Thursday, October 29, 2015

Destination Dawgs @ UGA

The University of Georgia is joining other colleges and universities in our state in developing an inclusive program of study for students with developmental disabilities!  The "Destination Dawgs" program is projected to begin in spring 2017, and will be a two-year certificate program for young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities; students will audit classes at UGA and build the skills they need to transition into adult life. UGA is working on the logistics of Destination Dawgs; program developers envision a fully inclusive program where students are included in on-campus housing and courses they want to take.
Post-completion follow-up with students who graduate from inclusive post-secondary education programs shows that they are more likely to get and maintain competitive employment. Other schools in Georgia  with similar programs are the Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, East Georgia State College, and Columbus State University. To read more about UGA's plans for "Destination Dawgs", visit this link: UGA Destination Dawgs

Monday, October 26, 2015

Butterfly Dreams Farm Fall Festival

Butterfly Dreams Farm is hosting a free Fall Festival and Horse Show on Sunday, November 8, from 12:00 - 4:00.  If you've never visited the farm, this will be a great opportunity to experience the wonderful things that are happening at Butterfly Dreams!  BDF is celebrating 10 years of serving our community through equine-assisted therapy for children and adults with special needs.  The gates will open at 12 for the fall festival activities, with the horse show beginning at 2 - where current students will showcase their skills!    Butterfly Dreams Farm is located at 2981 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville. Visit here for more information:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fall Parent Academy

Fall Parent Academy is planned for Saturday, October 24!  Parents of Oconee students who receive special education services are invited to attend a workshop on "Harvesting Positive Behavior".  Behavior is communication!  Specialists from Georgia State University will teach parents a variety of strategies for determining the causes of challenging behavior, and help parents develop a specific plan to support positive behavior at home and at school.  The session will be from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm at Rocky Branch Elementary School (5250 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville); a light lunch will be provided.  Be sure to RSVP to and reserve your seat if you would like to attend!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Oconee Spirit Basketball

Registration is under way for Winter Programs at Oconee County Parks and Recreation - so register today for Oconee Spirit Basketball!  OSB is a recreational basketball program designed to teach children, adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities the fundamentals of basketball, while building social skills, coordination, and team work with peer players.  Ages 6 - 24, cost is $65, and the league will meet on Tuesdays from 6:15 - 7:15 from December 8 - February 9.  Please register online at or visit Oconee Veterans Park.  For more information visit the website or call 706-769-3965.

Friday, October 9, 2015

ESP Fall Festival

ESP (Extra Special People) invites the community to Fall for ESP!  This year the annual fall festival will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at their new addition, Camp Hooray, 183 Lindsay Lane, Jefferson.  If you've never experienced an ESP event, this is a perfect opportunity to join the fun and learn more about this local non-profit, focused on providing resources and support to people with disabilities.  All families of children with disabilities are invited; wear a costume, and enjoy face painting, putt putt, a pumpkin patch, a (sensory friendly!) haunted house, and much more!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sensory-friendly Performance of "Tim Tesla"

The Aurora Theater in Lawrenceville is producing "Tim Tesla and The Terrific Time Machine!", and will offer a sensory-friendly performance on Tuesday, October 13, at 7 pm! Follow Tim Tesla and his best friend Tess on a journey through time as he helps his grandfather, famous scientist and inventor, Nikola Tesla.  This is an Autism-Friendly Performance designed and intended for families with children on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. At these performances the theater environment will be altered, providing a safe, sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space.  Tickets are only $7!  For more information, visit this link: Aurora Theater