You'll want to check out Southside's Calendar - there's lots of great learning opportunities, a Soiree, and egg hunts this month.
March into SPRING!
In March, we start planning for the future. Planning for the immediate summer, planning for graduation and beyond, planning for college or work. There are TONS of opportunities to find more information, and have a little fun in March.
Due to most of the leadership managing Soiree this month, the only SUPPORT GROUP meeting will be held Monday, March 14 at 9:30AM at Kakao Café in Tyrone.
Sat. March 5, 8AM. Griffin High School. 1617 W Poplar Avenue. Griffin.
Life After High School: Metro South Regional Transition Conference. Free.
Features sessions on (in this order) Medicaid, SSI/SSDI, Employment, and Guardianship. Over 20 exhibitors related to the transition of LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. Contact: Raissa Chandler 770-713-6731. Preregister for event.
Tues. March 8, 7PM. 107 Governors Trace, Fayetteville.
Summer Camp Preview. Exceptional OPS. Free.
Forum discusses local camp options for students with disabilities.
Contact: Janet Smola 770-631-1035.
Sat. March 19. 9AM Clayton State University, Morrow.
FOCUS Conference. Check website for tickets.
Workshops include IEPs, NOW / COMP, Deeming Waiver, and Special Needs Wills & Trusts.
Contact: Elizabeth (770) 234-9111
Sunday, March 20 11AM. Peachtree City Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Community Health Fair. Free
Check your vitals, learn about health, nutrition, and wellness. Say hi to Southside Friends. Door prizes.
Tues. March 22. 8AM Grace Evangelical Church, 162 Flat Creek Trail, Fayetteville
Mental Health Forum. $35 public
Features Nate Call, Director of Behavioral Health and Supports, Marcus Autism Center, and other guest speakers. www.fayettefactor.org for additional information.
FUN THINGS TO DO
Sat. March 12. 7PM The Loft At Due South, Peachtree City. Tickets available at Eventbrite.
Southside Soiree. Annual gala fundraising event for Southside Support. Features Silent Auction, Casino style games, Dancing, Open Bar, and Delectable Cuisine. Formal attire – black tie optional.
Sat. March 19. 10AM Lekotek office. Governors Walk. Fayetteville
Lekotek Egg Hunt. Please rsvp online to participate in this event. Activity stations will open at 10AM, egg hunt will happen promptly at 11AM.
Sat. March 19. 2-4PM Nash Farm Battlefield, Hampton.
11th Annual "Extra Special Easter Party and Egg Hunt"
Registration requested. Send your name and number of people with disabilities and other children who will be participating to firstname.lastname@example.org . Egg hunts start at 2:15PM, no exceptions.
Originally posted November 1, 2012
I Know What You Didn't Do Last Year
In Georgia, there's a dangerous cliff that all us families with a special needs child are headed for. Many of us know about it and even coach parents to take actions against it. There's plenty of warning signs, planning tools, and information available about our impending doom. Even so, many of us, myself included, have chosen to ignore the inevitable.
The cliff's name is innocuous enough: TRANSITION. While seemingly innocent, it's a cliff fraught with drama, danger, and uncertainty. All parents ask the initial question,”When my child graduates from high school, what will his/her life be like?” but for those of us in Georgia with specialneeds children, the answer is pretty frightening.
These are the facts to consider, and the scary questions to ask yourself.
For the government to help an adult with a developmental disability operate the most independently through the NOW waiver system, it costs below $25,000 per year. That's equivalent to paying college tuition for the rest of your child's natural life. Worse, it is tremendously higher for those with more critical needs (COMP Waiver). If there's still a waiting list when your child exits high school, how are you going to pay that kind of money for a day program, transportation, behavioral health options, medication, etc.? Year after year after year?
School lasts a good portion of the day. Once they've graduated, what will they do during school hours? Where will they go? How will they get there? Once there, how will they get home? Will they be by themselves at home? Will that be OK?
Will you have to quit your job to take care of an adult child with a disability?
That's all well and good for the short term, but what happens if you, as primary caregiver, become ill, disabled yourself, or die? What happens then?
Do you have a plan, and are you working the plan? I've met many equipped parents that still turn around and realize their child is seventeen and they are not ready. No doubt about it, you're going over the cliff of transition – will you have a rope ready and tied to rappel off, or are you going to crash?
Scary, huh? I won't wait a year to give you a sequel. Stay tuned.
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