Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Planning for life after high school

(The Northeast Georgia Disability Conference & Expo this Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8:30 to 3:30 at UGA will also offer conference sessions and exhibits on this topic!  See previous post!)

The website AbilityPath is a great resource for information on issues related to raising a child with special needs.  This booklet, available for download, may be helpful as you plan for this journey for you & your young adult!  Visit Life After High School to check it out!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Opening New Worlds Conference

The 2015 Opening New Worlds Conference is planned for Saturday, March 21, from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at First Baptist Decatur.  This event is open to people with developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers, and congregations.  There will be classes on topics relating to supporting people with disabilities and their families, including a panel of churches with special needs ministries, and a talent show and artist's market.  Registration is $20 and includes lunch; please RSVP by March 11.  First Baptist Decatur is located at 308 Clairemont Avenue in Decatur; for more information, check out the flyer:  ONW flyer

Friday, February 6, 2015

Northeast Georgia Disability Conference & Expo

The 7th annual Northeast Georgia Disability Conference & Expo will be held on Saturday, February 28, from 8:30 am t0 3:30 pm, at the University of Georgia’s Tate Center, next to Sanford Stadium, 45 Baxter Street, Athens.  This free event is for educators, community partners, and families of those with learning challenges or disabilities.
The Disability Conference & Expo is co-sponsored by the Northeast Georgia Transition Team (NEGATT), an alliance of community partners and special education representatives from 13 local school districts, and the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Education at UGA.  The conference theme is “Composing Your Own Song”; the featured speaker will be Laura Nadine, an award-winning violinist, composer, film maker, and mother with autism.  Exhibitors include support groups, recreation groups, therapists, college disability service providers, financial advisors specializing in special needs planning, and more.  The free conference learning sessions, offered throughout the day, cover topics that include planning for college, a public forum on changes to Medicaid waivers, adolescent development and wellness, social skills and behavior support,  planning for your child’s financial future, and much more.  Plan to attend, and begin “composing a symphony of success” for your loved one with special needs!  Register for this free event at (search “NEGATT”); lunch will be provided for the first 150 registrants! To see the list of conference sessions, visit  Other questions? Contact, or call 706-769-5130 ext. 1210.

Monday, January 26, 2015

"Ask An Attorney" Workshop Rescheduled!

The speaker for tonight's "Ask the Attorney" parent workshop has the flu!  The workshop has been rescheduled for Monday, February 9, at 6:30 at Oconee Veterans Park, in the conference room.  Parents of students with special needs can take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the issues surrounding guardianship, considerations for planning a will, and NEW details of the recently approved ABLE Act.  Please plan to attend on this new date - you can register by email to or by calling 706-769-5130 extension 1210.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Planning for the future? "Ask an Attorney"!

The first Weeknight Workshop of this semester for parents of students with special needs will be on Monday, January 26; "Ask an Attorney" will give parents an opportunity to gather information and ask questions about planning for their child's future.  Local attorney Dennise Grayson will go over the guardianship process in Oconee County, discuss things to consider when making a will, and answer other questions related to making financial plans for the future.  If you have questions on these issues, be sure to join us!  We will meet at 6:30 pm in the community room at Oconee Veterans Park, on Highway 53 in Watkinsville.  RSVP to or by calling 706-769-5130 ext. 1210. 

Autism "Across the Spectrum" Conference

The 4th annual Southeastern "Across the Spectrum" Autism/Asperger Conference and Expo will be Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, 2015 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in Norcross, Georgia. Each year people from all across the country attend this conference and receive information on cutting edge research, amazing educational tools and strategies, and insight and inspiration from world class presenters and exhibitors.  Online registration is now open - visit for more information.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ESP's Big Hearts Pageant 2015

The Big Hearts Pageant is coming up soon!  This wonderful community event is held at the Classic Center in Athens, and will be on Saturday, February 7, at 4:00.  Each year Extra Special People (ESP) brings together members of the northeast Georgia community with the children and families that it serves; the Pageant is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of our community's most big-hearted individuals, while leaving their disabilities in the wings.  The event begins with a fabulous silent auction in the Fire Hall at 3:00; the pageant begins in the theater at 4:00; and the evening concludes with a banquet at 7:00. 

Tickets for the pageant are on sale now through the Classic Center Box Office:  Big Hearts Tickets
For information about tickets to the banquet, or for other questions, contact .  Don't miss out on a fantastic evening!