Cobb’s Special Education Parent Mentors enhance communication between parents and educators, ultimately leading to greater success for students with disabilities. The goal of the Parent Mentors is to help parents understand their role in their children’s education and to provide guidance and resources to help them navigate the Special Education process.
As parents of students with disabilities, Cobb’s Special Education Parent Mentors provide resources to families of children with special needs while helping them navigate Special Education. As mentors, they are part of the broader Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, whose mission is: “Building collaboration and communication between families and educators ultimately leads to greater success for children with disabilities.”
The theme for this year’s Special Education dance was “Under the Big Top .”
100 days of Learning at Norton Park. Happy 100th day from Mrs Shanon’s and Mrs. Wallace’s Pre-k! We had...
Math strategies video, Accessibility Tools info added. Parents of students with disabilities benefit from district resources.
Revised programs and exciting events offer support to Cobb’s parents.
Take a peek inside Lewis Elementary’s PreK classroom. Preschool students at Lewis Elementary are “falling” into learning . Ms....
Discover opportunities for students with disabilities at the January resource fair hosted by CCSD’s Special Education Parent Mentors.
How do we help create success for students with disabilities after they leave high school? Cobb County School District...
Preschool Impact Grant Atlanta Braves Foundation Impact Grant
A look into Learning at the South Cobb Early Learning Center. Cobb County Preschool Teachers pull out all the...
Cobb County Safety Village partners with CCSD Special Education Parent Mentors to deliver strategies to keep children with disabilities...
The Transition Academy students from Pope High School participate in community service.
Working at the Car Wash with Preschool!
The Kennesaw Mountain High School Transition Academy is Making New Friends!
Tritt Elementary Preschool gets busy during a STEAM activity. The SNP class at Tritt Elementary continue to learn through...
Cobb County School District Graduates were Recognized for their Post-Secondary Career Success. During the Bridges From School to Work...
Cobb County School District Student Finds Post-Secondary Success. Pebblebrook graduate Jayquan finds success by participating in job training with...
Cobb County Schools’ Assistive Technology department works with individual students to meet their needs for accessing the curriculum.
Cobb County School District hosts the Metro Transition Consortium three times a year.
Rachel Simmons, along with Amanda Stafford, CCSD AT Specialist, presented at the Georgia Assistive Technology in Education conference at...
Community Based Instruction Teaches Students about Helping Their Communities
Annual resource fair connects parents, students with special needs to community opportunities
When taking students into the community isn’t possible, community based skills instruction gets creative. Even though students are beginning...
Community Heroes Visit Preschool
Aviation/Pilot Collaboration Lesson
New Teacher Academy
Parent Mentors Roll Out Presentation Library. Online videos provide tips, strategies to help fellow parents.
A partnership between Special Education and CTAE has given opportunities to students. The donation of equipment from CTAE to...
$10,000 Grant Awarded to the South Cobb Early Learning Center. Cobb County Preschool staff uses innovation and collaboration to...
Pumpkin Fun for the 5 Senses. Pumpkin Spice makes learning nice!
On February 12th, Transition Services presented their second Transition Talk of the year.
Parent Mentors Assist Cobb’s Families of Children with Special Needs.
Helping Families Plug into Resources. Special Education Parent Mentors’ website is a wealth of resources for families of children...
Kemp Teacher Wins Grant for Special Needs Preschool. Julie Schultz is always looking for new ways to educate her...
In February of this year students enjoyed the Special Education Dance, sponsored by the special education Adapted PE staff.
An attorney and speakers from the Georgia Advocacy Office provide parents with options to support their children with disabilities...
Check out the “About Us!” and the “VIP Presentation Library” tabs to learn more about your parent mentors and...
Interns learn customer service and money skills by selling coffee and snacks to ISC staff each morning in their...
Families of students with disabilities benefit from programs, resources
Turning Classrooms into Campsites
PreK students keeping it “Real” with their “Down on the Farm” literacy unit Lewis PreK students making Real-World connections.
Transition Services and Psychological Services Partner to Provide a “Waiver Bee” at Osborne High School.
Transition Services and Psychological Services Partner to Provide a “Waiver Bee” at Osborne High School.
Parent Mentors Share Ideas for Successful Meetings CCSD’s Special Education Parent Mentors Stacy Greene and Antoinette Nichols offer their...
CCSD’s Special Education Parent Mentors draw on their personal experience to offer assistance and resources to parents.
Cobb Special Education Team Greets New Teachers!
Parent Mentor Program
Programs offered by the Special Education Parent Mentors are being offered in a virtual format at this time. Ongoing VIP Presentations, led by CCSD personnel, will address such topics as Instructional Strategies, IEP Process, Challenging Behaviors, and Fostering Independence. These virtual trainings will be listed under the VIP Presentation Library tab below; we will update you through email and our social media when trainings are ready for viewing.
Thank you for attending the 4th Annual Community Connections Resource Fair held in January 2020.
Listed below is our resource list of all participating vendors.
We plan to host the 5th Annual Community Connections Resource Fair in early 2021.
In the process of supporting students who require visual as well as guided support as well as continually focusing on “One Team” we wanted to make available to teachers, parents and support staff “Social Scripts” to aid in the conversation of “Why Social Distancing” , “Why Do I Have to Wear a Mask” , and other events that are occurring due to COVID – 19 and our changing environment. We hope you find these scripts useful in your conversations. We will expand these scripts as we move forward and other events, concerns, and or needs arise.
Please visit the Special Education page for each of the social stories.
Defined as: “the act or process of supporting a cause” by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, advocacy is an important skill for all parents to possess. Below are some resources to help you find your voice in advocating for your student.
FAMILY ADVOCACY TIPS
CCSD Family Resources
Cobb County School District has an electronic resource database with close to 1,000 agencies and resources available to school staff, parents and the community at large instantly. The database has a Cobb County focus but it does list out-of-district resources. www.cobbk12.org/familyresources
Parent to Parent of Georgia
Parent to Parent of Georgia offers services to families with disabilities or special healthcare needs. www.p2pga.org/
The Arc of Georgia advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. www.thearcofgeorgia.org/index.html
Autism Speaks Resource Guide for GA
Autism Speaks sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public. www.autismspeaks.org
Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI has merged with AADD.org) provides support services to families living with developmental disabilities. bobbydodd.org
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability (DBHDD) – operates state hospitals and provides for community-based services through contracted providers. The department serves people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, substance use disorders, or any combination of these. DBHDD’s primary responsibility is to serve people who are uninsured along with those on Medicaid and others with few resources or options.
The Epilepsy Foundation offers support services for those with epilepsy. www.epilepsyga.org/
Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO) is an independent, federally mandated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in Georgia. www.thegao.org/
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded, independent state agency that serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities. www.gcdd.org
The Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia (LDAG) is one of 50 volunteer state organizations which comprise the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). The mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals of all ages with Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders. www.ldaamerica.org/lda-chapters/georgia
Organization for Autism Research
Organization for Autism Research provides informational books in English & Spanish that can be ordered free of charge or downloaded. Their guide to transition can be applied to any disability. www.researchautism.org/resources/reading/index.asp
Spina Bifida Association of Georgia-Tennessee works to support and encourage families and individuals with Spina Bifida throughout the state by providing information and education. www.spinabifidaassociation.org/chapter/sbagatn/about/
Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia, Inc. (The SILC) is a private non-profit corporation governed by people with all types of disabilities from across the state; its goal is to identify societal barriers to independent living and to collaborate with Centers for Independent Living, Rehabilitation Services and other related entities to remove barriers and to increase the supports and services needed to create independent living opportunities. www.silcga.org
Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program, works to increase access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for Georgians of all ages and disabilities so they can live, learn, work, and play independently in communities of their choice. www.gatfl.org/
Unlock the Waiting Lists provides information and advocacy for Medicaid waivers. www.unlockthewaitinglists.com
SELF-ADVOCACY FOR KIDS
Kids as Self-Advocates (KASA) is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities designed to help them advocate for themselves. www.fvkasa.org
Through ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience), families now have a tax-deferred savings vehicle to save for the care of people with disabilities. www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/10-things-know-about-able-act
Special needs planning resources:
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine “Planning for your Disabled Child”
MEDICAL EXPENSE ASSISTANCE
Champions for Children provides support services for Georgia’s medically fragile and special needs children and their families who do not qualify for TEFRA/Katie Beckett Medicaid Program. www.championsforchildrenga.org/
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAMS
The Department of Community Health (DCH) provides Medicaid benefits to eligible children through the TEFRA/Katie Beckett Medicaid program under §134 of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) of 1982 (P.L. 97-248). The following links provide information on these benefits.
New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with a developmental or intellectual disability who qualify. The links below provide more information:
SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOLARSHIP
Below is information and rules for the Special Needs Scholarship Program:
Special Needs Alliance
This organization helps individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them.
Upon getting a diagnosis:
If your child is UNDER 3 years old and you’ve just received a diagnosis, learn more about the Babies Can’t Wait Program at: www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/services/child-health-services/babies-cant-wait/
If your child is 3 years old or older and you’ve just received a diagnosis, call the CCSD Special Education Department: Pre-K: 770-426-3331 or K-12: 770-426-3328
General Overview of Special Education Services
Check the Georgia Department of Education website for current information.
This video will cover any questions you may have about parent rights; it is also available in Spanish.www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Pages/Parents-Rights-Videos.aspx
The Georgia Department of Education provides information on IEPs and related resources. www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Pages/IEP-Resources.aspx
Preparing for a Behavior-Related Meeting
Tips for a Successful School Year
Set the stage for success as your child begins a new school year and/or transitions to a new school.
Improving School Communication
- The Transition Services Team serves the Cobb County School District.
- Transition Resource Specialists (TRS) help assist students with disabilities and their families with the transition to post-school life in several ways. Each high school in the district has a TRS assigned to work with that school.
- Transition Resource Specialists:
- Meet with graduating seniors to help them connect to post-secondary agencies.
- Advise students on post-secondary options.
- Provide applications and guidance for students who are applying for a Transition Services Program.
- Schedule a variety of events and speakers to help students with disabilities and their families find out more about post-secondary education, training, and independent living opportunities.
- Guide teachers, students with disabilities, and their parents in the transition planning process.
- Transition Services team members also support middle and elementary schools on an as needed basis.
Respite and Day Programs
Next Step Ministries
Next Step offers Camps during week-long & summer school breaks. Each week is based around a theme and includes related crafts, cooking, music, stories and more! Typical campers are middle-schoolers through young adults and have a wide range of ability levels. Our Camps provide a safe place for campers to have fun and bond with their peers during their time off! www.nextstepministries.net
We encourage you to attend support groups. Some are for a specific diagnosis while others are larger or are tied to agencies that bring in speakers to address your concerns. Contact the group directly for additional information.
Parent 2 Parent of Georgia
Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS)
Parent and sibling support groups.
Atlanta Parent Magazine Just Kids
Links to support groups for every disability
Community Extracurricular Opportunities
Alliance Theatre – offering virtual story times and streaming performances.
Art Station – Big Shanty – offering September craft kits with virtual lessons.
Autism Improvised – offering virtual classes for youth and young adults.
Autism Speaks – providing several virtual resources including arts/crafts, exercise, games, and activities.
Center for Pupperty Arts – digital puppet shows via Zoom.
CK Danceworks – virtual A Chance to Dance special needs dance class.
Cobb County Arts Virtual Programs – now offering virtual programming so you can now learn about and enjoy the arts from the comforts of your own home.
Cobb County Public Library System – reserve online/curbside pickup; virtual programming.
Cobb Therapeutic Recreation – virtual events/classes; click “register” then Therapeutic Services.
Community Strong by The ARC Georgia – weekly online gathering led by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. Check-in with each other, watch short videos, play games, and learn about the “important topic” of the week.
Erin’s Hope for Friends (e’s club) – virtual activities in both large and small groups for high-functioning teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. Intake is required.
Fernbank Museum – Museum at Home virtual activities, animal encounters, and experiences.
Fernbank Science Center – offering At-home planetarium shows.
FOCUS – offering a variety of virtual workshops/activites/support groups/events.
Georgia Aquarium – offering virtual yoga, story times, and adventure experiences. Select “Program” and scroll to “Virtual Aquarium Content”.
The High Museum of Art – the building may be closed, but you can still experience art 24/7. Explore our website and social media channels for connection, inspiring images, activities, and informative videos.
Lekotek – offering virtual support groups, computer club, and other opportunities.
Songs for Kids – offering our Online Music Mentorship Program to connect with kids using online Zoom video meetings — all you need is a device with a camera/microphone.
The STEAM Generation – offering virtual classes.
Therabeat – offering virtual adaptive music lessons.
Zoo Atlanta – offering virtual story times, tours, and animal encounters.
Acworth Horizon League – Horizon League provides children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in athletic and social events, develop lasting relationships among their peers, coaches and parents, and show them they are an important part of their community by creating an environment of inclusion for both their kids and their parents.
Cobb Aquatics – through Cobb County Parks & Recreation operates four aquatic centers with handicap-accessible entry at each; coordinators at each location can schedule swim lessons for individuals with disabilities.
Cobb County Public Library – includes 16 branches that provide equal access to information, materials and services including the Georgia Library for Accessible Services (GLASS), Georgia’s Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The special satellite library at the Windy Hill Community Center is closed but will be relocated to the renovated Switzer Library at 266 Roswell St, Marietta. Programs and services provided for patrons with special needs will continue in the new location.
Cobb County Parks and Recreation – Cobb County Parks and Recreation offers a variety of programming, including summer camps and art programs.
Cobb Therapeutics Recreation – offers recreation and leisure programs for participants with special needs including recreational sports, dance, arts and crafts, day camps, travel, social club activities and special events.
Kennesaw Parks and Recreation – all programs, facilities and services accessible to everyone; auxiliary aid or special accommodations are available for students in classes and camps. Special needs Tae Kwon Do and gymnastics classes are available.
Special Olympics, Cobb County – is a year-round program of training and competition for children ages 8 & up and adults with special needs. Participants receive opportunities to increase physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and develop friendships with other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Alliance Theatre – hosts performances/events that are accessible to all patrons, including blind/low vision, deaf/hearing loss, mobility disabilities, and sensory-friendly.
Atlanta Braves Exceptional Fans – offers a Social Storybook that illustrates what to expect when attending a Braves game at Truist Park, a sensory map, dedicated Accessible Seating Specialists on staff and more. Guests who purchase tickets through the Accessible Seating Department will receive a Welcome Kit, including a special green credential that says “Braves Exceptional Fan” with a spot for emergency contact information.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – all programs of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are accessible to people with special needs. Persons requiring assistance are requested to phone the Woodruff Box Office at (404) 733-5000 in advance.
Center for Puppetry Arts – offers accessibility to all individuals and includes sensory-friendly experiences to guest with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Children’s Museum of Atlanta – opens early on designated Sensory-Friendly Saturdays and offers a sensory-modified setting and a social story to prepare families for their visit.
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre – is fully accessible, including parking, designated seating, and phonic ear devices and sign language (ASL) interpreted performances.
Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame – includes accessibility/sensory-friendly options and guest assistance for those with special needs to enjoy the 50+ exhibits on college football history.
Elm Street Cultural Arts Village – offers theatre performances with sensory accommodations and sign language (ASL) interpretation. Detail sensory guidelines are provided to help families prepare for the show.
Fernbank Museum – offers a series of special sensory events designed for guests with sensory sensitivities, special needs or various physical abilities who might benefit from a less-crowded environment. These events will provide a quieter and calmer environment for guests to explore the full museum as well as experience a sensory-friendly movie in the Giant Screen Theater.
The Fox Theatre – is dedicated to providing a comfortable and enjoyable theatre experience for all individuals in need of special accommodation
Georgia Aquarium – is the first aquarium to be designated as a Certified Autism Center (CAC). The aquarium provides expedited entrances, sensory bags, and designated quiet zones. Georgia Aquarium is committed to providing engaging and interactive experiences for everyone, no matter their ability.
Georgia Ballet – Sensory-friendly performances are tailored to children and adults with different visual and auditory sensitivities. The show is shortened to one hour. These performances allow those with sensitivities a chance to enjoy live performance without the potentially starting effects of loud music or harsh lighting.
Georgia Symphony Orchestra – offers an annual Sensory-Friendly concert. As a component of the GSO’s educational and outreach programs, this concert will present audience members the ability to experience the greatness of orchestral music without any of the constraints of a standard performance.
The High Museum of Art – seeks to unite people with art by creating a platform for multiple perspectives and removing barriers to access. The High Museum offers accessibility to those with all abilities.
Six Flags Over Georgia – Attraction Accessibility Program is designed to accommodate guests with disabilities or certain other qualifying impairments so they may participate in the enjoyment of our Parks.
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History – offers a sensory-friendly afternoon on the last Tuesday of each month. From 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm, the museum will be transformed into a sensory-friendly environment. We welcome visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing issues, or special needs to explore the Museum at their own pace.
Tellus Science Museum – Quiet Mornings at Tellus is an exclusive event for individuals with different sensory processing skills and their families to have a fun, enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. Lighting is normalized, and our various monitors are not turned on. This sensory-friendly event will offer a conscious effort to eliminate extra stimuli.
Zoo Atlanta – has partnered with KultureCity to improve our ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory needs. Our objective is to provide an exclusive and seamless experience for all guests. We strive to raise awareness of the needs and challenges faced by individuals with sensory processing disorders by supplying our team members with continuous training and by offering the resources and accommodations below.
Atlanta Parent – Provides links to day camps and overnight camps for children with special needs.
Very Special Camps – Special needs directory of summer camps in Georgia.
Autism Improvised – offers applied improv and theatre programs to help grow social communication skills and adaptive thinking of children through adults who are mildly-to-moderately affected by autism and related conditions.
Aerie Experiences – offers adventure-based, wilderness and therapeutic experiences (summer camp, social adventure groups, teen respite weekends, and family weekends) for those navigating Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Neurobiological Disorders and other special needs.
Beyond Limits Therapeutic Riding – offers summer camps, competitive riding/Special Olympics Equestrian team and therapeutic riding to those with disabilities.
BlazeSports – BlazeSports All-Star Summer Camp gives kids and teens with a physical disability, a chance to learn and participate in a variety of adaptive sports and recreational activities, while building leadership and self-advocacy skills, developing greater independence, and making lifelong friends.
Camp Dream – provides traditional summer camp experience for children and young adults with moderate to severe physical and developmental disabilities.
Camp Twin Lakes – provides year-round, fully-accessible camp programs around the state that teach campers to overcome obstacles while creating shared experiences with other children who face similar challenges; Camp-to-Go programs at children’s hospitals and other locations are also offered.
FOCUS – offers summer day and overnight camps as well as events for families with a child or children with special needs.
Hand, Hoof, and Heart – open to those with and without special needs to promote inclusivity. This camp features a one-on-one camper to counselor ratio. Campers get to enjoy horseback riding, arts and crafts, music, water activities, talent show and so much more.
House of Artists Foundation – merges autistic artists with the entertainment industry, Camp Artism is an annual, hands-on TV and film training and experience summer camp. Autism’s Got Talent is a talent is a talent show for artists with special needs whose creative ability goes beyond the spectrum.
Inneractions Therapy Services – offers summer camp is designed to help kids, adolescents, and young adults build their social skills and strengthen their confidence while connecting with their peers. They incorporate art, games, activities, teamwork challenges, and discussions to develop skills and create positive connections with others in a fun and active environment.
Lekotek – provides a unique summer experience for children with disabilities, their siblings and/or friends. Using diverse software and input devices, children benefit from independent and group participation.
Marcus JCCA – The Blonder Family Department for Special Needs creates a place for individuals of all backgrounds and abilities to socialize, learn, grow, and deepen their connections to one another and the community; includes camps, theatre groups, sports and other activities.
McKenna Farms – offers summer day camps with activities including art, outdoor adventure on forest and sensory trails, group team-building games, and horse-related activities with therapy horses; there is also a special needs equestrian team and a Special Olympics team.
The STEAM Generation – is a non-profit organization that brings the wonder and excitement of STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) to children ages 4-14 through a variety of virtual and hands-on learning experiences.
Therabeat – offering virtual and in-person camps that provide adaptive music lessons.
Acworth Horizon Sports League – provides children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in athletic events, develop lasting relationships among their peers, coaches and parents and demonstrate to them that they are an important part of their community by creating an environment of inclusion for both the participants and their families. Summer activities include a kickball league.
Aerie Experiences – strives to be the leading provider of experiential, adventure-based, wilderness and therapeutic experiences for children, individuals and families facing challenges stemming from Neurobiological Disorders, Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism, Learning Disabilities and other special needs.
Alternative Baseball -provides an authentic baseball experience for teens and adults (ages 15+) with autism and special needs for physical and social skills enrichment in life on and off the baseball diamond.
Beyond Limits Therapeutic Riding – offers competitive riding/Special Olympics Equestrian team and therapeutic riding to those with disabilities.
BlazeSports – provides a variety of sport and recreation programs for kids and teens with physical challenges. They provide athletes with training, support and the opportunity to increase independence and improve health.
BSD Tae Kwon Do (Special Warriors Tae Kwon Do) – is a great program for our young community with special needs. The traditional skills of Taekwon-Do have been adapted to teach focus, balance, hand-eye coordination and effective self-defense skills to those with special concerns.
Frontier Baseball League – is a low stress, fun baseball program for kids with ADHD, ADD, Apraxia, Speech Delays, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder and other executive or sensory challenges.
GOALSoccer – is a philanthropy organization at Georgia Tech that is partnered with Special Olympics Georgia to give children with special needs in the Atlanta area the opportunity to experience the value of team sports through the game of soccer.
McCleskey East Cobb YMCA/ Special Needs Soccer – is a free soccer program designed for children with special needs. The program will focus on inclusion, fun and developing a love of the game. Program will enable them to play and progress at their own level.
Special Olympics – is an international sports program for Athletes, age 8 and up with developmental disabilities. Special Olympics is a year around program that offers 15 different sports opportunities that includes track and field, basketball, bowling, golf, swimming, tennis, volleyball, equestrian, table tennis, gymnastics, ice skating, roller skating, alpine skiing, bocce and power lifting.
YMCA Northwest Family (Kennesaw) – offers many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs.
YMCA McCleskey-East Cobb (Marietta) – offers many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs.
Clubs and Classes
Art Station – Big Shanty – offers one-day workshops for students with mild intellectual or physical disabilities.
Autism Improvised – offers applied improv and theatre programs to help grow social communication skills and adaptive thinking of children through adults who are mildly-to-moderately affected by autism and related conditions.
Beyond Limit Riding – offers summer camps, competitive riding/Special Olympics Equestrian team and therapeutic riding to those with disabilities.
CK DanceWorks – offers “A Chance to Dance” program that pairs student assistants with each dancer with special needs for first graders and up.
Cobb Therapeutic Recreation – offers recreation and leisure programs for participants with special needs including recreational sports, dance, arts and crafts, day camps, travel, social club activities, and special events.
Erin’s Hope for Friends (e’s Club) – is a place where teens ages 12 – seniors in high school and young adults ages 18-24 with High-Functioning Autism can meet to have fun and develop meaningful friendships in a safe and encouraging environment.
FOCUS – offers classes, camps, and events for families with a child or children with special needs.
Georgia Ballet – DanceAbility class is offered to special needs students, ages 6-13, and is geared toward children with physical or developmental disabilities. Georgia Ballet offers sensory-friendly performances.
Girl Scouts – is for all girls, of all abilities. Inclusion is a top priority at Girl Scouts. They strive to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for every girl and her family.
Lekotek – provides opportunities for kids to have fun and learn along the way using adapted toys, educational materials, computer equipment and iPads. Play sessions, classes/clubs, and family activities are available.
Kennesaw Parks and Recreation – all programs, facilities and services accessible to everyone; auxiliary aid or special accommodations are available for students in classes and camps. Special populations Tae Kwon Do and gymnastics classes are available.
Marcus JCC Atlanta – The Blonder Family Department for Special Needs creates a place for individuals of all backgrounds and abilities to socialize, learn, grow, and deepen their connections to one another and the community; includes camps, theatre groups, sports and other activities.
McKenna Farms Therapy – offers summer day camps with activities including art, outdoor adventure on forest and sensory trails, group team-building games, and horse-related activities with therapy horses; there is also a special needs equestrian team and a Special Olympics team.
ReClif – offering a variety of services that include physical, social, therapeutic, and intellectual opportunities the center creates a space that allows every participant to thrive to the best of their ability.
Rhythm & Therapy – adaptive lessons to learn how to play guitar, ukulele, or piano with help from a licensed music therapist.
Songs for Kids – gives kids with illnesses, injuries, and special needs the opportunity to express themselves through music. Our musicians impact the lives of kids both in and out of children’s hospitals through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances, music mentorship, and songwriting and recording programs.
Swift-Cantrell Park – inclusive playground at Swift-Cantrell Park, Kennesaw.
Windy Hill Community Center – all-inclusive playground at Windy Hill Community Center.
Kennworth Park – all-abilities playground at Kennworth Park near Horizon League field.
East Cobb Park – all-abilities playground at East Cobb Park.
Cobb Park Smyrna – accessible playground at Cobb Park, Smyrna.
iFly – offers to people of All Abilities to indoor skydive.
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym – is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. Through their nonprofit My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation, we provide social skills groups and activities for children across the spectrum.
Stacy Greene is the parent of an ASD student who began his education in Cobb’s Special Needs Preschool Program, graduated in May 2017, attended Georgia Highlands College, and has participated in Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation programs. She saw her son, who is now employed at Kroger, through several transitions within Cobb schools and looks forward to assisting other parents with their student’s journey through Special Education. Stacy began serving as a Special Education Parent Mentor in February 2016 and is excited to serve as a resource for families of children with special needs.
Antoinette Nichols is the parent of a son with ASD who began his journey in education with the Cobb Special Needs Preschool Program in January 2010. Currently, her son is a 7th grade student in MID small group. Antoinette had been a stay-at-home mom who had been involved heavily with her school’s PTA board for both the local school unit and the council level. She is looking forward to helping to navigate the process and provide resources for families with special needs children.