Fair to help students with disabilities

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System wants students with disabilities to have enough information about various options available for them after they graduate high school.

In order to provide the students and their families with more information about such services, NCSS teamed up with the Newton Rockdale Interagency Transition, which is holding the Newton Rockdale Transition Fair.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday in the former Maxell building, located at 1400 Parker Road in Conyers.

"The purpose of this fair is to provide information to students with disabilities, parents/guardians of students with disabilities and educators about the various organizations and services that are available after graduation," said Paulette Bragg, secondary special education coordinator for NCSS, in an e-mail. "The fair is designed for high school students with disabilities. It is critical that students with disabilities are able to articulate the goals that they wish to achieve after graduation, particularly in the areas of education, training, employment and independent living."

The fair is open to all Newton and Rockdale County students with disabilities and their parents, but especially for junior and senior students.

Some teachers and administrators also will be present at the event, and other community members with interest are invited to attend the event.

"It is important that parents/guardians and educators are aware of the services and agencies that can assist students in achieving their goals," Bragg said.

About 30 service companies, colleges and other vendors are expected to be in attendance at the fair. Vendors include Deaf Services, DeKalb Technical College, Georgia Perimeter College, services from Rockdale and Newton County school systems, the Newton County Navigator Team and the Department of Labor, among other services.

"Presenters will have an information table to provide brochures and to discuss the services their agency provides," Bragg said.

The Newton County School System will provide transportation primarily to juniors and seniors, since the event is being held on a school day; the students are encouraged to invite their parents.

"It is critical that students are aware of the services and agencies that can assist them in achieving their goals," Bragg said. "Students with disabilities and parents/guardians should visit all of the presenters' information tables and gather information from brochures and from asking questions from speaking directly to the presenters."

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Newton Rockdale Transition Fair

· When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday

· Where: 1400 Parker Road, Conyers (former Maxell Corporation building)