For almost thirty years, Georgia’s educators who serve students with visual impairments have had an opportunity for specialized training.
It started in the 1980s with workshops provided by the Georgia Academy for the Blind. Each year, the Academy invited teachers from local school systems to join them to hear nationally known experts in the field of blindness. In 2000, the Georgia Department of Education introduced a new conference and called it Georgia Vision Educators Statewide Training, or GVEST.
Now, GVEST continues as multiple agencies dedicated to serving students with sensory impairments collaborate to offer professional development training focused on the needs of this population.