Thursday, December 5, 2019

Webinar: Early Planning for College / Career Success!

The Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium will host another webinar next week in their series of parent learning opportunities.  "Early Planning for Maximum Success after High School"  will give parents strategies for making the move from high school to college/career independence for their student with a disability!  The webinar will be Wednesday, December 11, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.  Visit this link to learn more and to register for this free training:

Monday, November 18, 2019

Big Hearts in Bloom!

Extra Special People (ESP) hosts the best night of the year at the Classic Center in Athens!  The Big Hearts pageant will be on Saturday, February 15, 2020 - this year's theme is Big Hearts in Bloom.  Come join a packed house at the Classic Center as ESP's participants shine, leaving their disabilities in the wings as they take the stage!  Tickets are on sale now online or at the Classic Center Box Office:  

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Fun with Santa!

Barrow County Family Connection has arranged for a special time with Santa, for young children with special needs!  On Thursday, November 14, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm, at the Wimberly Center in Winder (163 MLK Jr. Drive, Winder). Donations accepted - bring your own camera!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Presidential Candidate Forum on Disability Issues

On Tuesday, November 19, a forum for the presidential candidates on topics related to disability issues will be held in Atlanta!  The event is planned for 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington Street SW, Atlanta.  This will precede the televised Democratic debate in Atlanta on November 20.  All of the candidates have been invited (visit for a list of confirmed attendees).  What a great opportunity to advocate for people with disabilities!  The event will be broadcast by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) on Facebook Live, or you can participate by submitting your questions to The forum is free, but due to limited space, registration is required - register at this link:

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Inclusive College Programs in Georgia

Georgia is home to nine colleges with programs specifically for students with intellectual or developmental challenges; the Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium coordinates the development of these programs at the state level.  These programs provide opportunities for college experiences and job skills development that were unheard of in the past!  The University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Georgia Southern - all have inclusive programs; for more information on applications requirements, costs, etc., visit

GaIPSEC is producing a series of parent webinars, on topics that will help families prepare for this important transition; visit this link to take advantage of these free learning opportunities!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Parent Workshop: Prepping for College

Students with IEPs who are investigating college options can receive supports to help them be successful - but it's not the same as high school!  How should you support your student as they prepare for this milestone?  Join us at the Oconee County Civic Center on Monday, October 21, at 6:30 pm to learn more about "College Prep for Students with IEPs".  A representative from the University of North Georgia will give advice and guidance on testing, documentation requirements to qualify for supports, how to access accommodations, and more!  We will also hear from a parent who has recently helped their student navigate this process.  Register at this link:

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Supported Decision-Making Workshop

The Georgia Advocacy Office, in conjuction with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, is sponsoring a symposium on Supported Decision- Making, with Morgan K. Whitlatch, Esq. Ms. Whitlatch is the Legal Director at Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the interests of people with developmental disabilities. Morgan has extensive experience in implementing systemic policy, practice, and training initiatives, including those of the National Resource Center on Supported Decision-Making and the Jenny Hatch Justice Project (JHJP), which are dedicated to advancing the “Right to Make Choices” of people who live with disabilities or who are elderly. Notably, Morgan co-represented Jenny Hatch in fighting for her right to engage in Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to permanent plenary guardianship.
OCTOBER 17, 2019
4-7 pm
Courtyard Marriott Emory/Decatur
130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Register here: GAO Symposium
Contact Dana Lloyd at the Georgia Advocacy Office for more information