I have been invited back to the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program in Columbia Program to do another training on May 31st at 9:30 to do my second training; I did a training on February 7, 2018. Please contact Tammy Wallace, Program Coordinator at the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program, to register.

I have accepted an invitation to participate in the Center for Visually Impaired’s STEM Showcase in Atlanta on June 7th at 9:30. My three 30 minute sessions are going to be different that my other sessions. I am going to motivate students to be creative and hopefully take the next step in the design process to create something amazing! I am going to share my experiences when I created my math manipulatives. See you there!

I was notified today by Carson Cochran, Program Manager of the Georgia Instructional Materials Center for the Georgia Department of Education, that my proposal to present at the 2018 Institute Designed for Educating All Students (IDEAS) Conference on June 6th at 8:00-9:00 was accepted. This will be my third session for the IDEAS Conferences. The conference is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Tools for Life, and Georgia Council for Exceptional Children. I encourage you to attend to see how my teaching strategies have positively impacted students in math. I will have all of my manipulatives, including low vision and braille manipulatives, for attendees to use.

I met with Diane Shifflett, Lead Teacher for the Visually Impaired, and her colleagues at Tucson Unified School District on March 28th at 3:00. I really appreciated her efforts to arrange the demonstration, especially during this busy time of year. I told Ms. Shifflett that I am currently planning demonstrations in Arizona during the summer and first week of October.

Please follow the “Latest News” for upcoming demonstrations. I hope to return to Arizona ASAP!

I had a great time at the Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta on Saturday, March 17th. I had the opportunity to share my low vision and braille strategies with parents, staff, and students at their Saturday Academy. Stephanie Pizza, Director of Children and Youth Services, invited me to their summer workshop on June 7th from 9:30-12:00. I told Ms. Pizza that I will get back with in April regarding whether or not I will be able to attend. At this time, I am waiting for my proposal to present to be accepted for the 2018 IDEAS Conference Committee on St. Simons Island, GA on June 5-8.

Please follow the “Latest News” tab for information regarding where i will be presenting on June 7th.

I am going to meet with Mary Silvino, Supported Education Coordinator, for the Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired on March 27th at 9:00 in Tucson. I am excited about the opportunity to share my teaching strategies for low vision and blind students, especially since my manipulatives are available for check-out at AzTAP in Flagstaff, AZ.

I corresponded with Jenny Wheeler, Desert Valley Regional Cooperative, about a possible demonstration when I am in Arizona during the week of March 26-30. She informed me that the 2018 Arizona AER Spring Conference will be in Phoenix on April 6th, and their 2018 Fall Arizona AER Conference will be on November 1-2. I had great time last year and met a lot of enthusiastic educators, but I cannot attend their conferences this year because I am still in the classroom. Maybe next year unless my schedule changes!

I want to take a quick minute to thank the specialists and teachers who attended my sessions in Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC on February 7th. We had a great turnout, despite the rain! I hope to do a follow up session in Columbia the summer. Tammy Wallace, Program Coordinator at the SC AT Center, and I are trying to coordinate our schedules. Stay tuned!

Deana Bohannon, Parent to Parent of Georgia Regional Coordinator, has invited me to do a demonstration at the Senior Center on HWY 293 in Rome, GA on Saturday, February 17th for her monthly meeting for PAC (Parents of Autistic Children) monthly meeting. This will be my second demonstration with Ms. Bohannon. I hope to see you there!

You read it correctly! I have been invited to do demonstrations at two state AT programs on February 7th. My first demonstration is going to be at South Carolina Assistive Technology Program in Columbia, SC at 10:00- 12:00. The other demonstration is going to be at the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program in Charlotte, NC.

I received confirmation from Tammy Pereboom, Assitive Technology Specialist at the North Carolina Department of Health and human Services on February 7th at 3:00-4:00. Ms. Pereboom informed me that she is going to invite her colleagues at the North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind to my demonstration.