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Georgia Sensory Assistance Project - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Georgia Sensory Assistance Project
Dept. of Educational Psychology and Special Education
Georgia State University
PO Box 3979
Atlanta, GA 30302-3979
(706) 542-5348 (Fax)
(800) 597-2356 (Toll-Free)
http://gsap.coe.uga.edu/

Brief Description

Geographic area served: Georgia

Staff

Carol Darrah, Early Childhood Coordinator, cdarrah@uga.edu
Gwen Sirmans, Family Support Coordinator, gsirmans@uga.edu
Jennifer Tumlin Garrett, Identification and Sibling Coordinator, garrettj@uga.edu
Cynthia Vail, Project Director, cvail@uga.edu
Martha Veto, Project Coordinator, marthaveto@gsu.edu

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information, referral, and support to families and educational staff in an expedient manner.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers families a selection of workshops targeting issues related to deafblindness. The Ga. PINES/Kiwanis Parent workshop is typically offered in the fall and annually attracts approximately 100 families of children with sensory impairments.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides support to educational and related service staff on issues related to the education of students with deafblindness.

      Provides extensive technical assistance to targeted counties and schools throughout the state to improve services in the region. Additionally, these classrooms serve as visitation sites to show exemplary practices.

      Parent Advisor program provides comprehensive training of special educators to become technical assistance providers to families of children, birth to five years of age, with sensory impairments. Family focused technical assistance occurs in natural environments. Educators are trained over six days, using the nationally validated INSITE curriculum and national trainers. SDU credit is provided.
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