The Gwinnett County Public Schools Parent Mentors will host a seminar about success after high school for parents of students with disabilities. CONTRIBUTED

Gwinnett schools to answer questions about options for special needs students after graduation

Parents of students with special needs may have questions about options for their children after they graduate from high school. 

Gwinnett County Public Schools Parent Mentors will host a seminar titled “Life Beyond the High School Diploma” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 to help address some of those concerns. The event will take place at OneStop Centerville, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville. 

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The session is designed for parents of students in middle and high school, and Spanish interpretation services will be available. Topics will include barriers to college success for students with special needs, differences between K-12 education and a college setting, types of accommodations available to college students, employment and disabilities, barriers to employment success, and college programs for students with intellectual disabilities. 

This learning series — presented throughout the school year — is designed for families of children with disabilities, and presented by the Gwinnett County parent mentors Dawn Albanese and Jackie McNair in collaboration with Special Education Department staff and community leaders and organizations. Parent mentors are parents who work within GCPS’ special education department, providing information and support to other families who have children served in special education. 

Albanese and McNair have firsthand knowledge of raising a child with special needs as they both have a child who has been served or is being served in GCPS’ Special Education programs. 

The registration deadline is Sept. 17. Contact McNair at (678) 301-7149 or by email at Jackie_McNair@gwinnett.k12.ga.us . 

Information: www.parentmentors.org.

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