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Mark Your Calendars
December 10 - Parent Group:  GLASS.  Please see next section for more details on Parent Groups.
December 14 - BEGIN & STARS Holiday Party.  
December 16 - Last week of BEGIN classes and STARS After School Enrichment before the holiday break.
December 24 & 25 - Center for the Visually Impaired closed.
December 31 and January 1 - Center for the Visually Impaired closed.
January 6 - First week of BEGIN classes and STARS After School Enrichment after the holiday break.
January 6 - Talk With Me Baby will be joining the Baby & Me classes in January.
January 14 - Parent Group:  Katie Beckett.  Please see next section for more details on Parent Groups.
Parent Groups

Parent Groups are provided to parents of children who are impacted by vision loss and are enrolled in the Children and Youth Services Department. The Parent Group covers information on visual diagnosis and possible effects on access to the environment, IEP information, early childhood development, technology, advocacy, and resources for parenting a child who is impacted by vision loss.  We welcome new families and are happy for you to invite other relatives as well.  However, please keep in mind that childcare is not offered during parent workshops.  

In the month of November, the Parent Group welcomed Lekotek leaders Kristen Davis and Valerie Loud.  Lekotek of Georgia is a nonprofit organization that provides support to children with special needs and their families by providing accessible play, adapted toys, technology, information and resources.  During the workshop, parents learned more about Lekotek services and how valuable educational play is for their children's developmental progress.

The next Parent Group on December 10 (11am to 12pm) will feature Asha Hagood from Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS).  This will be a great opportunity for parents to network with other families while learning more about accessible library services offered to children and families. Please RSVP for the December 10 Parent Group by emailing me at before December 9. 

The first Parent Group of the new year will include information on the Katie Beckett program and is planned for January 14.  For more details or to RSVP, please contact me at

Jazmine W. McMullen MSW
Children & Youth Services Support Coordinator

A group of five parents are shown sitting at desks.  The parents are listening to two women speak about Lekotek.

STARS Student's Project Commitment
We received the following absence note from the father of a STARS student last month and wanted to share it with our readers.  Thank you to Mr. Buckley for allowing us to use his email in this month’s newsletter and congratulations to Cole Buckley for being recognized for his work as an advocate and ambassador at his school!

“I’m reaching out to let you know that Cole won’t be at STARS today because of a commitment he made to his 1st grade teacher.
Back in 2015, the 1st graders in Cole’s school were assigned a project called “What can one little person do?”  At the end of the project, a few 1st graders were selected to present their proposals to the Decatur city commission.  Cole decided to advocate for more braille signage at city intersections and he was selected to present his proposal to the mayor and commission.
After that, Cole continued his advocacy for visually impaired students by serving as a guest speaker at younger classes.  During these speaking engagements, Cole explains what life is like for visually impaired students, and he teaches strategies to help sighted students to sensitively and effectively interact with their visually impaired peers.  Cole’s first grade teacher is working on a similar project with her current class and they have a book reading event this evening relating to it.  She has asked Cole and a couple of her other former students to come speak at the book reading about their experiences with their “one little person” projects and to give advice to the younger kids.
All of this to say that, even though he won’t be at STARS today, Cole will still be advocating for public awareness of, and sensitivity toward, the visually impaired community.”
Harold Buckley, Jr
Father of STARS Student, Cole Buckley
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Parent Info & Resources
Center for the Visually Impaired

Alliance Theatre

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

Babies Can’t Wait – Georgia   

Chastain Horse Park 

Delta Gamma Atlanta

Emory Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC)

Georgia Academy for the Blind 

Georgia Department of Education – Visual Impairment/Blindness

Georgia DFCS Kinship Navigator Program

Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS)

Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation

Georgia Sensory Assistance Project (GSAP)


High Museum of Art

Individualized Education Plan – Explained!  

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Lekotek of Georgia

National Eye Institute

Parent to Parent of Georgia

Paths to Literacy

Shakespeare Tavern

Special Education Services and Supports (Georgia)

Talk With Me Baby

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Staff Contacts
Stephanie Pizza, Ed.S, TVI
Director of Children & Youth Services  

Shelby Ball
STARS Program Manager

Dawlyn Dieudonne
BEGIN-PINES Classroom Teacher/ STARS Instructor

Kay Hawkins
Children & Youth Services Program Coordinator
Krista MacCallum
Children & Youth Services Program Instructor

Jazmine W. McMullen MSW
Children & Youth Services Support Coordinator
Avita Morgan TVI
BEGIN-PINES Classroom Teacher/ STARS Instructor
Emily Pack B.S., TVI
BEGIN Program Instructor
Meredith Snellings M.A.
BEGIN Program Instructor
Miguel Eugenio Garcia
Shelia Gooch

Andrew Leslie
Shefeqah Martinez
Felicia Powell
Aracely Rosillo
, UEB Certified
Rashad Williams
Myra Wheat Ed.M
Habtamu Wilson


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