Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 Summer Recreation Directory

Check out this resource for ideas on summer camps, etc. for your child....to keep summertime boredom away!  Here's the link:  2014 Summer Recreation Directory
It's also included in the resources on the right hand side of this page!

Friday, April 4, 2014

iCan Bike Camp in Rockdale

The Rockdale County Autism Support Group will host the iCan Shine Bike Camp at Rockdale County High School from July 14-18, 2014.  The program is to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle and become lifelong, independent riders. Bike riding provides individuals the ability to have a more active lifestyle and feel included while promoting health and wellness. There are only 40 spots available, so please sign up as soon as possible if interested!
Camp Dates:       July 14 - July 18, 2014
Parent / Volunteer Orientation:  Sunday, July 13

Location:  Rockdale County High School, 1174 Bulldog Circle, Conyers, GA
Qualification Requirements:
·       Minimum of 8 years of age
·       With a disability
·       Able to walk without assistive device
·       Able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet
·       Able to sidestep to both sides
·       Minimum inseam of 20”
·       Maximum weight 220 lbs.
·       Able to attend camp all 5 days
Camp Fee: $150 (check due with application)
To register as a rider or volunteer, please click the appropriate link below:

If you have any questions, please email:  icanbikerockdale@gmail.com

Friday, March 28, 2014

Oconee Spring Parent Academy

The weather is changing, and spring is here - the perfect time to grow and learn!  Put Saturday, April 19 on your calendar & plan to grow with us at Oconee County Schools' Spring Academy, especially for parents of students with disabilities!  From 9:30 to 1:30, at Oconee County Elementary, parents will learn about "Growing a Positive Behavior Plan", with Jason Cavin, from Georgia State University's Center for Leadership in Disability.  The Positive Behavior Supports process enables families to discover the roots of behavioral challenges, and develop specific strategies for addressing them...partnering with their child's school to help their student be successful.  Parents will have the opportunity to develop a specific plan to meet their child's needs!

Spring Academy is free to those who pre-register!  Volunteers from AutismUGA are planning children's activities, including an egg hunt, for those parents who require childcare in order to attend the workshop - and Oconee Pilot Club is sponsoring lunch for attendees, too!  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, no later than Wednesday April 16!  Contact Amy McCollum at amccollum@oconeeschools.org or 706-769-5130 ext 1210 to reserve your place, and take advantage of this opportunity!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Workshop Series from AADD

All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) is one of the longest-serving organizations in Georgia that provides support and resources to people with developmental disabilities.  They are hosting a series of family workshops during the month of April at their offices in Decatur on topics including job readiness, dating & relationships, legal issues, and more:  if you'd like more information, visit http://aadd.org/how-we-help/community-engagement/community-happenings/

Monday, March 3, 2014

Oconee Challenge Baseball

If your child loves baseball, but typical Little League baseball isn't a good fit, consider trying Challenge Baseball!  In cooperation with Oconee Little League, the group will play on Saturdays, with buddies/coaches who support and guide them as they learn the basics of baseball and play scrimmage games.  There is a team sponsor, so there is no cost to play.  Opening day is March 22, at the Bogart Sports Complex!  Games will be every Saturday morning until May 17.  If interested, please contact Lisa Nelms at lisalm@bellsouth.net or 706-769-1102 soon to ensure your player's uniform is ordered in time.

Friday, February 28, 2014

More Summer Camp Info

Extra Special People (ESP) in Watkinsville begins summer camp registration TODAY!  Go to the ESP website  ESP  to see the dates for camp, and to access the "camp week request" form, between now and March 28!

Special Olympics Georgia hosts a week of summer camp for Special Olympics athletes.  Camp Inspire gives athletes ages 13 - 18 an opportunity to experience a week of "sleep-away" camp and work on their athletic event skills; for more information, click this link: Camp Inspire

Aerie Experiences is based just north of Atlanta, Georgia and serves children and families from across the Southeast and the United States. Aerie focuses on children, individuals and families navigating Aspergers, High Functioning Autism, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Neurobiological Disorders and other special needs.  Summer camp expeditions take place in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Social Adventure groups take place north of Atlanta at Chattahoochee River National Park. Teen Respite Weekends and Family Weekends take place in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.  For more information, visit Aerie Experiences

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Special Needs Parenting Magazine

This online publication has a bunch of good articles - on everything from financial planning to dietary choices.  You can subscribe online for free!