Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Transition to College

At the Northeast Georgia Disability Conference this past Saturday, there was an interesting discussion on how to plan for accommodations in college, for students with learning differences. Many parents believe that students who have an IEP in high school will automatically receive those same services in college - and that is not accurate!  It's important to do your research; Understood.org is a great resource for information on issues related to attention and learning challenges, including planning for the transition to college life.  Check out this link: College Prep @ Understood.org

Monday, February 19, 2018

2018 Northeast Georgia Disability Conference/Expo

The 2018 Northeast Georgia Disability Conference and Resource Expo is Saturday, February 24, from 9 am to 2 pm at Piedmont College Athens, 595 Prince Avenue.  The conference theme is "Mapping Your Unique Route"; parents of students with learning differences are encouraged to attend and gather the tools they need to plan their students' unique route to life after high school.  Resources and information will be available to meet a wide variety of needs, from supporting the transition to college life, to making the transition to adult health care, to planning for the financial future and guardianship of a child with special needs. There are also sessions with resources for students with reading disabilities, and working on challenging behavior. Oconee County Schools is a leading partner in planning this conference, which is an initiative of the Northeast Georgia Transition Team (NEGATT), a collaboration of 13 local school districts and community partners, serving families of students with learning differences or disabilities. Registration is free, through Eventbrite.com (search for "NEGATT").   For more information and conference session descriptions, visit ne.glrs.org.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

GCDD's "I Love Medicaid" Advocacy Day

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities will be kicking off their new I Love Medicaid! Campaign at Advocacy Day on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. They'll be streaming live on Facebook and interviewing advocates about why they love Medicaid.

The month-long I Love Medicaid campaign will allow self-advocates, advocates and other stakeholders to educate legislators on how Medicaid supports people with disabilities to attend school, go to work, receive assistive technology, live in the home of their own choosing, and more.

They will also be teaching advocates how to tell their Medicaid stories to legislators; to find out who your legislators are, visit: https://openstates.org/ga

The goal is to remind Congress that we want to protect Medicaid and seek bipartisan efforts to strengthen it and other social programs that people with disabilities rely on.  

To join Medicaid Advocacy Day on February 14, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-gcdd-advocacy-days-registration-40146345801

If you can't be there, watch on Facebook Live from 9 to 10:30 AM at 

Share your I Love Medicaid stories! Fill out the form on the website at https://gcdd.org/public-policy/i-love-medicaid.html

For more information about Advocacy Days, visit https://gcdd.org/public-policy/2018-advocacy-days.html

Please be sure to share with your friends!