What is a Transition Specialist?
A Transition Specialist conducts and monitors implementation of transition services on a student’s IEP, such as training, education, employment and independent living skills. She works directly with students and the IEP team to implement their transition plan and facilitate student transition from educational to adult services. These activities may be in the following areas: postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated competitive employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult residential services, independent living programs and programs to enhance social and interpersonal skills. A transition specialist also provides opportunities for families to learn about post-secondary opportunities and meet with personnel from supporting agencies.
Who is our Transition Specialist?
My name is Dee Dickson. I became the Transition Specialist for the Paulding County School District in October of 2017. I have spent the last 13 years teaching in the special education classroom. I have a life-long love for students with special needs and their families. I am here to support students, parents and teachers in developing the most appropriate post-secondary plans for our students with disabilities. My goal is to provide every student with the tools they need to be successful in establishing their life after high school.
I look forward to working with you.
Lauren Dee Dickson
770-949-9221 ext. 40069
Transition Tuesday meetings are held once a month during the school year on a Tuesday evening at one of the county’s five high schools. Parents, students and school staff are encouraged to attend. The purpose of these meetings is to inform parents on high interest topics such as: guardianship, post-secondary transition plans, waiver applications, community events and support services through GVRA, Parent2Parent and many others. The presentations are designed to answer frequently asked questions and offer support to parents and students who are navigating post-secondary life.
Transition Specialist Resources for Parents/Guardians and students:
GVRA Roosevelt Warm Springs https://gvs.georgia.gov/roosevelt-warm-springs-0
GVRA Cave Springs https://gvs.georgia.gov/cave-spring-center-training-program
Georgia Community Support and Solutions http://www.gacommunity.org/day-programs
Chanan Foundation http://www.chananfoundation.org/index.html
Paulding Enterprise (770) 445-6051
Highland Rivers https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/
Technical College System of GA https://tcsg.edu/
Learning Disabilities Association of GA http://ldag.org/
A parent mentor is a parent of a child with a disability who builds bridges between home and school that lead to more successful outcomes for students with learning, behavioral, and/or physical challenges
When should I call a parent mentor?
- If you have questions regarding the Special Education process
- If you need to talk confidentially to another parent about your concerns
- If you need or have information about community resources
- If you would like to become a parent leader or help others
Angela Cammarano-Moses - Parent Mentor
Phone: 770-443-8030 ext 32011 Fax: 770-443-7027 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is our Parent Mentor?
My name is Angela Cammarano-Moses and I am the mother of three wonderful children. My son was born with Down Syndrome and we deal daily with the challenges that accompany his diagnosis.
I have been involved with the school system through my children for the past 7 years and also coordinate the Paulding County Special Olympics. I advocate for special needs individuals as a Down Syndrome Ambassador and am a part of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta.
I hope to use my experiences to help your children and you! It can take a village and I am excited about the opportunity to help families in Paulding County.
Please contact me and I am happy to answer questions, meet with you and walk with you in your journey.
Parent mentor resources
Georgia Department of
Parent to Parent of Georgia
A first stop for families
Georgia Learning Resource System
Georgia Advocacy Office
Highland Rivers Kaleidoscope
Georgia Council on