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: