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Fair offers resources for transition
Event for special education students, families
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Forsyth County News

At a glance

• What: Fifth annual Transition Resource Fair

• When: 5 to 8 p.m. March 1

• Where: North Lanier Baptist Church, 829 Atlanta Road

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/673

• Those interested in applying for Georgia waiver programs should contact Susan Darlington in advance to set up an appointment time at (770) 887-2461, Ext. 202327, or sdarlington@forsyth.k12.ga.us.

Special education students and their families can learn more about life after high school during an event next week.

Beginning at 5 p.m. March 1, the Forsyth County School System will hold the fifth annual Transition Resource Fair for students with developmental disabilities and their families.

The event will be held at North Lanier Baptist Church, 829 Atlanta Road.

Susan Darlington, transition coordinator with the school system, said the resource fair is important for students and their supporters to learn about all the options available to them after they finish school.

“It started really small, but now we’re up to over 100 attendees,” Darlington said. “We’ll have everyone from educators to their parents and even some siblings who take care of adults.”

The fair will offer a range of vendors who will provide information about job and daily living skills.

“We have a lot of new vendors this year,” Darlington said. “There will be both nonprofit and for-profit businesses, financial planners and attorneys who deal with estate planning and other issues.”

Darlington said other vendors will include the Social Security office, health care and accessibility businesses, and a number of adapted sports providers, such as Special Olympics and Miracle League.

Representatives from the Georgia Department of Labor will also be in attendance to help with job training and preparation.

Federal and state representatives will be available to help families apply for government assistance, such as Medicaid, available to them.

Darlington said through a state waiver program, families can qualify for help with everything from “medical needs to job coaches.”

“But it’s very important they get on a waiting list,” she said. “If something was to happen in the future, it’s important that they are already on the list for assistance.”

Families interested in filling out the paperwork for the state waiver program should contact Darlington in advance to schedule an appointment time.

No R.S.V.P. is required for other services offered through the event, she said.

While the fair is designed to help students who have completed their time in the public school system, Darlington said it’s never too early for families to prepare for the future.

“We invite students from every school to attend, as well as adults in the community with developmental disabilities,” she said. “We encourage even parents of elementary-aged students to attend.

“We want all families to be informed, so in case something happens they are prepared for it.”