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Turning Life’s Lemons into Lemonade: On Display

“Summer.  For special needs families it’s not just a season of humidity but a season of humility.  God always uses summer to once again reiterate how much I need Him every second of every day to walk this journey out. I’m slowly learning to embrace this season because I know God is working in me, but it is hard….”

Beth Bailey goes on to describe some things she has struggled with and yet, been encouraged by, this summer.

“After this experience I have such a different perspective on being the family on display in public.  (Not that I enjoy it any better). 

Occupational Diploma Information Sheet

 From the Disability Coalition on Education…

OCCUPATIONAL DIPLOMA INFORMATION SHEET

What is the Occupational Diploma?

The Occupational Diploma is one of three diploma options for students graduating/exiting high school; the other two options include a regular high school diploma (full diploma) or a special education diploma

  • The Occupational Diploma IS NOT the equivalent of a regular high school diploma (full diploma) nor is it the equivalent of any certification; a student receiving one will not be eligible for standard four-year university programs or entrance into the military
  • The Occupational Diploma is intended to have a stronger focus on vocational/career outcomes and may be useful for students with disabilities who pursue employment after exiting high school

Who is eligible to receive it?

Journey Educational Services

Journey Educational ServicesJourney Educational Services, Inc.

Luronda Jennings, Executive Director

423-774-3444

Email rising2succeeed@gmail.com

Journey Educational Services provides educational support and supplemental services to students and young adults with disabilities to assist with obtaining a more confident, efficient, and productive way of life.  The mission of JES is to enrich, educate, and elevate school-aged students and young adults that are challenged with mild to moderate disabilities, as well as educate their parents/guardians on how to be an effective support system that will assist in elevation and lifelong productivity.

Find more information on JES Facebook page.

 

Every Kid in a Park: Free Park Admission

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Beginning September 1st, 2015 you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/every-kid-in-a-park

 

Helen Ross McNabb Center

HRMCHelen Ross McNabb Center of McMinn County is a regional, not-for-profit integrated system of mental health, substance abuse, and social services.   HRMC offers a range of comprehensive services to children, adults and families.   HRMC is located in Athens, TN but services and programs are provided in over 21 counties through the East Tennessee Region. Services include individual and family therapy, psychotropic medication evaluation and management, community based case management.  Services are designed for the express purpose of helping people live successfully in their own communities.  HRMC embraces the use of co-occurring treatment practice for individuals who experience both mental health and addiction issues. 

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Events

Volunteer Advocacy Project: Parent Mentor Training/Certification Week 2

September 9, 2015
18:00 - 21:00
Book Event
30 USD
How many children will be attending, including ages, and diagnosis (if applicable for this event)
Do you need a Certificate of Attendance in order to fulfil foster care, CEU, or other training requirements?
So that we can be better prepared with supplemental materials, what is the primary diagnosis you are coming to learn about?
Will you need any accommodations in order to participate in this workshop? Please provide information about specific accommodations needed

Booking of Volunteer Advocacy Project: Parent Mentor Training/Certification Week 2 (September 9, 2015)

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Description:


VAP handsA training program for individuals who are willing to become mentors for families navigating the special education process.


 

 

 



TRAINING WILL COVER:       The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, State law, The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation ActREQUIREMENTS: Attend all 12 (3 hour) sessions and Mentor/Advocate for 4 families of children with disabilities after completing the trainingFee: $30 for materials



The training is held once a year in multiple sites across the state.FALL 2015 SCHEDULEWEDNESDAYS5:00 P.M. (CST) - 8:00 P.M. (CST)

• September 2 • October 14

• September 9 • October 21

• September 16 • October 28

• September 23 • November 4

• September 30 • November 11

• October 7 • November 18

LOCATIONS:

The training is conducted in-person at Vanderbilt University and via video conference to other sites (LifeLine, Inc. in Chattanooga) across the state. Distance sites must have at least three participants.



APPLICATION:

Applications are due by August 26, 2015.

To apply online go to:  http://j.mp/1JnuJMh

Interested in taking the VAP but not free on Wednesday nights?  Go to this link to be first on our list the next time the training is offered:  http://j.mp/1JE6L2X

CONTACT:

To request a paper application or get more information, contact:  Maria Mello at Maria.P.Mello@Vanderbilt.edu or Samantha Goldman at Samantha.Goldman@Vanderbilt.edu, 615-953-9623





Price: $30.00

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

Date: September 9, 2015


FamilyShare NWGA: Siblings

September 10, 2015
18:30 - 20:30
Book Event
How many children will be attending, including ages, and diagnosis (if applicable for this event)
Do you need a Certificate of Attendance in order to fulfil foster care, CEU, or other training requirements?
So that we can be better prepared with supplemental materials, what is the primary diagnosis you are coming to learn about?
Will you need any accommodations in order to participate in this workshop? Please provide information about specific accommodations needed

Booking of FamilyShare NWGA: Siblings (September 10, 2015)

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Amanda, Em, Caroline

Topic for this evening will be Raising Siblings of Children with Special Needs.

Activities will be available for children with special needs as well as for their siblings.

A Meal and Childcare will be provided for those who register before noon on September 7, 2015.  If you need childcare or have siblings attending, please register each person separately below, then contact Michal Jones at michaljones@walkerschools.org.

 

FamilyShare is LifeLine’s monthly Support Group Meeting open to families regardless of their child’s diagnosis or age. Join us for a quiet meal, listen to a representative from a local resource share information about their organization or about a specific topic, how to get services, and answer questions from families.  Find others who share the same struggles and joys! Join FamilyShare!



Price: $0.00

Start Time: 6:30 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Date: September 10, 2015


GO! Fest 2015

September 12, 2015
10:00 - 15:00
Book Event
How many children will be attending, including ages, and diagnosis (if applicable for this event)
Do you need a Certificate of Attendance in order to fulfil foster care, CEU, or other training requirements?
So that we can be better prepared with supplemental materials, what is the primary diagnosis you are coming to learn about?
Will you need any accommodations in order to participate in this workshop? Please provide information about specific accommodations needed

Booking of GO! Fest 2015 (September 12, 2015)

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City of ChattanoogaVisitors of all abilities will enjoy a free day at the Chattanooga Zoo.  While animal attractions and interactions abound, breaking boundaries and increasing disability awareness are at the heart of GO! Fest.

In addition to being a celebration of living life without limitations, GO! Fest features

  • Adaptive athletics, including wheelchair basketball and cycling;

  • Live music and interactive entertainment;

  • Service dogs and demonstrations;

  • Booths showcasing educational, health resources, and assistive technology;

  • Activities including a children's area

  • Activities include a large "Touch A Truck" exhibit that will feature fire trucks, military vehicles, police cars, ambulance and SWAT vehicles


Sign language interpreters will be provided at GO!Fest.

LIFELINE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO WORK AT OUR BOOTH!  Can you help!?  Register here to help us share the services that LifeLine provides with our community!

Zoo_Logo



Price: $0.00

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 3:00 pm

Date: September 12, 2015


Volunteer Advocacy Project: Parent Mentor Training/Certification Week 2

September 9, 2015
18:00 - 21:00
Book Event
30 USD
How many children will be attending, including ages, and diagnosis (if applicable for this event)
Do you need a Certificate of Attendance in order to fulfil foster care, CEU, or other training requirements?
So that we can be better prepared with supplemental materials, what is the primary diagnosis you are coming to learn about?
Will you need any accommodations in order to participate in this workshop? Please provide information about specific accommodations needed

Booking of Volunteer Advocacy Project: Parent Mentor Training/Certification Week 2 (September 9, 2015)

Select Date:

Quantity

1 Attendees


Description:


VAP handsA training program for individuals who are willing to become mentors for families navigating the special education process.


 

 

 



TRAINING WILL COVER:       The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, State law, The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation ActREQUIREMENTS: Attend all 12 (3 hour) sessions and Mentor/Advocate for 4 families of children with disabilities after completing the trainingFee: $30 for materials



The training is held once a year in multiple sites across the state.FALL 2015 SCHEDULEWEDNESDAYS5:00 P.M. (CST) - 8:00 P.M. (CST)

• September 2 • October 14

• September 9 • October 21

• September 16 • October 28

• September 23 • November 4

• September 30 • November 11

• October 7 • November 18

LOCATIONS:

The training is conducted in-person at Vanderbilt University and via video conference to other sites (LifeLine, Inc. in Chattanooga) across the state. Distance sites must have at least three participants.



APPLICATION:

Applications are due by August 26, 2015.

To apply online go to:  http://j.mp/1JnuJMh

Interested in taking the VAP but not free on Wednesday nights?  Go to this link to be first on our list the next time the training is offered:  http://j.mp/1JE6L2X

CONTACT:

To request a paper application or get more information, contact:  Maria Mello at Maria.P.Mello@Vanderbilt.edu or Samantha Goldman at Samantha.Goldman@Vanderbilt.edu, 615-953-9623





Price: $30.00

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

Date: September 9, 2015


FamilyShare NWGA: Siblings

September 10, 2015
18:30 - 20:30
Book Event
How many children will be attending, including ages, and diagnosis (if applicable for this event)
Do you need a Certificate of Attendance in order to fulfil foster care, CEU, or other training requirements?
So that we can be better prepared with supplemental materials, what is the primary diagnosis you are coming to learn about?
Will you need any accommodations in order to participate in this workshop? Please provide information about specific accommodations needed

Booking of FamilyShare NWGA: Siblings (September 10, 2015)

Select Date:

Quantity

0 Attendees


Description:

Amanda, Em, Caroline

Topic for this evening will be Raising Siblings of Children with Special Needs.

Activities will be available for children with special needs as well as for their siblings.

A Meal and Childcare will be provided for those who register before noon on September 7, 2015.  If you need childcare or have siblings attending, please register each person separately below, then contact Michal Jones at michaljones@walkerschools.org.

 

FamilyShare is LifeLine’s monthly Support Group Meeting open to families regardless of their child’s diagnosis or age. Join us for a quiet meal, listen to a representative from a local resource share information about their organization or about a specific topic, how to get services, and answer questions from families.  Find others who share the same struggles and joys! Join FamilyShare!



Price: $0.00

Start Time: 6:30 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Date: September 10, 2015


GO! Fest 2015

September 12, 2015
10:00 - 15:00
Book Event
How many children will be attending, including ages, and diagnosis (if applicable for this event)
Do you need a Certificate of Attendance in order to fulfil foster care, CEU, or other training requirements?
So that we can be better prepared with supplemental materials, what is the primary diagnosis you are coming to learn about?
Will you need any accommodations in order to participate in this workshop? Please provide information about specific accommodations needed

Booking of GO! Fest 2015 (September 12, 2015)

Select Date:

Quantity

0 Attendees


Description:

City of ChattanoogaVisitors of all abilities will enjoy a free day at the Chattanooga Zoo.  While animal attractions and interactions abound, breaking boundaries and increasing disability awareness are at the heart of GO! Fest.

In addition to being a celebration of living life without limitations, GO! Fest features


  • Adaptive athletics, including wheelchair basketball and cycling;

  • Live music and interactive entertainment;

  • Service dogs and demonstrations;

  • Booths showcasing educational, health resources, and assistive technology;

  • Activities including a children's area

  • Activities include a large "Touch A Truck" exhibit that will feature fire trucks, military vehicles, police cars, ambulance and SWAT vehicles


Sign language interpreters will be provided at GO!Fest.

LIFELINE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO WORK AT OUR BOOTH!  Can you help!?  Register here to help us share the services that LifeLine provides with our community!

Zoo_Logo



Price: $0.00

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 3:00 pm

Date: September 12, 2015


Volunteer Advocacy Project: Parent Mentor Training/Certification Week 3

September 16, 2015
18:00 - 21:00
Book Event
30 USD
How many children will be attending, including ages, and diagnosis (if applicable for this event)
Do you need a Certificate of Attendance in order to fulfil foster care, CEU, or other training requirements?
So that we can be better prepared with supplemental materials, what is the primary diagnosis you are coming to learn about?
Will you need any accommodations in order to participate in this workshop? Please provide information about specific accommodations needed

Booking of Volunteer Advocacy Project: Parent Mentor Training/Certification Week 3 (September 16, 2015)

Select Date:

Quantity

0 Attendees


Description:


VAP handsA training program for individuals who are willing to become mentors for families navigating the special education process.


 

 

 



TRAINING WILL COVER:       The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, State law, The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation ActREQUIREMENTS: Attend all 12 (3 hour) sessions and Mentor/Advocate for 4 families of children with disabilities after completing the trainingFee: $30 for materials



The training is held once a year in multiple sites across the state.FALL 2015 SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAYS

5:00 P.M. (CST) - 8:00 P.M. (CST)

• September 2 • October 14

• September 9 • October 21

• September 16 • October 28

• September 23 • November 4

• September 30 • November 11

• October 7 • November 18

LOCATIONS:

The training is conducted in-person at Vanderbilt University and via video conference to other sites (LifeLine, Inc. in Chattanooga) across the state. Distance sites must have at least three participants.



APPLICATION:

Applications are due by August 26, 2015.

To apply online go to:  http://j.mp/1JnuJMh

Interested in taking the VAP but not free on Wednesday nights?  Go to this link to be first on our list the next time the training is offered:  http://j.mp/1JE6L2X

CONTACT:

To request a paper application or get more information, contact:  Maria Mello at Maria.P.Mello@Vanderbilt.edu or Samantha Goldman at Samantha.Goldman@Vanderbilt.edu, 615-953-9623





Price: $30.00

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

Date: September 16, 2015


Special Education Basic Rights & Responsibilities

September 17, 2015
18:00 - 21:00
Book Event
How many children will be attending, including ages, and diagnosis (if applicable for this event)
Do you need a Certificate of Attendance in order to fulfil foster care, CEU, or other training requirements?
So that we can be better prepared with supplemental materials, what is the primary diagnosis you are coming to learn about?
Will you need any accommodations in order to participate in this workshop? Please provide information about specific accommodations needed

Booking of Special Education Basic Rights & Responsibilities (September 17, 2015)

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Description:

This workshop is designed for parents of children receiving special education services or that might need special education services. Come and gain a working knowledge of special education laws, including eligibility for an IEP, and your role in the development of an appropriate education program (IEP) and how to be an effective partner with the school team in the process.

This workshop is the foundation for all other special education workshops that LifeLine offers. It is also the foundation for ParentLink Parent Mentor Certification.

Direct questions to 423-622-4007 or registration@lifelinefamilies.org or via Facebook.

September 17, 2015

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

LifeLine, Inc.  1400 McCallie Avenue, Suite 112  Chattanooga, TN

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Price: $0.00

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

Date: September 17, 2015