Parents of students receiving special education services in Gwinnett are invited to attend an upcoming session in the “Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Present” series. This special session will be held on Wednesday, September 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at OneStop Centerville, located at 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville.
Stacy Poteat, a coordinator in GCPS' Special Education Department, will present “Life Beyond the High School Diploma.” The session is designed for parents of students in middle and high school, and Spanish interpretation services will be available. Topics will include barriers to college success for students with special needs, differences between K-12 education and a college setting, types of accommodations available to college students, employment and disabilities, barriers to employment success, and college programs for students with intellectual disabilities.
This learning series— presented throughout the school year— is designed for families of children with disabilities, and presented by the Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Dawn Albanese and Jackie McNair in collaboration with Special Education Department staff and community leaders and organizations.
Parent Mentors are parents who work within GCPS' special education department, providing information and support to other families who have children served in special education. Ms. Albanese and Ms. McNair 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’ Special Education programs.
To RSVP for the meeting, contact Ms. McNair by phone at (678) 301-7149 or by emailat Jackie_McNair@gwinnett.k12.ga.usby Sept. 17. For more information regarding the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, go to www.parentmentors.org.