Monday, January 9, 2017

Workshop: Keys to Help Your Teen Get A First Job

Oconee County Schools is hosting a free workshop for parents of students with disabilities on Monday, January 23, at 6:30 pm. Presented by Parent to Parent of Georgia, "Keys to Help Your Teen Get a First Job" will give parents valuable information on the employer's perspective in hiring people with disabilities, how to address workplace accommodations, and practical tips to help teens get that first job.  Join us in the community meeting room at Oconee Veterans Park, 3500A Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville.

Registration is free - reserve your seat today at this link:

Questions?  Contact or call Parent to Parent of Georgia at 1-800-229-2038.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Autism Tracking Device Bill

Legislation that would provide tracking devices and resources to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is one step closer to becoming federal law. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 346 to 66 last Thursday to pass the measure known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law. The bill would expand an existing program that helps people with Alzheimer’s disease who are prone to bolting to include children with developmental disabilities too. Research shows that about half of kids on the spectrum have wandered away from a safe place, and advocates point to more than 100 deaths stemming from wandering incidents since 2011 involving children with autism or Down syndrome.  Check out this link to learn more: New Legislation

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Advocacy at the Capitol

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is once again sponsoring Advocacy Days at the State Capitol building in Atlanta.  There will be an opportunity for you to voice your support for inclusive post-secondary education (January 18), advocate for additional funding for services for people with developmental disabilities (February 1 and 8), and give support for improved employment opportunities (February 23).  Visit the GCDD website for more information and to register to attend one of these Advocacy Days: GCDD Advocacy Days

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Butterfly Dreams Farm Winter Festival

Butterfly Dreams Farm invites the community to come to the annual Winter Festival and Horse Show on Sunday, December 4, from 12 - 4 pm.  Come visit the farm and play games, make crafts, have snacks, bid on silent auction items, and watch as the students in Butterfly Dreams therapeutic riding program demonstrate their skills!  The judges include members of UGA's equestrian team.  Visit and learn more about Butterfly Dreams Farm (2981 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville)!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sleep Strategies for Teens with ASD

Autism Speaks has developed a booklet on sleep strategies for families of teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). "Many people with ASD have trouble with sleep throughout their life. This can be stressful for them and for their families. The major sleep problems are trouble falling asleep and waking often at night. These problems are often related, so creating habits that help someone fall asleep more easily may also help them stay asleep during the night."  You can find a copy of the booklet here: Sleep & Teens with ASD

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Athens Area ADHD Support Group

Athens Area ADHD Support Group

“Gadgets and Tech That Help Me with My ADHD

Tuesday, Nov 15 2016
7 - 8:30 pm EST
1800 Hog Mountain Road Building 1000, Suite 101 Watkinsville, Ga 30677

We're still looking for committee members who would be willing to help us make an impact in the community by taking part in running this support group. Some but not all of the things we need help with are as follows. You don't need to already know how to do any of them. Just be willing to learn.
  • Creating Email's Just Like This One
  • Managing Our Facebook Page
  • Answering Questions from Interested People about the Support Group
  • Putting Up Flyers or Posters
  • Calling Schools and Educators
  • Calling Medical Providers
  • Researching Content for Our Meetings
  • Changing Content on Our Website (Coming Soon)
Please email to RSVP for the meeting on Nov. 15, and/or if you're interested in making lifelong friends and helping our community better understand what ADHD is - and how we can help each other embrace its' unique opportunities and challenges.