Effingham County Navigator Team
Started in 2010, the Effingham County Navigator Team, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 Support Group for
parents and caregivers and a Recreational Program for children with intellectual or developmental
disabilities and their siblings. Their mission is to provide an outlet to advocate, give a voice and
strengthen families who have children with special needs. Participants do not have to reside in Effingham
county to be a part of this group.
The goal of the Effingham County Navigator Team is provide children with disabilities a better
quality of life through community awareness, support, resources, training and recreation.
Recreational activities includes baseball, soccer, line dancing, bowling, cheerleading, basketball
and cornhole. Sports programs are non-competitive and children are taught the basic
fundamentals of the game. The group also enjoys group activities such as dolphin tours at
Tybee Island, Savannah’s Children Museum and Splash in the Boro. All group sponsored activities
are free for the children and their siblings under the age of 18.
Each Christmas, we have a Christmas Party. Santa & Mrs. Claus brings each child a gift and
presents it to them. They get their pictures taken with Santa & Mrs. Claus and served refreshments.
The support group meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 pm at The Learning
Treehouse located on 250 Goshen Rd. in Rincon. The meetings are a place for parents to share resources,
educate themselves or others on all the happenings in the special needs community, express their
concerns in the disability community whether it is on the local, state or federal level, share their
stories, share advice or ask questions. At times there will be a guest speaker to discuss topics that
benefit the families and/or the child with special needs.
Many from the group participate in Advocacy opportunities (Ava’s Law – Autism Insurance Reform
Bill, Haleigh’s Hope - Medical Marijuana Bill, Disability Day at the State Capital and U.S. Sen.
Warren’s bill to raise the resource amount a person can have who receives SSI, just to name a few),
community Awareness, assisting parents with IEP preparations and/or attend IEP meetings with
The group also sponsors educational events such as its Annual Resource Fair, Parent 2
Parent of Ga. Educational Classes (such as learning about Medicaid & Waivers, IEP’s and
Transitioning), they also host events for AADD (All About Developmental Disabilities).
Please donate today.