CCSD Parent Event 09/28

Tonight I attended the Parent Event at Dickerson Middle School. The Topic included an overview of the Division of Teaching and Learning Support and Services.

I requested the presentation slides be posted on the district website. Susan Christensen said she will try to get them posted.

Attached are the notes I took during the meeting.

CCSD Parent Event 092815 Notes


S.N.A.C.K. (Special Needs Advocacy of Cobb Kids, Inc.)

At tonight’s State of our Schools (SOS) town hall meeting, I meet representatives from S.N.A.C.K. (Special Needs Advocacy of Cobb Kids, Inc.) They are a newly form organization created to help the special education community of Cobb County.

Below is a copy of their flyer. Feel free to reach out to them for additional information.


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DSAA Education Seminar and New Parent Orientation, Saturday, September 19

Session 1: IEP’s and Managing Behavior – 9 am to 1:30 pm
Emory University Medical Education Bldg Room 170A

Debbie Dobbs, M.S, will discuss “IEP Strategies: Real World Suggestions and Tips on How to Have Effective and Meaningful IEP Meetings and Documents” and Karen Bearss, PhD will present her recent study findings on “Parent Training is Effective for Reducing Serious Behavioral Problems in Young Children.”

Session 2: New Parent Orientation – 9 am to 1:30 pm
Emory University Medical Education Bldg Room 153A

The Emory Down Syndrome Clinic will discuss medical and developmental issues for infants with Down syndrome, Debbie Dobbs, M.S, will discuss applying for the Deeming Waiver, Scott Jefferies, CLU, CFP, will discuss financial planning for families of children with special needs and DSAA parents will share some helpful resources and encouraging stories.

For more information or to RSVP to either session, click here.

KSU PLAY Program

The Physical and Leisure Activities for Youth (PLAY) program at KSU is a volunteer program that supplements school based physical education as well as other recreation programs for children and youth who can benefit from specially designed instruction. Preference is given to elementary school children, and includes those with developmental, sensory, neurologic, mental, and orthopedic disabilities.

There are two PLAY program terms each year – one in the Spring, and another in the Fall. Each term consists of six consecutive Saturday sessions that run from 10am-Noon. All PLAY program activities are located in the Convocation Center on the KSU campus.

Go here for more information and to complete a registration form.

GA DoE Request for Applications – Individualized Education Program (IEP) Facilitators

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) will begin piloting its IEP Facilitation project in select districts in January 2016. In preparation for this collaborative dispute prevention and resolution process, the GaDOE is seeking applications from individuals who are interested in serving as IEP Facilitators. IEP Facilitators are trained, impartial individuals who assist members of the IEP Team in developing or reviewing a student’s IEP, while also addressing conflicts and disagreements that may arise during the meeting.

The request for application form, which includes minimum and preferred qualifications, compensation, selection process, and how to apply is located on the GaDOE Division for Special Education Services and Supports website on the right-hand column under “IEP Facilitation Application”.

If you know of individuals who would be great IEP Facilitators and are not employees of State of Georgia agencies or local educational agencies, please encourage them to apply.

Application deadline is October 16, 2015. If you have questions, please contact Jamila Pollard at or Carol Cannon at

Disability Awareness Day, Saturday, October 3 at 10 am

Disability Awareness Day on October 3, 2015 10am – 3pm at the Windy Hill Community Center located at 1885 Roswell Street, Smyrna.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know about resources within your community as there will be exhibitors and vendors. There will also be food, gift bags and door prizes for attendees.

See the attached flyer for more information.