Monday, February 19, 2018

2018 Northeast Georgia Disability Conference/Expo

The 2018 Northeast Georgia Disability Conference and Resource Expo is Saturday, February 24, from 9 am to 2 pm at Piedmont College Athens, 595 Prince Avenue.  The conference theme is "Mapping Your Unique Route"; parents of students with learning differences are encouraged to attend and gather the tools they need to plan their students' unique route to life after high school.  Resources and information will be available to meet a wide variety of needs, from supporting the transition to college life, to making the transition to adult health care, to planning for the financial future and guardianship of a child with special needs. There are also sessions with resources for students with reading disabilities, and working on challenging behavior. Oconee County Schools is a leading partner in planning this conference, which is an initiative of the Northeast Georgia Transition Team (NEGATT), a collaboration of 13 local school districts and community partners, serving families of students with learning differences or disabilities. Registration is free, through Eventbrite.com (search for "NEGATT").   For more information and conference session descriptions, visit ne.glrs.org.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

GCDD's "I Love Medicaid" Advocacy Day

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities will be kicking off their new I Love Medicaid! Campaign at Advocacy Day on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. They'll be streaming live on Facebook and interviewing advocates about why they love Medicaid.

The month-long I Love Medicaid campaign will allow self-advocates, advocates and other stakeholders to educate legislators on how Medicaid supports people with disabilities to attend school, go to work, receive assistive technology, live in the home of their own choosing, and more.

They will also be teaching advocates how to tell their Medicaid stories to legislators; to find out who your legislators are, visit: https://openstates.org/ga

The goal is to remind Congress that we want to protect Medicaid and seek bipartisan efforts to strengthen it and other social programs that people with disabilities rely on.  

To join Medicaid Advocacy Day on February 14, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-gcdd-advocacy-days-registration-40146345801

If you can't be there, watch on Facebook Live from 9 to 10:30 AM at 

Share your I Love Medicaid stories! Fill out the form on the website at https://gcdd.org/public-policy/i-love-medicaid.html

For more information about Advocacy Days, visit https://gcdd.org/public-policy/2018-advocacy-days.html

Please be sure to share with your friends!

Monday, January 29, 2018

"Managing IEP Paperwork"

The "Managing Your IEP Paperwork" parent workshop for this evening is full!  But if you'd like to see some great tips for organizing your paperwork and keeping important information handy, check out this video from Understood.orghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNEdNQaqJAM

Friday, January 19, 2018

Free parent workshop at Lindamood-Bell

The Lindamood-Bell Learning Center is offering a free parent workshop next week!  On January 25, from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, "Imagine Better Homework" will show parents techniques to help their students with challenging homework, using imagery-language connections. Topics will include how to help your child keep track of assignments, asking questions that boost comprehension, and tips for managing homework when decoding is an issue.  Attendees will receive a Homework Survival Kit! The center is located at 1800 Hog Mountain Road, Building 1000, Suite 101, Watkinsville. To learn more about the workshop, visit the website: 

https://lindamoodbell.com/event/imagine-better-homework-parent-workshop-athens

Or, you can call (706) 424-0925 or athens.center@lindamoodbell.com

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Athens FitBody Boot Camp Benefit!

Athens FitBody Boot Camp is hosting a unique fundraiser, benefiting people with disabilities in our community!  On Saturday, January 20, they will be offering 30 minutes fitness sessions for a minimum $7.00 donation - you can donate more, of course! - and 100% of contributions will go to Oconee County Special Olympics, Clarke County Special Olympics, or ESP (you choose which one).  Start off the year getting fit, and register today!  Athens FitBody Boot Camp is located at 3569 Atlanta Highway (in the Academy Sports shopping center, behind Chick Fil A). 

Help spread the word!

Check out the website for more details! 
https://www.bootcampbenefit.com/

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Really Short Gift Guide!

This recent article is from Jane Grillo, the parent mentor in White County...sharing!
Every year many parents struggle with the questions from families and friends about gift giving for their special needs child. Especially if you have many children in the house. No one should be left out and yet, you know that it is almost more disappointing if the special needs child ends up with a bunch of weird gifts that are just not compatible with his/her ability level or… worse… interest. My son literally rolls his eyes with the babyish gifts often sent his way.
I know the gift givers mean well. So, every year I have developed a (really short) resource list to help folks do a better job of shopping for special kids - think of it as diversity shopping training!  Note: this is not an advertisement, but information provided as a resource for you!
Fatbrain Toyshttps://www.fatbraintoys.com/special_needs/   I like this one because it is well organized and gives you quick info so you can decide pretty quickly how far down the page you want to search.
Ah, Pinterest, how I love thee… How can I even count the multitudes of ideas you have given me for FREE!   http://www.pinterest.com/lasenders/gift-ideas-for-kids-with-special-needs/
Toys R Us has been doing a buying guide for years. They announced that they are filing for bankruptcy this year, but the stores are still open.  So… here it is.  I have been impressed with how well this is done. Hopefully it will stick around. What I like best is it is opportunity to empower friends and relatives with a more “inclusive” shopping experience for special needs kids.  Meaning, that they can buy stuff for your “special needs” child in the same store they buy toys and games for their own kids.  http://www.toysrus.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3261680
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Resource for Planning for the Future

As parents plan for post-high school life for their children who experience disability, gathering useful information and resources becomes more and more important!  The Pacer Center on Transition and Employment has lots of family-friendly information about planning for independent living, for people with disabilities and their families.  You'll find resources on ABLE accounts, developing skills for independence and supported decision making! Check out their latest newsletter here: