Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is inviting students with disabilities and their parents to explore the opportunities and possibilities of transitioning into post – secondary education during a college fair happening Saturday, October 25.
While some earlier research has indicted that students with disabilities do not always have the same chances of graduating as students without disabilities, there is a growing trend revealing that early preparation and knowledge is the key to opening the doors to a successful college experience. According to the National Center for Education Statistics there has been a dramatic educational change in who is expected to complete school. Also a changing global and technological society is dictating a whole new thinking and financial concept which recognizes the economic value of giving all citizens equal educational opportunities. Certainly level and severity of disability is a consideration, but the barriers and stereotypes that may have caused parent and students to shy away from a post-secondary learning have been removed. In this day and age it is very important for parents to take the time to know what’s available for their child’s future and career possibilities.
Gwinnett County students and parents can find out more about these opportunities during the GCPS College Fair for Students with Disabilities happening Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the school system’s Instructional Support Center (ISC), Building 200, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd NW in Suwanee. During the event, college admissions and disability representatives from four-year universities, two-year colleges, and technical colleges will be on hand to provide students and their families with information about their post-secondary institution and how their school can meet students’ special needs.
In addition, information sessions will be offered from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM providing participants will critical information on documentation needs, how to obtain accommodations at post-secondary schools and how to financially prepare for college.
Gwinnett County Public Schools co-sponsors the event along with the Area II Gwinnett County Council of PTAs (the Parent and Teacher Association unit with membership from schools in the Collins Hill, Duluth, Lanier, Mountain View, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Peachtree Ridge Clusters).
For more information about the GCPS College Fair for Students with Disabilities as well as additional information on meeting post-secondary needs of students with disabilities, contact Allison Vernon with the school district’s Department of Special Education and Psychological Services at 678-301-7121.