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Transition fair brings community, agencies together

Posted: April 29, 2014 - 11:10pm
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Sylvia Selitto and her son Eli talk with Claudia Collins of the Family Y during Saturday's fair.  Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
Sylvia Selitto and her son Eli talk with Claudia Collins of the Family Y during Saturday's fair.

Vendors filled the gymnasium at Grovetown High School on Saturday at the CSRA Transition Resource Fair. The 11th collaborative effort between the Richmond County and Columbia County boards of education, along with the Georgia Vocational Rehab Agency, brought vendors to a central location where parents of those with special needs could get information about the transition from high school to the workforce.

“Because we work with helping parents and families with students with disabilities understand what’s available in the community, transition is a part of what’s required,” said Dr. Teri Pettyjohn, Columbia County Special Services coordinator. “This is a way for us to learn about what’s available and to help the parents see whatever their children might need – this might be an option for them without bringing them into a formal meeting. It puts the options together and they can check on it.”

Mary Jones, of Augusta, whose son has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), was one of those at the fair.

“I’m here to get some basic information, trying to provide for his future,” said Jones.

As well as going to different booths, she went to one of six different lectures, one dealing with estate planning.

‘‘It gave me a good source of information about what I can do in the case of my demise,” Jones said.

Claudia Collins of the Wilson Family Y was there to talk about things like Katie’s Pool and Miracle League baseball.

“We’re letting more people know about the programs the Y has for disabilities,” said Collins.

Suellen Rivera, the vocational rehab counselor for Georgia Vocational Rehab Agency, thought the day was a success.

“We have about 25-30 vendors from different vendors in the CSRA,” she said. “We’re able to tell the community and parents information about their services they wouldn’t have anywhere else.”

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