Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!  This October we have an opportunity to learn more about Down syndrome, to promote respect and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome, and to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions as valued members of the community.  The Atlanta Buddy Walk will be held on Sunday, October 19, at Centennial Olympic Park; families from all over Georgia (including a group from Oconee!) will walk in celebration of their family members with Down syndrome.   To learn more about Down Syndrome, visit; to learn more about the Buddy Walk, visit

Monday, September 22, 2014

Caregiver Workshops at the Marcus Autism Center

The Marcus Autism Center at Emory University's Department of Pediatrics and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta offers caregiver workshops for parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  They are taught by professionals from the Marcus Center and are offered at low cost to parents (most are $10), and cover topics that are targeted to a wide range of ages of children with disabilities; for example, topics include behavior management, developing appropriate IEP goals, toilet training, improving social skills, and more.  The workshops are held at the Marcus Center campus (1920 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta 30329).   Visit for a complete list and links for registration.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Georgia Asperger's Organization

The Georgia Asperger's Organization's TAP (Transition Awareness Program) Club meets this Saturday at Barrow Regional Medical Center, 316 N. Broad Street, 3rd floor, Rooms 1 & 2, Winder, GA 30680. They meet on the 3rd Saturday monthly from 7:00 pm - 9 pm. By attending TAP Club, members can:
1.  Develop self advocacy skills, learn about self determination, and plan for life after high school.
2.  Increase independence and life skills.
3.  Enjoy fun team building activities!
4.  Participate in community service volunteer projects and develop leadership building opportunities. This transition curriculum is ideal for youth age 16 years and up.  Everyone is welcome to attend, however limited space is available. Please call or email for registration or for more information - contact Marcia Singson or call 770-307-0672.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Down syndrome support group

T21: Down Syndrome Support for Northeast Georgia will have their first "official" meeting of the school year on Monday, September 22, from 6:30 - 7:30 at Faith Presbyterian Church (2191 Mars Hill Road).  Please come to talk, laugh, and share with others who experience the joys and challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome.  Childcare is provided.  For more information, contact Debra at

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Georgia Medicaid Basics" workshop

Oconee County Schools and Parent to Parent of Georgia will present a workshop entitled "Georgia Medicaid Basics, and Home and Community-based Services" on Monday, September 29.  The workshop will be held at the Oconee County Civic Center from 6:30-8:30 pm.  If you have questions about how Medicaid programs and services can benefit your child with special needs, then this workshop can give you important information.  We will learn about qualifying for Medicaid services, what's available for children under age 18 (such as the Katie Beckett Deeming Waiver), and what to do to ensure that your child can access appropriate services after age 18.  Questions?  Email  

Friday, August 29, 2014

"The Specials" on September 7

Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the television debut of “The Specials.”  The groundbreaking docu-series shares the funny, honest story of five housemates with intellectual disabilities living the classic student lifestyle in England.  All 13 episodes will air back-to-back on Sunday, September 7 from 2:30 – 9 p.m.

For a sneak peek, please visit:

Filmed over four years and narrated by housemates Sam, Hilly, Lucy, Lewis and Megan, all between the ages of 19-23 and close friends since childhood, “The Specials” shares the ups and downs of their daily lives from first love to heartbreak, from leaving college to finding a job, as well as the day-to-day interactions and complications of sharing a house together. The housemates live life to the max – they enjoy everything from surfing and karaoke to even competing in the Special Olympics.  One of the friends has Williams syndrome, while the other four have Down syndrome.

The Webby Award-winning series was originally produced as short form,10-minute webisodes in England. OWN will televise fresh, newly adapted episodes following housemates as they continue to support each other through major changes in their lives -- everything from breakups, to a parents' divorce and finally an engagement.  The series truly highlights that we are all more alike than different.

Legislative "Listening Tour"

 The road to the capitol starts with a conversation.
Please join us for the
2014 Listening Tour
Who should attend? Folks with disabilities and all those who care about them.
Why? Share what's on your mind with our public policy team & help shape our legislative advocacy. If you want to see change, we want to see you there!
Below is the next stop on the 2014 Tour!  We will send further announcements when we have other stops on our tour confirmed.
When: Thursday, September 4, 6 - 8 PM
Where: The Oaks @ The Lanier Charter Career Academy
            2719 Tumbling Creek Rd., Gainesville, GA 30504
RSVP: Click here to sign up to attend one of the tour stops
(or copy and paste this link into your browser to sign up:

Bring your favorite potluck dish to share!
Any questions: 404-657-2126 or