Ryan's Friends, Inc. - Hands in Hope for Children with Autism
March 16, 2015
6:30 P.M. 


Our March Parents Support Meeting will feature a presentation by Ms. Donna Reynolds, M.Ed, Special Education Consultant/Advocate.
IEP'S are coming soon.....are you ready? As always, Donna will be frank and honest about the IEP process. It is not a process to be feared, but one to be viewed as your opportunity to share facts and perspectives about your child while being an advocate for your child. 

Come join us on Monday, March 16 at McDonough Presbyterian Church at 6:30 PM. McDonough Presbyterian Church is located at 427 McGarity Road, McDonough, GA .


Our January Parents Support Meeting included a presentation by Tim Schwarz on Special Education Law. This was a free information session for parents to learn the basics of special education law, including Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 plans.

Mr. Schwarz is an experienced attorney representing parents dealing with school districts throughout North Georgia.  Mr. Schwarz also writes the Georgia Special Education Law Blog, explaining special education rights for parents and advocates.
Some of the topics included:
• How to ask for a special education plan
• Comparing your rights under an IEP or 504 Plan
• Identifying the standards of an IEP, including:
o Individualization
o Least Restrictive Environment
o Transition Planning
• How to understand your evaluation rights
• How to recognize school discipline issues
• Other tips

After his presentation Mr. Schwarz answered all of the questions posed by the audience.  The parents attending the Parents Support Session found the evening a valuable use of their time.  Mr. Schwarz can be contacted at Law Office of Tim Schwarz, 404-590-5585 or through http://www.educationlawgeorgia.com/blog.


While Ryan's Friends does not endorse any particular provider of therapies, we want to list the ones we know of for the information of our friends:
Ameri-Kan Karate
Karate For Kids with Special Needs
106 Dogwood Drive
Suite 102
Conyers, GA 30013
Dentistry for Children
Locations in Conyers, Jonesboro, McDonough, Peachtree City, Stockbridge
Partners N Therapy
Keanna Nelson, CCP-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
696 Mount Zion Road
Suite 3B
Jonesboro, GA 30274

Mary Subra
Occupational Therapist at OT4U
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Sensory Certification
Therapeutic Listening
Metronome Training

Sensations Therafun
A fun place for special needs kids to play while achieving therapeutic goals
1704 Chantilly Drive
Atlanta, GA 30324
*  Our list of providers is new and will continue to grow.  Please check back soon to see what has been added.
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