Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Educator with Asperger's offers advice

John Miller is a teacher in Florida who was diagnosed with Asperger's as an adult; he has written a book and several articles on his experiences growing up being "different".  He now has a graduate degree and is an educator of students with autism, and speaks to groups all over the country; he shares some of his insights in a recent Washington Post article.  You can read it here.  It's fascinating to read his perspective on educating students who learn differently!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Get Georgia Reading!

This summer, Georgia families have FREE access to over 10,000 digital books!  The partnership between Get Georgia Reading and myON will allow students to explores dozens of categories and genres through August 31, through the myOn mobile app.  Take advantage of this opportunity to build your child's reading skills, at any reading level! Visit http://about.myon.com/GetGAREADING to learn more, and start reading together!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Automatic for Autism at Cine'

In celebration of April being National Autism Awareness Month, plan to attend a free movie screening at Cine'!  The theater is located at 234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens; the event will feature a screening of the movie "Autism in Love",  a feature-length documentary from PBS' Independent Lens series.  The movie will be followed by a discussion panel, and donations will be taken to support the Applied Behavioral Analysis Clinic at the University of Georgia.  Join us on April 19 at 5:30 pm!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Workshop for Parents of Teens

Do you have questions about helping your teen through adolescence - and maybe a few questions on how to stay sane yourself? "Growing Healthy Habits:  Supporting Healthy Adolescent Development in Youth with Disabilities" will be the topic of Oconee County Schools' Spring Parent Academy, just for parents of students with special needs.  Cyndi White from Family Counseling Service will share ideas for preparing for adolescence, setting boundaries, healthy body image, safety, and more - in a relaxed & humorous way!  Saturday, April 16, from 9 am - 1 pm, at Oconee County Middle School's Media Center.  Lunch provided but no childcare.  Please register no later than Wednesday April 13 by email: amccollum@oconeeschools.org.  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Myles-a-Part Summer Scholarships

The Myles-a-Part Summer Scholarship program is offering support to families facing autism.  There are scholarships available to assist with summer activities!  The deadline for application is March 31. To learn more about Myles-a-Part, visit http://www.mylesapart.org/aboutus.html.  To apply for a summer scholarship. click HERE.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Parent Workshop: Planning for the Future

Making a plan for your child's future can seem like an overwhelming task - but if your child has special needs, it's even more important!  Some decisions need to be made:  Should I consider legal guardianship for my young adult with significant disabilities?  Who will care for my child if something happens to me?  Where do I begin to plan for my child's financial future?  Next Monday, March 21, at 6:30 pm at Oconee Veterans Park, Oconee County Schools' Special Student Services is offering a parent workshop to help families gather information to make these important decisions. Judge David Anglin from Oconee County Probate Court, and local attorney Dennise Grayson will share information and expertise on guardianship, wills, and trusts - to give parents the tools they need as they make choices for their families.  Register by email (amccollum@oconeeschools.org) or phone (706-759-5130 ext. 1210).