It is only February, but graduation is on the minds of many high school students. That anticipation is usually paired with the unfortunate stress of college or job applications—and it is even more taxing for families with special needs children.
“Somehow, kids with disabilities, we don't think too much about what they're going to do after graduating,” said Tracy Barber, a parent mentor at Seminole County Schools and facilitator with Parent-to-Parent of Georgia.
Once every other month, she visited Early County to teach classes addressing those challenges. Parent-to-Parent is a toll free phone line, and statewide organization, that answers any questions about parenting.
“This is to make sure that students know what's available for them, so that once they are in the real world, they will be able to have those skills to prepare them to live in that real world,” said Cathy Green, a parent mentor with Early County Schools.
Communicating is crucial and preparing before the cap and gown are on, could position a child's future towards the right path. However, it may not be an easy path.
“I'm not going to lie, they should expect for it to be hard. It's hard. It's hard taking care of a child with a disability,” said Barber.
Early County Middle School will have another class on Wednesday, March 13th at 5:30 p.m. est. The school is located at 2053 Columbia Road, Blakely GA. To contact Parent-to-Parent, call 1-800-229-2038