2016 IDEAS Conference

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Date and Location

Epworth by the Sea, St Simons Island

5th Annual IDEAS Conference - June 6-10, 2016

Pre-Conference Sessions - Monday, June 6, 12:45 - Tuesday, June 7, 11:45

Exhibit Hall Open: Wednesday, June 8 (1:00 PM to 5:00 PM) and Thursday, June 9 (9:30 AM to 5:00 PM)

Participant Registration/Info

Register for the 2016 IDEAS Conference

An updated agenda, schedule-at-a-glance, lodging rates, and other important conference information can be found at the GDOE IDEAS Conference page.


Follow this link for Exhibitor Registration

For additional Exhibitor information please visit the 2016 IDEAS Exhibitor page.

Submit a Proposal

The call for proposals is now closed.

TFL Awards Nomination

Each year Tools for Life encourages the nomination of deserving individuals or teams demonstrating exemplary practices in the area of assistive technology. The awards nomination deadline is on Monday, May 16, 2016. Nominations are accepted in the areas of:

  • Excellence in AT - Team Award
  • Tools for Life Visionary Award
  • Tools for Life Innovative Design Award
  • Tools for Life Leadership Award
  • The Naomi Walker “Catalyst for Positive Change” Award
  • The Melinda Quinn “Squeaky Wheel” Award

These awards will be presented during the opening and closing sessions of IDEAS!

For more information about these awards visit the TFL Awards page or contact Carolyn Phillips at carolyn.Phillips@gatfl.gatech.edu.

Download the 2016 Award Nomination Form here or at the 2016 IDEAS conference website.


Georgia Department of Education’s Division for Special Education Services and Supports is proud to offer the IDEAS (Institute Designed for Educating All Students) Conference in partnership with Tools for Life at Georgia Tech and Georgia CEC. The IDEAS Conference will offer a wide range of session topics and presentations that will address technical and functional perspectives for all educators who teach students with disabilities.


  • Assistive & Instructional Technology, Accessibility
  • Behavior, Social Skills & Classroom Management
  • Co-Teaching & Inclusive Practices
  • Educational/Instructional Strategies
  • Integrating Curriculum Standards into Instruction
  • Parent/Family Engagement
  • Policies, Procedures & Practices
  • Speech, Language & Communication
  • Assessment
  • Disability Awareness
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Transition
  • Low Incidence Populations

More Info

Visit the official 2016 IDEAS conference website for more details and information.