Transition fair helps students with special needs

SUWANEE -- Families of students with special needs who want to learn more about the transition from K-12 to adulthood can visit Peachtree Ridge High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The event, which is open to all students district wide, aims to help families obtain information to assist them with future decisions. Attendees will have the chance to meet with local agency representatives to discuss and research various options available as they move toward post-school activities and employment.

Representatives from professional agencies and higher education organizations will also be in attendance.

The event consists of the following sessions and activities:

-- At 9:30 a.m., students can attend a special session with representatives from the program Empowering Our Youth. The panel will discuss self-awareness and self-advocacy for people with disabilities.

-- From 9:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m., participants can attend breakfast breakout sessions and learn about topics such as Medicaid waivers, navigating social security benefits, estate planning, guardianship options, vocational rehabilitation services, vocational and community programs and more.

-- From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., participants may speak one-on-one with representatives from various agencies and organizations about employment support, residential services, day programs, recreation and leisure, and other resource organizations.

Peachtree Ridge High School is located at 1555 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee. For more information about the transition fair, call 678 301-7121.