A Fair to Attend: Community Connections Brings the Fun

Discover opportunities for students with disabilities at the January resource fair hosted by CCSD’s Special Education Parent Mentors.

Do you wish there was a way for your child with special needs to plug into fun opportunities in Cobb and the Atlanta area? Mark your calendar now for the Community Connections Resource Fair: Extracurricular Opportunities for Students with Disabilities scheduled for January 27, 2020.

Whether you are looking for a movie, class, camp, performance, or attraction, plan on visiting the Community Connections fair to discover the incredible accessibility and sensory-friendly options that are available to individuals with special needs. The fair brings together representatives from Atlanta area organizations, attractions, and businesses that offer everything from sensory-friendly programming and events to ASL-interpreted performances and specially designed camps and classes.

Hosted by the Cobb County School District’s Special Education Parent Mentors, the fair will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Wheeler High School Gymnasium. “Our families will get the chance to speak with representatives and learn what is available to their children with special needs,” said Parent Mentor Antoinette Nichols, mother of a 12-year-old son with autism. “Parents don’t need to feel that opportunities for family fun are out of reach.”

In its fourth year, the Community Connections Resource Fair has grown to include more than 50 participating organizations and attractions from the original 22, testimony to the fact that the Cobb and Atlanta area are becoming more inclusive in their offerings and accessibility options. Participant growth has prompted the move from the original host site of a middle school cafeteria to a high school gymnasium setting.

“Community Connections is unique in that it brings together these representatives in one location for parents to access and learn how they can embrace all that our community has to offer in the way of fun,” said Stacy Greene, parent mentor. “So many of these opportunities have become available in these few short years. It was rare to find such offerings when my 20-year-old son with autism was younger.”

Upon arrival to the fair, parents will receive a directory of the participating organizations, attractions, and businesses. To help these participants plan for the number of attendees, please register to attend at www.signup.com/go/kBNgGbH. For more information about the CCSD Special Education Parent Mentors or the Community Connections Resource Fair, call 770-529-0046.

Stacy Greene and Antoinette Nichols
Special Education Parent Mentors


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