AZ AER Fall Conference 2011

Across the Lifespan...Transitions and More!

Thursday and Friday, November 3-4

Sheraton Phoenix Airport

1600 South 52nd Street

Tempe, AZ

480-967-660/800-325-3535

www.sheratonphoenixairport.com

Keynote speaker:  Dr. Kay Ferrell

“Expanded Core Curriculum: National Longitudinal Transition Study”

Results of the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 both inspire and surprise, and suggestions for improving the quality of life of individuals with visual impairments are offered.

 

AZ AER Fall Conference

November 3rd and 4th 2011

Tempe, AZ

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

 

Thursday, Nov. 3rd

Keynote Presentation: “Expanded Core Curriculum: National Longitudinal Transition Study”

Presenter: Dr. Kay Ferrell

Dr. Ferrell is professor of special education at the University of Northern Colorado and the author of the newly revised Reach Out and Teach: Helping your child who is visually impaired learn and grow. She has taught all ages of individuals with visual impairments. At UNC, she has coordinated the teacher training programs in blindness and in early childhood special education and currently coordinates the doctoral program in special education.

Abstract: The relationship of components of the expanded core curriculum to young adult outcomes (ages 19-23) is examined through data collected by the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Results of the study both inspire and surprise, and suggestions for improving the quality of life of individuals with visual impairments are offered.

 

10:00-11:30         90 minute breakout sessions

 

A.

Title: Assessing Vision of Infants and Children with and without Special Needs Including Cortical/Cerebral Impairments.

Presenter: Kathleen Appleby

Kathleen Appleby, MA is a certified teacher of the visually impaired and learning disabilities diagnostician and has a Bachelor Degree of Science, Blind & Partially Sighted and a Masters of Arts, Special Education, Learning Disabilities.  She was the vision coordinator of a regional program in the suburbs of Chicago.  Her areas of emphasis are in functional vision assessment and sharing research on brain related vision loss.   Kathleen is also a Parent Advisor for the Parent Infant Program at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and owner of Vision Associates.

Abstract:  When a doctor’s report states, “untestable” roll up your sleeves and begin assessing “Vision of Infants & Children with and without Special Needs Including Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (C/CVI).”  Learn about an assessment sequence and administration though demonstrations, assessment tips and handouts.  An overview of current information about C/CVI will be shared for developing intervention strategies based on the areas of damage in the brain.

B.

Title: Poetry for Emerging Readers and Writers

Presenter: Megan Mogan

Megan is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind-Tucson campus. She studied Communication Disorders at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois and received a Master's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from The University of Arizona. Megan worked in the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson before specializing in working with students who have multiple disabilities and sensory impairments, including deafblindness. Megan works directly with students on functional communication development.  She especially enjoys working and collaborating with classroom teachers, instructional aides, and related service providers who are truly the communication “specialists” on campus.  Megan is also a mother of 3 little girls and spends her free time playing ultimate frisbee and native gardening.

Abstract:   Poetry can be a fun and motivating way for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities to develop their functional language and literacy skills.  This session will outline a typical class lesson, including lesson planning and preparation, co-writing in a classroom setting, and sharing poetry outside of the classroom. Participants will also have opportunities to learn how to incorporate various forms of low- and high-tech Augmentative-Alternative Communication (AAC) devices into poetry activities within their own setting.

  

C.

Title: Comprehensive Adult Rehabilitation: Putting Together the Puzzle

Presenters: Laura Mathews and Gail Wilt

Laura Mathews is a Vocational Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) who has been employed at the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) for six years.  She is  originally from Illinois and graduated from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb campus in 1997.  Her visual impairment is a condition called toxoplasmosis.

Gail Wilt has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  She is the Adjustment Counselor for the Adult Program at FBC. She also teaches braille. She has been blind since age four. 

Abstract:  The presenters will share a simulated week in the life of an adult student referred by Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) for Comprehensive Job-Readiness Services.  They will present several scenarios demonstrating the integration of program elements. They will emphasize how student interaction is the glue that holds the puzzle pieces together.

D.

Title: Determining Instructional Time Needed for Orientation and Mobility Training

Presenter: William Koehler

William Koehler, M.ED,TVI, COMS has over 35 years of experience in special education including teaching students with visual impairments, administering special education programs in public schools and special schools for students who are blind or visually impaired. Currently he is the Director of the North Central/Eastern Highlands Regional Cooperatives of the ASDB.

 

Abstract: A research based survey used to help determine approximate instructional time needed for orientation and mobility training for school aged students; tips for presenting information in an IEP meeting based on actual feedback/experience from this instructor and other O&M instructors.

1:30-2:30              60 minute breakout sessions

E.

Title: Exploring Resources Available through the American Foundation for the Blind

Presenter: Scott Truax

Scott Truax has been in the field of blindness since 1975 after graduating from the Orientation and Mobility program at Florida State University, and receiving a Masters of Education from the University of Texas.  He has worked in a wide variety of settings including adult rehabilitation centers, schools for the blind, itinerant regional programs, Lighthouse for the Blind, vocational rehabilitation, and as a counselor to families of children who are visually impaired.  He is currently employed by the American Foundation for the Blind as a CareerConnect and FamilyConnect Program Manager.

  

Abstract: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) provides relevant information throughout the age span of individuals with vision loss.  Explore what is available through AFB’s fully accessible, free web-based programs including CareerConnect, FamilyConnect, and Senior Site. In addition, learn how to access topical content on AFB.org such as AccessWorld, our technology publication.  Hear announcements of exciting new developments that will be coming soon.

  

F.

Title: All Grown Up and Goin’ to Preschool

Presenter: DeEtte Snyder

DeEtte Snyder is the Interim Director of Infant Services at the Foundation for Blind Children. She received her Master's degree in Special Education for the Visually Impaired from Portland State University in 1997 and is currently working on her doctoral degree from University of Northern Colorado.  Transition from Part C to Part B is a passion for her as she has worked with families transitioning into and out of preschool programs for over 20 years.

Abstract: The move from Early Intervention Services (Part C) to preschool or school services (Part B) is the first transition process the child and family will go through, and sometimes the hardest.  This presentation will explain the process according to what is written in IDEA, the process Arizona has put in place, and how service providers can prepare children and families for this first big step.  Special attention will be addressed to collaboration between early intervention services providers and the school district to make this transition a smooth on for all involved.

G.

Title: Ideas for Nondrivers to Find Their Wheels

Presenter: Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum

Dr. Rosenblum is an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona where she prepares teachers of students with visual impairments.  She is a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of topics including nondriving, social skills, Nemeth code, and low vision literacy.  Dr. Rosenblum has over 25 peer reviewed publications and has developed several curricula including Finding Wheels with Dr. Anne Corn (Pro-Ed, 2000).  She also produced the video Reclaiming Independence with the American Printing House for the Blind. 

Abstract: Being a nondriver is a challenge for today’s youth and adults with visual impairments.  This session will provide participants with a quick overview of Finding Wheels, some strategies they can use in their work with youth and adults, and allow for the sharing of resources available to nondrivers within the state of Arizona.  A webcast on the Perkins School for the Blind web site on this topic will be shown.

H.

Title: Braille Music: The Challenge and Reward

Presenter: Jennifer Wheeler

Jennifer Wheeler currently serves as a teacher of students with visual

impairments and assistive technology instructor of adult teachers in Phoenix,

Arizona. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance from

Arizona State University, a Master of Arts degree in teaching from the

University of Arizona, and is pursuing a certificate in Orientation and Mobility

from the University of Northern Colorado.  She believes that the best teachers can do for their students is to never stop learning.

Abstract: Learning and teaching braille music can seem overwhelming.

Unlike literature or even mathematics, subjects whose symbols and concepts

are already familiar, music might at first appear too foreign and time-

demanding to learn even without the braille component! This session presents braille music, its challenges, and benefits, in an easy-to-learn, highly interactive format that will show it can be done with confidence.

 

3:00-4:00              60 minute breakout sessions

I.

Title: Independence through Remote Instruction

Presenters: Amy Hyman and Mark Nelson

Amy Hyman is the Director of Itinerant Services for The Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix.  She has been working in the field of disabilities for over 20 years to include, The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, Arizona Department of Education, Washington Elementary School District and Easter Seals.

Mark Nelson is the Chief Operating Officer at The Foundation for Blind Children. Mark's passion is assistive technology for the blind.  His goal is to eliminate barriers to access of information in schools and in the workplace.

Abstract: Using technology and an advanced pan-tilt camera design, "the camina" we are able to provide an opportunity for remote instruction on demand.  This allows the student to access a certified TVI when the student feels that they need the support in accessing educational information. This teaches the student to be able to identify their needs, increase self-advocacy skills and to participate at the same level as sighted peers.  This redefines the pull out service model and puts the student in control of their VI service needs.  It also allows for a better way to provide real time support for those classrooms that have several students who have multiple impairments, allowing for a TVI to observe real time actives and to assist the teacher with the necessary supports for her classroom.

J.

Title: The Arizona State Talking Book Library

Presenter: Christine Tuttle

Christine Tuttle, ctuttle@lib.az.us, is the Outreach Librarian and supervisor of the Special Services Department at the Talking Book Library.  Christine is an active member in both the Arizona Library Association and Special Libraries Association.  Christine continues to serve the community with her involvement in the low vision and physically disabled organizations. 

Abstract: The Talking Book Library, www.lib.az.us/braille, provides services, as a public service, to residents who are visually impaired and physically disabled.  Reading formats include audio books and braille for any age and reading level.  Materials available are comparable on loan at public libraries.  All materials and the player to use the program are provided and there are no additional costs. 

K.

Title: APH Federal Quota and who Qualifies

Presenter: Vivian Seki

Vivian Seki has 23 years of experience in production of accessible instructional materials, including braille, large print, audio, DAISY and electronic formats. She is a certified braillist, was program coordinator and instructor for a Braille Textbook Transcriber program at a community college, and is currently the Director of the Media Center at Foundation for Blind Children.

Abstract: In this session, we will explain what the APH Federal Quota is and who qualifies for instructional materials from their Instructional Products catalog.

L.

Title: Changes in ADA Paratransit

If selecting session “L” you must also select session “M” below.  Attendees will be travelling off site for Sessions “L” and “M”.

 

Presenter: Sandra Stirnweis

Abstract: O&M Specialists will travel to the ADA Evaluation Center located near the hotel.  They will have the opportunity to learn about the changes in the application process, what is involved in the evaluation, how this aligns to other community programs and will have an opportunity to try the evaluation course for themselves.  Participants should bring their cane and occluders as needed.

4:15-5:15              60 minute breakout session

M.

Title: Changes in ADA Para transit

If selecting session “M” you must also select session “L” above.  Attendees will be travelling off site for Sessions “L” and “M”.

 

Presenter: Sandra Stirnweis

Abstract: O&M Specialists will travel to the ADA Evaluation Center located near the hotel.  They will have the opportunity to learn about the changes in the application process, what is involved in the evaluation, how this aligns to other community programs and will have an opportunity to try the evaluation course for themselves.  Participants should bring their cane and occluders as needed.

N.

Title: Transitions: A Life Long Process

Presenter: Scott Truax

Scott Truax has been in the field of blindness since 1975 after graduating from the Orientation and Mobility program at Florida State University, and receiving a Masters of Education from the University of Texas.  He has worked in a wide variety of settings including adult rehabilitation centers, schools for the blind, itinerant regional programs, Lighthouse for the Blind, vocational rehabilitation, and as a counselor to families of children who are visually impaired.  He is currently employed by the American Foundation for the Blind as a CareerConnect and FamilyConnect Program Manager.

Abstract: What is the true meaning of transition as it applies to the individuals with whom we serve and their families?  At what point in the life span does the process begin and when does it end?  Let's compare the legally mandated to the naturally occurring process and learn how we might work towards creative outcomes for individuals with vision loss and their families.

O.

Title: Accommodations and Modifications: What do These Look Like a Few Years from Now?

Presenter: William Koehler

William Koehler, M.ED,TVI, COMS has over 35 years of experience in special education including teaching students with visual impairments, administering special education programs in public schools and special schools for students who are blind or visually impaired. Currently he is the Director of the North Central/Eastern Highlands Regional Cooperatives of the ASDB.

Abstract:  This presentation will look briefly at definitions for and differences between "Accommodations" and "Modifications" and how these look in an IEP and to a general education teacher. There will be discussion and information about the immediate and long term effects of appropriate and questionable practices in the use of accommodations/modifications. Participants can leave with practical strategies for increasing support from general education teachers, parents and students in the implementation of accommodations.

 

P.

Title: The Validity of Read Aloud as a Test Accommodation for Students with Visual Impairments.

Presenter: Jung Sook Kim

Jung Sook Kim is currently a doctoral student at The University of Arizona. She earned her master’s degree from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, with the highest ranking in special education. She published an article in the Korean Journal of Special Education, the most academic journal in the area of special education in Korea and program manual for organizations for people with disabilities in Seoul in Seoul Municipal Welfare Foundation. Jung Sook worked for organizations for people with visual impairments as a chief director of a low vision rehabilitation center. She offered special lectures about education for students with visual impairments at several universities in Korea.

Abstract: This presentation will introduce the validity of "Read Aloud" as a test accommodation for students with visual impairments based on results of the study comparing test scores of 10 students with visual impairments and 10 matched sighted students in South Korea. The results showed that students with visual impairments performed better with "Read Aloud" accommodation in reading comprehension test than without that accommodation, while the sighted group received worse scores when "Read Aloud" was provided to them than with that accommodation. Implication for practice from these results will be discussed in the presentation.

 

7:30PM-9:30PM

Q.

Limited to the first 20 submissions.  Must be a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS). Must bring a blindfold and cane.

 

Title: COMS on the Town

Presenter: Jay Taska

Jay has over 38 years of street side orientation and mobility service to persons with visual impairments around the world. For the last 23 years he has been an orientation and mobility specialist for the Scottsdale Unified School District. Jay has a love for life and passion for travel. Jay considers himself a lucky man who has traveled the world spreading his knowledge and good will to all who will listen.

Abstract: We, in the Valley of the Sun, love, love, love our light rail. How 'bout stepping aboard and riding part of its 20 mile course like your students do. Feel how clean, convenient and urban-y it is!  Come out for a fun evening inspecting and exploring the system under the blindfold. O and M specialists need to bring a cane, eye-covering, exact fare to buy a ticket and maybe some extra change for refreshments.

 

Friday, Nov. 4th

9:00-10:30           90 minute breakout sessions

R. 

Title: Reach Out and Teach: Making the Connection for Families

Presenter:  Dr. Kay Ferrell

Dr. Ferrell is professor of special education at the University of Northern Colorado and the author of the newly revised Reach Out and Teach: Helping your child who is visually impaired learn and grow. She has taught all ages of individuals with visual impairments. At UNC, she has coordinated the teacher training programs in blindness and in early childhood special education and currently coordinates the doctoral program in special education.

Abstract: The session will be a round robin discussion of the use of Dr. Ferrell’s book Reach Out and Teach in the home, or school,  with families to assist in building a collaborative partnership between parents and professionals to better meet the variety of needs of the child with a visual impairment.  

                              

S.

Title:  Driving with Bioptic Telescopes

Presenter: Dr. Lynne Noon

Dr. Lynne Noon founded the ViewFinder Low Vision Resource Centers, located in Arizona, where she practices low vision rehabilitation on a full-time basis.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Providence College in Rhode Island and a Doctor of Optometry degree at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts.  She is Arizona’s only diplomate in low vision rehabilitation.

Abstract:  The session will review the history of visual impairment and driving in the United States, the ADOT Bioptic Driving Rule, the types and use of bioptic telescopes and the training procedures that are needed in order for clients to succeed.

T.

Title: Accessible Graphics at Your Fingertips: Taking a Closer Look at the ViewPlus Embossers and PIAF

Presenters: Kevin Hughes and Sharon Nichols

Kevin Hughes is the West Region Distribution Manager at HumanWare for 10 years. Kevin has extensive experience with blindness related assistive technologies. Kevin often trains teachers of the visual impaired, blind students and other AT specialists on the integration of HumanWare products to their specific needs. 

Sharon Nichols has been an assistive technology consultant with Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach program since 1996.  She has worked as an itinerant and classroom teacher of students with visual impairments in Texas and New Mexico.  Her interests are braille technology, tactile graphics, accessible GPS, and IOS device access for students with visual impairments.

Abstract: Creating accessible material for a blind student is often time consuming and challenging. Braille transcribers are presented with an array of material that must be accessed in a tactile manner by the blind student. The end result of the tactile graphic is essential to the blind student and their ability to grasp a particular concept.  In this session the presenters will show the process of making math worksheets, graphs and charts accessible by using a ViewPlus Embosser along with their TSS translation software. The PIAF (Pictures in a Flash) will also be implemented into this session to demonstrate the flexibility of a device utilizing a carbon based marker and “capsule paper” to quickly and simply create tactile images.

 

12:00-1:00           60 minute breakout sessions

 

U.

Title: Insights from the Alphabetical and Contracted Braille (ABC) Study of Young Braille Readers

Presenter: Dr. Jane Erin

Dr. Erin is a professor at The University of Arizona, where she has coordinated the Program in Visual Impairment since 1994. At the university she has served as head of the department of SERSP, Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education, and chair of College Council. From 1984 to 1994 she was on the faculty at the University of Texas, and previously she was a teacher and supervisor at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. In 1996 Dr. Erin received the Mary K. Bauman Award as the Outstanding Educator in Visual Impairment from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness from 1998-2001, and was formerly an Executive Editor of RE:view. She co-authored Visual Impairments and Learning with Dr. Natalie Barraga and co-edited Diversity and Visual Impairment with Dr. Madeline Milian. Her current research interests are in educational outcomes related to learning media used by visually impaired students, braille reading, and in professional roles in visual impairment. She is a participating researcher on the ABC Braille study, a national study of the literacy experiences of young braille readers, in which she was responsible for analysis of writing samples and was a member of the qualitative research team. In 2010 she was honored as an Erasmus Fellow in the College of Education in recognition of her research achievements.

Abstract: This presentation describes results of the national Alphabetic and Contracted Braille study (ABC study), in which 40 children were followed over five years as they learned to read and write in contracted and uncontracted braille. Reading and writing skills were assessed using formal measures, interviews, and reading/writing samples. Achievement in reading, spelling, writing, and social literacy are described; implications of study findings for teachers are identified.

V.

Title: Verbal Description of Math Graphics on Standardized Testing 

Presenter: Dr. Christina Schoch

Dr. Christina Schoch is a teacher of the visually impaired in Marana Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona.  She is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Virginia. She is married to Jeff and has two children, Chance and Silke, along with numerous pets including: dogs, cats, birds, tortoises and koi.

Abstract: An exploratory study investigating the techniques used by teachers of the visually impaired when administering high school math questions with graphics to students with blindness or low vision was conducted in Arizona, Nevada and Texas. Results including teacher variance with verbal description and hand movement of tactile learners and further implications when administering mathematical tests will be discussed.

W.

Title: Division XI Meeting:  Parts I and II

Presenters: Patty Arnold, Deb Macilroy, Briggs Cunningham, and Mike Perry

Patty Arnold has been a CVRT the field of visual impairment for 25 years, specializing in Assistive Technology and Low Vision, and recently added Orientation and Mobility. She currently works for the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Deb Macilroy is a CVRT working as an independent living skills provider for the State of Arizona. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University.

Briggs Cunningham is an Assistive Technologist who works for Next Level Assistive Technology. He enjoys helping people find the technology that enriches their life.

Mike Perry has worked in ophthalmology and with persons who are blind and visually impaired since 1981. He is owner of Low Vision Plus, providing assistive devices for persons with visual impairments.

Abstract: We will start with about 45 minutes of VRT’s sharing ideas, such as sewing tips, use of FM systems, etc.  VRTs who have contacted Patty ahead of time will get to speak first in case we run out of time. parnold@acbvi.org  During the remaining time we will briefly contrast some OCR and Digital Book Readers. There will be some time at the end for hands on with Victor Reader Stream, Intel Reader,  and Eye Pal Solo which are devices that may available to clients of VRTs who work for or contract with the State Blind Services.   If you own any of these devices please bring them with you.

 

                                                   

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