Monday, May 21, 2018

Online Parent University

Finding resources to help a child who is exhibiting behavioral and/or emotional needs can be an overwhelming task. The Georgia Network of Educational and Therapeutic Supports (GNETS) and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) have come together to offer a GNETS Virtual University, making available a variety of videos highlighting some of the resources available across the state.  GNETS and GaDOE hope you will watch any and all videos that will meet your needs as a parent who needs help finding resources for your child. Topics include:

  • Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Disability: An Overview
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • Therapeutic Supports
Visit this link to learn more about this free resource!   GNETS Parent University

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New Summer Activity Guide

The 2018 Summer Activity Guide is now available!  It contains lots of information on activities, recreational opportunities, and respite options for children with special needs.  While some of the information is specific to the metro Atlanta area, the guide also lists resources in northeast Georgia.  You'll find the link under "Resources" on the right side of this page - and also here:



Thursday, May 3, 2018

Autism Awareness with the Atlanta Braves

Autism Awareness Day is on Sunday, June 3 at SunTrust Park! Come watch the Braves take on the Washington Nationals at 1:35 p.m. from your seats in left field. Those on the Autism spectrum will receive a complimentary ticket, with the purchase of one or more tickets at gate price. As part of this ticket package, $9 of every full price ticket will go back to Autism Speaks Georgia Chapter.  All participants are welcome to use our quiet room in the Terrace Gardens, which is located near your seats.

Here's the link with more info, or to purchase tickets: https://www.mlb.com/braves/tickets/specials/autism-awareness


Monday, April 30, 2018

College Survey

Yet another survey!  This one is designed to gather information on college programs for students with disabilities - if this is of interest to you, please give your input!
To better understand how college programs after high school support parents of and students with disabilities, we request your input on this brief survey about your knowledge and experience with college programs for students for disabilities.

The survey takes approximately 5 minutes.
Please complete by May 7, 2018.

If you are not a parent of a student with a disability or a student with a disability, please take the General Public survey.
The survey is being conducted by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Consortium.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Workshop: Sibling Relationships

On Monday, April 16, from 6:30 - 8:30, OCS will offer another free parent workshop. "Siblings and Disability: Balancing Family Relationships" will be led by Cyndi White, a licensed family counselor with Family Counseling Service of Athens and fellow Parent Mentor; we will share information and personal experience to give you tools to help balance family life.  Sibling relationships may be the longest of your child's life - longer than their relationships with friends, with other caregivers, even with you!  Join us at Oconee Veterans Park in the community meeting room.  Register by email: amccollum@oconeeschools.org.