Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Oconee Spirit Basketball

Oconee County Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring the Oconee Spirit Basketball League for children & young adults with developmental disabilities.  This recreational program is designed to teach the fundamentals of basketball while building coordination, social skills, and teamwork with peer players.  Sessions are planned for Tuesdays at 6:15 - 7:15 from December 9 - February 10, at an Oconee school gym (to be decided).  Cost is $55.  To register, contact Jared Hightower at jhightower@oconee.ga.us or 706-769-3965.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Region 2 Community Forum

On Thursday, November 20, Region 2 of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is holding a Community Forum at Oconee Veterans Park, on Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, from 4:00 - 6:00.  The purpose of this forum is to identify unmet needs of people with developmental disabilities in our area....this is a great opportunity to come and voice your needs and concerns to the folks who make the decisions about Medicaid waivers and services!  See this link for more information: DBHDD Community Forum  or call 706-769-4974.

Monday, November 10, 2014

iPad Grants Now Available!

Autism Speaks sponsors a grant program that gives free iPads to children who have been diagnosed with autism.  The online application form for this annual iPad grant program opens today - and the deadline for application is this Friday, November 14.  Over 1100 iPads will be given to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism, and each will also come with a Kraken case.  The criteria for selection include:
  • have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by a licensed professional
  • reside in the United States
  • have limited financial resources and cannot afford to purchase an iPad
Applications must be submitted by the person with autism, an immediate family member of the person with autism, or a licensed teacher, social worker or therapist. The Technology Grant Review Committee will review applications and select the iPad award recipients. All applicants selected to receive an iPad 4 will be contacted on December 9. If selected, the iPad will be shipped via UPS directly to the address provided with the application.

To apply, click Autism Speaks iPad Grant - you'll need to create an account to fill out the application.  Good luck!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Autism Conference feat. Dr. Temple Grandin

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Future Horizons is offering an autism workshop in Roswell, featuring Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned scientist and author affected by autism who discusses the challenges she has faced, and offers dynamic ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives; Beth Aune, a pediatric OTR/L and author who specializes in dynamic interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities; and Jennifer O’Toole who was diagnosed as an adult with autism, is the mother of three Asperkids, the wife of an adult with autism, an award-winning educator, and author of the internationally-celebrated “Asperkids” book series. 
Future Horizons is offering a 10 percent discount off of their regular conference prices for this conference (use code TGCONF when registering).  Per Future Horizons, this special discount can't be combined with any other discounts or offers.
For more information about the conference, to register, etc., you can visit Future Horizons' website at www.fhautism.com or call them at 800-489-0727.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Weeknight Workshop on November 10: Transition

The Weeknight Workshop series concludes next Monday evening, November 10, with a workshop titled "Where Do We Go From Here?  Preparing for Transition from High School".   Oconee County Schools, Special Education is partnering with Parent to Parent of Georgia to offer this training to parents of students with special needs.  Join us and learn the keys to planning a successful transition out of high school, the role of the school in that process, and important things to consider as you develop a plan for your student's transition to life after high school.  It's never too early to begin planning for the future!  We will meet at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  Register by contacting me at amccollum@oconeeschools.org, or 706-769-5130 x 1210.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Oconee Schools offer Preschool Screening Day

Do you have concerns about your preschooler's hearing, vision, or speech?  Do you have family or friends who have a young child who may benefit from an evaluation?  Help spread the word!  Oconee County Schools is planning a free Preschool Screening Day for Friday, November 14, from 9 am to noon, by appointment only.  Oconee residents can receive a free screening for their children ages 3 - 4, by Oconee Schools speech, hearing and vision specialists, as well as staff from the University of Georgia Speech and Hearing Clinic.  The screening day will be held at Oconee County High School, 2721 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville.  Remember, you must call to make an appointment:  Paula Bargfrede, 706-769-6655 ext. 3706, pbargfrede@oconeeschools.org, or Suzanne Korngold, Director of Special Student Services, 706-769-5130.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Public Meeting on Medicaid Waiver Services Revisions

Georgia's Medicaid waiver services programs are being revised - and you can give your input into this process.  If your child is currently receiving Medicaid waiver services, OR if you anticipate applying for these services for your child in the future, this public meeting is an opportunity for you to have an impact!  See the important information below!

Critical Public Meetings
You Can Have an Impact Upon Georgia's Medicaid Home and Community Based Services
In March of 2014, to ensure home- and community-based services (HCBS) are integrated, the federal government approved new rules that outline which Medicaid services can be covered and in what setting they can be provided. States are required to create "transition plans" describing the changes they will make to comply with these new regulations. As stakeholders, this is your opportunity to make a difference in the direction Georgia takes in its services.
At this meeting you will:
  • Meet with Medicaid leaders to learn about important changes to HCBS
  • Participate in a focused discussion with other advocates and voice your concerns on current services
  • Review the draft transition plan and provide critical feedback helping to shape the future of services in Georgia
Who should attend: Consumers and Family Members who receive any of the following services:
  • Independent Care Waiver Program (ICWP)
  • New Options Waiver (NOW)
  • Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)
  • Elderly & Disabled Waivers
  • SOURCE (Services Options Using Resources in a Community Environment)
  • Community Care Services Program (CCSP)
  • Georgia Pediatric Program (GAAP)
November 13, 2014 Athens
Afternoon or Evening session
1:00p.m. -2:30p.m. Or 6:30p.m. -8:00p.m
The Classic Center
300 N. Thomas Street
Athens GA 30601
Room: Empire Room 1
Please indicate afternoon or evening session