Monthly Archives: April 2016

Lots of news to share!

This is a long post, so please read all the way through!

I have great news! I have been in touch with Dr. Jimenez, the Program Coordinator of Intellectual Disabilities at Georgia State University, and he and his team are strongly considering re-opening a certification only program in the area of physical and health disabilities. This would be a wonderful opportunity for those who are interested in seeking their OI certification. The classes would be a hybrid of online classes as well as occasional in-person meetings.

Dr. Jimenez will be at our May 12th consortium meeting to discuss this more in detail! 

The catch: We need your help!!!

If you know of anyone that would be a great candidate for becoming an OI teacher, please complete the survey below. This will provide some initial data to Georgia State so that they can determine the level of interest for beginning the program. So, if there is ANYONE that you could recommend to the program, please complete the survey and include their contact information in the comment field provided.

Also, please invite your coordinator/supervisor to the meeting so that they can explain the need for additional OI certified staff in your district. 

The survey also asks you if you can attend the OI Consortium Meeting on May 12th at GSU from 12:30-3:30. 

Here is the link to the survey:

Other news!

1. Tools for Life has created a Student Advisory Council. Please read the information below and forward to anyone that might be interested in this opportunity! 

Hi All,

I am writing this email on behalf of Tools For Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program located at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  The Tools For Life Advisory Council recently voted to start a Student Advisory Council. This council will be composed of college-bound high school students and current college students who are avid assistive technology users and would be willing to share their opinions of assistive technology. While the Tools For Life administrative staff is still finalizing the details of this council, the team would like to start collecting nominations for the council. If you know any one who would be a good nominee for this council, please contact me at or Liz Persaud at . Also, please send any questions to Liz Persaud. Finally, Tools For Life would greatly appreciate it if you forwarded this email to your special education colleagues to spread awareness of this new council throughout the state.

Thank you!

Trey Quinn

2. Registration for the 2016 IDEAS Conference has opened!

2016 IDEAS Conference


If you haven’t heard yet, here’s the big news. The 2016 IDEAS registration is open!  There is no registration fee for the conference again this yearhowever, there will be a $35.00 registration fee for pre-conference sessions.

Conference (June 7th through June 10th, 2016)

IMPORTANT!  When registering, choose the number “1” on the IDEAS Conference Registration if you plan on attending the conference.

Information and Registration

Registration for IDEAS 2016 is available only online at the IDEAS webpage.  Registration for the conference is free for all attendees, however everyone must register to attend. Seats for the conference are limited and will be allocated on a first registered, first-served basis. Due to the limited space, on-site registration will not be permitted. Once capacity has been reached for the conference, registration will be closed and no waitlist will be available.  Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation, lodging and meals for the duration of the conference.  For detailed information about the 2016 IDEAS Conference, please refer to the IDEAS Conference Brochure on the IDEAS webpage.

Concurrent Sessions

There are approximately 120 concurrent sessions throughout the week. The draft agenda is scheduled to be published on the IDEAS webpage in early May.

Pre-conference Sessions (June 6th and June 7th, 2016)

Don’t wait to register! These are limited slots and they are filling up fast.

These pre-conference sessions are great small group training opportunities.  There will be a $35.00 registration fee for each session.  Pre-conference sessions are limited to one session per each attendee. Due to limited space, on-site registration will not be permitted. Seats for the pre-conference sessions are limited and will be allocated on a first registered, first-served basis.  Once capacity has been reached for each pre-conference session, registration will be closed for that session and no waitlist will be available.

Attendees should plan to attend both days of these 2-day pre-conference sessions. As these sessions are in high demand and have limited seating, attendees should ensure they are able to attend both days of the session prior to registering. This will enable the maximum number of participants to attend the pre-conference session of their choice.

Find out more about the session you would like to attend by reading about them on the IDEAS Pre-Conference Session Descriptions on the IDEAS webpage.

Exhibit Hall

Meet with vendors to explore products and technology that help with student achievement and maybe a little extra for you as well.

Exhibitors should register for exhibiting at IDEAS 2016 and attending the conference online at the Georgia Tools for Life Eventbrite – IDEAS 2016 Exhibitor Registration. Exhibitors do not need to register through the link on the IDEAS webpage in addition to the Tools for Life registration.

If you have any questions or needs additional information, please contact the 2016 IDEAS Exhibit Hall Coordinator, visit the IDEAS Exhibitor Information page or the official 2016 IDEAS Conference website.

3. Interesting job opportunity for a student with a hearing impairment! 

A friend of mine is making a film that is centered around a young woman with a hearing impairment. She is seeking two actors to play the role of the teenager and her mother. The requirement is that both actors need to know ASL. If you know of anyone that might be interested, just let me know. Here is more information about the project: 

FILM TITLE: Composing Anna

Award winning student filmmaker is casting  for a short fiction film.


ANNA : (Lead) Female, ages 14-18, Caucasian or Mixed Race, Deaf, ASL fluent a MUST, creative, willing to take chances; discovers freedom to be herself.

NOTE: We are not casting hearing actresses for this part, only deaf actresses, please. Thank you.

Pay: $300 a day, plus meals

JENNY: Female, ages 34-45, must be fluent in ASL, a Deaf teen’s hearing mother, an overprotective single parent, realizes that her daughter needs freedom to grow up.

Pay: $200 a day, plus meals

Location: East Atlanta and Downtown Atlanta

Contact: casting@composinganna. com


Thank you for reading through this information. Please let me know if you have any questions, and please take the survey! 🙂 

Judy Bytheway