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Along with the excitement of summer comes the start of summer activities! What better way to celebrate summer than camp fun? Register your child for summer camp today! Just click on the camp name to learn more about it!

Statistical data provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness ( provide facts on the severity of the mental health crisis in children. One in five children ages 13-18 have or will have a severe mental illness. This crisis has an impact on public education. 37% of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older drop out of school, which is the highest dropout rate of any disability group (National Institute of Mental Health. For other facts on the mental health of children and teens, see the following document from NAMI. GaDOE's Office of Whole Child Supports Mental Health, and Well-being team invites you to attend a webinar series focusing on mental health awareness in the educational setting.

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Assistive technology (AT) is an important tool for individuals with disabilities, as it can help them to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. Whether it's through the use of mobility aids, communication devices, or specialized software, AT can play a vital role in enabling individuals to live independently and participate fully in their communities.

However, simply purchasing and implementing AT is not enough. To truly harness the power of AT, it's important to create a vision for how it will be used and integrated into daily life. Here are some key steps to creating a vision for assistive technology:

  1. Define the problem: Start by identifying the specific challenges or limitations that the individual is facing. This may involve consulting with the individual, their family members, or other professionals who work with them.

  2. Identify potential solutions: Once you have a clear understanding of the problem, research and identify potential assistive technology solutions that could address those challenges. This may involve working with an assistive technology specialist or doing your own research.

  3. Set goals: Determine what outcomes you hope to achieve through the use of assistive technology. For example, you may want to improve the individual's mobility, communication skills, or ability to perform daily tasks independently.

  4. Develop a plan: Once you have a clear vision for how assistive technology can be used to address the individual's challenges and achieve their goals, develop a plan for implementing and integrating it into their daily life. This may involve setting up training sessions, modifying their environment, or working with other professionals to coordinate care.

  5. Evaluate and adjust: As with any plan, it's important to regularly evaluate and adjust your approach to ensure that it's meeting the individual's needs and achieving the desired outcomes. This may involve making changes to the assistive technology itself, modifying the training and support provided, or revising the goals and objectives.

By creating a clear vision for how assistive technology can be used to address specific challenges and achieve specific outcomes, you can help to ensure that it's used effectively and to its fullest potential. With the right approach and support, assistive technology can truly be a life-changing tool for individuals with disabilities.

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