Parents of students receiving special education services in Gwinnett are invited to attend upcoming sessions, presented by the Gwinnett County Parent Mentors in collaboration with GCPS' Special Education Department staff and community leaders and organizations. Parent Mentors Jackie McNair and Dawn Albanese are parents who work within GCPS' special education department, providing information and support to other families who have children served in special education. The mentors have first-hand knowledge of raising a child with special needs as they both have a child who has been served or is being served in GCPS. (In this GCPS TV video, learn more about the district’s parent mentors.)
Upcoming events include the following:
- “Criminal Justice: How It Impacts Students with Disabilities”
On Jan. 22, parents of students with disabilities, ages 12 to 22, are invited to this session about the juvenile justice system and the parent’s role when a young person is arrested or detained by law enforcement. Gwinnett County State Court Judge Pamela South will present the session, set for 10 a.m. to noon. RSVP by Jan. 19 by contacting Ms. McNair by phone at (678) 301-7149 or by email at Jackie_McNair@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. The meeting will be held in Building 200 in the Collins Hill Room (2.143) at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW, in Suwanee.
- “Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Services in the School: What are They?”
Scheduled for Jan. 23, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., this program for parents will feature Dr. Ryan Mitchell, an occupational therapist with GCPS. RSVP by contacting Ms. Albanese by phone at (678) 301-7212 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 22. The meeting will be held in Building 200 in the Central Gwinnett Room (2.111) at the ISC in Suwanee.
For more information regarding the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, go to www.parentmentors.org.