Fair prepares special ed students for life

Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

Lincoln County Schools will present a Transition Fair at Lincoln County High School on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 4-7 p.m., for special education students and their parents.

This fair will inform parents of special ed students about important topics and services that are available to them for their adult children with disabilities.

Any Lincoln County caregivers of a person with disabilities are invited to the fair.

The event has been organized by the Lincoln County Department of Education by Melissa Ogle, Lincoln County High School guidance registrar, Margaret Campbell, special education supervisor, and Amy Lowe, special education teacher.

Melissa Ogle is the mother of Matt Ogle, an autistic 21-year-old student at LCHS.

“Transition is very near and dear to my heart since I just finished my planning for Matt’s future,” she said. 

There are several processes that have to be considered, including conservatorship and estate planning, including a Special Needs Trust. Ogle also researched questions about Social Security, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Medicaid Waiver program and legal issues.

There will be several guest speakers present who will discuss pertinent topics. The speakers will include Loria Richardson, the ARC of Tennessee; Marcus Esposito, Capital Financial, Special Needs Financial Planning; James McCarten, a special needs attorney; Adrian O’Bryant, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. There will also be information booths set up by Billy Gilbert, vocational rehabilitation; Karen Vessell, Social Security Disability; Sonya Hood, Motlow State Community College Office of Disability Services; Lee Anderson, Goodwill Industries; Melvin Jackson, self-determination trainer; and Cindy Ables, Skills Development Center.

A transition manual has been compiled that contains numerous resources, as well as information about agencies.

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