2017 IDEAS Conference

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Date and Location

Epworth by the Sea, St Simons Island

6th Annual IDEAS Conference - June 6-9, 2017

Participant Registration/Info

Register for the 2017 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.


Registration for exhibitors will be available soon.

Submit a Proposal

Proposal submission will be open until March 17, 2017.

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 will be announced soon. 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.


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 2017 IDEAS conference website for more details and information.