Oconee County Schools is hosting a free workshop for parents of students with disabilities on Monday, January 23, at 6:30 pm. Presented by Parent to Parent of Georgia, "Keys to Help Your Teen Get a First Job" will give parents valuable information on the employer's perspective in hiring people with disabilities, how to address workplace accommodations, and practical tips to help teens get that first job. Join us in the community meeting room at Oconee Veterans Park, 3500A Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville.
Legislation that would provide tracking devices and resources to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is one step closer to becoming federal law. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 346 to 66 last Thursday to pass the measure known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law. The bill would expand an existing program that helps people with Alzheimer’s disease who are prone to bolting to include children with developmental disabilities too. Research shows that about half of kids on the spectrum have wandered away from a safe place, and advocates point to more than 100 deaths stemming from wandering incidents since 2011 involving children with autism or Down syndrome. Check out this link to learn more: New Legislation
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is once again sponsoring Advocacy Days at the State Capitol building in Atlanta. There will be an opportunity for you to voice your support for inclusive post-secondary education (January 18), advocate for additional funding for services for people with developmental disabilities (February 1 and 8), and give support for improved employment opportunities (February 23). Visit the GCDD website for more information and to register to attend one of these Advocacy Days: GCDD Advocacy Days
Butterfly Dreams Farm invites the community to come to the annual Winter Festival and Horse Show on Sunday, December 4, from 12 - 4 pm. Come visit the farm and play games, make crafts, have snacks, bid on silent auction items, and watch as the students in Butterfly Dreams therapeutic riding program demonstrate their skills! The judges include members of UGA's equestrian team. Visit and learn more about Butterfly Dreams Farm (2981 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville)!
Autism Speaks has developed a booklet on sleep strategies for families of teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). "Many people
with ASD have trouble with sleep throughout their life. This can be stressful for them and for their
families. The major sleep problems are trouble falling asleep and waking often at night. These problems
are often related, so creating habits that help someone fall asleep more easily may also help them stay
asleep during the night." You can find a copy of the booklet here: Sleep & Teens with ASD
1800 Hog Mountain Road Building 1000, Suite 101 Watkinsville, Ga 30677
We're still looking for committee members who would be willing to help us make an impact in the community by taking part in running this support group. Some but not all of the things we need help with are as follows. You don't need to already know how to do any of them. Just be willing to learn.
Creating Email's Just Like This One
Managing Our Facebook Page
Answering Questions from Interested People about the Support Group
Putting Up Flyers or Posters
Calling Schools and Educators
Calling Medical Providers
Researching Content for Our Meetings
Changing Content on Our Website (Coming Soon)
Please email email@example.com to RSVP for the meeting on Nov. 15, and/or if you're interested in making lifelong friends and helping our community better understand what ADHD is - and how we can help each other embrace its' unique opportunities and challenges.