AZ AER FALL CONFERENCE

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November 1-2, 2012

       

Poco Diablo Resort, Sedona, AZ

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CEU’s:  7.0 Professional Development Credits (Approximately)      

                                                      

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STATUS                               DAYS                          BY OCT.12               AFTER OCT.12

AER Member                     Thurs. and Fri.                    $110                           $170

Thurs. Only                                                                   $75                             $135

Fri. Only                                                                       $60                             $120

 

Non-AER Member           Thurs. and Fri.                      $220                           $270

Thurs. Only                                                                  $170                           $220

Fri. Only                                                                       $150                           $200

 

*AER Student Member   Thurs. and Fri.                      $30                             $110

Thurs. Only                                                                   $25                             $100

Fri. Only                                                                        $20                             $90

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Thank you again for your patience!
Lenetta Lefko



Fall Presentations:

A. iPad- Got Apps?

Faye Gonzalez and Marsha Bork

Abstract for Presentation #1

Abstract: This multi-media presentation on the iPad will focus on specific Apps that are useful for people with visual impairments. Several different populations of users with visual impairments will be covered, including good Apps for children and adults that are tactile/Braille learners as well as for children with multiple disabilities and visual impairments. We will be demonstrating new apps for typing, teaching Braille, working on visual-motor integration skills, communication and other awesome apps we have discovered over the past few months. If you have an iPad or an iPhone, please bring it!

Presentation #1

Goals & Objectives: Goal: Participants will be more familiar with specific Applications for the iPad that support independence for those with visual impairments. Objective 1) Become familiar with quality Apps for children and adults who use Braille as their primary learning medium. Objective 2) Become familiar with quality Apps and strategies for implementation for children with multiple disabilities and visual impairments.

Presenter Bio

Marsha Bork currently is a Teacher of the Visually Impaired for the Madison Elementary School District in Phoenix, AZ. She says: “I am in my 26th year of teaching blind and visually impaired students. My overall goal is to train my students to become independent, successful students and life-long learners. Someday, in the not too distant future I hope one of them will take my job and carry on the love for teaching that I enjoy every single day!”

Presenter Bio

Faye Gonzalez has been Dually Certified as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist for 15 years. She specializes in working with students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities and has a strong background in how to effectively use Assistive Technology and Communication Devices with these students. Her primary focus is delivering VI and O&M services that integrate students’ vision as well as communication, motor, cognitive, and assistive technology needs. She currently works in Phoenix, AZ for the Madison Elementary School District.

 

B. Outdoor Educational Experiences- Getting Hands-On with Nature

Lenetta Lefko and Erin Keller

Abstract for Presentation #1

How one program at ASDB is incorporating the Expanded Core Curriculum into a wide variety of "outdoor classrooms" where students with visual impairments can get their "hands on nature and learn"!
Through hands-on learning and purposeful instruction students relate with the natural world and build their own concepts and beliefs. Individuals form a cognitive reference library based on their own experiences and can better relate to what is heard of through books, movies and secondhand descriptions.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Participants will:
1. be introduced to the program and it's founders.
2. examine the benefits of learning in nature and addressing concept development in the outdoors.
3. explore creative ways to include nature in education and education in nature.
4. increase their understanding of how challenges faced in the outdoors can empower the individual, building character and confidence, which increases the individual's ability to compete in the world.

Presenter Bio

Lenetta Lefko, COMS has spent the last 17 years at ASDB learning how to promote independence in students with visual impairments. During these years it became apparent that the gaps between saying and doing were significant. She began to informally identify the concepts that were difficult to grasp without experiential learning. When one camping trip demonstrated such a huge impact on confidence and concept development, she found an under utilized resource right outside her door.

Presenter Bio

Erin Keller has been working with students with visual impairments for the last ten years at the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind. She started as a Residential Services Assistant (RSA) which then turned into a Teaching Parent position in the residence halls. For the last three years she has been teaching science to students with visual impairments. She received her BA degree in Ecology and Evolution Biology and a minor in science education from the University of Arizona in

2008. She recently received her MA at the University of Arizona as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI). In her free time Erin likes to enjoy the outdoors by swimming and hiking.

 

C. Nemeth in a Nutshell

L. Penny Rosenblum

Abstract for Presentation #1

Do you get nervous when you hear the word “Nemeth” and think, “Wow, I will have to really brush up if I get a student who is a Nemeth user.” If so, come to this review and get a quick refresher on the basics of Nemeth code. You’ll leave feeling more confident in your skills to read and write the Nemeth code.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

1.Participants will demonstrate how to prepare elementary level math materials for users of Nemeth code.
2. Participants will explain the use of various indicators (e.g., English letter, Greek letter, fraction, punctuation) when preparing materials for users of Nemeth code.
3. Participants will list 3 resources they can use when preparing materials for Nemeth code users.

Presenter Bio

Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at The University of Arizona. She works to prepare teachers of children with visual impairments. She is also the Project Director for the AnimalWatch VI Suite Project, an IES funded research project to develop a package of materials to assist youth with visual impairment in developing their pre-algebra skills.
Dr. Rosenblum received her doctorate from The University of Arizona in 1997. She was an assistant professor at Florida State University from 1997 to 1999 when she left to join the faculty at The University of Arizona. She has worked as a teacher of students with visual impairments in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida and Arizona.
Dr. Rosenblum teaches several masters’ courses a year including the Introduction to Visual Impairment and Deafblindness, Braille I, Braille II, and Methods of Teaching Students with Visual Impairment.
Research interests of Dr. Rosenblum include the social aspects of visual impairment, personnel preparation, literacy, and nondriving issues. She has over 25 publications in peer reviewed journals in addition to several book chapters. She has presented on a wide variety of topics throughout the United States in addition to Canada and in Doha, Qatar. With colleague Dr. Tina Herzberg (University of South Carolina, Upstate) she is analyzing data from a national study that looks at how people prepare math worksheets for tactile learners.
With the American Printing House for the Blind, Dr. Rosenblum produced the video Reclaiming Independence: Staying in the Driver's Seat When You No Longer Drive, a 40-minute video that shares the experiences of six older adults who had to stop driving due to vision loss. Along with Dr. Anne Corn (retired from Vanderbilt University), Dr. Rosenblum has published the curriculum Finding Wheels: A curriculum for non-drivers with visual impairments for gaining control of transportation needs. Dr. Rosenblum worked as a consultant for the American Foundation for the Blind and contributed to the FamilyConnect web site.
Dr. Rosenblum is past president of the Arizona Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AZ AER). In 2005 she was chosen as the Margaret Bluhm Worker of the Year from this organization. Dr. Rosenblum received the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the Division on Visual Impairment from the Council for Exceptional Children.

 

D. RP Pride - What's it all about?

Kristi Thomas, Lynn Alarcon and Ed Gervasoni

Abstract for Presentation #1

Seven years ago, ASDB-Tucson campus organized a club exclusively for students with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), which is now called RP Pride. This presentation will highlight the reasons for starting the group; its history of how it has evolved over time; the positive impact it has had on the student members; the type of educational activities the students have experienced and their personal feelings about the group’s activities

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will gain an understanding of the value in grouping students with similar, progressive eye conditions for acceptance, support and educational purposes.
2. Participants will gain an insight into strategies that help students with RP embrace and take positive action to compensate for their eye condition in various environments both presently and into the future.
3. Participants will be exposed to an overview of topics within the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) framework of providing direct service instruction to students with RP.

Presenter Bio

Kristi Thomas has a Masters Degree from the University of Arizona in Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She has been a counselor at ASDB for 13 years and works with student in Kindergarten through High School.

Presenter Bio

Lynn Alarcon has a Masters Degree from the University of Arizona in Special Education with certifications in Orientation& Mobility and Teacher of the Visually Impaired. She has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, K-8 Teaching Certification and 14 years of experience. She has been an O&M specialist’s at ASDB for 3 years.

Presenter Bio

Ed Gervasoni holds a Masters Degree from San Francisco State University in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind and Deaf-Blind and an Educational Specialist Degree in Orientation and Mobility for the Blind and Deaf-Blind (with a minor in Communication Strategies and Techniques for the Deaf-Blind) from the University of Arizona. He has worked at ASDB for 20 years as an O & M teacher.

 

E. Adapting Books for Our Youngest Learners

Bobette Enderson

Abstract for Presentation #1

In an effort to provide early literacy opportunities for young children who are visually impaired, parents and teachers are anxious to purchase books with braille. However, we find the braille itself is meaningless to our youngest learners. Adding tactile representations engages the child in the learning process. We’ll adapt the popular Eric Carle’s book, The Very Busy Spider utilizing the “Let ME See” Tactile Book Kit. Please note:  Materials fee- TBD

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Goal 1: To discuss the need for adapting braille books for our youngest learners
Objective 1: Participants will be able to list 3 reasons for adapting braille books.
Goal 2: To discuss how to adapt braille books for our youngest learners
Objective 1: Participants will be able to explain the process of adapting braille books.
Objective 2: Participants will use the “Let ME See” tactile book kit I've developed to adapt Eric Carle’s book "The Very Busy Spider".

Presenter Bio

Bobette is a preschool teacher in the Mesa Public Schools district in Arizona. She has taught preschool children with special needs for over 35 years. Her experience and love for teaching preschool children who are visually impaired began when she was hired by the Foundation for Blind Children in the 1980’s.

 

F. Braille Transcription Software: What's Available, What it Does

Jennifer Wheeler

Abstract for Presentation #1

With increasing access to technology for teachers, students, and adult consumers, braille transcription software is rapidly becoming a critical component in effective assistive technology service implementation. Come and learn about braille transcription programs that are currently available and how they can benefit you and those you serve.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Goal: Participants will learn about specific features included in a variety of currently available braille transcription programs.
Objective 1: Participants will gain knowledge of braille transcription programs and learn how they compare.
Objective 2: Participants will discuss specific features which are available in the more commonly used braille transcription programs.
Objective 3: Students will receive handouts with resources which will help guide them in their continued exploration of braille transcription software.

 

G. Empower through Self Defense Part I

Roger Early

Abstract for Presentation #1

This Presentation will explore how to coach and discuss personal awareness and reducing vulnerability with a variety of clients/students served in the field of blindness. Participants will practice easy to remember self defense techniques to break free from abductive situations. Former self defense students will demonstrate self defense techniques in realistic attack scenarios.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

1.Identify the following Pinciples of self defense:
a. Risk Reduction
b. Offensive vs. Defensive Postures
c. Balance
2.Identify the myths and realities of vicimization and self defense.
3.Demonstrate proficiency in performing the following physical skills;
a. Defensive stance
b. Hammer Strike (forward and rear)
c. Palm Heel Strike
d. Knee Strike
e. Cane Jabs

 

Presenter Bio

Roger Early works at Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind as the Security Team Leader. Before working at ASDB, Roger was a police officer for 21 years. During that time, Roger taught defensive tactics to police officers. Roger has also been teaching women’s self defense classes for over fifteen years and now specializes in teaching self defense to ASDB visually impaired students.

 

H. How to Collect Conventional Information in an Unconventional Manner

Invited Speakers Barry Kran and Darick Wright

 

Abstract for Presentation for Presentation #2

This presentation will provide the rationale for how to collect visual function information. Through a series of videos with various children and adults with vision and other disabilities all components of an eye examination will be covered. Barriers surrounding care (pre- exam, examination, and post examination) will also be incorporated.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #2

• Identify characteristics of the patient population
• Identify barriers to comprehensive exam
• Understand alternate methods of assessment that include a collaborative approach with vision educators and related service providers.

 

 

I. Empower through Self Defense Part II

Roger Early

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #2

Participants will have opportunities to practice various techniques and go through a variety of scenarios. It is strongly recommended that participants have completed Presentation 1 with Roger Early either during the recent Spring Workshop or currently at the Fall Conference.

Presenter Bio

Roger Early works at Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind as the Security Team Leader. Before working at ASDB, Roger was a police officer for 21 years. During that time, Roger taught defensive tactics to police officers. Roger has also been teaching women’s self defense classes for over fifteen years and now specializes in teaching self defense to ASDB visually impaired students.

 

J. Braille 2000: A Sneak Peek and a Little More

Jennifer Wheeler

Abstract for Presentation for Presentation #2

This session is a follow-up to the earlier session, "Braille Transcription Software: What's Available, What it Does." Participants will be introduced to special features available in one type of software and how to use them. Come and enjoy this opportunity to continue the discussion on braille transcription software and learn what it can do for you even if you are not able to attend the earlier session.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #2

Goal: Participants will learn about specific features available in Braille 2000 and how to use/apply them.
Objective 1: Participants will discuss transcription features in Braille 2000 and explore what they do.
Objective 2: Participants will identify ways that braille transcription features can benefit them and their students.
Objective 3: Students will receive handouts with resources which will help guide them in their continued exploration of Braille 2000.

Presenter Bio

Jennifer Wheeler is a teacher of students with visual impairment and assistive technology specialist for Desert Valleys Regional Cooperative. She has worked as a transcriber for the Foundation for Blind Children for almost ten years and loves braille. She is currently in the doctoral program for Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado with a specialization in visual impairment.

 

K. Participating in the Arizona Regional Braille Challenge

Deborah Hartz and Shawn Bourgeois

Abstract for Presentation #1

Be a part of the 2013 Arizona Regional Braille Challenge. The Braille Challenge is a fun and exciting reading and writing contest in Braille that includes events in reading comprehension, Braille speed and accuracy (dictation), proofreading, spelling, and reading tactile charts and graphs. This is a great way to motivate students to practice various aspects of Braille Literacy. Proctors, transcribers, and ambassadors are needed.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

1.Get the word out about the Braille Challenge. What is it? When will it take place? Why are we doing this?
2. Recruit proctors, transcribers and Braillists, and additional support personnel so that this year's challenge can include more students.

3. Facilitate student participation from across the state.
4. Promote the excitement of Braille and help TVIs to motivate students to practice Braille literacy skills.

Presenter Bio

Deborah Hartz teaches high school English, Braille and Economics at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. Recognizing the strong correlation between Braille literacy and employment for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, Deborah has organized the Annual Reading Lock-In, actively involved students in the National Braille Readers are Leaders Contest, and brought the Braille Challenge to Arizona. She has satisfactorily completed all requirements and has been granted National Certification in Literary Braille. Deborah has a daughter who lives in South Dakota and whose job would not be possible without competency in Braille.

Presenter Bio

Shawn Bourgeois is a Braille and Assistive Technology teacher at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. Her passion is using technology to expand literacy and to increase access to Braille. The quality of life of our students improves as they gain independence and learn to use a variety of tools to achieve their dreams. Braille competency is a critical element in the success of our students.

 

L. Emerging Technology for Success in Education and Employment

Dominic Gagliano

Abstract for Presentation #1

In this session we will discuss the pros and cons of new mainstream technology, such as tablets and mobile devices, and the tasks that are best accomplished on the various devices. Emphasis on the consideration of the specific needs of the user, whether low vision, speech or the importance of braille should determine the products that work best in the classroom and workplace.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Participants will review the benefits and also have a better understanding of the limitations and challenges of iOS devices with consideration of the specific needs and preferences of the low vision, speech or braille user. We will also discuss the products that work best for required tasks in the classroom and workplace.

Presenter Bio

Dominic Gagliano, Vice President of Sales for HumanWare US has been involved in the assistive technology industry since 1989. He has presented on technology at ATIA, CSUN, Closing the Gap, and provided many hands on workshops for vision professionals both in the US and internationally.

 

M. Basic Optics of Low Vision Aids

Lynne Noon

Abstract for Presentation #1

Understand the basic optics of low vision aids and glasses so that they will be used correctly.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

1. Understand the basic optics of low vision aids so that they will be used correctly.
2. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of various low vision aids.
3. Understand the use of low vision aids in the classroom.

Presenter Bio

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 is Arizona’s only diplomate in low vision rehabilitation.

 

 

N. Organizational Skills for Successful Street Crossings and City Travel for Individuals who are Totally Blind

ED Gervasoni **a special thank you to Ed Gervasoni for covering an O&M topic when we had a cancelation so that we could provide a well-rounded conference

Abstract for Presentation #1

This presentation focuses on a process that I have learned which has a high success rate of establishing good street crossing and city street orientation skills to students who are totally blind.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Participants will be introduced to a specific set of proceedures developed by the presenter that is used at street crossings by students who are blind.

Participants will be introduced to a process that students who are blind are expected to use to identify, organize, analyze and apply to travel on city streets when working with the presenter as an O&M instructor.

Presenter Bio

Ed Gervasoni holds a Masters Degree from San Francisco State University in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind and Deaf-Blind and an Educational Specialist Degree in Orientation and Mobility for the Blind and Deaf-Blind (with a minor in Communication Strategies and Techniques for the Deaf-Blind) from the University of Arizona. He has worked at ASDB for 20 years as an O & M teacher.

 

O. Start with the Arts

Eileen Bagnall

Abstract for Presentation #1

Start with the Arts is an instructional resource developed by VSA International that uniquely combines literacy, family involvement, and inclusive strategies for teaching the arts to young children, including children with disabilities. Incorporating long-standing educational principles as well as some of the most recent research on early childhood learning, Start with the Arts is designed to actively involve children of all abilities in arts experiences—including visual arts, creative dramatics, dance and creative movement, and music. In this hands on workshop you will explore ways to engage students with low vision in arts activities.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Goals:
Provide inclusive arts learning tools for educators.
Increase parent involvement in arts learning and literacy.
Objectives:
Expand arts learning in classrooms.
Provide tools for engaging students with low vision in arts learning.

Presenter Bio

Eileen Bagnall is the Executive Director of VSA Arizona, the state organization for arts and disability. Previously she has worked as the Accessibility Coordinator for both ARTability and the Arizona Theatre Company.

 

 

P. How Challenge Recreation (through skiing and snowboarding) builds life skills on and off the slopes

Mark G. Davis and Randy Witte

Abstract for Presentation #1

Mark G. Davis, founder of Foresight Ski Guides in Vail, CO, will discuss the philosophy and methods of challenge recreation, whereby participants build skills and courage by engaging in what they initially feel is a frightening situation, but with support discover they can safely push their boundaries and learn lessons that apply to other areas of their lives. Beyond their visual impairments, Davis will address the unique physical and emotional issues facing blind individuals– sedentary lifestyles, elevated risk of major illness, a tendency towards social isolation, rates of depression and anxiety much greater than their sighted peers, barriers to employment, and low incomes – all of which make Foresight’s skiing/snowboarding challenge recreation program critically important.
Central to the presentation, Davis will describe the growth of Foresight’s collaboration with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, where“Challenge Education” and “Challenge Recreation” work in tandem to motivate students, build positive attitudes, promote academic achievement, increase physical fitness, and open doors to employment after graduation. As part of the ski and snowboard program, Foresight has built strong relationships with companies, such as key sponsor Vail Marriott, that welcome and support young people with disabilities. Representatives from these companies provide lectures and opportunities for discussion at the end of every ski trip. While formal evaluation of this approach is just being undertaken, the School’s staff, Foresight’s instructors, and the students’ parents report significant improvements for students across all phases of the program.
Lastly, for those educators looking to partner with a challenge recreation program or to create one themselves, Davis will describe the key issues to consider, including: participant safety; quality of the instruction; affordability for participants; how social and educational opportunities are tied into the recreational experience; and the many practical issues involved in running a successful challenge education program.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Attendees will
1. come away with a basic understanding of the philosophy of challenge recreation
2. understand the different ways that Foresight’s guided ski and snowboard program benefits all visually impaired participants – physically, emotionally, educationally, socially
3. appreciate the importance of integrating specific physical, educational and social requirements into challenge recreation programs for children and youth.

Presenter Bio

About Mark G. Davis: Before founding Foresight Ski Guides in 2001, Davis was a successful financial executive. He lost his functional vision overnight in 1999 due to a rare complication of multiple sclerosis. Getting back on his skis and discovering he had lost none of his ability to race down a mountain gave him the confidence he needed to return to banking. However, his business career took an interesting turn, when frustrated by the lack of affordable, accessible snow sports for blind and visually impaired skiers, he determined to create his own nonprofit program. Davis will share some of his personal odyssey, describe how his own experiences informed his commitment to providing high quality challenge recreation for visually impaired participants (Foresight’s VIPs), and explore how Foresight has steadily expanded and adapted its programming to meet the changing needs of its VIPs.

Presenter Bio

Randy Witte has taught at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind for 32 years. In addition to his decades of service to the blind community,Randy has served two terms as the President of the Colorado AER chapter. For the past seven years, Randy has served as Senior Program Coordinator of Foresight Ski Guides, a Colorado-based 501c3, nonprofit organization, founded to provide affordable access to challenge recreation opportunities through snow sports for its Visually Impaired Participants (VIPs)in Vail, Colorado.

 

Q. "Is it something I said??"

William Koehler

Abstract for Presentation #1

How to listen so people will talk....Sometimes a seemingly on track IEP meeting, parent conference or client interview suddenly takes a bad turn and we wonder, how did THAT happen? Keeping meetings moving in a positive direction takes Preparation and Practice! This workshop will review practical techniques for helping to assure that communication in meetings,conferences etc. starts on track and stays on track.
Participants will have the opportunity to practice some of these techniques with real life scenarios, and have feedback from the presenter on ways to keep communication open and positive.
Techniques used properly can help keep us out of due process or other legal complications.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Participants will:
1.Increase awareness of techniques contributing to positive communication
2. Understand factors that contribute to successful meetings
3. Practice proven techniques that can increase chances for successful interactions.

Presenter Bio

Bill Koehler is Executive Director for the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind, resposible for all regional Cooperative programs and the main campus program seriving students with visual impairments. He is a certified TVI and COMS, having teaching/administrative experience in special schools and public school programs serving these students, parents and staff. Within these years of experience, he has developed and refined techniques that increase the potential for positive outcomes in IEP meetings, parent and staff conferences, and other interactions.

 

 

R. Cortical Cerebral Visual Impairment: What is it and can it coexist with other visual impairments?
 Abstract for Presentation #3

This 90 minute presentation will first provide approachable background on brain and visual system development and anatomy to set the stage for a discussion on cortical /cerebral visual impairment. Loci of vision impairment will then be reviewed followed by modified case presentations which will reveal clinical thinking regarding diagnosis and approaches to care.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #3

• Increase understanding of the diversity of signs and symptoms of vision impairment secondary to pediatric braindamage/maldevelopment
• Understand the difference between brain-related and non brain-related classifications of vision loss.
Connection of clinical data to functional recommendations
• Appreciate the importance of collaborative care for this population

 

S. Professional Development through eLearning Opportunities

Charlotte Cushman

Abstract for Presentation #1

Perkins School for the Blind has developed many eLearning opportunities, including webinars, webcasts, online workshops, and microsites, which are geared toward busy professionals who are interested in continuing education. This presentation will familiarize participants with the range of content and formats available, as well as providing information about how continuing education credits can be earned.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Explore the eLearning opportunities available through Perkins
2) Become familiar with the range of content available through Perkins eLearning
3) Identify ways in which this can be of assistance to individuals working in the field of blindness
4) Become familiar with the opportunities to earn continuing education credits

Presenter Bio

Charlotte Cushman is the Project Manager for the Training and Educational Resources Program at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. She has held numerous positions at Perkins, including classroom teacher, consultant for New England Center Deafblind Project, and consultant for Perkins International. She is one of the authors of the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide. Ms. Cushman has an M.Ed. and a Masters of Library Science.

 

T. Division XI Meeting- Vision Rehab Therapy

Patty Arnold and Ethan Rutkoff

Abstract for Presentation #1

This meeting, geared toward Vision Rehab Therapists will include guest speakers Ethan Rutkoff on Assistive Technology and Patty Arnold on Low Vision. Attendees will then have an opportunity to share ideas on a variety of topics related to resources, home management, communications, or personal management.
Contact parnold@acbvi.org if you would like to have a particular question answered or if you would like to reserve time to share something.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Goal 1: Learn about Low Vision and Assistive Technology
Objective 1.1 Learn about Techniques and devices related to low vision
Objective 1.2- Discuss Techniques and software related to computer access for visually impaired
Goal 2: Learn about miscellaneous resources and techniques of specific interest to VRTs
Objective 2.1 Participants will share techniques on topics such as resources, personal management, home management or communications.

Presenter Bio

Patty is a Rehabilitation Professional at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She specializes in Low Vision, Assistive Technology, O&M and working with Deafblind.

Presenter Bio

Ethan Rutkoff has been working as an Assistive Technology Instructor for five years, as a contractor for the State of Arizona He finds it rewarding assisting working age persons and senior citizens with vision loss to learn how to use their computers again.

 

U. Making Science Class Labs Accessible to Students with Vision Loss

Mark Nelson

Abstract for Presentation #1

Until recently, students who are visually impaired have been unable to participate, in a meaningful way, with their peers in school science class lab experiments. The reason is that the data of the experiment and results has been inaccessible. Thus, these students have been underrepresented in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

A new collaborative effort between GW Micro and Independence Science is creating a solution that will enable more students who are blind and visually impaired around the world to take STEM courses and enter the STEM fields. Packages are available for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or can be customized to fit any specific curriculum. The core product to which access is provided is already used by many districts for their general student population.

Digital Apex is proud to be the exclusive provider of this exciting technology package in Arizona! It is giving even more access to information in new areas, which is our mission.

Mark Nelson will demonstrate the product package interactively with the audience so they experience the tools and the access they provide. He will also help participants to understand the subjects to which students now have access and whom this exciting technology is a benefit.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

Objectives: Participants will
1. Learn the components of the ISci Lab Solution, how they interface and the kind of information to which they provide access.
2. Learn the STEM subject areas to which students now have access.
3. Be able to identify students who can benefit from the use of the ISci Lab solution.

Presenter Bio

Mark Nelson is an experienced and respected Assistive Technology Specialist in the vision field whose career spans all sectors of the assistive technology field, (state and federal government, non-profit, manufacture, teaching at the Master’s level in the university setting, and private business with responsibilities ranging from service provider to the executive level. Currently he owns his own business providing consulting services to organizations in the areas of starting, growing and innovating assistive technology programs; providing a broad range of assistive technology products for people with vision loss; and providing the full range of services in support of assistive technology such as student/client assessment, education and worksite assessment, installation and configuration, scripting, and instruction for people of all ages.

 

V.The Power of Parent to Parent Social Support: Helping teachers help parents to connect

DeEtte Snyder

Abstract for Presentation #1

Family centered practices include the use of informal supports to build and strengthen a family's social network to further enhance a family's coping strategies and adaptation when raising a child with a visual impairment. Connection with other families of children with visual impairment is an important and vital source of informal support. This presentation will focus on how teachers can help families to access parent to parent social support through understanding the benefits and potential barriers as well as creating opportunities for family to access this significant form of informal social support through a variety of methods.

Goals and Objectives for Presentation #1

*Participants will be introduced to types of formal and informal supports to assist families within a family centered model
*Participants will learn about the benefits to families through informal social supports and how to overcome barriers to informal social supports.
*Participants will explore the variety of methods of assisting families to access informal social supports.

Presenter Bio

DeEtte is a teacher of students with visual impairments and is currently the director of infant and early intervention services at the Foundation for Blind Children. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Special Education and Administration through the University of Northern Colorado. She has over 20 years of experience working with families of young children, birth to 5, with visual impairments.