Thursday, September 18, 2014

Georgia Asperger's Organization

The Georgia Asperger's Organization's TAP (Transition Awareness Program) Club meets this Saturday at Barrow Regional Medical Center, 316 N. Broad Street, 3rd floor, Rooms 1 & 2, Winder, GA 30680. They meet on the 3rd Saturday monthly from 7:00 pm - 9 pm. By attending TAP Club, members can:
1.  Develop self advocacy skills, learn about self determination, and plan for life after high school.
2.  Increase independence and life skills.
3.  Enjoy fun team building activities!
4.  Participate in community service volunteer projects and develop leadership building opportunities. This transition curriculum is ideal for youth age 16 years and up.  Everyone is welcome to attend, however limited space is available. Please call or email for registration or for more information - contact Marcia Singson or call 770-307-0672.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Down syndrome support group

T21: Down Syndrome Support for Northeast Georgia will have their first "official" meeting of the school year on Monday, September 22, from 6:30 - 7:30 at Faith Presbyterian Church (2191 Mars Hill Road).  Please come to talk, laugh, and share with others who experience the joys and challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome.  Childcare is provided.  For more information, contact Debra at

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Georgia Medicaid Basics" workshop

Oconee County Schools and Parent to Parent of Georgia will present a workshop entitled "Georgia Medicaid Basics, and Home and Community-based Services" on Monday, September 29.  The workshop will be held at the Oconee County Civic Center from 6:30-8:30 pm.  If you have questions about how Medicaid programs and services can benefit your child with special needs, then this workshop can give you important information.  We will learn about qualifying for Medicaid services, what's available for children under age 18 (such as the Katie Beckett Deeming Waiver), and what to do to ensure that your child can access appropriate services after age 18.  Questions?  Email  

Friday, August 29, 2014

"The Specials" on September 7

Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the television debut of “The Specials.”  The groundbreaking docu-series shares the funny, honest story of five housemates with intellectual disabilities living the classic student lifestyle in England.  All 13 episodes will air back-to-back on Sunday, September 7 from 2:30 – 9 p.m.

For a sneak peek, please visit:

Filmed over four years and narrated by housemates Sam, Hilly, Lucy, Lewis and Megan, all between the ages of 19-23 and close friends since childhood, “The Specials” shares the ups and downs of their daily lives from first love to heartbreak, from leaving college to finding a job, as well as the day-to-day interactions and complications of sharing a house together. The housemates live life to the max – they enjoy everything from surfing and karaoke to even competing in the Special Olympics.  One of the friends has Williams syndrome, while the other four have Down syndrome.

The Webby Award-winning series was originally produced as short form,10-minute webisodes in England. OWN will televise fresh, newly adapted episodes following housemates as they continue to support each other through major changes in their lives -- everything from breakups, to a parents' divorce and finally an engagement.  The series truly highlights that we are all more alike than different.

Legislative "Listening Tour"

 The road to the capitol starts with a conversation.
Please join us for the
2014 Listening Tour
Who should attend? Folks with disabilities and all those who care about them.
Why? Share what's on your mind with our public policy team & help shape our legislative advocacy. If you want to see change, we want to see you there!
Below is the next stop on the 2014 Tour!  We will send further announcements when we have other stops on our tour confirmed.
When: Thursday, September 4, 6 - 8 PM
Where: The Oaks @ The Lanier Charter Career Academy
            2719 Tumbling Creek Rd., Gainesville, GA 30504
RSVP: Click here to sign up to attend one of the tour stops
(or copy and paste this link into your browser to sign up:

Bring your favorite potluck dish to share!
Any questions: 404-657-2126 or 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Actor reflects on his career

Chris Burke, the actor who played "Corky" on the 90's television series "Life Goes On", appeared on an episode of "Oprah's Where Are They Now" last night, August 24.  Burke was the first actor with Down syndrome to play a part on a prime-time television series.  "It really shows we all have different talents, and stick at what you're good at", he said.  Chris Burke continued to have acting roles on television, and currently lives in New York and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society.  See a portion of his interview here

Monday, August 18, 2014

"Recreation Resources" Workshop

Oconee County Schools, Special Student Services is hosting a series of learning opportunities for parents that we are calling "Weeknight Workshops".  Our first session is on "Recreation Resources for Kids with Special Needs", and will be at the Oconee County Civic Center on Monday, August 25, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  Come learn about recreation options in our area, and hear from guest speakers from Extra Special People, the University of Georgia, and Butterfly Dreams Farm!  Any questions?  Email Amy McCollum at