Panther Press

a weekly publication of the Georgia Academy for the Blind

Mission Statement

The Georgia Academy for the Blind provides quality education services to Georgia’s students with visual impairments and/or visual impairments in conjunction with other disabilities to prepare them to achieve their highest level of independence in transition to college and career readiness.

Check out the student produced video about our Mission Statement below:

Mark your Calendars!

after July 1: Registration packets mailed

August 4: Registration Day

August 5: First day of school

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Let us hear from you!

This newsletter is published by our Parent Mentor, Sonya Milam. Please send your ideas, news, and resources in your community to her., 478-262-3303. Mrs. Milam is available to our families throughout the summer. Please remember to contact us if you've had a change in address, phone number and/or email!

Introducing SYNC, a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+ is available for IOS®, Android™, Kindle® and Windows Phone®, as well as for Windows and Mac desktop platforms. Check them out at link below:
Learning Ally Apple or android device: Learning Ally Link
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Bookshare , Apple Device: Capti App Android Device: Go Read App

Did you know that blind children in the U.S. and Canada can receive three free braille books per year!? Just register your child by clicking at the link below. or contact Sonya Milam for the paper application. The website includes Newberry winners, book reviews, recommendations and special events.
JUST IN! Here's a link where families can download free audiobooks from APH to a thumb drive or blank NLS cartridge to be played on an NLS player.
3 months of Summer Reading for just $3!
And don’t forget your local library for GLASS services, summer reading clubs, park passes and more!

The partnership between Renaissance® and Get Georgia Reading provides every child, educator, librarian, and parent or guardian in Georgia unlimited, free access to thousands of enhanced digital books–plus daily news articles–through August 31, 2019.

Go to link below and enter your login information:

o School Name: Get Georgia Reading
(type the first few letters and select from the drop-down menu)

o Username: gadoe

o Password: read

One more just added! Check out these great summer project ideas and summer travel tips from our friends at Paths to Literacy including and a Texas Librarian !

Foster Daily Living and Independent Skills this Summer

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Important things for families to know and do this summer:

Families of Work Base Learning (WBL) students AND all students who travel out of state for SCASB, APH Art Show, etc.: please use this summer to get your child’s state ID. This is done through the Georgia Department of Driver Services (GaDDS). They are open Tuesday- Saturday. Click below to find your local customer service center:

Summer is also the perfect time to make appointments for school physicals, sports physicals, immunization updates and eye report updates. Registration packets including medical forms will be mailed after the 4th of July holiday.
Learn more and get involved! Read and/or watch this webinar to learn more about the Bill of Rights for All Children with Visual Impairments and their Families! of Rights for Children with Visual Impairments and their Families:

Help our school earn money simply by joining Publix Partners. Simply sign up below and use your phone number each time you make a purchase! No more keeping track with key tags!

We met our goal this past year, help us earn money for our 2019-20 educational field trips by saving Box Tops and bringing them in in August! Click here for a list of participating products: Click below for a list of participating products.

2019-20 Student Calendar

FOURTH notice! Click below.