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Highlights from the 2017 Autism Awareness: “Elements of Inspiration” Art Show & Fun Day:

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The Seventh Annual Autism Awareness: “Elements of Inspiration Art Show and Fun Day” was held on April 29, 2017 at the Okefenokee Heritage Center, and offered family friendly activities to all who came.  Our weather was scorching, but it did not dampen the spirits of the people who attended or on the fun to be had!  A special thanks to Donna McClain, Ware County’s Special Education Director, and to Sandee Dial, Ware County’s Special Education Program Manager for taking and sharing such wonderful photos which showcased all of the fun!

Congratulations to the people below and to all the folks who worked “behind the scenes” to make this year’s festival become a roaring success!

We had an outstanding attendance rating with a total of 461 people attending.  These attendees were area Administrators, Special Education and General Education Teachers, School Psychologists and Counselors, Paraprofessionals, Agencies and a phenomenal number of Parents (162), along with a staggering number of Students (224)!  We are continually amazed at the huge turnouts to this event.  A big “Thank you” goes to everyone who braved the heat and came in droves to support our kids.  We couldn’t do this without you!

Attractions included a Bounce House, Big Slide, Knobby the Autism Train, a Sensory Sand Pit, Go Fish, Face Painting, just to name a few!  Food and drink was provided at no charge from the generous donations from Brantley County, McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Coca Cola, Friendly Express and others.  Thank you to all donors for your giving hearts!

The Elements of Inspiration Art Show featured art from area students, colorfully displayed in the Okefenokee Heritage Center Warehouse.  We have so many talented students who participated in this effort, so as you can imagine, judging was a real challenge.  All of our entries deserve high praise for their accomplishments!  We absolutely loved and admired all of the entries!

Highlights from our 2017 Student Recognition Awards Luncheon:

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Our first annual 2017 Student Recognition Awards Luncheon, which honored eight (8) students from each of our eight (8) districts (Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Pierce, & Ware County), was a huge success!  A beautiful luncheon was provided and students were awarded a plaque and a gift card for their exemplary academic and community achievements.  Each of the students demonstrated poise and dignity as they spoke about their goals after graduation, while family members and educators looked on with unconcealed pride.

Highlights from our FY’17 ASPIRE Innovative Practices Forum:

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The ASPIRE Forum was held in collaboration with Southeast GLRS.  It was a great day at Coastal Pines Technical College in Jesup, GA.  The presentations highlighted exemplary practices in our area, including: use of technology, parent engagement, activities for students across grade and cognitive levels as well as organizational procedures for implementation.  The seventy-five attendees left with new ideas and a network of ASPIRE colleagues.

Highlights from the 2016-17 “Doughnuts & Dialogue” Legislative Forum:

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On November 10th,  members of ORTA had the opportunity to attend the annual “Doughnuts and Dialogue” Legislative Forum that was held this year at Coastal Pines Technical College. Breakfast and networking began at 8:00 am and the forum began at 8:45 am.  ORTA members in attendance were: Kim Gibson, Jann James, David Butler, Kelly Thrift, Eryn Parsons, Kelley Wright and Kevin Rogers.

ORTA members addressed the following two questions:

  • Medicaid Waivers and opening up more slots for waivers. This question was answered by Senator Tyler Harper. He discussed that the legislature recognized the need and addressed this issue last year with the creation of Champions for Children and the ABLE Act. This is the Special Needs trust that allows parents to save money for their child with disabilities. The ABLE Act amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow for tax advantaged savings like the 529 higher education savings accounts allowing people with serious disabilities to save for qualified disability expenses without violating the $2,000 asset limits that apply to eligibility for Medicaid, SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and other benefits programs.
  • The second question was about supported employment. It was answered by Representative Jason Spencer. The question asked about incentives for businesses who hire individuals with disabilities. Representative Spencer said that he would look into this issue.

Jann James, South Central GLRS Director and Kim Gibson, Ware County Parent Mentor, also had the opportunity to talk with all of the legislators after the forum. They were very interested and attentive to our concerns for the upcoming legislative session. ORTA members appreciated this incredible opportunity to discuss with our local legislative representatives issues that are important to the students and families we serve.

Highlights from the Special Education Administrators Leadership Conference – 2016-17:

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On October 26-28, 2016, the South Central GLRS Region Directors of Special Education teamed with the South Central GLRS staff and the Georgia Department of Education District Liaison to continue delving deeper into Student Success: Imagine the Possibilities.  Working in small groups, the directors went over their individual SSIP plans for district internal and external stakeholder engagement, discussed district resources and infrastructure to support student outcomes, and identified areas of strength and opportunities to improve district general supervision.  The GaDOE District Liaison presented on: GaDOE Connections/SSIP Pulse Check for all of the South Central GLRS Districts.  Survey results were given from the September 2016 Collaborative Communities meeting.  The directors continued with ways they could further focus and frame their plans, by discussing a series of steps that could be used to implement the process, with additional discussion on how to align the work of a district and how this could be achieved.

Please click on the slider buttons or slider arrows (on either side of photos) to view highlights from the Special Education Administrator’s Leadership Conference 2016-17:

SCGLRS Team who attended the conference:

Dr. DeAnne Merrell, Atkinson County

Ms. Karen Lamb, Bacon County

Ms. Roxie Tumlin, Brantley County

Dr. Sherilonda Green, Charlton County and Mr. Matt Wainright, Charlton County

Mr. Dane Heard, Clinch County

Dr. Tonya Johnson, Coffee County and Dr. Dana Vickers, Coffee County

Ms. Belinda Tiller, Pierce County and Mr. William Hall, Pierce County

Dr. Donna McClain, Ware County

Dr. Debbie Reagin, GaDOE

Ms. Jann James, SCGLRS, Ms. Dana Robbins, SCGLRS, and Ms. Lisa Fesperman, SCGLRS

Check Out the New Autism Awareness Billboard for Yourselves!!

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South Central GLRS proudly serves as a co-sponsor of Autism Awareness initiatives in the Pierce -Ware region. Other partners are the Pierce and Ware County School Systems, The ARC of Satilla, Easter Seals of South Georgia, and the South Georgia Regional Aging and Disability Resource Connection.

One exciting accomplishment of this team is the erection of a billboard beside a major thoroughfare in Waycross. This billboard promotes awareness of Autism in our region and supports children and families whose lives are touched by Autism. It is our hope that all in our community will develop an understanding of what can be done to educate and advocate for children and youth with Autism.

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**These materials were developed with GLRS funds made available through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. The contents of the publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or the Georgia Department of Education.  No materials developed with these Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act funds may be sold for profit.