The first time I heard “the talk”, my twins were 3. I had just gotten their diagnosis, Autism, and was having difficulty processing what to do first, let alone consider their future. “The Talk” was about transition from high school to adult services. It was scary, confusing, maddening, and of course, overwhelming. I don’t like not knowing something that has to do with my kids, so I sought additional places where I could hear “the talk” about transition and adult services. It took me 4 different lectures for it to sink in what to expect.
We’re having “the talk about adulthood – Life Long Planning” as our general morning session at the Symposium this year. We’ve assembled people to tell you a little about the process and what to expect the next 40-60 years of your child’s life once he’s graduated from high school. It’s one of the emerging projects/processes that Southside would like to offer more support in – Life Long Planning. I would challenge parents who have very young children with disabilities to come and hear “the talk” for the first time. It may take you a decade (like it has for me) to really absorb what’s available in Georgia and to be in a position to think creatively in supporting all of our kids as they move into adulthood.
Tickets for this event start at $40 for early bird pricing. Early bird discounts end on September 15, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets now. The conference will be held at the Pinewood Studio Café, across the street from Pinewood Studios, Atlanta in Fayetteville. The conference is on Saturday, October 15. Doors open at 8am. The conference lasts until after 3pm. We’re catering lunch from Hanna Brothers, and is included in your ticket price. There is no onsite childcare available.
Tickets and more information are available at http://southsidesymposium.com .
If you have questions about the conference, feel free to contact Raissa Chandler at (770) 713-6731 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll see you there!
Founder, Southside Support