to realize their intellectual and personal potential, with appropriate support for success.

The IPA at Georgia Tech provides students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to engage in the full college experience, including building a social network, participation in regular college classes, living independently, working in professional internships, and enjoying an active social life with friends, and mentors.

Students enrolled in the IPA program at Georgia Tech have access to support and resources on campus, including mentoring, tutoring, writing assistance, library, and campus recreation.
The Georgia Tech Inclusive Postsecondary Academy will accept applications through January 15th, 2015.

To learn more about the Inclusive Postsecondary Academy at Georgia Tech please visit: