Jackson Restaurant Week Picks a Charity

From September 29-October 12, every time you eat at participating Jackson restaurants, you have the chance to vote for a charity to receive $10,000. Being a part of the community that works with individuals with disabilities, I am really excited to see 2 charities that assist individuals with disabilities! Hope Hollow Ministries and Magnolia Speech School are both in the running for the grand prize money. Deborah Edmonson, the executive director of Hope Hollow said they would spend the money serving more children and adults with special needs. Dr. Tina Atkins, the executive director of Magnolia Speech School, said they would spend the money upgrading their library to have more leveled readers for their students and a computer system to manage the books. Both of these are exciting opportunities to help within our community.

Regardless of which charity you decide to vote for, get out and eat! Cast your votes for one of these organizations and help raise awareness about the needs of individuals with disabilities. You can find a list of restaurants here.

Exciting Webinar Opportunity!

Join JAC director Dr. Rebecca Mullican online on Wednesday, September 18th from 2:30 to 4 pm CT as she discusses family experiences with Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) for children with autism.  Dr. Mullican will be presenting qualitative research from her dissertation. She interviewed six families regarding their child with autism who communicates with an SGD. These families shared the day to day victories as well as the challenges of using SGDs. This is a special opportunity that parents and autism education practitioners will want to take part in.  This webinar is brought to you through Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA). For more information, and to register online, go to ATIA.