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Panel to work with handicapped; cooperative aldready does
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Editor,  A recent information meeting was held at the Coastal Electric Cooperative in Midway regarding post-secondary options for students with disabilities. Those attending from all over Coastal Georgia included businessmen, university and technical college personnel, service agency personnel, school system personnel, school board members, parents and students with disabilities.
The purpose of the meeting was to develop a Coastal Area Transition Council that will serve all the coastal counties of Georgia. The council will work together to identify potential employers, availability of services and the processes for accessing the services for students with disabilities once they leave high school. The transition of students with disabilities into post-secondary education, employment or independent or group home living must begin by the time they enter high school or turn 16.
By reaching across county lines and working together, we can ensure our students receive the best preparation for their lives after high school. Anyone who is interested in working as a part of or with the council in any capacity can contact Coastal GLRS at (912) 877­2088.
I mentioned that the meeting was held at Coastal Electric Cooperative in Midway. As a person with a handicap I was very impressed with the accessibility of the facility. Handicapped parking spaces were by the front door, not in a separate parking lot or at the back door. The automatic door made entering easy. The spacing of doors into the restrooms and the space within the restroom was ample for a wheelchair-bound person to navigate. Access to meeting rooms and employees offices was uninhibited. The designer of this facility was cognizant of some of the challenges that face people with physical disabilities.
I thank them for their attention to important details that allow all individuals to focus on their abilities versus their disabilities. If you get a chance, stop by, have a look around and thank them. I did.

Jan La Boone, Director
Coastal Georgia Learning
Resources System

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