Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fragile Kids Foundation Grants

The Fragile Kids Foundation, serving every Georgia county, has announced that currently there are grants available to families in need of medical equipment not covered by Medicaid and private insurance. Children with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Mitochondrial and many genetic/traumatic disorders, from birth to 21 are encouraged to apply. Commonly funded items include wheelchair lifts (for vans, stairs, ceilings), home ramping, seating, strollers and many other items. In addition to the equipment grants, there is a comprehensive Loaned Equipment Program for children in need of therapy and rehabilitative tools. For more information and to download applications, visit

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Down Syndrome Support Group

Down Syndrome Support for Northeast Georgia (new name!) will meet on Monday, January 28, from 6:30 - 7:30, at Faith Presbyterian Church (2191 Mars Hill Rd, Watkinsville).  Join us to learn and share!  Families with children of any age are welcome and child care is available; contact Amy ( or Debra ( with questions!

ESPlanning Ahead: Medicaid

As was posted on December 6, ESP (Extra Special People) is partnering with professionals to provide families of children with disabilities an opportunity to learn how to plan for their child's future.  The series is called ESPlanning Ahead, and the first parent workshop will be this Thursday, January 24, from 6:30 - 8:30 at ESP (189 VFW Drive, Watkinsville).  Parents and caregivers will learn about Medicaid and other assistance programs; how they can provide support for your child; and how to begin the application process.  If you have questions on this topic, please take advantage of this no-cost opportunity!  To RSVP, visit

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Seminar Series - Autism 101

The Autism Society of America, Georgia Chapter, in partnership with Emory Autism Center, is presenting a 10 week series of seminars entitled "Autism 101".  The series begins February 4, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm; classes will be held in Atlanta.  The seminars are free for parents!  Each week attendees will have an opportunity to receive information from a professional on the weekly topic, and also be able to discuss, ask questions, and develop materials to use at home to support their child with autism (ages 1 - 11).  Planned topics include enhancing social & play skills; funding, services and advocacy; promoting language development; behavior managment strategies; and much more.  To see the full schedule, and to register, visit

Monday, January 14, 2013

Kids Resource Fair - Atlanta

The Kids Enabled Resource Fair 2013 will be held on Sunday, January 27, from 2 - 5 pm at the Wyndam Hotel (6345 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30339.  This interactive and informative event is for parents and caregivers of children with learning and developmental differences.  Learn more about services, professionals, and activities available in Georgia for those with learning challenges.  To learn more and register, visit

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Disability Day at the Capitol

Thursday, February 21 is the 15th Annual Disability Day at the State Capitol.  This rally, sponsored each year by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities on the steps of the capitol building, promotes access, opportunity and meaningful community living for Georgians with disabilities and their families. Hundreds of Georgia citizens with and without disabilities, as well as elected officials, State legislators and advocates from across the State gather together to make their voices heard!  To learn more about this inspiring event, visit  
or go to to register (there is no cost to attend).

Friday, January 4, 2013

NE Georgia Autism Society

WHO: Northeast Georgia Chapter of the Autism Society of America
WHAT: Meet, Greet, and Share for individuals, caregivers, educators, professionals, and volunteers.
WHEN: Saturday, January 26th from 10am-12pm
WHERE: Barnett Shoals Elementary School (3220 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens)
Come learn more about support for people with autism and their families!
For more information call Renee Feldman at 706-208-0066 or email

ESP Town Hall Meeting

There will be a "town hall" style parent information meeting for ESP (Extra Special People) on Sunday, January 6, at the Watkinsville Community Center, at 2:00 pm.  Please plan to attend & learn more about plans for ESP 360 (the afterschool programs), administrative changes, special events, and summer camp!  ESP supports many children & young adults with developmental disabilities in Oconee County and from all over northeast Georgia; if you don't know about the vital role ESP plays in our community, this is a great opportunity to learn more! The Watkinsville Community Center is right next door to the ESP Building, at 191 VFW Drive, Watkinsville.