Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Guardianship, Wills and Trusts Workshop

As previously advertised, the final ESPlanning Ahead workshop in our 3-workshop series will be held tonight, April 22, on the topic of guardianship, wills and trusts.  At 6:30 pm, at the ESP Cottage (189 VFW Drive, Watkinsville), local attorney Dennise Grayson will give guidance on the process of planning for your child's financial future!  All parents who are interested in this topic are welcome to attend.

Georgia Aquarium Camp H2O

Happy Earth Day!  In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to let you know about an opportunity for learning about the environment this summer.  The Georgia Aquarium offers Camp H2O throughout the summer to give kids an inside look at the animals and environments of the aquatic realm.  During the first week of June, staff and counselors, in collaboration with the Marcus Institute, offer a week of camp experience for children with special needs!  Campers will learn about the animals and their habitats as they explore the galleries at the Georgia Aquarium. Campers will create a travel scrapbook by compiling drawings, journal entries and more, reinforcing their experience by engaging in arts and craft projects, games and other activities.  This experience is designed for children ages 5 - 8.  For more information, visit Camp H2O.

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.