Contact us

The Georgia Sensory Assistance Project is housed within

Main Office:  570 Aderhold Hall, Athens, Georgia 30602-7152
Main FAX number (706) 542-5348    gsap@uga.edu

 

GSAP Staff

Cindy Vail, Project Director

(706) 542-4578  cvail@uga.edu

cvailCindy Vail earned her Doctorate degree from Florida State University and has expertise in early childhood special education, early intervention, positive behavior supports, teacher preparation, and collaborating with families.  She is a Professor of Special Education, Department Head of Communication Sciences and Special Education in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, and Project Director for GSAP.  Contact Cindy for questions related to state partnerships and collaborations.

Martha Veto, Project Coordinator

(478) 751-6083 x4120  mveto@uga.edu

Martha Veto received her M.Ed from the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a teacher for the visually impaired/orientation and mobility specialist for 25 years before joining the South Carolina Interagency Deaf-Blind Project in 2005. She has worked with GSAP since moving to Georgia in 2008. Contact Martha for questions about the Georgia Child Count of Students with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss, GSAP training opportunities, and Transition from High School.

Carol Darrah, Early Childhood Coordinator

(706) 542-2433  cdarrah@uga.edu

CDarrahCarol Darrah earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. She worked in the field of Early Intervention for 15 years before joining GSAP in 2013. Carol serves as the Early Childhood Coordinator, and she also coordinates the day-to-day operations of the project.  Contact Carol for questions regarding Early Identification & Referral, Transition from Early Intervention to Preschool, Family Engagement activities, the GSAP website, and general questions.

Christine Spratling, Technical Assistance Specialist

(706) 346-0417  csprat61@uga.edu

csChristine Spratling earned her B.S.Ed. in Special Education and Deaf & Hard of Hearing; her M.S. in Interrelated Special Education; and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership.  She has 27 years of experience in teaching students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind, pre-K to grade 12, in a variety of settings.  Christine also serves as a Parent Advisor for Georgia PINES.  Contact Christine to request consultation to address topics such as: adapting materials, literacy, Active Learning, communication, and Cortical Visual Impairment.

Gwen Sirmans, Family Engagement Coordinator

(706) 346-5646  gsirmans@uga.edu

gwen-bio-150x150Gwen Sirmans earned her B.S. in Biology from Shorter College. She is a wife and mother to three; her daughter was born in 2006 with multiple disabilities and complex health needs.  In 2011, Gwen completed Intervener training through Utah State. Gwen serves with these groups: NFADB; Family Advisory Council for CHOA; SICC for Early Intervention Programs; and Parent-to-Parent. Gwen joined GSAP in 2013. Contact Gwen about person-centered planning, complex medical needs, and advocating for your child in school.

Diane Foster, Family Engagement Coordinator

(912) 674-7855  dmf924@uga.edu

dmfDiane Foster earned an Associate’s degree and worked in the insurance industry for 20 years. In 2003 her son Alex was born prematurely, and her deafblind journey began. She earned a Deafblind Certification from East Carolina University in 2012.   Diane participated in the creation of the OHOA modules with NCDB and has served on the Board of Directors of NFADB since 2012.  She joined GSAP in October 2015.  Contact Diane to talk about Family Calls, Transition, and topics related to Prematurity.