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HCDE’s 3 Year Plan for System Changes in Exceptional Education

HCDE-blk-and-whiteFor 15 years LifeLine has advocated for systems change on behalf of thousands of Hamilton County students with special needs.  With the formation of the Chattanooga Inclusive Ed Working Group a couple of years ago, we joined many others in documenting the needs of the county and offering solutions to meet those needs.  On Thursday evening, July 19th, 2018, Dr. Cale Horne with Chattanooga Inclusive Ed and Mr. Garfield Adams presented the Group’s 3 year plan for systemic change to the Hamilton County School Board.

A copy of the final draft of the 3 year plan can be found here: HCDE – Three-Year Plan – Final draft for distribution   Our sincere gratitude to all of the individuals, families, and community partners that brought this project to this point.  The board received the presentation and we look forward to continuing the work we have begun.

New Local Resource for Learning & Attention Issues!

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About four years ago, 15 national level organizations serving families affected by learning disability and related challenges collaborated in an effort to pool their collective knowledge in one website.   They recognized that the 1 in 5 who are affected needed a central location to find resources. was born.  As the resource achieved national recognition, families began requesting local groups and resources from Understood.  They also wanted opportunities to connect with other families.  Understood responded by creating an on-the-ground local resource/outreach program of parent mentors.  They were called Parent Fellows.

In March 2018, Lisa Mattheiss, LifeLine’s Executive Director, was appointed Parent Fellow with  She is excited to be able to more specifically meet the needs of students, families, and educators in the metro Chattanooga/Northwest Georgia area through this opportunity.  Through the Parent Fellow position, Lisa will be

Looper Speech & Hearing Center

Looper Speech & Hearing Center is a private, not for profit 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization governed by a local voluntary Board of Directors dedicated to meeting the speech, language and hearing needs of our area’s children and adults..

  • Evaluation
  • Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Consultation
  • Hearing & Dispensing

Speech : Articulation, voice disorders, stuttering, aphasia, laryngectomy, tongue-thrust, swallowing, dysarthria, cleft palate, delayed speech/language

Hearing: pure tone, speech reception threshold, speech discrimination, otoacoustoic emission, otoadmittance (impedance), ABR, central auditory test, hearing screening, auditory training.

Speech pathologists help patients develop, or recover, reliable communication skills so patients can fulfill their educational, vocational, and social roles.

1011 Professional Blvd./Dalton, GA 30720/Phone: 706-226-4623

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Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee

1 in 100 we’re here to help, with free education and support.  Epilepsy/seizure disorder = more tan one unproved seizure.  About 1 in 100 people in Tennessee have epilepsy/seizure disorders.  there are over 20 types of seizures, people with epilepsy must see a neurologist regularly.  Seizures are the symptoms of epilepsy, and are caused by brief interruptions or surges in the electrical activity of the brain.  1 in 26 will have epilepsy/seizure disorders at some point in their life  Some causes are head injury, infection, fever, brain tumors, or even genetics.  For 70% with epilepsy, NO cause is identified. Epilepsy in   

Catholic Charities – Pregnancy, Immigration, HIV/AIDS, Counseling

Pregnancy Center: Along with providing free pregnancy testing, birth options informational & community referrals, we have added the “Earn While You Learn” Program.  Once classes are completed the parents are given “Baby Bucks” to purchase new baby items such as car seats, cribs, diapers, etc., from our Baby Store.  Birth to 2 years.

Office of Immigrant Services: Fostering family unity and self-sufficiency of immigrants in our area, this program assists families in navigating the complicated U.S. immigration system & works to connect them with needed resources.  CCETN is the only low-cost provider of immigration legal services accredited by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration Appeals in all of East Tennessee.

The Home Place: A residential facility, the Home Place provides a stable, healthy environment and case management services for individuals with limited income who are living with HIV/AIDS.

Therapeutic Counseling and Education:  Counseling services by a licensed counselor are available to anyone in need, regardless of religious affiliation.  We accept clients on a volunteer basis only and offer a sliding fee scale for those with limited income.  We provide counseling to people who are having emotional., behavioral, relational and/or adjustment problems.

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fri2nov8:30 am- 12:00 pmNWGA Transition AcademyPlanning for When the School Bus No Longer Comes8:30 am - 12:00 pm EST 265 Bicentennial Trail, Rock Spring, GA 30739Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsCareer,College,Community Resources,Employment,High School Transition,Independent Living,Planning for Life After School,Special Education,Transition,Transition to Adult Life

mon5nov10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectBecome a Parent Mentor!10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Certificate,Parent Mentor Training,volunteer advocacy project

thu8nov6:00 pm- 8:00 pmSpecial Needs Trust & Estate Planning WorkshopConservatorship, Guardianship, & Long Term Care6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GA Event TagsBattleground Financial,Conservatorship,Cumberland Trust,Guardianship,Jeffery Babb,Martin Pierce,Pierce Law Firm,Special Needs Trust

sat10nov9:00 am- 12:00 pmChattanooga Autism WalkLifeLine Information & Resource Booth9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST 150 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsAutism Awareness,Chattanooga Autism Center,Information Fair,LifeLine Booth,Resource Fair

mon12nov10:00 am- 1:00 pmVolunteer Advocacy ProjectBecome a Parent Mentor!10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event TagsParent Mentor Certificate,Parent Mentor Training,volunteer advocacy project

mon12nov10:00 am- 1:00 amIntersection of IDEA/504/RTI & Strength Based IEPsVolunteer Advocacy Project Refresher10:00 am - 1:00 am EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event Tags504,Civil Rights Law,IDEA,Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,Response to Intervention,RTI,Strength Based IEPs

mon12nov6:00 pm- 8:30 pmWorkshop on Learning & Attention Issues6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, GAEvent Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsAttention Deficit,Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,auditory processing,Dyscalculia,Dysgraphia,Dyslexia,Language Based Learning Disabilities,Learning Disabilities,Sensory Integration Disorder,Sensory Integration Dysfunction,Specific Learning Disabilities

mon19nov10:00 am- 1:00 pmSpecial Education Basic Rights & 504Volunteer Advocacy Project Refresher10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event Tags504 Plan,Basic Rights,Civil Rights Law,Special Education Rights

mon26nov10:00 am- 1:00 pmStanding Up for Your Child & Conflict ResolutionVolunteer Advocacy Project Refresher10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404 Event Tagscommunication,Conflict Resolution,Negotiation,Special Education,Standing Up for Your Child Without Stepping on Toes,volunteer advocacy project


sun2dec4:30 pm- 7:30 pmMarriage Under Construction: Why My Marriage MattersBuilding Healthy Caregiving Families4:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST 1008 N. Beaumont Road, Ringgold, GA Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event Tagscaregivers,Caregiving,Joe & Cindi Ferrini,Marriage,Parenting,Parenting with Special Needs,Relationships,Unexpected Journey Book,Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference

mon3dec10:00 am- 1:00 pmLeast Restrictive Environment & Accommodations/ModificationsVolunteer Advocacy Project Refresher10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST 1400 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404Event Organized By: LifeLine, Inc. Event TagsAccommodations & Modifications,Least Restrictive Environment,Special Education