2016 GATE Seminar
Friday, December 9, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
What is the GATE Seminar?
The Georgia Assistive Technology in Education (GATE) Seminar is a $10.00 comprehensive venue for Educators, Therapists, Parents and Community Members to gather and learn about Assistive Technology to help achieve student success in the classroom. This seminar will feature a hands-on exhibit hall including national and local vendors in all areas of Assistive Technology. Specialists in the field will present a variety of sessions that focus on best practices, product demonstrations and classroom implementation strategies that will support each student as they reach for their “Accessible Tomorrow”.
Where can I get more information?
For more information on event parking, lunch options, lodging, Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and Certified Rehabilitation Credits (CRCs), please visit our Wiki page here.
Will there be Wi-Fi at GATE?
**Wireless Internet will be available for a charge of $3.00. Debit or Credit Card ONLY, NO CASH accepted. Wifi access can be purchased on location on the day of the event. Instructions for Wifi access will be included in your attendee packet.
What is the Last Resort Fund?
***While admission is only $10.00, we are collecting $1.00+ donations for a LAST RESORT FUND. This fund helps pay for assistive technology for people in need. You may add a donation as you register for your GATE ticket or you may bring cash to make a donation on-site. Contributors will be included in the drawing for DOOR PRIZES sponsored by our GATE exhibitors.
Are there GATE Social Media channels?
Tweeting about GATE Seminar 2016? Use the hashtag: #GATE2016
Where can I find information about being an exhibitor?
**If you are a vendor wanting to register for space in the exhibit hall, please use THIS VENDOR REGISTRATION LINK
Call for Presenters!
We encourage educators and therapists working with assistive technology and vendors to apply to facilitate a session at GATE. Calls for presentations will be open until October 28th, 2016. Notices will be sent out via email on or around November 2, 2016 of acceptance with session time and room assignment. If you are interested in applying to present or for more information, please VISIT THIS LINK.
Who is the 2016 Keynote Speaker?
For the 2016 GATE Seminar, rather than having one Keynote speaker, we will offer 4 featured speakers who will be giving GATE Talks. Each GATE Talk session will be a ticketed event to ensure that there are enough seats for session attendees and that each session is not over crowded. You will only be able to pre-register to attend 1 GATE Talk session through Eventbrite when purchasing your ticket. Your pre-registration for 1 GATE Talk session is included in your 2016 GATE Seminar ticket price. If you are interested in attending more than 1 GATE Talk Session, there will be a separate area at the registration table to look at the remaining GATE Talk seats and sign-up, if there are remaining seats available.
What are my GATE Talk Options?
1.) Aimee Copeland (Access) - As a recent quadruple amputee, this inspirational speaker has seen firsthand the lack of recreational options for people with disabilities and has explored the available options. She will be discussing the evidence supporting the importance of recreational opportunities for children and adolescents with disabilities. Additionally, Aimee will share ideas for including these individuals in fun and rewarding activities. Community groups in Georgia that provide play opportunities for children and adolescents with disabilities will also be highlighted. (9:00 am - 10:00 am)
2.) Liz Persaud (Environmental Control) - Liz Persaud is a nationally recognized keynote, public speaker, and advocate addressing the need to build bridges between individuals with and without disabilities. Liz is an active advocate with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Atlanta, speaking to numerous groups and organizations across the country and raising awareness about generations growing up and living independently and successfully with childhood neuromuscular diseases. Liz has dedicated her life to increasing independence for individuals with disabilities by sharing her powerful life journey and educating others on self-determination and advocacy with a focus on technology and disabilities. (10:30 am - 11:30 am)
3.) Don Johnston (Learning - High Incidence) - Don is an insiration to many students with learning challenges. As a student, he didn't read his first book until the 9th grade after a teacher mentored him and set him on a new path. Things turned around in high school, and Don went off to college and grad school focusing on psychology. He is started his company, Don Johnston, Inc., in 1980 with a singular vision to help students read and write with technology. Since then, his company has reached of 32,000 schools with their assistive technology tools. Don't miss his inspirational story! (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm)
4.) Panel of AAC users (AAC) - Each member of this lively panel is a Speech Generating Device (SGD) user. They will talk about their experiences and challenges with AAC devices in the school, at home, and in the community. (2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
What is a Make-it-Take-it Session?
Make-it-Take-it Sessions are sessions where participants create low-tech, activities, which they can take with them to use in the classroom. Each Make-it-Take-it session is extremely limited in seating so be sure to pre-register for the one you want to attend today! **Be sure the Make-it-Take-it Session you pre-register to attend does not conflict with the GATE Talk you pre-register to attend!
Are the Make-it-Take-it Sessions an additional cost?
Yes. If you would like to attend a Make-it-Take-it Session, the additional cost will be $15.00. You will need to pre-register for these special sessions through Eventbrite and you will pay for them when you register. The additional cost is for the materials that will be provided for you during the session to create the low-tech, activity. You will get to take what you make during this session with you to use in your classroom with your students.
What are my Make-it-Take-it Sessions options?
**Be sure the Make-it-Take-it Session you pre-register to attend does not conflict with the GATE Talk you pre-register to attend!
1.) Make-it-Take-it Session 1 - Participants will create low-tech simple activities designed for students on the GAA track at the lowest level (MOID/SID/PID) students. (9:00 am - 10:00 am) - SOLD OUT!
2.) Make-it-Take-it Session 2 - Participants will create low-tech simple activities designed for students on the GAA track at the lowest level (MOID/SID/PID) students. (10:30 am - 11:30 am) - SOLD OUT!
3.) Make-it-Take-it Session 3 - Participants will adapt a book for use with a shared reading activity and create an interactive low-tech Core Word Board that can be used for writing. These materials will complement an earlier session on Core Vocabulary and Literacy in the Model Classroom. This session is designed for students in preschool or kindergarten special education or students on the GAA track from elementary to high school. (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm) - SOLD OUT!
8:00 am - 8:45 am Registration, Presenter, Vendor, Attendee
8:00 am - 3:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am Session 1 Concurrent Presentations - (GATE Talk: Aimee Copeland) (Make-it-Take-it Session 1)
10:00 am - 10:30 am Exhibit Hall and Scavenger Hunt
10:30 am - 11:30 am Session 2 Concurrent Presentations - (GATE Talk: Liz Persaud) (Make-it-Take-it Session 2)
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch on your own
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Session 3 Concurrent Presentations - (GATE Talk: Don Johnston) (Make-it-Take-it Session 3)
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall ad Scavenger Hunt
2:00pm - 3:00pm Session 4 Concurrent Presentations - (GATE Talk: AAC Panel)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Survey link available via email: Receive certificate of attendance via email after survey completed
Check in for Door Prizes/Redrawing
*Drawing for raffle prizes will take place throughout the day in the Exhibit Hall
Is there an official GATE T-shirt?
Order your official 2016 GATE T-shirt which displays our beautiful new logo. This shirt is a high quality, 50/50 blend, Glidan brand, white, short-sleeved T-shirt which sells for only $10.00 and can be purchased at the same time you purchase your GATE Seminar ticket. 100% of proceeds go to support the GATE Seminar. Join us in wearing your GATE T-shirt during the event!
If I pre-order a GATE T-shirt, how and when will I receive it?
If you pre-order a GATE shirt now, it will be ready for you to pick up at the registration table at the event. Join us in wearing your GATE T-shirt during the event!
If I don't order a GATE T-shirt now, will there be T-shirts on sale at the GATE Seminar?
There will be a limited amount of GATE T-shirts on sale at the GATE Seminar. If you want to ensure that you get your GATE T-shirt in the size you want, consider pre-ordering your GATE T-shirt now. Join us in wearing your GATE T-shirt at the event!
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. There is no need for paper tickets or to print the confirmation email. Your name will be on an attendee list at the registration table. Be sure to check in at the registration table to pick up your name badge and attendee packet. It will be open on Friday December 9, 2016 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Do you accept PO's as a form of payment?
As it turns out, we are not set up to be able to accept PO's. Our recommendation is to purchase your tickets and then submit your receipt for reimbursement. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
What is the refund policy?
If you find that you are unable to attend the 2016 GATE Seminar, for any reason, you may transfer your ticket to another person by following the procedure below. Absolutely NO REFUNDS will be given under any circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Is my ticket transferable?
Yes. If you find that you are unable to attend the GATE Seminar, you may transfer your ticket to someone else in your school or district by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and following the instructions you are sent.
We look forward to seeing you at the event!
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Atlanta Metro Assistive Technology Consortium & Tools for Life
The Georgia Assistive Technology in Education (GATE) Seminar, hosted by the Metro Atlanta Assistive Technology Consortia in collaboration with Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program, is a comprehensive venue for Educators, Therapists, Parents and Community Members to gather and learn about Assistive Technology to help achieve success in the classroom. This seminar will feature a hands-on exhibit hall including national and local vendors in all areas of Assistive Technology. Specialists in the field will be presenting a variety of sessions that focus on best practices, product demonstrations, classroom implementation, and strategies that will support each student as they reach for their “Accessible Tomorrow”.