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School transition fair Thursday
Event assists students, families with disabilities
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Forsyth County News

If you're going
Forsyth County Schools' transition fair is set for 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at North Lanier Baptist Church in Cumming. There's no cost to attend. For more information, call Susan Darlington at (770) 887-2461 or visit www.forsyth.k12.ga.us.

Transitions of any kind can be difficult for school-age children, especially those with disabilities.

To ease those changes, the Forsyth County school system is holding a transition fair Thursday.

“It really connects the students with the resources in the community and outside the community,” said Susan Darlington, the system's transition coordinator. “We’re trying to cover a wide variety of needs.”

The free event drew about 100 people in 2010. Darlington is expecting a larger turnout this year, especially with the addition of resources for younger students.

“New this year is pre-K to kindergarten transition,” she said. “We have resources for parents in that area as well.”

Vendors will offer assistance in a variety of areas, including independent living services, financial planning, health care, adapted sports, job training and home accessibility and modifications.

School staff will also be on hand to field parent questions pertaining to how the system can help with student needs, from kindergarten to middle and high schools.

The event is open to the entire community, including private and home-schooled children, Darlington said. Information provided is so helpful, some “parents come year after year.”

“Especially with financial planning, I didn’t realize there was so much you had to know well in advance,” she said.

“The more you plan ahead, the better, and it’s been really good for our parents to meet other parents there.”