This is a post I’ve been wanting to publish for a while. As you may or may not know, I am a special education teacher. In my experience, I have found that the special education process can be very overwhelming for parents. Therefore, I thought it might be helpful to have a resource guide for our area. Consider this a work-in-progress; I hope to update it over time. In fact, if you have any suggestions for local resources to be added to this guide, please feel free to comment on the post below or email me at email@example.com.
Fayette County Exceptional Children’s Services
Click here for Fayette County ECS website
Parent Mentor: Allison Stevenson
Coweta County Special Education Department
Click here for Coweta County Special Ed Department website
Parent Mentor: Jenn Williams
Coweta Charter Academy
Coweta Charter Academy is a tuition-free public school of choice located in Senoia; currently serving grades K-7
Click here for the Coweta Charter Academy website
Special Ed contact: Beth Pullen
Georgia Cyber Academy
GCA is a tuition-free online public school offering an award-winning K12 curriculum.
Click here for the GCA Special Ed department website
Phone number for GCA: 404-334-4790
Parent Mentor: Jennifer Anderson
K-8 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
High School email: email@example.com
Joseph Sams School
The Joseph Sams School, Inc. (JSS) is dedicated to the education and life skills development of children who are intellectually, physically or developmentally challenged helping them reach their full developmental potential.
Contact name: Amy Murray
Location: 280 Brandywine Blvd,. Fayetteville, GA 30214
The Bedford School
Accredited private school in Fairburn, GA for children with specific learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD. The school offers small class size, a challenging academic curriculum, modern multifaceted facilities, extra-curricular activities, and summer academic and recreational programs such as Squirrel Hollow Camp, all in a structured special education setting.
Web address: http://www.thebedfordschool.org
ClearWater Academy offers an all-inclusive, unique blend of specialized academic curricula, social-emotional development, and therapies in a sensory-sensitive environment for students ages 6-17 with learning differences such as Asperger’s Syndrome, mild autism, ADHD/ADD, developmental and processing delays and specific learning disabilities. Courses for independent daily living and community-based learning are also included for middle and high school students.
Location: 210 Greencastle Road, Tyrone, GA
The Lighthouse School
The Lighthouse is a non-traditional learning center – we help students develop skills to meet their goals and become independent learners. We believe that we are partners with parents in their child’s educational, social, and emotional development. We provide opportunities for students to pursue independent study and encourage parents to monitor and participate in their child’s education. Additionally we request that the parents work proactively with instructors to guide their children toward success. We currently offer 5th through 12th grade programs.
Address: 116 Peachtree Ct, Fayetteville, GA 30215
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thelighthouseprogram
Information about the Special Needs Scholarship Program
The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program is a school choice program available for special needs students attending Georgia public schools who are served under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The scholarship allows eligible students to attend other public schools (within or outside their own district), state schools for blind or deaf, or private school authorized to participate in the GSNS Program.
For a full description and helpful links, click here.
Georgia DOE Contact: Carmen Hernandez-Freemire
Club Z Tutoring
Tutoring for all ages – PreK through college.
Contact name: Peggy Thomas
Homeschool tutoring program that incorporates small farm animals, sensory motor exercises and healthy eating into a more holistic learning experience for children with special needs (high functioning). We also work directly with Brain Balance in Peachtree City in order to know each child’s academic, behavioral/ mental starting point.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Autumns-Nest
Brain Balance Program
The Brain Balance Program is the most comprehensive approach to overcoming the symptoms of ADHD, learning disabilities, processing disorders, Asperger syndrome, and a host of other related childhood learning and developmental issues. Brain Balance Achievement Centers offer a cutting-edge, drug-free approach to help children improve their ability to learn academically, socially and emotionally.
Brain Balance Achievement Center
Address: 357 Highway 74N, Ste 5, Peachtree City, GA 30269
ExceptionalOPS (Fayette County)
ExOPS advocates for specific policies and programs that benefit people with developmental disabilities and their families. We also educate service providers, county officials, families and others on issues that impact people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
Contact name: Janet Smola
Coweta Supporters of Developmental Disabilities
A group of families, educators, caregivers, and individuals in the community who are coming together to offer support and opportunities for the Developmentally Disabled. Coweta Supporters is interested in providing advocacy, family support, networking, training and education, respite, and after school and summer programs for the Developmentally Disabled of any age in our community.
Contacts: Linda Wilson (770-463-1658) or Sarah Pike (770-251-5896)
SOUTHSIDE SUPPORT INC
Our mission is to LINK FAMILIES with special needs TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. We provide guidance with humor and laughter creating, in turn, a safe environment. We facilitate group discussions through social media and gatherings in order to give our members a voice. We ensure our families are heard, included and involved as a vital part of our beloved community.
Contact name: Raissa Chandler
Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities
AADD’s mission is to build communities of support, acceptance, and opportunity for children, adults, and families living with developmental disabilities.
Contact name: Riki Bolster
Phone: 404-881-9777 Ext. 223
Parent to Parent of Georgia
Parent to Parent of Georgia provides support, information services, training and leadership opportunities for families who have children and youth with disabilities.
Phone Number: 800-229-2038
The Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS)
GLRS is a network of 17 centers throughout Georgia that provide training and resources to educators and parents of students with disabilities.
Contact name: Kaye Burch
REACH Program (Fayette County)
REACH is a community-based transition program designed to assist in the transition from school to adult life. REACH is a collaborative effort between students, parents, the Fayette County School System, and adult service providers. A planning committee with representation from these groups developed the basic parameters of the program. REACH uses a person-centered approach that identifies the employment related needs and desires of each individual student. Schedules and employment opportunities are then developed by each student and his/her team.
Contact name: Linda Williams
Hands For Hire, Inc. (Fayette County)
Hands For Hire is an independent Medicaid provider for Prevocational and Community Access training. We offer innovative, quality services to citizens with Developmental Disabilities in Fayette County.
Contact name: John Norwood
Coweta Rutledge Center
Services for developmentally disabled adults (job training, case management, advocacy, etc.)
They also offer stimulating activities (education, computer skills, communication, art, health and fitness, and social skills.
Phone numbers: 770-251-6515 or 770-253-1189
I hope that this is helpful to some of you. If you have anything else to add, please post in the comments! An updated version of this will be posted in a few weeks.by