Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fall Parent Academy

Fall Parent Academy will be held on Saturday, October 26, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, at Oconee County Primary School.  The theme for this free parent workshop is "Stocking Your Parenting Toolbox" - come learn some more "tools" to help you support your child's success in school!  Topics to be covered include discovering your parenting style and how to mesh with your child's personality; learning about assistive technology for young children and how AT can support learning; and tips on identifying the causes of challenging behaviors and developing a plan to address them.  Although this training is designed for parents of preschool and elementary children, all are welcome!  Lunch will be provided by Oconee Pilot Club, and childcare by AutismUGA!  Registration is required - contact Amy McCollum ( or 706-769-5130 ext. 1210)!

Movie Screening @ Cine'

On Thursday, November 7, there will be a special screening of Richard Evert's film "The United States of Autism".  This unique movie chronicles the director's journey across America, using a documentarian's eye to explore the diversity of autism, and how it impacts the lives of families.  The New York Times says the "documentary's chosen angle is meaningful:  the world of autism is as diverse as the nation".  The event will be held at Cine' (234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens) and is sponsored by ESP and AutismUGA.  The screening begins at 7:30 (the film is about 1 1/2 hours long), and tickets are $5.00; plan to attend and enjoy an evening at the movies!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Deeming Waiver Workshop from FOCUS

FOCUS is a non-profit group that provides support and information to families of children with disabilities or who are medically fragile.  Most activities and workshops are in the metro Atlanta area.  On Thursday, October 17, from 10 am - 1 pm, they are hosting a workshop for families interested in applying for a Deeming waiver (also know as a Katie Beckett waiver) from Georgia Medicaid.  Attendees will learn what is needed for the application process.  The workshop is free, but reservations are required; if you'd like to attend, email or call 770-234-9111.  The FOCUS office is located at 3825 Presidential Parkway, Suite 103, Atlanta 30340 (follow this link: Directions to FOCUS).  For more information about FOCUS and its programs, visit

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

DSAA Education Day

The Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta (DSAA) is hosting a Parent Education Day on Saturday, November 2, from 9:30 - 1:30, at Emory University Medical School.  There will be sessions especially for new parents, as well as learning opportunities on IEPs and transition to adult medical care services.  For more information, registration, and directions, follow this link:
 DSAA Education Day.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Rutland Academy Parent Workshops

Rutland Academy and Clarke County Schools are hosting a series of free parent workshops, which will provide information on social and emotional development and health of young children and adolescents.  Scheduled for October 8, January 28, and February 18, these trainings will help parents develop strategies for success in creating positive home environments for their children.  Check out the flyer for more details and contact & registration information:
Rutland Workshop Series

Impact of the Government Shutdown

The shutdown of the federal government is having an impact on people with disabilities and their families; while some services are continuing as usual, others will not be available as long as the shutdown continues.  Read details about how the government shutdown impacts the federal agencies that serve people with disabilities at Disability Scoop; here's the link:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

DS Awareness Month & Buddy Walk

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!  The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) designates the month of October to celebrate and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.  Visit  for more information about supporting DS!  The Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta is sponsoring the Southeast's largest Buddy Walk in celebration of DS Awareness Month, on Sunday, October 13, at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.  Visit to learn more about this great event!