September Newsletter

~CSD Special Education 2022-23~

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Strategic Plan Community Survey

Deadline is September 13th

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disAbility Link Empowering Youth

Thursday, Sep. 15th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

Mr. William Thomas Youth & Diversity Supervisor for disAbility Link will give an overview of the services and supports that are offered through the Empowering Youth program for youths ages 14-29. disAbility link provides supports but not limited to employment, self- advocacy, social activities and peer support. CSD is excited to connect and collaborate with disAbility Link!


TARGET AUDIENCE: PARENTS OF STUDENTS AGES 14-22

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About Our Speaker...

Mr. William Thomas currently serves as Youth and Diversity Independent Living Supervisor. He comes with 33 years of experience working with youth in the areas of education and recreation. William has worked for the YWCA, various school districts (public and private) in multiple states, Rutgers and NYACK University, non-profit and for-profit organizations in the planning, developing and implementing of educational programs for k through 16 learners. He has served as a mentor, teacher, vice-principal, principal, chief school administrator and professor. William’s educational background consists of a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from the New Jersey City State University, a Master’s degree in Administration & Supervision from Saint Peter’s University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University. He is currently a Law student at EMORY University in pursuit of the JM/JD degree with a concentration in Business/Corporate Law. William shares in the philosophy of “each one teach one” believing that “we all learn from one another”.

Threshold Community Program

Thursday, Sep. 29th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

Threshold Community Program supports:

  • Individual and group counseling aimed at addressing social communication and adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, and other mood/mental health issues. Counseling also addresses issues related to transitioning to adulthood (e.g., college, career, independence).
  • Group experiences used to strengthen social communication. Examples include a tabletop gaming, group and experiential, outing-based groups.
  • Academic tutoring and support at the middle, high school, and college levels to support educational achievement.


  • six-week summer program uses a flexible structure to strengthen social-emotional functioning, and support transition-to-independence goals.
  • The summer program is a great way for regular program participants to extend and continue working on their existing goals.
  • It’s also a great way for someone attending another academic-year program to connect with our community and benefit from our services.


TARGET AUDIENCE: PARENTS OF STUDENTS AGES 14-18

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About Our Speaker...

Mr. Dave Nelson is the Executive Administrative Director of Threshold Community Program and the organization’s founder. Dave has an M.S. in Counseling and an M.A. in English Literature from Georgia State University, as well as an M.B.A. from Duke University. He is licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. He has a DIR expert certificate and is a DIR Training Leader with the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). He is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dave is also part of Floortime Atlanta, a professional group of clinicians in the Atlanta area who use the (Developmental Individual-difference Relationship-based model) DIR approach.
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Questions Concerning District Wide Interventions

Erica Godfrey, District Intervention Specialist & MTSS Coordinator

GCDD Candidate Forum

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities 2022 Candidate Forum

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) will host the 2022 GCDD Candidate Forum on disability issues Thursday, September 29, at 6:00 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Decatur Hotel and Conference Center, located at 130 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030.

This is GCDD’s second Candidate Forum. The purpose of this event is to invite individuals who are running for public office to speak on issues of importance to Georgia’s disability community.

Cheryl Grant, Parent Mentor for Special Education

Parent Mentors are parents of children with disabilities hired by the district to support family engagement, as well as special education directors and other administrators, teachers, and support personnel within the district.


Parent mentors support other parents by providing information and resources to help their children succeed in school and transition from school to adult life. The mentors work to increase parent participation in IEP meetings, provide information related to improving reading and math, graduation rates, and help parents locate needed services and supports.


Cgrant@csdecatur.net


404-371-3601 EXT.1042