Category Archives: Upcoming Meeting

March 20th Meeting in Cherokee County

About the meeting:

Dr. Kathryn Heller will be presenting her findings from her recent research regarding issues surrounding students with terminal illnesses. We were able to complete surveys for her for the purpose of her research, as well as many other OI teachers and related service providers around the country. The article has valuable information regarding issues related to students with terminal illnesses and how we can effectively handle these situations. This is such a huge part of our roles as OI teachers, so the information will be really helpful. If you have a chance to read the article before the meeting, that would be great!

Here is the link to the article:

http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/pders/article/view/4248

You can download the article if you scroll to the bottom of the screen.

A couple of notes:

If you would like for me to add an OI teacher to this e-mail list that may benefit from our meetings, please send me their e-mail address. I am trying to keep the e-mail list as updated as possible.

The meeting will be held from 1:00-3:45 p.m.

There is another meeting that is going to be held in that room at 4:00, so we just need to make sure we exit the room by 3:45.

I hope that as many as people as possible can make the meeting!

I am working on finding a more central location for everyone for next year’s meetings. Our next meeting is at the Tools for Life Facility at Georgia Tech. We will be touring the facility so that we can become more familiar with the services that are offered there.

Thanks!

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January 16th Meeting in Cherokee County

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to let everyone know about our meeting in January. We will be meeting on January 16th from 1-4 p.m. The teachers from Cherokee County have offered to host our next meeting. They are going to offer a presentation of various AT that is being used with some of their students. Jim, Debbie, and Renee presented this seminar at the GATE (Georgia Assistive Technology in Education) conference a couple of weeks ago. Their presentation was very informative, and involved the use of AT with students with physical disabilities specifically. I would love for everyone to be able to attend this meeting. I know that it may be farther than we are used to, but it will be well worth it. Also, I strongly recommend that everyone attend next year’s GATE conference as it offered a great deal of resources and information geared specifically to our population of students. I will make sure to keep everyone posted regarding next year’s conference.

***If possible, please e-mail me a list of any assistive technology devices, software, etc. that you are using with your current students, and a brief explanation of how you are using the AT. I think that it would be great to follow up the presentation with a discussion and sharing of AT that we are using with our students in order to expand our knowledge. I will collect the information and then share it with the group.

Our March 20th meeting will still take place in Gwinnett, unless I am able to schedule another tour. We can discuss possible options at the January meeting.

And, I have exciting news for our May meeting! We will be touring the Tools for Life facility at Georgia Tech. This is a national organization that provides a lending library of various types of AT, AT evaluations, and training to students and their service providers. The Tools for Life website offers a more detailed explanation of the services and resources they provide. This tour will offer us a unique opportunity to tap into a huge resource regarding assistive technology. The director of the organization, Carolyn Phillips, is looking forward to our visit. I will provide more details about the tour at the March meeting.

Here is a link to their website:

http://gatfl.gatech.edu/#jQueryUITabs1-2