Monday, October 27, 2014

Oconee Schools offer Preschool Screening Day

Do you have concerns about your preschooler's hearing, vision, or speech?  Do you have family or friends who have a young child who may benefit from an evaluation?  Help spread the word!  Oconee County Schools is planning a free Preschool Screening Day for Friday, November 14, from 9 am to noon, by appointment only.  Oconee residents can receive a free screening for their children ages 3 - 4, by Oconee Schools speech, hearing and vision specialists, as well as staff from the University of Georgia Speech and Hearing Clinic.  The screening day will be held at Oconee County High School, 2721 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville.  Remember, you must call to make an appointment:  Paula Bargfrede, 706-769-6655 ext. 3706,, or Suzanne Korngold, Director of Special Student Services, 706-769-5130.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Public Meeting on Medicaid Waiver Services Revisions

Georgia's Medicaid waiver services programs are being revised - and you can give your input into this process.  If your child is currently receiving Medicaid waiver services, OR if you anticipate applying for these services for your child in the future, this public meeting is an opportunity for you to have an impact!  See the important information below!

Critical Public Meetings
You Can Have an Impact Upon Georgia's Medicaid Home and Community Based Services
In March of 2014, to ensure home- and community-based services (HCBS) are integrated, the federal government approved new rules that outline which Medicaid services can be covered and in what setting they can be provided. States are required to create "transition plans" describing the changes they will make to comply with these new regulations. As stakeholders, this is your opportunity to make a difference in the direction Georgia takes in its services.
At this meeting you will:
  • Meet with Medicaid leaders to learn about important changes to HCBS
  • Participate in a focused discussion with other advocates and voice your concerns on current services
  • Review the draft transition plan and provide critical feedback helping to shape the future of services in Georgia
Who should attend: Consumers and Family Members who receive any of the following services:
  • Independent Care Waiver Program (ICWP)
  • New Options Waiver (NOW)
  • Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)
  • Elderly & Disabled Waivers
  • SOURCE (Services Options Using Resources in a Community Environment)
  • Community Care Services Program (CCSP)
  • Georgia Pediatric Program (GAAP)
November 13, 2014 Athens
Afternoon or Evening session
1:00p.m. -2:30p.m. Or 6:30p.m. -8:00p.m
The Classic Center
300 N. Thomas Street
Athens GA 30601
Room: Empire Room 1
Please indicate afternoon or evening session

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Parent Academy: Dealing with Adolescence

Did the subject of this post get your attention?!  Many parents have questions about how to approach the ups and downs of adolescence with their children with disabilities; this free workshop will help provide some answers!  The Fall Parent Academy will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 10 am - 1 pm at North Oconee High School.  The workshop is titled "Got Hormones?  Supporting Healthy Adolescent Development in Children with Disabilities".  It will be led by Cyndi White, a licensed family counselor with Family Counseling Service, with a background in child abuse prevention and treatment, who is also a mom of a child with a disability.  In this workshop we will help parents to learn about preparing for adolescence, setting boundaries, healthy body image, and body safety - in a relaxed, light-hearted atmosphere!  Lunch will be provided by Oconee Pilot Club.  Please RSVP no later than October 22 to reserve your place, and join us for a fun and informative morning!

Monday, October 6, 2014

ESP Fall Festival

ESP (Extra Special People) is once again hosting a free Fall Festival for families of children with disabilities!  It will be on Saturday, October 18, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, at ESP and the Watkinsville Community Center, on VFW Drive.  The ESP Festival will feature hay rides, a pumpkin patch, cake walk, games, a "monster salon", and much more... click here ESP Fall Festival to see the flyer.  If you have never experienced the fun of ESP before, this community event is a perfect opportunity to visit ESP with your child; volunteers will be available to visit with you and answer any questions you may have about the work that ESP does in our community, and how your child can benefit!  Plan to attend and enjoy a great fall evening! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!  This October we have an opportunity to learn more about Down syndrome, to promote respect and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome, and to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions as valued members of the community.  The Atlanta Buddy Walk will be held on Sunday, October 19, at Centennial Olympic Park; families from all over Georgia (including a group from Oconee!) will walk in celebration of their family members with Down syndrome.   To learn more about Down Syndrome, visit; to learn more about the Buddy Walk, visit