Special Education Parent Mentors hosted the 3rd annual fair featuring extracurricular opportunities for CCSD’s students with disabilities.
Families looking for camps, classes, sensory-friendly programming and events for their students with disabilities attended the 3rd Annual Community Connections Resource Fair hosted by Cobb’s Special Education Parent Mentors.
Representatives from more than 40 Cobb and Atlanta area organizations, attractions and businesses were on hand to share their accessible options with parents during the fair held in January at Palmer Middle School. Parents also learned about opportunities offered by theaters, sports organizations, museums and major attractions.
“Cobb’s parents of children with special needs often don’t know how they can plug into the family fun that is available in our community,” said Stacy Greene, parent of a 20-year-old with ASD who serves as one of CCSD’s Special Education Parent Mentors along with Antoinette Nichols. “Our kids enjoy playing sports, going to the movies, attending events … this fair is a chance for parents to learn what is out there for their kids and families.”
Nichols, who has a 12-year-old son with ASD, agrees: “Being a parent of a child with special needs, our thoughts often turn toward resources to help our children thrive and become the best they can be. I find vendor fairs such as this that explore the extracurriculars and/or leisure activities specific for our children is just as important as the therapeutic.”
Beginning as a smaller inaugural fair with about 25 vendors in January 2017, Community Connections grew to include 41 vendors at this 2019 fair. It is anticipated that there will be upwards of 50 vendors at the 2020 fair as more organizations come on board to share their accessibility options with parents.
The Community Connections Resource Fair is just one of the quarterly events hosted by CCSD’s Special Education Parent Mentors. Additional programming includes monthly parent workshops that are held throughout the school year. For more information on our programming, please visit the Special Education Parent Mentor website at www.cobbk12.org/specialeducationparentmentors/.
Authors: Stacy Greene and Antoinette Nichols, Special Education Parent Mentors