Dr. Janie Avant, President
Dr. Janie Avant has worked with students with intellectual, physical, and health disabilities for over 30 years. She has an extensive background in both education and sports with individuals with disabilities. Dr. Avant has taught students with intellectual disabilities for 10 years, and students with physical and health disabilities for over 20 years. She currently teaches elementary age students with physical and health disabilities. She completed her doctorate in Education of Students with Exceptionalities at Georgia State University in May 2013.
Dr. Avant has coached disabled sports at the local, regional, national, and international level. She was a coach for the United States Team at the International Games for the Disabled in New York in 1984, and the Paralympics in Seoul, Korea in 1988. She has coached indoor wheelchair soccer, wheelchair basketball, track and field, bocce, and softball with athletes with physical disabilities as well as athletes with intellectual disabilities. She has also officiated indoor wheelchair soccer and bocce at the national level.
Dr. Avant currently serves at a national level as Co-Chair on the Critical Issues and Leadership Committee/Council for Exceptional Children, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the United States Association of Indoor Wheelchair Soccer.
Dr. Avant has been recognized for her work with individuals with disabilities, including being named teacher of the year at Arcado Elementary School in 1992 and 2007, and receiving awards including Special U.S. Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community – 1999, Georgia Federation Council for Exceptional Children - Outstanding Member – 1987, Metro Atlanta Council for Exceptional Children - Outstanding Professional Award -1985, and the United Cerebral Palsy of Atlanta - Humanitarian Service Award in 1982.
She and her husband, Jimmy, have three children with intellectual disabilities who participate in a variety of sports.