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					This list is from the Autism Society of America – Greater Georgia Chapter website.
Walton County School District does not endorse or dismiss any specific treatment,
program, professional and/or literature. This information is designed only as an
informational resource of summer programs that may interest you for your child.


All About Kids Therapy Services, Inc.
Disabilities Served: Cerebral palsy,brain injured, developmental, cognitive disabilities,
Down syndrome, early intervention needs, muscular dystrophy, occupational and
physical therapy needs, physical disabilities, Prader-Willie, spina bifida, traumatic brain
jury
Focus: Intensive therapy (including aquatic, hippotherapy, dance)
Ages: 3 – 21 years
Contact: Amy LoCicero
318 West Pike Street, Suite 104
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30548
(404) 580-1528
www.allaboutkidstherapyservices.com
Locations: Buford, Norcross, Stone Mountain, Loganville

Allternative Gym
Disabilities Served: Cerebral palsy,autism, obesity, stroke survivors, brain/spinal trauma,
Down Syndrome
Focus: Adaptive physical fitness
Ages: 2 years up
Contact: Angie Gomez
561 Thornton Road, Suite Q
Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122
678-945-4662
www.allternativegym.com

Ameri-Kan Karate
Disabilities Served: Physical and Developmental, including autism, Down syndrome,
individuals with sensory integration dysfunction
Focus: Special needs karate, handwriting, occupational therapy, advocacy, recreation,
social
Ages: 4 years up
Ryan Mitchell, OTRL
3020 Edwards Drive
Conyers, Georgia 30013
770-722-1347
www.ryanmitchellot.com
www.WCAKarate.com
Location: World Class American Karate
Angels on Horseback Therapeutic Riding
Disabilities Served: Developmental and physical disabilities, autism, speech/language
Focus: Therapeutic recreation
335 Oglethorpe Mountain Road #20750
Jasper, Georgia 30143
770-355-5726 or 770-355-5726
www.angelsonhorseback.org
Associated Therapies
Disabilities Served: Physical,developmental, and speech disabilities
Focus: Therapeutic recreation
Ages: 3 – 6 years for musical experiences; 4 – 8 years for yoga
1244 Clairmont Road, Suite 102
Decatur, Georgia 30030
404-728-9766

Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Project START
Disabilities Served: Developmentaldisabilities
Focus: Recreation and functional academics/daily living skills
Ages: Students in grades 1 - 12
Contact: Leslie Trier, M. Ed, CTRS
293 Gran Ellen Drive
Athens, Georgia 30606
706-613-3580
www.accleisureservices.com

Atlanta Gymnastics Center Special Needs Gymnastics Program
Disabilities Served: Autism spectrum and epilepsy
Focus: Therapeutic gymnastics
Gymnastics for Autism Achievement (GAAP)
Ages: Preschool, school age
2617-B Talley Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030
404-687-9911 Program
www.atlantagymnasticscenter.com

Beyond Words Center
Disabilities Served: Individuals struggling with the development of social skills and peer
relations
Focus: Awareness of basic verbal and nonverbal social skills
Ages: 4 years – adolescence
Contact: Karen Adler, Office, Business Manager
1762 Century Blvd., Suite B
Atlanta, Georgia 30345
404-633-0250
www.beyondwordscenter.com
Locations: Satellite office in Roswell
Butterfly Dreams Farm Therapeutic Riding Program
Disabilities Served: Developmental,physical, emotional, and neurological
Focus: Therapeutic recreation
Contact: Tracy Mosher
PO Box 864
Farmington, Georgia
706-310-1600
www.butterflydreamsfarm.org

Caglewood
Disability Served: Developmentally delayed, autism, Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome,
others
Focus: Recreation, day and overnight, hiking, social events
Ages: Children and adults
455 Friars Head Drive
Suwanee, Georgia 30024
678-405-9000
www.caglewood.org

Camp Academia
Disabilities Served: Learning disabilities,language processing, autism spectrum, attention
deficit disorders
Focus: Academics and recreation
Ages: 6 – 12 years
PO Box 2954
LaGrange, Georgia 30241
706-884-4492
www.campacademia.com

Camp Yofi at Ramah Darom
Disabilities Served: Children with autism
Focus: Jewish family camp
Ages: Families with one or more autistic child
Suite 215
6400 Powers Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
404-531-0801
www.ramahdarom.org
www.campramah.org/tikvah.html#Darom
Location: Clayton

Challenged Child and Friends, Inc.
Disabilities Served: Developmental delays and physical disabilities
Focus: Early Intervention, Respite
Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
Contact: Maria McDaniel
2360 Murphy Boulevard
Gainesville, Georgia 30504
770-535-8372


Chastain Horse Park, Ltd.
Disability Served: Physical, Developmental, sensory, depression, stroke, autism, cerebral
palsy, more
Focus: Therapeutic riding
Ages: 2 – adult
A non-profit therapeutic center
4371 Powers Ferry Road
 Atlanta, Georgia 30327
(404) 252-4244 Ext. 27
www.chastainhorsepark.org
Limited scholarships available

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Disability Served: With referral from primary care physician for occupational,
physical and speech therapy
Focus: Therapy
Aquatic Therapy Program
Robert D. Fowler YMCA in Gwinnett County
404-785-3750
Dunwoody YMCA in DeKalb County Other
404-785-8180
Seadventures Aquatic Center in Roswell
404-785-8470
Robert Fowler YMCA
(404)785-8458
Private insurance or Medicaid may cover costs

Children’s Special Services, LLC
Disability Served: ADD, ADHD, developmental, cognitive, sensory disabilities, autism
spectrum, emotional behavioral disorder, Down’s syndrome, neurological disorders,
social skills deficits, handwriting needs
Focus: Occupational therapy, individual therapy, social skills groups, and summer camps
Ages: 3 – 15
7501 Auden Trail
Atlanta, Georgia 30350
(770) 394-9791
 770-394-7803 Fax
www.childrens-services.com
City of Alpharetta Camp Happy Hearts
Disabilities Served: Developmental
Focus: Recreation
Ages: 7 – 15 years
Two South Main Street
Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
678-297-6100
www.alpharetta.ga.us type in “Camp Happy Hearts” in the search box

City of Atlanta Camp Best Friends
Disabilities Served: Mild to moderate developmental and physical disabilities
Focus: Recreation and social skills
Ages: 6 – 21 years
Contact: Janette Carter or Gordon McGruder
326 Moreland Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30307 Other: Day, coed
404-658-6381
www.atlantaga.gov/government/parks/burrec_therapeutics.aspx

City of Roswell
Disabilities Served: Developmental and physical disabilities
Focus: Social events, art, tennis, and table tennis for young adults
Ages: Young adults 18 years and up
Contact: Mary Rummell, Therapeutic Recreation
830 Grimes Bridge Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075-4617
770-641-3950
www.ci.roswell.ga.us

Clay White, LLC
Disability Served: Learning disabilities, autism spectrum, dyslexia, sensory
Focus: Activity based and sensory-driven therapeutic programs supplementing
occupational/physical therapies already received
Ages: 5 – 17 years depending on program
PO Box 921444
Norcross, Georgia 30010
(770) 242-8254
www.claywhite.us

Clayton County Parks and Recreation Therapeutics Division
Disabilities Served: Developmental delays, orthopedic disabilities
Focus: Recreation, leisure skills, Special Olympics, social skills
Ages: School age up
Wilma Shelnutt Senior Center
849 Battlecreek Road
Jonesboro, Georgia 30236
770-473-5722
www.co.clayton.ga.us/parks_and_recreation/therapeutic.htm
Camp Dream @ Warm Spring is residential
Camp All 4 One is inclusive, ages 5 – 10

Cobb County Parks, Recreation And Cultural Affairs Department Therapeutic
Recreation Services
Disabilities Served: Developmental and physical disabilities
Focus: Recreation, social skills, Special Olympics
Ages: 7 – 21 years (camp), and adults
Contact: Clintina Mitchell, Therapeutic Recreation
770-819-3223
www.prca.cobbcountyga.gov/SummerCamps.htm

Color Me Music School
Disability Served: All
Focus: Music recreation and social skills
Ages: 5 – 22 years
Attn: Ola Kate Morgan
226 Fayetteville Road
Decatur, Georgia 30030-4910
(404) 377-0083

The Cottage School
Disabilities Served: Mild Learning difficulties/differences, attention deficit, individuals
needing extra structure and support, social skills
Focus: Social skills, academic enrichment, music, and life skills
Ages: 3 – 21 years depending on program
Contact: Dawn Ferrigno
700 Grimes Bridge Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075
770-641-8688
www.cottageschool.org
Other: Project Work, Science Camp, DayJams, Reading Camp, Art Camp, High School
and Middle School Summer School

Creative Therapy, Inc.
Disabilities Served: Children who need occupational and physical therapy
Focus: Hippotherapy- occupational therapy and physical therapy incorporating the
movement of the horse
Contact: Marie Dawson
#1 McGarity Road
Canton, Georgia 30115
770-360-9183
www.creativetherapyinc.com
DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Camp Superstars, An Inclusive camp
Disabilities Served: Mild to moderate developmental delays, physical disabilities, autism,
emotional behavior disorders
autism, emotional behavior disorders
Ages: 5 – 15 years for camp, all ages for recreation
Contact: Bernita Reese
4770 North Peachtree Road
Dunwoody, Georgia 30338
770-671-1728
www.co.dekalb.ga.us

Douglas County Parks and Recreation
Disabilities Served: Physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities
Focus: Recreation, leisure experiences, Special Olympics, and Paralympics
Ages: 6 years up, depending on activity
Christie Mills, CTRS, Therapeutic Coordinator
2105 Mack Road
Douglasville, Georgia 30135
770-920-7129
http://www.celebratingdouglascounty.com

Dream Quest Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Riding
Disabilities Served: Physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities
Focus: Equine-facilitated psychotherapy and therapeutic riding
Ages: 6 + for psychotherapy and counseling (contact Kay), 4+ for therapeutic riding
(contact Jackie)
Kay Watson, Ed.S., L.P.C., N.C.C., 678-227-2991
Jackie Griswold, 770-330-4295
www.dreamquestefp.com
www.dreamquesttr.com
Located in Bethlehem, Georgia off Highway 316 in Gwinnett County

DreamPower Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Disabilities served: Physical, emotional. developmental disabilities
Focus: Therapeutic recreation
12850 Highway 9 Suite 600-172 (mailing address)
Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
678-493-0172
www.dreampowertherapy.org
Location: Canton

Dynamo Swim Center
Disabilities Served: Physical, many other
Focus: Swimming
Ages: All
3119 Shallowford Road disabilities
Atlanta, Georgia 30341
770-457-7946
www.dynamoswimclub.com
Other: Private swim lessons
Locations: Atlanta and Alpharetta
Easter Seals Camps
Disabilities Served: Physical, developmental disabilities
Focus: Recreation, respite
Ages: 6 – 85 years
Atlanta Administrative Office
1200 Lake Hern Drive #250
Atlanta, Georgia 30319
404-943-1070
www.easterseals.com

Elaine Clark Center
Disabilities Served: All disabilities
Focus: Recreation, social skills, therapy in an inclusive setting
Ages: 6 weeks – 12 years, preschool focus
Contact: Leslie White and Summer Edge
5130 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
Chamblee, Georgia 30341
770-458-3251
www.elaineclarkcenter.org

Excellence in Therapy
Aquatic Therapy Program
Disability Served: All disabilities
Focus: Occupational and physical therapy based recreation, Aquatic Therapy Programs,
Dolphin, Serenity Programs, Adaptive Aquatics, Clinic based therapy
Ages: 6 weeks – 21 years
Attn: Pam Davidson
345 Ridge Court
Roswell, Georgia 30076-2620
(770) 641-9239
pdpt@charter.net

Extra Special People
Disabilities Served: Developmental disabilities, autism spectrum, emotional behavior
disorders, Down syndrome, fragile-X, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, learning
disabilities
Focus: Recreation and social skills
Ages: 4 – 30 years
189 VFW Drive
PO Box 615
Watkinsville, Georgia 30677
www.extraspecialpeople.com
Other: 6 weeks of day camp, 1 week of residential camp
Location: Serves Northeast Georgia

FACES - Walton and surrounding counties, Autism Support Group Camp
Disabilities Served: Autism spectrum
Focus: Respite, social skills, recreation/adapted PE, crafts and other camp activities
Ages: 4-22 years
Contact: Tami Burt
P.O. Box 703
Loganville, GA 30052
770-266-7507
www.georgiafaces.info

FOCUS Families of Children Under Stress
Camp Hollywood
Disability Served: All
Focus: Inclusive fun; respite
Ages: 3 – 21 years
Other: Camp and respite care
Saturday Respite
rotate monthly among different metro locations
3050 Presidential Drive, Suite 114
Atlanta, Georgia 30340 (770) 234-9111
www.focus-ga.org

The Frazer Center
Disability Served: All disabilities
Focus: Recreation and social skills
Inclusive Programming
Ages: 5 – 9 years
Other: Adult day services are available
1815 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
for individuals 18 up (404) 377-3838 ext. 2
(404) 377-3836
www.thefrazercenter.org

Gables Academy
Disability Served: Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s, underachievers
Focus: Recreation, social skills, academic enrichment
Ages: 7 – 16 years
Attn: Cynthia Guinn
811 Gordon Street
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083
(770) 465-7500
www.gablesacademy.com


Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics
Disability Served: Speech, language disorders, individuals needing occupational therapy,
physical therapy
Focus: Therapeutic recreation, hippotherapy, social skills groups
Ages: All
Other: Hippotherapy is in Woodstock.
3483 Satellite Boulevard, Suite 304
Duluth, Georgia 30096
(770) 418-1778
1000 Johnson Ferry Road Suite B200
Marietta, Georgia 30068
(770) 977-9457
www.greateratlantaspeech.com

Helping Hands Pediatric Therapy, Inc.
Disability Served: Various diagnoses, early intervention
Focus: Therapeutic recreation and social skills through occupational therapy &
speech/language therapy
Ages: Birth to 21
Attn: Stefanie Willard
4030 Inman Park Lane
Buford, Georgia 30519
(678) 482-6100
www.helpinghandspediatrictherapy.com

Integrating Pathways for Children
Disability Served: Autism spectrum, developmental delays, sensory processing
integration disorders, coordination disorders
Focus: Recreation, social skills, academic enrichment through pediatric
occupational therapy
Ages: 3 – 12 years
Debbie Jerome, OTRIL
2140 Buford Highway, Suite 208
Buford, Georgia 30518
(678) 482-4554
www.integratingpathways.com

Kidsplay Therapy Center
Disability Served: All
Focus: Therapeutic recreation, social skills through occupational therapy, physical
therapy, and speech/language services
Ages: 12 months – 15 years
Attn: Judy Camp
311 Cooper Road
Loganville, Georgia 30052
(678) 205-5437
www.kidsplaytherapy.com

Kool Kidz Foundation, Inc.
Southside Camp at Joseph Sams School
Northside Camp at Shirley Blumenthal Park
Disability Served: All abilities, physical, social, cognitive, emotional
Focus: Inclusive enrichment
Ages: 4 – 15
Other: Respite programs, teen overnight camp with FOCUS
P. O. Box 680936
Marietta, Georgia 30068-0016
(770) 517-1585
www.koolkidzfoundation.org
Limited scholarships available

Learning on the Log
Disability Served: Autism Spectrum, attention deficit hyperactive, sensory processing
disorders
Focus: Sensory integration, floortime
Ages: 6 – 12 years
18 Spalding Trail
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
404-579-3048 or 678-358-0097
www.learningonthelog.com

Lekotek
Disability Served: All, cognitive, sensory, physical
Focus: Recreation, academic enrichment, computer technology, inclusion
Ages: 0 – 21 years
Other: Locations in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cobb, Duluth, and Fayetteville
Attn: Helene Prokesch
1955 Cliff Valley Way, Suite 102
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
(404) 633-3430
www.lekotekga.org

Loving Care Family Services and Respite Program, LLC
Disabilities Served: All
Focus: Sitting services provided by trained professionals; summer camp emphasizing
social skills, nutrition and fitness, and life skills
Ages: All
153 Castlebar Court, SE
Mableton, Georgia 30126-1766
678-574-2444
www.lovingcareatlanta.com
Other: Respite program at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Marietta, Fridays , pre-
registration required

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Circle of Friends Disabilities Ministry
Disabilities Served: Developmental
Focus: Social
Ages: All ages, mostly young adults
4814 Paper Mill Road
Marietta, Georgia 30067
770-421-9194
http://www.e-lcr.org/svcmin-circlefriends.htm

Marcus Jewish Community Center
Disabilities Served: Developmental Disabilities
Focus: Recreation
Ages: School age
5342 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, Georgia 30338
770-395-2552
Camp Barney Medintz is a residential camp in Cleveland, Georgia
Contact: Susan BergerIsidore Alterman is a day camp
www.ciafun.org

McKenna Farms Therapy Services, Inc.
Disabilities Served: Developmental, delays, communication pathologies, and physical
disabilities
Focus: Therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, aquatic therapy, early intervention
Ages: Birth – 21 years
Contact: Jessica Moore
3044 Due West Road
Dallas, Georgia 30157
770-443-9672
www.mckennafarmstherapy.org

Metro Atlanta Respite and Developmental Services (MARDS)
Disabilities Served: Developmental delays, communication disabilities, mobility
disabilities
Focus: Respite care and daycare in inclusive environment, summer enrichment, after
school care, early childhood
Ages: 6 weeks – 44 years
1335 Kimberly Road, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30331
404-691-5570
www.mards.org

Miracle League Association
Disabilities Served: Physical and cognitive/developmental disabilities
Focus: Baseball recreation
Ages: School age
1506 Klondike Road, Suite 105
Conyers, Georgia 30094
770-760-1933
www.miracleleague.com
North Metro Miracle League (Bowling and swimming as well as baseball)
2145 Jep Wheeler Road
Woodstock, Georgia 30188
770-777-7044
www.nmml.net/index/home

Music Therapy Services of Greater Atlanta, LLC
Disabilities Served: All, inclusive
Focus: Social and communication skills
Ages: 3 – 6 years and 7 – 11 years
Contact: Beth Hampshire-Coyle
114 Bulloch Avenue
Roswell, GA 30075
Marietta, Georgia 30068
678-277-2632
www.mtsofga.com
Locations: Roswell, Smyrna, and Lawrenceville

North Metro Baptist Church
1026 Old Peachtree Road, NE
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043
770-995-9055 ext. 777
www.northmetro.net
Special Needs Ministry, Vacation Bible School and Sunday School Classes
AGAPE Respite - Second Monday / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Parkwood Farms Therapy Center, Inc.
Disabilities Served: Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Emotional Problems,
Learning Disabilities
Focus: Therapeutic recreation, occupational and physical therapies, social and language
skills, hippotherapy
Ages: 8 years up
2519 Parkwood Road
Snellville, Georgia 30039
678-344-6821
www.parkwoodfarms.org

Ride-A-Wish
Disabilities Served: Developmental delays, physical disabilities and communication
impairments
Focus: Therapeutic riding
Leigh Aiken
14770 Wood Road
Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
404-457-8518
www.rideawish.com

Rockdale County Therapeutic Recreation
Disabilities Served: All
Focus: Recreation, social, adapted sports, Special Olympics, BlazeSports, Miracle
League
Ages: All
Contact: Tom McPike
P. O. Box 224
1781 Ebenezer Road
Conyers, Georgia 30094
770-918-6306
www.rockdalecounty.org
www.aspirecoalition.org

Second Chance Fund, Inc.
Disabilities Served: Cerebral palsy and other neurological developmental disorders
Focus: Hippotherapy, aquatic therapy, movement, social skills, non-traditional therapies
and spiritual inspiration for exceptional children
Ages: 4 – 12 years
3007 Panola Road, Suite C-147
Lithonia, Georgia 30038
770-569-8208
www.2ndchancefund.org

Sonrise Camp
Disabilities Served: Most
Focus: Hippotherapy, petting farm in a Christian setting
Ages: All ages
3012 Simpson Park Road
Gainesville, Georgia 30506
678-450-6905
www.sonrisecamp.org
Southern Behavioral Group - Circle of Friends Social Group
Disabilities Served: Developmental disabilities, autism spectrum
Focus: Social skills
Ages: Preschool through high school
Contact: Heather Hackett-Hayes, M.Ed.
3670 Highlands Parkway
Smyrna, Georgia 30082
678-389-7340
www.southernbehavioral.com

Sparrowwood at Camp Glisson
Disabilities Served: Developmental delays
Focus: Recreation and social skills
Ages: 10 years up
865 Camp Glisson Road
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
706-864-6181
www.campglisson.org

Special Equestrians of Georgia
Disability Served: Physical, emotional, cognitive
Focus: Animal-assisted therapy
Ages: 4 years up, including adult
Contact: Stacey Edwards
715 Sable Pointe Road (mailing address)
Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
404-218-4008
www.specialequestriansofgeorgia.org
Farm address: 15146 Hopewell Road, Alpharetta, Georgia 30004

Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett
Disabilities Served: All disabilities, cross category including attention deficit, autism,
Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, speech language
Focus: Academic enrichment, social skills
Ages: Toddlers – twelfth grade
660 Davis Road
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045
678-442-6262
www.specialneedsschools.org

Spectrum - Gwinnett County Autism Support Group
Camp Spectrum & Friendship Camp
Disabilities Served: Autism spectrum
Focus: Gwinnett family support group providing respite, camps, social activities, Friends
Club, Sibling Group
Contact: Mary O'Connell
Ages: 4 – 22 years
PO Box 502
Grayson, Georgia 30017
770-564-1659
www.atl-spectrum.com

Talisman Summer Camps
Disability Served: Learning disabilities, attention deficit, attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning autism
Focus: Academics, learning adventures
Ages: 6 – 17 years and 18 – 21 years
64 Gap Creek Road
Zirconia, North Carolina 28790
1-888-458-8226 Toll free
www.talismancamps.com

Therapy Works, PC
Disabilities Served: Children needing motor skills therapy, socialization, sensory motor
activities
Focus: Therapeutic activities, including swimming, music, and art
Ages: 3 – 12 years
1509 Atkinson Road, Suite 1100
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043
770-995-2379
www.therapyworkspc.com
Locations: Also in Norcross

TopSoccer Outreach Program
Disabilities Served: Physical and mental disabilities
Focus: Soccer
Ages: Placed on teams according to ability, not age
Contact: Susanne Conlon, Special Programs Director, GYSA
4270 Marietta Street
Powder Springs, Georgia 30127
770-514-4367
www.youthsoccer.org go to “Programs”
Gwinnett Soccer Association
Contact: Kathy and Leonard Bender
770-381-1600
www.gsasoccer.com/TOPSoccer.htm

Voices & Motion, Inc.
Camp Sneaker Squeakers
Disability Served: Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, sensory dysfunction,
developmental delay, feeding difficulties
Focus: Therapeutic recreation with speech, occupational, and physical therapies
Ages: Infants, children, young adult
9876 Main Street, Suite 100
Woodstock, Georgia 30188
678-494-6906
www.voicesandmotion.com

Wellspring Camp
Disabilities Served: Developmental and physical
Focus: Recreation, social, respite
Ages: 8 years up through adults
Contact: Josh Griffin
559 Rucker Road
Jefferson, Georgia 30549
770-206-0893

YMCA of Metro Atlanta World of Fun – YTeen Club
Disabilities Served: Developmental disabilities
Focus: Social activities, games, music, crafts
Ages: 13 - 22
Contact: Ed Isakson /Alpharetta Family YMCA Teen Center
3655 Preston Ridge Road
Alpharetta, Georgia 30005
770-664-1220
www.ymcaatlanta.org
                                  PRESS RELEASE

                AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY COMING TO
                      Walton County Public Schools
                                     
                                     
Where would you go if you’d never been away from home? What would you do if you
didn’t have much time left? DARIUS WENT WEST!

Meet 15-year-old Darius Weems from Athens, Georgia, who was born with Duchenne
Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children
worldwide. In 1989, Darius watched his beloved older brother, Mario, pass away from
the same disease at age 19. Soon after, Darius lost use of the muscles in his legs and
began using a wheelchair.

A group of Darius’s college-age friends felt there was no need for his quality of life to
disintegrate along with his muscles. So, they decided to take Darius, who had never
seen a range of mountains, never dipped his toes into an ocean, and never crossed a
state line on the adventure of a lifetime. This “band of brothers” rented a wheelchair-
accessible RV and hit the road in July of 2005. Their three-week, cross-country journey
had one major goal: to reach Los Angeles and convince MTV’s popular show, “Pimp My
Ride,” to customize Darius’s wheelchair. Along the way, they evaluated wheelchair
accessibility at many of America’s major tourist attractions and raised awareness of
DMD by holding over a dozen press conferences. They also found joy, brotherhood, and
the knowledge that life, even when imperfect, is always worth the ride.

Darius’ 7,000-plus mile adventure was filmed from start to finish, resulting in a
documentary called Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life. It became the most
decorated movie of 2007, capturing 28 film festival awards. Critics also gave the movie
rave reviews. “Certain to stir hearts,” raved Variety. The Los Angeles Times calls Darius
Goes West “Equal parts ‘Animal House’ and ‘Stand by Me,’” adding, “This is a film about
the inherent joys and madness of reaching any seemingly impossible goal.” Adds David
Walker of DVD Talk, “Darius Goes West is not a depressing disease-of-the-week movie.
In fact, if anything, the film is an amazing celebration of life.”

Darius Goes West will be shown on Monday, November 10, 2008 at Carver Middle
School Auditorium, 1095 Good Hope Road, Monroe, GA 30655. Doors open at 6:30
p.m. Movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Admission is FREE. Concessions, T-shirts and DVDs
will be available for purchase.

Darius and some of the crew will be joining us on this special night. Come meet the star
and support their efforts to raise funds and awareness for DMD. DVDs will be available
for purchase with all proceeds going to the DMD research in hopes of finding treatment
or a cure for this disease.

For more information, contact Teresa Johnson at 770-266-4505.
  Enhancing Our Abilities Expo
Saturday, February 28, 2009
   9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.*
    Athens Classic Center                           FREE
       Athens, Georgia                            ADMISSION
                                                  Family Sessions
Information on:                                    Door Prizes
Transportation, Rehabilitation, Recreation,          Exhibits
Medical Equipment & Services, Home
Modifications, Insurance, Health Care
Financing, Support Groups, Employment,
Education and More!

                                      *The CEC also invites everyone to
                                      attend Friday sessions, February 27
                                      from 9am-1pm.
                                      FOR GENERAL INFORMATION:
                                      Pam Moore 706-795-0120 ext. 1459 or
                                      pmoore@madison.k12.ga.us

                                      TRANSPORTATION CALL:
                                      Bill Holley @ Multiple Choices
                                      (706) 549-1020

                                      LOCAL CONTACT:
                                      Teresa Johnson, Parent Mentor
                                      770-266-4505
                                      *Bus transportation from the Board of
                                      Education office is available, RSVP
                                      required by Feb. 26.




           GA NETT
    NorthEast Transition Team
               “Enhancing Our Abilities”
                Disabilities Services Expo
              Saturday, February 28, 2009.
               9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the
                 Athens Classic Center.

Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living, GA NETT Transition
Council and the Georgia Council for Exceptional Children are co-sponsoring
an Expo “Enhancing our Abilities” for children and adults with disabilities.
This expo will be held in collaboration with the Georgia Council for
Exceptional Children’s Annual Conference at the Athens Classic Center in
Athens, GA on Saturday, February 28th from 9:00 am. – 1:00 p.m.

Parents and/or caretakers are also invited to attend the CEC conference on
Friday, February 27th from 9:00-1:00 and participate in training sessions that
focus on the education of children with disabilities in the classroom.

Admission is FREE. There will be door prizes, information sessions and
exhibits at the Saturday Expo. Information will be provided on
transportation, rehabilitation, recreation, medical equipment and supplies,
home modifications, insurance, health care financing, support groups,
employment, education and more.

FOR GENERAL INFORMATION: Pam Moore 706-795-0120 ext. 1459 or
pmoore@madison.k12.ga.us

Transportation will be available on Saturday from the Walton County Board
of Education. You must RSVP to reserve a seat, space is limited. Bus will
leave at 8:15 a.m. and return by 2:00 p.m.. Call Teresa Johnson, Parent
Mentor, Walton County Schools at 770-266-4505 or email
teresa.johnson@walton.k12.ga.us for more information or to reserve your
seat.
                                                    G.I.F.T.
                                     A Workshop for Parents of
                                     children with special needs
   Workshop Includes:
   Organizing your child’s file: IEPs, Therapy or
   medical notes, evaluations, work samples,
   standardized test results, communication, etc.
   (Bring the last 2 years of records with you!)

   Knowing what is important to keep

   Knowing how to organize student records

   Creating a working document for now and for the
   future                                                   “What do I do NOW?”
   Building a notebook of your child’s information,        2 Workshop Locations, Choose 1 that fits you!
   materials are provided
                                                        Thursday, August 28   Lighthouse World Outreach
   Learning how to keep up with important school                              609 Gene Bell Road
   and medical information                                                    Monroe, GA 30655
                                                        Thursday, October 2    LifeBridge Christian Church
   Receiving information on Medicaid, SSI, Katie                               3734 Rosebud Road
   Beckett, Transition                                                         Loganville, GA 30052

   ALL AT NO COST TO YOU!                                               6:00-8:30 p.m.
                                                          Includes dinner and local churches will provide fun
                                                            activities for your children during the workshop.


                          REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
           Due to limited space, reservations are required for adults and children attending.

                      Call Teresa Johnson, Parent Mentor Walton County Schools
                                             770-266-4505
                                 Registration opens on August 1, 2008

This Workshop is hosted by Walton County Navigator Team and is made possible by local donations
                                          Around the School
                                                 in


                                                               Days!
         Around the School in 180 Days! The IEP Process:
  Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individual Education
Program. Learn about the federal and state requirements for IEPs, and the mandate that parents participate
   as equal partners in IEP development. Learning the language and knowing what to expect can help. A
 step-by-step overview of the IEP process will demonstrate how the families can and should participate as
             equal partners in the process. A great training for both families and professionals!


                       Thursday, September 18, 2008
                              7:00-8:30 p.m.
                              Summit Baptist Church
                                  3080 Hwy 81
                              Loganville, GA 30052
                             Free Childcare with registration, space is limited
                                    Please register by September 12

                                        770-266-4505
                                 Teresa Johnson, Parent Mentor
                        Walton County Dept of Education for Exceptional Students
                                  Teresa.johnson@walton.k12.ga.us
                                 Presented by Navigations to Connections
                          the parent training institute from Parent to Parent of GA

       Workshop sponsored by FACES Autism Support Group and Walton County Navigator Team
                   www.georgiafaces.info and www.waltonnavigators.eboard.com
           PARENT LEADERSHIP UNIVERSITY

                GUEST SPEAKER:
          Renee’ Feldman, Child Advocate,
    Parent Mentor for Clarke County Schools, and
       mother of 2, one is an adult with autism.

      “HOPES and DREAMS”
                A journey from birth and beyond

             Tuesday, January 20, 2009
                  6:30-8:30 p.m.
      Walton County Board of Education Training Rooms
        200 Double Springs Church Rd. Monroe, GA

Registration is required by January 16 SPACE IS LIMITED!


     770-266-4505
     Teresa Johnson
     Parent Mentor
     Receive a certificate for attending
         Parent University
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.          Margaret Mead
         PARENT LEADERSHIP UNIVERSITY
                    UNDERSTANDING TESTS
                      AND ASSESSMENTS
          What do all these tests mean for my child’s education
         and how do they affect services for special education?
      Dr. Donna Majors—Pyramid of Intervention (POI), 504 and
                 Psychological Services Coordinator

              Tuesday, March 10, 2009
                   6:30-8:30 p.m.
         Board of Education Training Rooms
              200 Double Springs Church Rd.           Monroe, GA

                    Refreshments provided

Registration is required by March 6
     770-266-4505
     Teresa Johnson
      Parent Mentor
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.             Margaret Mead
                   PARENT LEADERSHIP UNIVERSITY

        Come learn about Special Education IDEA, the IEP
        Process, Tests and Assessments, Transition and
        Leadership as your child progresses through the
        school system

            Beginning Tuesday, October 28, 2008
                      6:30-8:30 p.m.
            Board of Education Training Rooms
                  200 Double Springs Church Rd.            Monroe, GA

                         Refreshments provided
   Registration is required by October 17 for the first class.
   Additional dates will be announced at that time, with classes every
   other month. Attend all 4 sessions and receive a Parent
   Leadership University diploma!

          770-266-4505
          Teresa Johnson
          Parent Mentor

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.             Margaret Mead
                     Get It Forever Together
                       An Organizing Workshop for Parents

The purpose of GIFT is to help parents find and organize their child’s records into one
binder that is easy to carry to meetings and empower them to be better advocates for their
child. Additionally, this information will be used for applying for services through Social
Security and Medicaid Waiver programs.

Based on the model by Pete and Pam Wright in From Emotions to Advocacy,
www.wrightslaw.com , with a few adaptations that I have found useful in the 12 years I
have been organizing my son’s records.

Parents that attended the 2 workshops this year reported that they had no idea how to
organize all the paperwork, from IEPs, Evaluations, Medical Information, Therapy Notes,
School Tests/Report Cards, School work, communication, etc. Many did not know where
their child’s information was, some had them in piles, in boxes, bags, envelopes, or file
cabinets and were completely overwhelmed when trying to prepare for IEP meetings or
Medical appointments. Over 50 parents attended the workshops with 100% satisfaction
in the information that was given to them.

Included in the training was a brief overview of the resources section (listed on the other
side). There are many resources that could have been added that weren’t, you will find
what works best for your parents and provide that for them. Then we went step by step
into the process of organizing (available for download, GIFT Packet, on your flash
drives). Time was given for parents to work on their notebooks and begin the organizing
process before taking them home to work at their pace to complete.

We were fortunate to have received a $1,000 mini-grant awarded to our Walton County
Navigator Team and purchased 3” 3-ring binders, dividers, card holder for each attendee.
2 Local churches agreed to host the workshops, providing free childcare so the parents
with children could both attend. A local food ministry provided a full course, hot meal at
a cost of about $2 a person, so we were able to feed them and provide the information to
them afterwards while their children had a great time socializing and playing games.

This would also be successful if parents brought their own notebooks and it was held
during the day at the library or a board office when childcare isn’t a concern.

By far, this is the most successful parent workshop I have held in the last 2 years. Parents
who have attended have reported success in recent IEP meetings, many have attended
other trainings and Meet and Greet lunches in the last 2 months. I have been asked to
share this at other meetings and areas not related to my role as parent mentor.

If you have any questions, email me at teresa.johnson@walton.k12.ga.us or call
770-266-4505.
                   Faith Baptist Church, 1789 Hwy 11, Monroe, GA.
Stone Soup Friday begins at 6:30 and campers may stay until 10:00. Siblings are welcome. The cost is
$5 per person, not to exceed $10 per family. There will be crafts, games, music, drama and so much
more. There will also be a coffee shop from 8:00-10:00 for families to gather and chat and get to know
one another. Go to www.stonesoupnews.com and click on the locations tab and find Monroe. All the
paperwork is there to fill out. We will have a nurse on site.

Stone Soup is available monthly at Faith Baptist
February 20th
March 13th
April 10th
May 15th




                                     Saturday Respite Care
                                  January 24   2:00 -6:00 pm
                              Free of Cost (but must register child)
                                   Lifebridge Christian Church
                                       3734 Rosebud Road
                                      Loganville, Ga. 30052
                                   770.979.9772 or 770.267.3806

                                      Contact: Blake Stinnett
                                    blake@lifebridgechurch.us

Hey I am just sending out another invitation to everyone to join us for our P.U.R.E. Project
event also known as our respite care. We would love to have everyone come out! It will be a
great opportunity to drop your kids off for a time of shopping, going out with friends, a time of
relaxation, or even a date with your spouse. It will be on Saturday January 24th from 2-6pm at
LifeBridge Christian Church and our location is 3734 Rosebud Road Loganville Ga. 30052. We
will have plenty of people to love and care for your children and also a nurse on standby in
case of any emergencies. We look forward to seeing you all and we can’t wait to have a great
time with your kids. Also feel free to tell anyone else that would be interested. If you have any
questions feel free to contact me. I hope you have a great week and God bless you all.

P.S. Siblings are also invited!
                                              MEET
                                               AND
                                              GREET
                                            LUNCHEON

  When:        Tuesday, September 9, 2008

  Where:       Sweet A’Roma Café
               132 C.S. Floyd Road in Loganville

  Time:        11:00 a.m. —1:00 p.m.

  Who:          Any parent who has a child receiving special
                education in Walton County schools

  TOPIC: What does Inclusion look like, for me and my
         child?

    Come meet Parent Mentor, Teresa
  Johnson, and other parents who have
    children with special needs in our
community. This is a great opportunity to
   share ideas and thoughts about your
  children, our community and special
   education in our schools. RSVP by
     September 5 to 770-266-4505!



     Food voucher for the first 30 parents!
           Registration is limited!
                                            MEET
                                             AND
                                            GREET
                                          LUNCHEON
     When:     Monday, October 27, 2008

     Where:    Walton County Board of Education
               200 Double Springs Church Road, Monroe

     Time:     11:00 a.m. —1:00 p.m.

     Who:      Any parent who has a child receiving special
               education in Walton County schools

      Meet your Exceptional Team—a great time to hear from our
             Director and Coordinators on things that are
                          important to you!

           RSVP by
     October 17 (before
        Intercession) to
Teresa Johnson, Parent Mentor
        770-266-4505!

         Lunch is Provided, RSVP required!
              Registration is limited!
                                  MEET AND GREET
                                    LUNCHEON



When:     Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Where:    Sweet A’Roma Café
          CS Floyd Road, Loganville, GA

Time:     11:00 a.m. —1:00 p.m.

Who:      Any parent who has a child receiving special
          education in Walton County schools


            RSVP by November 7
                      to
        Teresa Johnson, Parent Mentor
                770-266-4505!

Lunch is Provided, RSVP required!
  Registration is limited to 30!
                                                                    MEET
                                                                     AND
                                                                    GREET
                                                                  LUNCHEON
When:         Monday, December 15, 2008

Where:        Walton County Board of Education
              200 Double Springs Church Road, Monroe

Time:         11:00 a.m. —1:00 p.m.

Who:          Any parent who has a child receiving special
              education in Walton County schools

 Attention and behavioral concerns in children:
             What's a parent to do?
          Guest Speaker: A. Shayne Abelkop, Ph.D., PC
              Dr. A. Shayne Abelkop is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Athens, GA.
    She also holds certification as a GA school psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.



  Lunch is Provided,
   RSVP required!
Registration is limited!
           RSVP by
       December 12 to
        Teresa Johnson,
       Parent Mentor, at
        770-266-4505!
                                                      MEET
                                                       AND
                                                      GREET
                                               BREAKFAST
When:    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Where:   Walton County Board of Education
         200 Double Springs Church Road, Monroe

Time:    9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Who:     Any parent who has a child receiving special education in
         Walton County schools

   UNDERSTANDING THE MEDICAID WAIVER PROCESS
          Guest Speaker: Elise Beumer, Intake and Evaluation Coordinator
            Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health,
                 Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases




   Breakfast is Provided,
     RSVP required!
  Registration is limited!
             RSVP by
          February 6 to
         Teresa Johnson,
         Parent Mentor, at
          770-266-4505!
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                                                                                             Walton County School District
                                                               Department of Education for Exceptional Students Newsletter
                                                                                     Teresa Johnson, Parent Mentor/Editor

                          Volume 1, Issue 2                                                                    Summer 2007


  MEET AND
   GREET                "Survival Tips for the Summer"
  3rd Tuesday of         Oh, the lazy, hazy days of summer!! With no school and no responsibilities, children look forward
   each month            to this time of year with much exuberance. During the first few weeks of summer, they tend to find
                         activities, keep up with friends and generally enjoy their days.
 11:00 a.m.—1:00
       p.m.              The following are 20 suggestions for keeping your children busy during the summer months.


Monroe—May 15 at         Scavenger Hunt: Make a list of 10 things children might find outside, such as sticks in the shape
                         of a letter, giant leaves, yellow (or any color) flower, (make sure they understand not to pick flow-
Los Three Amigos         ers from someone’s garden), and whatever else you might think of.
  Across from
 Wal-Mart on Hwy         You might even want to take a walk around the area your children are allowed to be in and make
                         a list based on what you see. Don’t make the list too easy or they will be done in a minute and
       138               don’t make it so hard they lose interest.

                         Make A Scrapbook: At the beginning of the summer, buy each child a blank notebook, some
 $10 food voucher        pens/pencils/crayons, glue, and construction paper. Have them write stories of what they did,
 for the first 30 at-    draw pictures of their favorite activities, and keep track of their summer.

      tendees!                                                                                       Continued on back

   770-266-4505
   for more info
                        PARENT SURVEY
                        During the months of April and May, parents were given survey’s during
                        their IEP meetings. This survey is to provide us with feedback on
Your attendance at      your opinion about special education in Walton County schools. The
the first 2 meetings    results are slowing coming in from the schools, please return yours
was GREAT! There        ASAP to be counted in the final results.
were some sugges-       Current findings:
  tions that were       75% answered satisfied or very satisfied with 21 questions regarding
 made and        an-    Special Education in Walton County
      swers to          Areas for improvement include:
questions for a few     Offering families of non-disabled students an opportunity to learn
   parents at the       about students with disabilities   and...
        lunch.          Providing Parent Training about special education issues (IEPs,
                        Specific Learning disabilities, etc)
                        If you haven’t filled out a survey, you can go online to
Join us and share       www.walton.k12.ga.us Exceptional Education Link and download both
                        pages and return to your school or mail to our office!
your thoughts and
                           ol District
       Walton County Scho
                           ation for
       Department of Educ                                               CONGRATULATIONS TO
                           Newsletter
      Exceptional Students                                              DR. SUZANNE CARTER,
                                                               DIRECTOR OF EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION ON
    Teresa Johnson –Parent Mentor/ Editor
Suzanne Carter, Director of Exceptional Education                   RECEIVING HER DOCTORATE IN
Department of Education for Exceptional Students                      EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP!
      Walton County Board of Education
       200 Double Springs Church Road
              Monroe, GA 30655
              Phone: 770-266-4505
                Fax:770-266-4499                        In Pursuit of Excellence
    E-mail: teresa.johnson@walton.k12.ga.us
                                                                                                      www.walton.k12.ga.us

SURVIVAL TIPS CONTINUED….
Treasure Hunt: Hide some type of “treasure” somewhere and write hints on papers to lead to the next clue. Use several
clues in different places so they need to read the clue and try to figure out where the next clue might be.

Treasure Map: If you have more than one child, they can each hide a treasure somewhere in the yard and draw a map
showing where to go, starting from the door and ending at the treasure. They exchange maps with someone else after they
have finished and try to find the treasures.

Make A Bird Feeder: Use a two liter plastic soda bottle. Cut a large hole in the center of the bottle, so that there is a large
opening that the birds can use to enter the bottle. Attach a string around the neck of the. Make two small holes below the
opening and push a branch through the holes for the birds to perch on. Place bird seed on the floor of the bottle and hang
from a tree branch.

Colored Walks: Give each child a color, a piece of paper and a pencil and have them take a walk. Have them write down as
many things as they see that are the color they were given.

Bird Watching: Buy a book on birds and use a blank notebook to keep track of how many different birds you see during the
summer. You can use either of the bird feeders in the list to begin attracting birds to your yard.

Art With Bubbles: Add a few drops of tempera paint to a container of bubbles. Use several different containers and make
them each a different color. Place white paper on the ground and blow the bubbles so they pop on the paper. Let them dry
and see the unique artwork.

Make A Nature Mobile: Use parts of your nature collection to create a decoration for your room. Start with sticks about one
foot long and tie together so they form an X. Tie pieces of string to the sticks and hang different objects from the string. You
can make a pine cone mobile or you can make it a collection of different things. If you are using leaves, let them dry in a
book for a few days and then spray with shellac or clear spray paint first.

Create A Backyard Golf Course: Have your children use their imaginations to create a backyard gold course. Use tin cans
with both ends taken out, paper cups for the holes, sand for sand traps, and anything else the imagination can think up. If
you don’t have gold clubs to use, you can use a stick and a tennis ball.




                        HAVE A SAFE AND FUN SUMMER!


     SCHOOL RESUMES WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2007
       PARENT LEADERSHIP UNIVERSITY
 Course Syllabus:

 October 28—Understanding IDEA and the IEP Process

 January 20— Hopes and Dreams, Renee’ Feldman,
 Parent Mentor and Child Advocate from Clarke County

 March 10— Understanding Tests and Measurements

 May 12— Planning for Transitions, from Elementary
 through Graduation, Sandy Vandeusen, Transition
 Specialist for Walton County schools

 Attend All 4 classes, Earn a Parent
 University Diploma plus a lot of
 knowledge to help you be a better parent
 advocate for your child!

 6:30 — 8:30 p.m.
 Walton County BOE
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the
world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.                Margaret Mead
What is a Parent Mentor?                                                                         Our Community Team
Parents of children with disabilities who are                                                    We are building relationships with the
employed on a part-time basis by their local                                                     following organizations within our
school system to advise, educate and support                                                     community:
families of children with disabilities regarding
special education. Parent Mentors work with                                                         •   Advantage Behavioral Health Systems
and develop collaborative partnerships among                                                        •   Babies Can’t Wait
parents, educators, agency personnel and                                                            •   F.A.C.E.S. Autism Support Group
community members.                                                                                  •   Georgia Council of Administrators in
                                                                                                        Special Education (G-CASE)
                                                                                                    •   Georgia Department of Education
How can a Parent Mentor                                                                             •   Georgia Learning Resource Systems
help me?                                           Contact Your Parent Mentor                           (GLRS)
A few examples of ways a Parent Mentor can         You can ask your teacher to have the Parent      •   Georgia Post-Adoption Resource &
assist you include:                                Mentor contact you or choose to contact the          Support
    • Assist families and educators in             Parent Mentor on your own.                       •   Parent to Parent of Georgia
        locating information and resources.                                                         •   The Georgia Advocacy Office
    • Provide workshops for parents and            WHEN SHOULD I CALL?                              •   The Governor’s Council on
        educators.                                   • If you have questions regarding an               Developmental Disabilities
    • Provide confidential support for                  IEP meeting                                 •   Walton County Navigator Team
        parental concerns and questions.             • If you would like to talk with another       •   The Partnership for Families, Children
    • Provide articles, resource/information            parent regarding your child                     and Youth
        sheets and website.                          • If you have questions about the              •   Unlimited Services
    • Provide information on the special                Special Education process
        education process of referral,               • If you need resources or information
        evaluation and placement.                       about disability services for your
    • Provide accurate information through              child                                       How to Reach the Parent
        system educators and programs about
                                                                                                   Mentor for Walton County…
        rights and responsibilities under
                                                                                                       Teresa Johnson, Parent Mentor
        IDEA.
                                                                                                        Department of Education for
    • Assist parents in preparing for
                                                                                                             Exceptional Students
        Individual Education Program (IEP)
                                                                                                      200 Double Springs Church Road
        meetings to enable them to be an
                                                                                                              Monroe, GA 30656
        active member of the team.
                                                                                                            Office: (770) 266-4505
    • Provide a parent’s perspective to
                                                                                                             Fax: (770) 266-4499
        educators.
                                                                                                    Email: teresa.johnson@walton.k12.ga.us
Useful Websites                                      Walton County School District

Walton County School System                                  SUPERINTENDENT
                                                                                                          How May I
www.walton.k12.ga.us                                            Gary Hobbs
Georgia Department of Education
www.doe.k12.ga.us
Your FIRST STOP for Resources
                                                 Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum                      Help You?
                                                         Dr. Harvey Franklin
www.parenttoparentofga.org
Office of Special Education Programs
                                                   Director of Exceptional Education
www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP
The Parent Mentor Program                                 Dr. Suzanne Carter
www.parentmentors.org
The Georgia Learning Resource Systems              Coordinators of Special Education
www.glrs.org                                              Mr. Thomas Fleming
Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities             Mr. James Pitzer
www.aadd.org
Autism Society of America-GA Chapter                      Department of Education for
www.asaga.com                                                Exceptional Students
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/                     770-266-4501
Hyperactivity Disorder
www.chadd.org                                    The Parent Mentor Program is a parent-driven
Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta             initiative. For more information, call the
www.down-syndrome-atlanta.org                    Georgia Department of Education, Division
Families of Autism/Aspergers Syndrome            for Special Education Supports and Services
Care, Educate and Support (F.A.C.E.S.)           at 404-657-7328 or 404-657-9952.
                                                                                                          Walton County School District
www.georgiafaces.info

                                                                                                           PARENT MENTOR
FOCUS of GA                                          To laugh often and much; to win the respect of
www.focus-ga.org                                   intelligent people and the affection of children; to
                                                 earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the
Georgia Association of the Deaf
www.gadeaf.org
                                                   betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to
                                                    find the best in others; to leave the world a bit
                                                                                                              PROGRAM
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities    better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or
www.gcdd.org                                     a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has
                                                          breathed easier because you have lived.           Working together to nurture
Learning Disabilities
www.schwablearning.org
                                                                This is to have succeeded.                 communication between parents
United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia                                                Ralph Waldo Emerson
                                                                                                           and educators of children with
www.ucpga.org                                                                                                      special needs.
                                                                   Printed 09/22/08
                    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2008

                             6:30 DOORS OPEN
                             7:00 MOVIE BEGINS


                        DARIUS IS A 15 YEAR OLD STUDENT FROM
                          ATHENS, GA WHO HAS DUCHENNE
                            MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY (DMD)

                        THIS IS HIS STORY AS HE TRAVELS WITH A
                          GROUP OF FRIENDS FROM ATHENS TO
                        CALIFORNIA TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT
                          DMD AND ASK MTV TO “PIMP MY RIDE”


                           DARIUS AND CREW WILL JOIN US,
                             COME OUT AND MEET HIM!




      FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:   TERESA JOHNSON, PARENT MENTOR, WALTON COUNTY DEPT OF EDUCATION   770-266-4505


           CARVER MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
                             1095 GOOD HOPE ROAD NE, MONROE, GA 30655

                                           ADMISSION IS FREE
                                                                                                                       

                       CONCESSIONS, T-SHIRTS AND DVDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
     WALTON COUNTY
SPECIAL OLYMPICS PARADE
                    Saturday, March 21st
                        10:00 a.m.
                    Downtown Monroe



____________________________________________________________________________________

 Be a fan of Dignity, Courage, Grace and
                Dedication.
   Be a fan of Walton County’s Special
             Olympic athletes!
 __________________________________

                      The Easter Bunny will be handing out
                      treats and posing for pictures with all
                     parade goers on the Courthouse square
                              beginning at 9:00 a.m.

           Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be for sale!!
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                                                                                           Walton County School District
                                                             Department of Education for Exceptional Students Newsletter
                                                                                   Teresa Johnson, Parent Mentor/Editor

                           Volume 1, Issue 1                                                              Spring 2007



Inside this issue:
                           Parent Mentor—who I am and what I do
Communicate Often     2

                           The Walton County             I am the Parent Mentor for
Director’s Corner     2    School District partici-      the Walton County School
                           pates in a project headed     District. My son, Russell,
                           up by the Georgia Depart-     is a 15 year old freshman
Upcoming Events       3                                  at Loganville High School.
                           ment of Education (DOE)
                           called the Georgia Parent     He has Autism. He has
Summer Camps          3    Mentor project. Through       been a student in WCPS for
                                                         the last 10 years.
Parent Resources      4
                           this project, school sys-
                           tems across Georgia are
Special Olympics      4    employing parents of chil-                                     •    Provide training pro-
                                                         As Parent Mentor, some of
                           dren receiving special        the ways I can assist you             grams on topics par-
Contact Information   4
                           education services to ad-     include:                              ents have requested
                           vise, educate and support
                                                         •    Provide you with infor-     •    Listen to parents and
                           other families navigating
                                                              mation to assist in IEP          understand their needs
                           through the special edu-
                                                              planning and prepara-
                           cation process. Parent
                                                              tion
                           Mentors work with and                                          I look forward to working
 EXCEPTIONAL               develop collaborative         •    Provide a parent’s per-     with families, educators
                                                              spective to Educators
  CHILDRENS                partnerships with par-                                         and community organiza-
                           ents, educators. Agency       •    Direct you to resources     tions to ensure our children
    WEEK                   personnel and community            available inside and        reach their fullest poten-
                           members.                           outside the school sys-     tial.
MARCH 5-9, 2007                                               tem


     “DREAM.
     BELIEVE,              COMMUNICATE OFTEN
    ACHIEVE.”              Adapted from Effective Par-   teachers is failure to com-      teacher.
                           ent-Teacher communication     municate frequently and
                           published by the Center for   regularly. Regular and
  Building Bridges is a    Effective Parenting at        ongoing feedback from the        How to Communicate &
    publication of the     www.parenting-ed.org          teacher allows you to better     What to Communicate
Department of Education                                  provide the specific help               (con’t on page 2)
for Exceptional Students                                 your child needs. Keep the
for Walton County Public   One of the major communi-     following in mind when
         Schools           cation problems often re-     planning regular communi-
                           ported by parents and         cation with your child’s
Page 2                                                                                                      Building Bridges




COMMUNICATE OFTEN                               (con’t from page 1)

How to Communicate:                       about homework assignments, test          completed in the classroom, etc.
                                          dates, the child’s level of participa-
There are a variety of ways to com-
                                          tion, how well the child minds the
municate regularly with the                                                         How Often to Communicate:
                                          teacher, the percentage of work
teacher, such as face to face meet-
ings, phone calls, written notes or                                                 How often you need to communicate
email.                                                                              with the teacher will depend on the
                                                                                    severity of the concerns being moni-
                                                                                    tored. For more serious problems,
What to Communicate:                                                                you may need to have daily contact
                                                                                    with the teacher. For less severe
 It is important for the parent and
                                                                                    problems, weekly feedback may be
teacher to discuss and agree on
                                                                                    enough.
which specific concerns or problems
need to be monitored. Some exam-
ples include detailed information




Director’s Corner —Suzanne Carter
         Building Bridges and Build-      est Honor in Academic Achievement.        training that our budgets provide.
ing Capacity. Ann Tinkler, Coordina-      This honor is recognition that stu-       You and I along with Ann, Teresa and
tor of Exceptional Education, and I       dents are participating in general        the rest of our Curriculum / DEES
have focused of those two concepts        education classes and achieving at        department and school staffs are the
this year and Teresa has provided an      levels as never before. Thank you,        mortar that bonds the elements to-
essential link to connect us more         parents for providing your children       gether to strengthen the bridges for
closely with the parents of our stu-      with the support and achievement          our students journey along a lifelong
dents with disabilities. We don’t often   needed for this accomplishment to be      pathway of learning. Together we’re
have opportunities outside of IEP         possible.                                 a powerful team.
meetings to connect with parents. It
                                                   We are building bridges for
is our intention, with Teresa’s drive
                                          your children and you to join us in the
and determination to expand our par-                                                       Exceptionally yours,
                                          hard work of education. The construc-
ent and community connections as we                                                                        Suzanne
                                          tion materials are available in the
build those communication bridges.
                                          curricular materials, equipment, as-
         We are building capacity to      sistive technology, and professional
serve students, parents and teachers
in Walton through our Comprehensive
LEA Improvement Plans system-wide
and at individual schools. Support for
special education services is embed-
ded into the plans at each school.
Multiple professional learning oppor-
tunities are tailored to student needs                                                   If we build it,
as determined from IEPs as well as
assessment, attendance and discipline
data.
                                                                                         they will come!
        I was honored to accept an
award from Georgia’s Division for Ex-
ceptional Students this fall for High-
Volume 1, Issue 1                                                                                                  Page 3



                               UPCOMING EVENTS
                                                             Disability Day at the Capital
                                                             February 22, 2007
                                                             Leaving the BOE at 8:30 a.m. Return to BOE by 2:00
                                                             p.m. “Make it Real” Rally at 11:00 at the Capital Steps.
CHADD
                                                             RSVP if you want to attend 770-266-4505
Support Group for children and adults with Attention
Deficit Disorder
Place: Anchor Point Counseling Center                        JOY Prom
3320 Old Salem Rd, Conyers, GA 30013                         For students with moderate to severe disabilities age 16
Date: 1st Monday each month from Sept through May            and up

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM                                           Place: Summit Baptist Church

Contact: Dr. Jim Sendelbach (678) 210-1166                    3080 Hwy 81 South Loganville, GA 30052
                                                             Date: Friday, March 16, 2007
                                                             Time: 6:30—10:30 PM
F.A.C.E.S.
                                                             Contact: Jay Thompson (770) 466-6133
Families of Autism/Aspergers Syndrome Care, Educate
and Support                                                  Email: joyprom@thesummitchurch.com

Place: Walton Career Academy
212 Bryant Road, Monroe, GA 30656                            Walton County Navigator Team
Date: 3rd Thursday of each month August through May          Parents and professionals who meet to discuss services in
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM                                           Walton county for persons with disabilities

Contact: Teresa Johnson (770) 266-4505                       Place: Walton Career Academy

Web address: www.georgiafaces.info                           212 Bryant Road, Monroe, GA 30656
                                                             Date: 3rd Monday of each month
** FEB 15th meeting—Estate Planning
                                                             Time: 6:00 PM
for Special Kids for ALL families who
have children with disabilities                              Contact: Melinda Quinn ( 770) 207-6060




                                              Summer Camps
F.A.C.E.S. Camp for children             FOCUS—                                   METRO AREA:
5-18 on the Autism Spectrum                                                       Summer Camp Directory
                                         Day Camp for children with develop-
June 11-15 9:30-2:30 (day camp)          mental disabilities and their siblings   Log on to GLRS at www.glrs.org or
Faith Baptist Church                     Call (770) 237-9111 or visit             call (678)-676-2400
Www.georgiafaces.info                    www.focus-ga.org

Call Kim at 770-207-6341
                           ol District
       Walton County Scho
                           ation for
       Department of Educ
                           Newsletter
      Exceptional Students
                                                      The following is a list of organizations that provide
                                                     information related to education and children with
                                                     developmental/learning disabilities. Each of these offer
    Teresa Johnson –Parent Mentor/ Editor
Suzanne Carter, Director of Exceptional Education    electronic newsletters that can be sent to you regularly by
                                                     going online to the listed web address and subscribing:
Department of Education for Exceptional Students
      Walton County Board of Education
       200 Double Springs Church Road
                                                     LD Online: www.ldonline.org
              Phone: 770-266-4505                    Schwab Learning: www.schwablearning.org
                Fax:770-266-4499
    E-mail: teresa.johnson@walton.k12.ga.us          National Center for Learning Disabilities:
                                                     www.ld.org
                                                     No Child Left Behind: www.nochildleftbehind.org
                                                     Wrights Law: www.wrightslaw.com
       In Pursuit of Excellence
                                                     IDEA News: www.ideapractices.org

                                                     List Serves:
                                                     GA-ParentNetwork@yahoogroups.com
       www.walton.k12.ga.us




                                 Special Olympic News
                             The Local Games will be on March 24th at MAHS.
                    It will be kicked off with a parade in downtown Monroe at 10:00.
                                    Come out and support our athletes!



                                                MEET AND GREET
                                                          3rd Tuesday of each month
                                                                      11:00 a.m.
 Talking with other parents helps!
This informal monthly meeting is for          Monroe—March 20 and May 15 at Los Three Ami-
 parents of children with disabilities
to discuss the ups and downs of rais-                            gos
  ing a child with disabilities and to
                                                      Across from Walmart on Hwy 138
 share concerns and community re-
       sources with each other.               Loganville—April 17 at El Ranchero next to Publix

    Alternate locations available!                        770-266-4505 for more info
                                             S.T.E.P.S.
                              Successful Transitioning thru
                             Educating Parents and Students




                   A workshop for families in Walton County who want to learn more about
                            transition services for their child with a disability.



Who:      For families who have children with disabilities
When: August 23, 2007
Time:     6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Praise Center Church on Hwy 78 in Between
What: Keith Bell from Babies Can't Wait, Teresa Johnson Parent
Mentor for Walton County Schools, Rebecca Sweat with Benefits
Navigator plus a special guest will each present information on
transitioning children with disabilities from birth to age 22 and the
process that you need to be aware of as your child reaches each stage.

FREE DINNER AND CHILDCARE WITH RESERVATION by August 20th !!!
Poppy Seed Chicken and Rice, Green Beans, Buttered Sweet Corn, and Steamed Vegetables (broccoli, carrots,
cauliflower) with cheese sauce on the side, yeast rolls, assorted desserts and beverages. Children will have pizza from
Papa Johns.


                                     RSVP TO 770-207-6060

 Workshop is FREE to all participants and is limited to the first 100 registrations.
               Presented by The Walton County Navigator Team
♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦                                    ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
  AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION                                         COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Advantage Behavioral Health System (Unlimited Services)         Special Olympics of Walton County
770-267-8391                                                    Kim Wages, Carver Middle School 770-207-3333
Supported employment and community access services for adults   Kwages@walton.k12.ga.us
with developmental disabilities
                                                                Georgia Community Support and Solutions
Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities (AADD)           404-634 4222
404-881-9777                                                    www.gacommunity.org
www.aadd.org                                                    Respite care/family support

Benefits Navigator                                              Walton County Navigator Team
404-350-7598 or 1-866-772-2726                                  770-207-6060
Assistance with social security benefits                        Support for families with special needs members

Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS)              FOCUS
770-207-4000                                                    770-234-9111
Assistance with Medicaid                                        www.focus-ga.org
                                                                Family Support, respite, family activities
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
770-207-4220 Linda Bennett                                      F.A.C.E.S. Autism Support Group
Supported employment, work adjustment, and assistive            770-207-6346
technology related to employment                                www.georgiafaces.info
                                                                Support for families who have children with autism
Georgia Crisis and Access Line –
1-800-715-4225                                                  Rockale County Recreation Department
Single point of entry for services                              770-918-6306 – Tom McPike
                                                                www.aspirecoalition.org
Metro Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities &               Free Therapeutic Recreation activities for special needs
Addictive Diseases Regional Office – Region 2                   population
706-792-7741 or 1-866-380-4835 DD Specialist
Regional Board for Medicaid Waivers and other support.

Metlife Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids
www.metlife.com
                                                                ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
Multiple Choices, Center for Independent Living –
706-549-1020
                                                                     EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Social Security Administration (SSI)
1-800-722-1213                                                  Georgia Learning Resource System (GLRS)
www.ssa.gov                                                     Northeast Georgia RESA
Benefits for eligible clients                                   (706) 742-8292 Fax (706) 742-8928
Family income no longer considered after age 18.                Website: www.negaresa.org

TechAble                                                        Transition Specialist
                                                                Sandy Van Deusen – Walton County Public Schools
                                                                                                                               Walton County School District
770- 922-6768
www.techable.org                                                Email: Sandra.vandeusen@walton.k12.ga.us                          Dr. Suzanne M. Carter
Assistive technology                                                                                                                          Director
                                                                Parent Mentor, Special Education                           Department of Education for Exceptional Students
                                                                Teresa Johnson – Walton County Public Schools                     200 Double Springs Church Road
The Georgia ARC Network
                                                                770-266-4505
404-634-5512                                                                                                                             Monroe, GA 30656
www.arcga.org                                                   Email: teresa.johnson@walton.k12.ga.us
                                                                                                                                       www.walton.k12.ga.us
                                                                Regents Centers for Learning Disorders                                      770-266-4501
United Cerebal Palsy
770-922-7337                                                    Georgia Southern University – 912-681-0100
Supported employment and day habilitation for clients with      Georgia State University – 404-651-4662
developmental disabilities                                      University of Georgia – 706-542-4589


                                                                                                                                                                      8-14-07
            What is transition planning?                                       Transition Services in the                                                   Transition Timeline
                                                                              Walton County School District
Transition services are a coordinated set of activities that                                                                             Age         Action Needed
promotes movement from school to post school activities and                                                                              As early*   Contact MHDDAD Regional 2 Office
may include—                                                          •   Community Based Vocational Instruction                         as          to get on Medicaid Waiver planning list(s) for adult
                            Employment                                    This option is available for students who need to focus on     possible    services (supported employment, residential
                             Education                                    functional academic, daily living, self-help, communication,               placement, etc.).
                       Vocational Training                                and pre-vocational/vocational skills in order to gain
                           Adult Services                                 independence within the community.                             11 – 14 * Develop social skills, communication skills, and self-
                        Independent Living                                                                                                         help/self-advocacy skills along with academics.
                     Community Participation                          •   Collaborative Partnership with Division of Vocational
                                                                          Rehabilitation                                                 By 14 *   Develop Transition Service Plan as part of the IEP.
                                                                          A vocational rehabilitation counselor works with students in         *   Learn about diploma options and criteria.
              Why plan for transition?                                    Walton County who need support in order to obtain and                *   Broaden experiences with community activities.
                                                                          maintain employment. Vocational Rehabilitation services              *   Pursue and use local transportation options outside of
Transition into the adult world can present challenges for all
                                                                          include assessment, training and job placement.                          family.
young people. The process for transition is more difficult for
many youth with disabilities and requires unique strategies to                                                                                   * Identify and begin learning independent living skills,
enable each student to achieve the maximum possible                   •   Walton County Navigator Team                                             including personal finance and health care.
                                                                          Agency representatives, school personnel, postsecondary                * Acquire a state identification card and the ability to
independence in working, living, and participating in the
                                                                          school representatives, community leaders and parents meet               communicate personal information.
community as an adult.
                                                                          monthly to establish meaningful local resources for all
                                                                          students with special needs in the Walton County School        16 - 20 * Match career interests and skills with academic
     When does transition planning begin?                                 District by providing programs and services that will enable             coursework and work experiences.
                                                                          them to become productive citizens.                                    * Apply for accommodations on SAT/ACT.
Transition service planning usually begins at age 14 and                                                                                         * Identify appropriate community support services
continues until the student leaves high school.                       •   Career/Technical Instruction – (CTI)                                     and programs.
                                                                          Support is offered to any student enrolled in career/tech              * Coordinate with adult service providers and ensure
                 What is the Process?                                     classes in Walton, including the Walton Career Academy.                  that appropriate referrals have been made.
                                                                          This program offers Work Study as an option.                           * Identify health care providers and become informed
Transition is a process that includes three components:                                                                                            about sexuality and family planning.
•    Coach every student, along with his/her family, to think                                                                                    * Determine the need for financial support
     about goals for life after high school and to develop a long-                                                                                 (Supplemental Security Income (SSI), state financial
     range plan to get there.                                                                                                                      supplemental programs, Medicaid).
•    Design the high school experience to ensure that the student                                                                                * Learn and practice appropriate interpersonal
     gains the skills and competencies needed to achieve his/her                                                                                   communication and social skills for different
     post-school goals.                                                                                                                            settings (employment, school, recreation).
•    Identify and link students and families to any needed post-                                                                                 * Explore legal status about decision-making prior to
     school services, supports, or programs before the student                                                                                     age 21 and consider the need for guardianship.
     exits the school system.                                                                                                                    * Identify needed personal assistant services, and if
                                                                                                                                                   possible, learn to direct and manage these services.
    What can the student and family do to                                                                                                Last * Investigate post-secondary options and contact
     prepare for transition planning?                                                                                                    Year in Disability Service Provider at chosen school.
                                                                                                                                         School * Practice effective communication by developing
•    REMEMBER: Families are ultimately responsible for                                                                                            interview skills, asking for help, and identifying
     services; therefore, it is helpful to seek out information and                                                                               necessary accommodations for post-secondary and
     stay informed as to which services are appropriate.                                                                                          work environments.
•    Identify the student’s interests, aptitude and career goals                                                                                * Apply for financial support programs (SSI, Centers
•    Participate in making decisions about post-secondary                                                                                         for Independent Living, Medicaid, Vocational
     education                                                                                                                                    Rehabilitation).
•    Become an active member of the IEP team                                                                                                    * Specify desired job and obtain paid employment with
•    Express concerns about the future                                                                                                            supports, as needed.
                                                                                                                                                * Take responsibility for arranging transportation and
•    Become familiar with diploma options
                                                                                                                                                  arriving on time to work, school, and social activities.
•    Gather information from local agencies regarding their
     services
                                      UPCOMING
                                       EVENTS
Meet and Greet Breakfast - Tuesday, February 10th
    9:00 a.m. til 11:00 a.m.
    Medicaid Waiver Information
    Guest Speaker: Elise Beumer, DHR Region 2
    RSVP by February 4th



Disability Day at the Capital - Wednesday, February 25th
    Leave BOE at 9:00 a.m. to Atlanta Capital Return by 2:30 p.m.

    Transportation by Van for 15, must RSVP by Feb. 18th




“Enhancing Our Abilities” Disabilities Services Expo -
Saturday, February 28th
    Athens Classic Center
    9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
    Admission is FREE, over 30 vendors with resources and information



Parent University – March 10th
    Understanding Tests and Assessments
    Guest: Dr. Donna Majors
    6:30 – 8:30 WCBOE
    RSVP by March 3rd



               RSVP to Teresa Johnson at 770-266-4505 or
                   teresa.johnson@walton.k12.ga.us
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                                       h s rans       n ro s hoo                                               Welcome Back         1
                                                                                                                                        routine of rolling out of bed, making breakfast, putting the kids on the bus
                                        % sa    he s hoo o ers s u en s
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   In Pursuit of Excellence                                                        h sab     es.                                        when your children come home is well established. Dinner, homework,
                                       % sa    he s hoo o ere s e                                              Community            2
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                                                                      ass an e (su h as h    are) so           Resources                athletics, a little tv, then off to bed to do it all over again tomorrow. Sound
                                                               ar    ae     our h s I                                                   familiar? You are not alone. You are part of 1,300 families with special
                                                                                           ee     .
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   www.walton.k12.ga.us                                         be er a s e an or              o e her or
                                                                                                                                        for Parents of Special Needs Children and have a great New Year with your
                                       our h s s e    e u a on.                                                Survey Results       4
                                                                                                                                        children!
                                                                                                               Meet and Greet       4
                                                                                                                                             10 Commandments for Parents of Special Needs Children


                                 MEET AND GREET                                                                                              the future, over today, or over any other day, and neither does anyone else. Other
                                                                                                                                             people just think they do.
                                                                                                                                                                                            l. Allow him, encourage him, and expect
                                                                                                                                             him to develop to the best of his abilities.
                                                                                                                                                                                        s and professionals who can share with you
                                       12—
                              February 12—El Ranchero, Loganville Publix                                                                     their experience, advice and support.
                                                                                                                                        4.   Provide and be involved with the most appropriate educational and learning
                              Shopping Center                                                                                                environments for your child from infancy on.
                                                                                                                                        5.   Keep in mind the feelings and needs of your spouse and your other children.
                                                                                                                                             Remind them that this child does not get more of your love just because he gets
                                    11—          Amigos—
                              March 11—Los Three Amigos—Monroe                                                                               more of your time.


                                                                                                                                             need not justify your actions to your friends or the public.
                                                                                                                                                                                      t be a super-parent 24-hours a day. Allow
                                                                                                                                             yourself jealousy, anger, pity, frustration and depression in small amounts when-
                          .                       11:00 a.m. til 1:00 p.m.                                                                   ever necessary.
                              You may attend either lunch regardless of where your child attends school!
                                                                                                                                             look at what you have accomplished.
A food voucher for the
                                                                                                                                        9.   Stop and smell the roses. Take advantage of the fact that you have gained a special
  First 30 who RSVP
                                               770-266-4505 for more info
                                               770-266-                                                                                      appreciation for the little miracles in life that others take for granted.

     770-266-4505                                                                                                                       10. Keep and use a sense of humor. Cracking up with laughter can keep you from
                                                    Registration is limited!                                                                cracking with stress.
Community Resources                                                                                                                    Get Plugged into TRANSITION
Department of Family and Children Services                  The Partnership for Families, Children and Youth
(DFACS)                                                                                                                                                                                                       Contact Sandy at
                                                            770-207-6060 Melinda Quinn
770-207-4400                                                                                                                years of teaching special education at the high school level. She
Assistance with Medicaid                                                                                                    started her career as a Related Vocational Instruction (RVI)
                                                            F.A.C.E.S. Autism Support Group                                 Specialist where she supported students with disabilities within
                                                            770-207-6346                                                    career tech classes in Henry and Gwinnett counties. Since then,
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
                                                            www.georgiafaces.info                                                                              resource teacher and as a
770-207-4000 Linda Bennett                                                                                                  transition specialist in Gwinnett County Schools. Now, Sandy is
                                                            Support for families who have a family member with autism
Supported employment, work adjustment, and
assistive technology related to employment                                                                                  (CTI) coordinator (the new term for RVI specialist) at Monroe
                                                            Child Care Resource and Referral of NEGA of Athens
                                                            Childcare respite for children 0-5 and special needs
                                                            Sherry Lee at 706-613-1603 ext 224
                                                                                                                            this school year are: helping to develop a new transition planning

                                                                                                                            and teachers about transition plan
                                                                                                                            efforts with community agencies
                                                                                                                            special education students become employed while
                                                                                                                            programs that will benefit students as they prepare for life after high school.
We are truly building bridges in Walton County and we       I have received several calls from parents asking about
are putting the steps in place to respond to the issues     Senate Bill 10 and wanting to know how their child would                                                             home and teaching in the same school as both of
that parents indicated were important to them when          benefit from the option to transfer to another school. Par-
                                                                                                                            her children - Alison, a senior, and Jud, a freshman.
they completed the surveys after their IEP meetings or      ents let me know that after hearing all the details they
from the state department survey. We reviewed all of        decided to stay at their home zone school since the services    forward to many exciting things to come!
the surveys and identified our goals based on what par-     they needed for their child were available there and they
ents told us was important to them. One of the items        had the convenience of transportation. We have worked
parents indicated that was of importance to them was        very hard to provide the services needed for each student
information about community resources. To respond to        in the school where they lived more than any year in the
that need, our parent mentor collaborated with the Part-    past. We have also worked very hard to provide services
                                                            in the general education classes with support from special
Navigator Team to provide a parent workshop, free to        education teachers and paraprofessionals. Research tells
attendees, where parents received information about         us that students learn best when they are in the same
several resources available to them regarding Supple-       classes with their peers.
mental Security Income (SSI), transition to services af-
                                                            The bridges we are building must be continuously sup-
                                                                                                                                                                FOCUS
our area for parent of children with disabilities. The
                                                            ported and repaved with new information, additional re-
                                                            sources, and ongoing positive support by committed staff
                                                                                                                                                  (Families of Children under Stress)
workshop received very positive evaluations from the
                                                            and caring parents dedicated to loving each of the children
parents who attended and the dinner that was provided
                                                            and taking them from where they are and working to-
was delicious!
                                                            gether to guide them forward each day, one step at a time.
Parents also let us know that they wanted an opportu-       Together we are committed to make them shine! Thanks            FOCUS provides many different services to families of children with special needs, including
nity to collaborate with each other. Teresa Johnson has     for helping us to build the bridges!                           monthly support group meetings for parents of young children. They have a Saturday respite in
scheduled monthly opportunities through the Meet and
                                                            Exceptionally yours,                                            Conyers once a month. Several times a year, FOCUS holds family activities such as a trip to
Greet lunch hours at the Mexican restaurants in both
Loganville and Monroe. Lunch is provided free of charge     Dr. Suzanne Carter                                                                                            In the summer, FOCUS offers Camp Hollywood,
through a generous donation from Angel Food Minis-                                                                         which is a day camp for children with special needs and siblings. For information on these and
tries. This is another community agency collaborating
with the school system to meet the needs or our families.                                                                     other activities, call FOCUS at (770) 234-9111 or go to their website: www.focus-ga.org
                                               Contact Members for Walton
 If you are interested in joining the Walton     County Navigator Team
 County Navigator Team, please fill out the
                 form below:                                                       Walton
                                                        Lisa Fogie
 Name:                                                fogie@alltel.net
                                                                                   County
 Address:
                                                    Teresa Johnson
 City:
                                                   WCPS Parent Mentor
 State:            Zip:                              770-266-4505
                                                Teresa.johnson@walton.k12.ga.us                    Navigator
 Email:
                                                                                                    Team
 Phone:
                                                      Melinda Quinn
 Check all that apply:                             The Partnership for
____ Parent/Caretaker of a child with a
                                                Families, Children & Youth
     disability                                        770-207-6060               Linking FAMILIES of children
                                               www.thepartnershipwalton.org       with disabilities to community
____ Parent/Caretaker of a child, birth-6
                                                                                  resources through a statewide
____ Educator/Professional who works              mquinn@walton.k12.ga.us           parent leadership network
     with children with disabilities (list
     occupation) __________________            www.waltonnavigators.eboard.com
____ Other


 Return to a team member today or                 FIRST STOP for Resources
 Send this completed form to:                     www.parenttoparentofga.org
                                                      State Coordinator,
 Teresa Johnson, Parent Mentor
 Walton County Dept of Education
                                                      Marchia Williams
 200 Double Springs Church Road                        1-800-229-2038
 Monroe, GA 30655
         Our Mission
                                            HELPFUL NUMBERS
                                                                                The Parent Leadership
To strengthen Georgia families,      Project Healthy Grandparents (Walton)
                                                                              Coalition is a collaboration
 especially those with children                    678-425-0718                of ten Georgia non-profit
  with disabilities, through a       Advantage Behavioral Health Systems          community service
  statewide volunteer parent                      1-800-357-9774                   organizations and
      leadership network.                      Team UP Mentoring               governmental agencies:
                                                   770-316-5735
                                    Walton Co. Dept. of Family & Children’s
                                             Services 770-207-4000                 Babies Can't Wait
                                       Walton County Health Department
                                                   770-207-4125               Department of Early Care and
          Our Vision                          Social Security Office                   Learning
                                                   770-307-4607
To develop a point of contact in       Walton County Board of Education        Department of Education—
 every Georgia county so that                      770-266-4520                 Division for Exceptional
 parents of young children and             Social Circle City Schools                  Students
 parents of school-aged youth                      770-464-2731
  with disabilities will not feel       Faith in Serving Humanity (FISH)          Family Connections
             alone.                                770-207-4327
                                            Child Support Recovery              Governor's Council on
                                                   770-207-4180                Developmental Disabilities
                                     Boys and Girls Club of Walton County
                                                   770-207-6279                   Institute on Human
          Our Goals
                                        Probate Court of Walton County        Development and Disabilities
                                                   770-267-1417
     Each county will build                 Walton County Safe Kids             Office of Developmental
  comprehensive resources so                       770-267-1422                        Disabilities
Georgia families have increased       Information for Walton County - 211
  access to positive education,                 Unlimited Services             Parent to Parent of Georgia
 advocacy, and strategies; and                     770-267-8391
   more control over essential         Vocational Rehabilitation Services         The Marcus Institute
 resources to meet their needs.                    770-207-4220
                                     Teresa Johnson, WCPS Parent Mentor
                                                   770-266-4505
                                    Sandy Van Deusen, Transition Specialist
                                                   770-207-3163

				
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