Plugging into the Fun

Virtual Community Connections Resource Fair Goes “Live”.

Accessible, sensory-friendly options presented for families of students with special needs.

Looking for fun and curious about extracurricular opportunities designed for your student with a disability? If so, look no further than the 5th Annual Community Connections Resource Fair: Extracurricular Opportunities for Students with Disabilities, presented by CCSD’s Special Education Parent Mentors in a virtual format this year.

Parents and others can learn about accessibility and sensory-friendly options offered by organizations and attractions in Cobb and the greater Atlanta area by accessing the directory on the mentors’ website. Within the directory, representatives share descriptions of their offerings – be it classes, camps or special events — through short videos. Contact information for each of the 31 participating organizations and attractions is also included.

To access the directory, click www.cobbk12.org/specialeducationparentmentors; scroll to Community Communications Resource Fair in red — click the tab, and you will see information welcoming you to the fair.

Image was taken by Antoinette Nichols

Cobb’s mentors were determined to “host” an event that would appeal to the families they support, despite COVID-19 restrictions that prevented a traditional in-person fair. Their solution: a virtual format that still allows parents to learn about opportunities from the comfort and safety of their homes.

“We are thrilled to offer a ‘one-stop shopping’ type of experience where parents can peruse the virtual directory to learn about all the offerings in our area that we have sourced,” says mentor Stacy Greene.  “We want them to learn how to plug their student and family into all the fun.”

Mentor Antoinette Nichols created the user-friendly directory, categorizing the activities to make finding the fun even easier. “Parents won’t have to surf online to find activities for their children because we have everything housed in this directory,” she says, adding that these unprecedented times have made it challenging for parents to find accessible, sensory-friendly opportunities for their students and entire family.

Cobb’s parent mentors strive to ensure families have ready access to the resources they need – both the fun and the necessary. After browsing the virtual Community Connections Resource Fair directory, check out the many offerings on the website, including the Presentation Library and Family Resources.

Want to connect with the parent mentors? Reach out to them via their emails/phone number listed below.

Antoinette Nichols:  Antoinette.Nichols@cobbk12.org
Stacy Greene:  Stacy.Greene@cobbk12.org

Phone:  770-529-0046
Website:  http://www.cobbk12.org/specialeducationparentmentors
Facebook:  Cobb Special Education Parent Mentors
Twitter:  @CobbSpedMentors
Instagram:  @CobbSpedMentors


Stacy Greene and Antoinette Nichols
Special Education Parent Mentors

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