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Disabilities organization to provide information for parents

By Maria-Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

A death in the family can be difficult by itself, but when the parents, or guardians, who take care of a developmentally disabled child die, life can get complicated for the child who depends on a guardian, according to the president of Arc of Clayton County, Virginia Ford.

"If they pass away, who is going to take care of their children, or loved ones," said Ford.

The Arc of Clayton County, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the developmentally disabled, will hold an informational meeting for parents and guardians on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m., in the auditorium of Behavioral Health Services, 853 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro.

The meeting will inform parents about the importance of getting their affairs in order early, and how they should proceed in doing so, said Ford. The Behavioral Health Services building site is located behind the Clayton County Headquarters Branch Library.

The meeting will include guest speaker James Outman, a lawyer who specializes in developmental disabilities, Ford said. "He was instrumental in the founding of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, in 1978," she said in a statement.

Outman will discuss a variety of areas, including living wills, special needs trust funds, and guardianship.

Ford said individuals interested in attending the meeting may e-mail her with questions that they have for Outman, at freemanvirginia@bellsouth.net.

Ford also said the organization is also looking for members. For more information about the meeting, or Arc of Clayton County, contact Ford at (404) 281-7322.