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==='''AT Award Categories'''===
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==2019 Awards Winners==
'''The Naomi Walker “Catalyst for Positive Change” Award'''
 
*The Naomi Walker “Catalyst for Positive Change” Award recognizes an individual who has accomplished breaking down barriers by implementing policies, assistive technology acquisition, and overall systems change. Naomi worked with urgency for people who were often vulnerable to being misunderstood. She knew that every day mattered and no one should be cast aside. This award will honor Naomi’s legacy by recognizing a passionate, dedicated, and determined individual who brings forth positive change for individuals of all abilities. This award was created by Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Program in recognition of outstanding achievement in this area.
 
  
'''The Melinda Quinn “Squeaky Wheel” Award'''
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*'''The Innovation Award'''
*The Melinda Quinn “Squeaky Wheel” Award recognizes an individual who has worked at the community level to develop local grassroots efforts through advocacy. Melinda encouraged other parents to fight for every service available for their child living with a disability. As a tireless advocate, Melinda would often say, "If you want people to take action on your requests, you must be the squeaky wheel on their cart." This award will honor Melinda's legacy by recognizing an advocate that works in the community to support parents, families and those living with disabilities. This award was created by Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Program in recognition of advocacy work in the community.
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**Amy Jones, Cherokee County School District - [[Media:IDEAS Awards 2019 - Innovation Jones.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Division of Developmental Disabilities, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities - [[Media:IDEAS Awards 2019 - Innovation DBHDD.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''The Melinda Quinn "Squeaky Wheel" Award'''
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**Denise Quigley, Parent Advocate - [[Media:IDEAS Awards 2019 - Squeaky Wheel.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''The Excellence in AT Service Delivery Award'''
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**Forsyth County Schools Assistive Technology Team - [[Media:IDEAS Awards 2019 - Excellence in AT Forsyth.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**LaToya Gray, Hollis Grabrovac, and Debbie Brineman, Cherokee County School District Assistive Technology Team - [[Media:IDEAS Awards 2019 - Excellence in AT Cherokee.pdf | View Press Release]]
  
'''Excellence in AT Service Delivery Team Award'''
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==2018 Awards Winners==
*The Excellence in AT Team Award recognizes an AT Team, at the local or statewide level, that involves two or more professionals or entities that promote or facilitate the development of effective AT integration in a classroom, school, school system, workplace and/or community. Factors considered include coordination of services, networking and collaboration, innovation in development and implementation, and lasting impact of the service provided on person(s) served. This award honors excellence in the provision of effective AT services to Georgians.
 
  
'''Tools for Life Visionary Award'''
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*'''The Naomi Walker "Catalyst for Positive Change" Award'''
*The Visionary Award recognizes a leader in the field of Assistive Technology in Georgia who has enhanced the field by demonstrating vision, innovation, and/or initiative. This individual has done this through advancing understanding, access, acquisition and/or quality service delivery. This award was created by Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Program in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field.
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**Brad King, People First of Fitzgerald - [[Media:2018 Award_NaomiWalkerAward.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''The Melinda Quinn "Squeaky Wheel" Award'''
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**Kim Gibson, Ware County School District - [[Media:2018 Award_MelindaQuinnAward.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''The Excellence in AT Integration Team Award'''
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**Colquitt County Assistive Technology Team, Colquitt County Schools - [[Media:2018 Award_ExcellenceInATIntegrationAward_UPDATE.pdf | View Press Release]]
  
'''Tools for Life Innovative Design Award'''
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== 2017 Award Winners ==
*The Innovation Award recognizes outstanding design of a program, project, product, building, space and/or inclusive classroom. This award was created by Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Program to promote creativity and encourage AT & universal design principles for equal access of all people.
 
  
'''Tools for Life Emerging Leader Award'''
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*'''The Naomi Walker “Catalyst for Positive Change” Award'''
*The Tools for Life Emerging Leader Award honors a student with a disability who has demonstrated proactive leadership skills by using assistive technology in their school environment, during transition practices, and/or preparation for continuing education and community living. This award was created by Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Program in recognition of excellent self-advocacy skills, leadership amongst peers, and an outstanding ability to overcome barriers.
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**Lauri Tuten, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Naomi_Walker_-_Lauri.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Wina Low, Georgia Department of Education - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Naomi_Walker_-_Wina_Low.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''The Melinda Quinn “Squeaky Wheel” Award'''
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**Anne Mahaffey Ladd, Georgia Department of Education - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Melinda_Quinn_Anne.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Gigi Taylor, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Melinda_Quinn_Gigi.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''Excellence in AT Service Delivery Team Award'''
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**AMAC Accessibility Captioning Team - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Team_Award_-_AMAC.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''Tools for Life Innovation Award'''
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**Make-It and Take-It Queens - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_make_it_take_it.pdf ‎ ‎| View Press Release]]
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**Deb Crislip, Fulton County School System - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Deb_Crislip.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Deena Lambert, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Deena_Lambert.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Susanna Miller-Raines, Center for Leadership in Disability - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Susanna_MR.pdf ‎| View Press Release]]
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**Walter Coffey, LeadingAge Georgia - [[Media:2017_2017 ADRC Tools for Life AT Innovation Award_ WalterCoffey.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Dionne Lovett, Coastal Regional Commission - [[Media:2017 ADRC Tools for Life AT Innovation Award_ Dionne Lovett.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Gwenyth Johnson, Division of Aging Services - [[Media:2017 ADRC Tools for Life AT Innovation Award_ Gwenyth Johnson EDIT.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Peggy Luukkonen, Coastal Regional Commission - [[Media:2017 ADRC Tools for Life AT Innovation Award_ Peggy Luukkonen.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Felicia Alingu, Cobb Senior Services - [[Media:2017 ADRC Tools for Life AT Innovation Award_ Felicia Alingu.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Amy Woodall, Cobb Senior Services - [[Media:2017 ADRC Tools for Life AT Innovation Award_ Amy Woodall.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''Tools for Life Leadership Award'''
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**Kristen McNally, AWT, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency - [[Media:2016_Tools_for_Life_Leadership_Award_Kristen_McNally_AWT_GVRA.pdf ‎ | View Press Release]]
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**Liz Persaud, Tools for Life - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Leadership_Award_Liz.pdf ‎| View Press Release]]
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**Norford Fahie, AMAC Accessibility - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Leadership_Award_Norford.pdf  | View Press Release]]
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**Pat Satterfield, Center 4 AT Excellence - [[Media:2017_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Leadership_Award_Pat_Satterfield.pdf ‎| View Press Release]]
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**Cheryl Harris, Division of Aging Services - [[Media:2017 ADRC Tools for Life AT Leadership Award_Cheryl Harris.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Karen Lucas, Atlanta Regional Commission - [[Media:2017 ADRC Tools for Life AT Leadership Award_Karen Lucas.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Rachel Wilson, Tools for Life - [[Media:2017 ADRC Tools for Life AT Leadership Award_Rachel Wilson.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''Tools for Life Visionary Award'''
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**Robyn A. Crittenden, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services - [[Media:2017_ADRC_Tools_for_Life_AT_Visionary_Award_RobynACrittenden.pdf | View Press Release]]
  
 
== 2016 Award Winners ==
 
== 2016 Award Winners ==
  
*To be announced.
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*'''The Naomi Walker “Catalyst for Positive Change” Award'''
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**Edwin McWilliams, Disability Connections - [[Media:2016_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_Naomi_Walker_Award_Edwin_McWilliams.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''The Melinda Quinn “Squeaky Wheel” Award'''
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**Terry Warley - [[Media:2016_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_Melinda_Quinn_Award_Terry_Warley.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''Excellence in AT Service Delivery Team Award'''
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**GPAT Team - [[Media:2016_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_Excellence_in_AT_Award_GPAT_Team.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''Tools for Life Innovation Award'''
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**Jennifer Lyons-Golden, Fulton County Schools - [[Media:2016_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Jennifer_Lyons-Golden.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Denise Howard, LIFE - [[Media:2016_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Denise_Howard.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Nancy Lamb, Cobb County Schools - [[Media:2016_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Nanvy_Lamb.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Jessica Morman, Troup County Schools - [[Media:2016_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Jessica_Morman.pdf ‎| View Press Release]]
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**Sarah Ekart, Division of Aging Services - [[Media:2016_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Sarah_Ekart.pdf | View Press Release]]
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*'''Tools for Life Leadership Award'''
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**Tracy Rackensperger - [[Media:2016_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Leadership_Award_Tracy_Rackensperger.pdf | View Press Release]]
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**Dana Tarter - [[Media:2016_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Leadership_Award_Dana_Tarter.pdf ‎| View Press Release]]
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**Martha Rust, Tools for Life - [[Media:2016_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Leadership_Award_Martha_Rust.pdf | View Press Release]]
  
 
== 2015 Award Winners ==
 
== 2015 Award Winners ==
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*<b>Tools for Life Assistive Technology Visionary Award</b>
 
*<b>Tools for Life Assistive Technology Visionary Award</b>
**Juanita Pritchard
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**Juanita Pritchard - [[Media:2015_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Visionary_Award_Juanita_Pritchard.pdf | View Press Release]]
**Susan Murray, Columbia County Schools
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**Susan Murray, Columbia County Schools - [[Media:2015_IDEAS_Tools_for_Life_AT_Visionary_Award_Susan_Murray_Columbia_County_Schools.pdf | View Press Release]]
  
 
== 2014 Award Winners ==
 
== 2014 Award Winners ==
 
*<b>Tools for Life Assistive Technology Innovation Award</b>
 
*<b>Tools for Life Assistive Technology Innovation Award</b>
**Amanda Inman, Paulding County School System
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**Amanda Inman, Paulding County School System - [[Media:2014_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Amanda_Inman_Paulding_County-2.pdf | View Press Release]]
**Cinda Johnson, Seattle University
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**Cinda Johnson, Seattle University - [[Media:2014_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Cinda_Johnson.pdf | View Press Release]]
**Dave L. Edyburn, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  
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**Dave L. Edyburn, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - [[Media:2014_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Dave_L._Edyburn.pdf | View Press Release]]
**Jessie Moreau, Gwinnett County School System
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**Jessie Moreau, Gwinnett County School System - [[Media:2014_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Jessie_Moreau_Gwinnett_County.pdf | View Press Release]]
**Pat Kent, Douglas County School System
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**Pat Kent, Douglas County School System - [[Media:2014_Tools_for_Life_AT_Innovation_Award_Pat_Kent_Douglas_County.pdf | View Press Release]]
  
 
*<b>Tools for Life Excellence in Assistive Technology Award</b>
 
*<b>Tools for Life Excellence in Assistive Technology Award</b>
**Ware County's Assistive Technology Team
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**Ware County's Assistive Technology Team - [[Media:2014_Tools_for_Life_Excellence_in_Assistive_Technology_Team_Award_Ware_County.pdf | View Press Release]]
  
 
*<b>Tools for Life Leadership Award</b>
 
*<b>Tools for Life Leadership Award</b>
**Aimee Copeland, Assistive Technology and Disability Advocate  
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**Aimee Copeland, Assistive Technology and Disability Advocate - [[Media:2014_Tools_for_Life_Leadership_Award_Aimee_Copeland_AT_%26_Disability_Advocate.pdf | View Press Release]]
**Linea Johnson, Harborview Medical Center and Disability Advocate - Seattle, WA
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**Linea Johnson, Harborview Medical Center and Disability Advocate - Seattle, WA - [[Media:2014_Tools_for_Life_Leadership_Award_Linea_Johnson_%2C_Seattle_WA.pdf | View Press Release]]

Latest revision as of 16:46, 21 June 2019

2019 Awards Winners

  • The Innovation Award
    • Amy Jones, Cherokee County School District - View Press Release
    • Division of Developmental Disabilities, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities - View Press Release
  • The Melinda Quinn "Squeaky Wheel" Award
  • The Excellence in AT Service Delivery Award
    • Forsyth County Schools Assistive Technology Team - View Press Release
    • LaToya Gray, Hollis Grabrovac, and Debbie Brineman, Cherokee County School District Assistive Technology Team - View Press Release

2018 Awards Winners

  • The Naomi Walker "Catalyst for Positive Change" Award
  • The Melinda Quinn "Squeaky Wheel" Award
  • The Excellence in AT Integration Team Award

2017 Award Winners

  • The Naomi Walker “Catalyst for Positive Change” Award
  • The Melinda Quinn “Squeaky Wheel” Award
  • Excellence in AT Service Delivery Team Award
  • Tools for Life Visionary Award
    • Robyn A. Crittenden, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services - View Press Release

2016 Award Winners

  • The Naomi Walker “Catalyst for Positive Change” Award

2015 Award Winners

2014 Award Winners

  • Tools for Life Excellence in Assistive Technology Award
  • Tools for Life Leadership Award