Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Info Session on Destination Dawgs!

The University of Georgia offers an inclusive college program just for students with disabilities - Destination Dawgs!  Students with intellectual disabilities, between the ages of 18 - 25, can participate in this 5 semester program and complete a UGA Certificate in Career Readiness. Want to learn more, and see if this program is right for your student?  Visit the Destination Dawgs website at https://www.fcs.uga.edu/ihdd/destination-dawgs   or register to attend the Spring Information Session on Friday, March 8UGA Destination Dawgs Info Session

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Save the Date! Parent Conference February 23

The 2019 Northeast Georgia disAbility Conference and Expo will be Saturday, February 23, from 8 am - 1 pm, at Piedmont College Athens.  Oconee County Schools is a sponsoring partner for this free annual event!   The conference is an excellent opportunity for parents to hear professionals speak on topics that are important to families of students with learning differences or disabilities; examples include guardianship, financial planning, college opportunities, and encouraging healthy and safe relationships for teenagers.  There are two sessions especially for teens/young adults, on building skills for independence!  The Expo will include numerous exhibitors from resource providers, support groups, recreation groups, and more - what a great opportunity to gather information and make connections! Plan to attend and "Focus on the Future"!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Gigi's Playhouse - A Playdate in Watkinsville!

Gigi's Playhouse is coming to Watkinsville on Saturday, January 26, at ActiveKidz Therapy (1071 Thomas Avenue) from 9:30 - 12:00.  Sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, this fun event will offer a variety of activities, for very young children through teens - see the flyer below!


Parent Workshop: Katie Beckett Waivers

On Monday, January 28, Oconee County Schools is sponsoring a free parent workshop on Georgia Medicaid and Katie Beckett Deeming Waivers.  Presented by Parent to Parent of Georgia, the workshop will give an overview of Medicaid programs and services for people with disabilities, and the Katie Beckett Waiver (for children under age 18).  Learn what the eligibility requirements are, how to apply, and tips on getting an application approved!  The workshop will be at the Oconee Civic Center at 6:30 pm.  You can register at this link:

"Friday Night Hangs" Social Skills Group in Athens


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

SuperFest 2019

Registration is open for SuperFest 2019, an inclusive football and cheer experience for kids 8+ with and without developmental disabilities!  This once-in-a-lifetime clinic, scrimmage and performance will be Saturday, February 2, 10 am - 1 pm - the day before the Superbowl in Atlanta. Participants will gather at the Georgia State Football Practice Facility and learn from professional football coaches, NFL alumni, and NFL cheerleaders, and have a gameday experience - the event is featured on ESPN. Registration information can be found here: www.thematthewfoundation.org/2019-atlanta.html

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Advocacy Days at the Capitol

The Georgia legislative session is beginning, and issues concerning people with disabilities need to be addressed!  Join the Georgia Council for Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) in Atlanta for Advocacy Days, to speak with elected officials and educate lawmakers on policies affecting our loved ones.  Plan to attend any or all 5 Advocacy Days: here are the dates and topics!

  • January 30 – Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Day – Join current students, future enrollees and alumni of Inclusive Post-Secondary Education programs here in Georgia as we educate our legislators about the increased employment opportunities these programs provide.
  • February 12 – Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers Day – Join us to advocate for the protection of and increase of more funding to reduce waiting lists for HCBS services like Katie Beckett, NOW, COMP, ICWP, CCSP and SOURCE waivers.
  • February 14 – Everyone Out! – Let’s advocate for all those with disabilities stuck in institutional settings here in Georgia!
  • February 27 – Direct Support Professional (DSP) Day – Come speak with your legislators about the workforce shortage of DSPs here in Georgia as well as the importance of a caregiver registry open to all HCBS waivers. 
  • March 6 – Supported Decision-Making Day – Join us to educate our lawmakers on Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to guardianship for adults with disabilities.