It’s a simple idea – buildings, schools, retailers, homes, houses of worship and more turn their lights blue or put signs in their windows to show their support for the autism community. Last year, over 2000 buildings, landmarks and more turned blue.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
On April 2, 2012, Autism Speaks and the global autism community celebrated the fifth annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. In celebration of this day, Autism Speaks launched an international initiative called Light It Up Blue.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
On October 13, 2011 in celebration of the US Navy’s 236th anniversary, The Georgia Aquarium’s Dive Immersion Program had the immense honor of hosting a re-enlistment ceremony for the Navy 2nd Special Operations Unit from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina .The Ocean Voyager Gallery was packed with proud and excited families and friends of the military personnel plus Georgia Aquarium guests.
On October 18, 2011, the Dive Immersion Program, supported by Dive Ops hosted the Shepherd Center for a Swim for six Spinal cord injured individuals. The injuries of the group included paraplegia and quadriplegia. The Swim serves as part of their rehabilitation process in collaboration with the Shepherd Center Therapeutic Recreation Department.
Friday, September 16, 2011
On Wednesday, August 24, the entire Dive Operations and Dive Immersion staff at the Georgia Aquarium took part in forming several underwater pyramids inside the Ocean Voyager exhibit. The feat involved 27 people and was orchestrated by Dive Safety Officer Jeff Reid, Asst. Dive Safety Officer Ron Barbieri, and Asst. Mgr. Dive Immersion Program Susan Oglesby. The standing pyramid was rather difficult to pull off, particularly for anyone not on the bottom level. Standing on someone's shoulders underwater is a tad tricky. The seated pyramid was much easier to do but the top levels tended to be obscured by everyone's bubbles below them.
The Dive Operations and Dive Immersion staff form a pyramid in Ocean Voyager as Alice the Whale Shark swims by
Here is a video of the entire process:
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Soldiers from Ft. Gordon, Eisenhower Medical Chaplains Group enjoyed a Journey with the Gentle Giants On July 20. They are part of the Georgia Aquarium’s Wounded Warriors/Warriors in Transition Battalion Outreach Program funded by an anonymous donor. The Journey with the Gentle Giants supports existing rehabilitation efforts and in some cases serves as an adjunctive therapy in assisting the soldiers with their transitions.
(L-R) Spc. Shaketa Rodgers, Divine Mason, Arturo Lopez,
Ch. Luis E. LopezColon, James Cooper, 1st Lt Desmond Davis
|Volunteers Andrew and Diedre Agustin|
share their experience with others.
Friday, July 15, 2011
The Dive Operations department takes on a couple of interns for three to four month periods. Working in this department as an intern requires plenty of hard work and dedication. However, the internship itself is very rewarding. The following was written by one of Dive Operation's current interns, Sophie Gaze:
Most people hear the word “internship” and might picture a frazzled college student running around an office organizing papers and making coffee for the boss. Well my bosses are highly qualified dive professionals who operate with such a high level of technical expertise the demands they make on their interns go way beyond unexciting tasks like making coffee. Therefore, as a Dive Operations Intern at Georgia Aquarium my responsibilities are a bit different than an average “internship.”
|Photo by James Drobny|
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The Georgia Aquarium Inc. Dive Immersion Program began operation in 2008 and the facilities were planned to accommodate Divers and Swimmers of all abilities and meet ADA requirements. The very first guests were wounded warriors from Eisenhower Medical Center. To date more than 12,000 guests have participated in the Dive Immersion programs which included many guests with disabilities. Working with Warriors in Transition at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, the Dive Immersion Program has been part of their Wounded Warrior rehabilitation process. The Dive Immersion program was awarded the Eisenhower Medical Center’s metal of excellence for this activity. Wounded warriors from Fort Bragg, South Carolina and the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA have also used the Dive Immersion Program as part of the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord and other injuries.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Recently, several members of Dive Operations and the Dive Immersion Program went through the Instructor certification class for the Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA). This class introduced existing Dive Masters and Instructors to the skills and challenges required to certify people with disabilities as Open Water Scuba divers. The Dive Immersion Program has several groups of guests with paraplegia, quadriplegia, and visual impairments that dive with us on a regular basis so it is imperative that the staff be prepared to accommodate these guests and make their dives enjoyable.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
"So, what do you do for a living?" It's a common question and we tend to use it to understand someone we've just met. Your job, in many regards is simply that...a job. It fills the time between those pesky nine-to-five hours when watching the clock becomes a large part of the day. However, we often forget that in many ways, it is the work that we choose to do which defines a good portion of our personalities.