Thursday, February 25, 2021

Upcoming Webinars

There are several free webinars coming up that may be helpful for your family - check out this list! 

For older teens, beginning to make healthcare decisions is an important part of "adulting" - Parent to Parent of Georgia offers guidance through this 1 hour workshop!  It's today, February 25, at 4:30, register at this link:

Transition from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare - For Youth

Parents, this is the companion webinar on healthcare; a virtual opportunity to learn about transition planning, tools and resources available for you to help your young adults become better prepared to manage their health care needs.  It will be March 3, at 6:00 - register at this link:

Transition from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare - For Parents

Parents, learn how to use effective communication skills to develop a partnership with your child's IEP/IFSP team. Join us as Wanda Santiago, Regional Coordinator, Parent to Parent of Georgia, walks you through tips for preparing for school meetings and how to be an effective member of the team.  This 1-hour webinar is also tonight, February 25, at 6:00, register at this link:

Peace, Love, Harmony, and the IEP

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Make Your Mark - Take the Parent Survey!

Oconee County Schools are surveyed every spring through the IDEA Parent Survey!  This information, collected from parents of students with special needs, is an important part of measuring family engagement - and your input is needed!  You'll be offered an opportunity to complete this 10-question online form at your student's annual IEP meeting; but if you had that meeting last fall, you can still participate!  You can take the survey now at the link below.  (Please screenshot the completion page at the end of the survey, it will help your student's teacher, and you can get an incentive from your student's school!).  Questions?  Find details here:  IDEA Parent Survey Information 

Parent Survey: Special Education

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Highlighting ImpactADHD

ImpactADHD's website and programs were created by two moms of kids with learning differences, and has grown to a great resource, with articles and webinars to support parents!  The Resources page in particular has links to lots of great information, parenting advice, and support - check it out here: Impact ADHD Resources.  For example, a recent webinar addresses power struggles and disrespect (and don't we all deal with that?!); you can register to view that free online session here: From Chaos To Calm

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Camp RAD CP 2021

Camp RAD CP 2021 is a summer camp hosted by the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University, especially for ages 12-21 living with cerebral palsy.  This summer it will be a home-based camp, delivered and monitored virtually. Campers will also complete pre-post assessments in the Neuromusculoskeletal Health Lab at the University of Georgia in Athens or the Kinesiology Labs at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro (whichever location is closest). The results of these assessments will inform activity planning and individualization. Campers will receive equipment and an in-home set-up and orientation if needed. 

Camp RAD will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for 3 hours per day, for six weeks beginning June 14.  We will use a small group format to deliver intensive, action-oriented therapeutic interventions and activities delivered by occupational therapists, registered dieticians, and exercise specialists. 

There is a cost associated with camp of $1,250, and funding sources are available; for more information, contact  

Camp RAD:

Monday, January 25, 2021

Notice of Destruction of Old School Records

"Records on students who enrolled in a special education program for students with disabilities, and whose birthdays are between January 1, 1997 through December 31, 1997, are no longer needed for education planning purposes. However, these records may be needed by the student or parents for Social Security or other reasons. The system plans to destroy these records on Friday, January 29, 2021 unless there has been a request for a due process hearing, under P.L. 94-142 or a complaint filed with the Office of Civil Rights, under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

If you, as the student or parents of the student, desire copies of these records prior to destruction, contact the Department of Special Education at (706) 769-5130, ext. 1214. You will be required to produce identification or provide verification data."

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

FOCUS Virtual Education Conference

The 34th annual FOCUS Education Conference will be virtual this year!  Join this free online learning opportunity (comfy clothes encouraged!).  Topics will include Katie Beckett deeming waivers, financial planning, medical concerns such as gross motor delays and sleep apnea, and the latest on COVID-19 vaccine information.  The conference will be in the evenings on Thursday and Friday, January 28 and 29, and the morning of Saturday January 30; the event is free but registration is required (use the link below). 

FOCUS Education Conference