Monday, April 23, 2012

Special Olympics Area Games

Special Olympics Area Games are planned for Friday, April 27, at Athens Christian School (1270 Highway 29 North, Athens).  This event is the final stop before the State Games in May, at Emory University in Atlanta.  Athletes from all over Oconee County will be participating in track and field events.  Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:00 am, and we need fans in the stands - so plan to come out and support our Special Olympians!!!

Free Braves Tickets!

The Hannah Center, a local resource for families living with autism, is partnering with the Atlanta Braves "Reach Out, Be Our Guest" Program to provide free tickets to the Braves/Phillies game at 1:30 on Sunday, April 29.   There are a limited number of tickets available, on a first come-first served basis, so contact David Shoemaker at if you'd like to go!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Vote for Laura!

Our community is so fortunate to have ESP - Extra Special People, a non-profit serving children and young adults with developmental disabilities in Oconee County and all of Northeast Georgia.  The Executive Director of ESP, Laura Whitaker, has been nominated for a Georgia Impact Award, a state-wide honor for her work with ESP!  The Parent to Parent of Georgia Impact Awards recognize individuals whose actions demonstrate, support, or lead to inclusion of individuals with disabilities so they can meaningfully participate in all aspects of life. Finalists were selected by committee and winners are chosen by public on-line voting. Voting will take place NOW through April 20 and statewide winners will be announced May 1, 2012.  Anyone can vote for the nominees, so go to this link and vote for Laura today - bringing statewide recognition to ESP!!!

Transition Workshop

On Thursday, April 19, at the Oconee County Library at 6:30 pm, parents of students with disabilities have a great opportunity to learn more about the transition out of high school and into "real life"!  The workshop and discussion group is entitled "Where Do We Go From Here?  Preparing for Transition from High School".  Parent to Parent of Georgia will present information on the transition process, and representatives from local agencies who provide support services to people with disabilities will be present to speak with families.  There will also be information about and application forms for Georgia Medicaid Waivers - especially important for families of students with intellectual disabilties.  If you have a student in middle or high school, and have questions about planning for "real life", please plan to attend!