Thursday, May 11, 2017

Destination Dawgs @ UGA

The University of Georgia's Destination Dawgs program just completed their first semester! Destination Dawgs is UGA's inclusive post secondary education program, for students age 18 - 25 with intellectual disabilities; these students have a personal desire, and support from family, to attend college and gain skills for self-determination, independent living, and career development. Destination Dawgs is currently accepting applications for students to begin in January 2018 - check out the website for more information on applying to this awesome program! The application deadline is May 15!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

GVRA Meeting in Athens

On Wednesday, May 17, the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) will hold a public meeting in Athens, to receive public input on proposed changes to vocational rehabilitation policies. The public meeting will be held from 11 am - 1 pm at the Department of Labor office, at 150 Evelyn Neely Drive, Athens.  There will be seven other meetings around the state, to enable GVRA to receive input from across Georgia.  You can read the proposed changes and make comments online here: https://gvs.georgia.gov/webform/provide-comment-proposed-policy-changes 

Vocational Rehabilitation services are vital to our high school aged students with disabilities; the evaluations and services help them prepare for life after high school.  Take advantage of the opportunity to voice your opinion!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New AD/HD Fact Sheet & Resource Guide

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), a website dedicated to providing expertise and resources to families of children with disabilities, has developed a new fact sheet with information on AD/HD, with resources for both families and teachers. Take a look at this new resource HERE - you can print and share with others as well!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ESP Spring Recital

If you'd like to learn more about ESP (Extra Special People), then plan to attend the Spring Recital on Sunday, April 30!



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Advocacy Training Part 2

Georgia Hands and Voices is offering part 2 of their free parent training, to provide educational advocacy skills to parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, or have other disabilities. Advocacy, Support and Training (ASTra) Part 2 will be on Saturday, April 22, from 10 am - 2 pm at the Watkinsville campus of Extra Special People (ESP), 189 VFW Drive, Watkinsville. While supplies last, attendees will receive a free copy of "Educational Advocacy: The Hands and Voices Guidebook"!  Childcare is available as well to those who register.  Reserve your place & register for this wonderful workshop by contacting Deshonda Washington at deshonda@gahandsandvoices.org or 470-991-9165 before April 17.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sifting Through Your Parental Rights

Oconee Schools, Special Education and Parent to Parent of Georgia will present "Sifting Through Your Parental Rights" on Monday, April 17, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Oconee Veterans Park community room (3500A Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville).  This workshop will provide parents of students with disabilities an overview of their rights under IDEA, including confidentiality, consent, prior notice, free and appropriate public education (FAPE), and dispute resolution methods. To register, please visit this link:

Monday, March 20, 2017