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Crowne Plaza Austin Central

6121 North Interstate Highway 35, Austin | Texas

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This year the 2018 Texas Focus will be held at the Crowne Plaza Austin Central.  The hotel is located at Interstate Highway 35 North and Highway 290. We have secured a block of rooms at a special rate of $120 plus tax for double (maximum 4 people) and single (maximum 2 people) rooms which includes a complimentary breakfast, free parking and internet access. 

All room reservations must be made by February 9, 2018 in order to receive this rate.

Call  or 1-800 593-5676 or   Call 1-877-2-CROWNE  (1-877- 227-6963)  and use the following instructions:  

  1. State - New reservations”   CODE:  BVI   
  2. Specify the dates you wish to stay, for example, "February 28- March 3,  2018"
  3. Identify yourself as “TSBVI Texas Focus participant. 

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A woman and a young child The Power of Connection in Ordinary Moments

A special weekend for families and their child with DeafBlindness

Friday, December 8 thru Sunday, December 10, 2017

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

 

Children with DeafBlindness have special challenges interacting with the world and making connections with others due to the vision and hearing loss they experience.  This can cause a great deal of stress or trauma in their lives as they try to make sense of what is happening to them and around them each day. 

Science is showing us that this stress can cause many other problems for the child in terms of mental and physical health, learning, and overall development. There are ways to reduce the impact of this stress and build resilience in these children.  This special weekend for adult caregivers or parents and the child with DeafBlindness hopes to point the way by improving the quality of our interactions during ordinary moments of family life.

You have been invited to participate in this special "by invitation only" event.

About Our Presenter

ZeedykSmallDr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to connect.  Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee (Scotland), within the School of Psychology.  Her academic career began in the USA, where she completed her PhD at Yale University.

In 2011, Suzanne stepped away from a full-time academic post in order to establish an independent training enterprise.  Its aim is to help the public understand all that science has discovered about the importance of emotional connection for human health and happiness.  It’s working!  Approximately 40,000 people have now attended her speaking events, and she reaches over 50,000 people a week on social media.  She works internationally with organizations who are keen to think more deeply about fostering connection, compassion and resilience.

In 2014, Suzanne broadened her public reach even further by founding the organization connected baby.  She and her team work to help parents and professionals make practical use of the science of connection.  Relationships matter – as much for human brains as for human hearts.

Suzanne’s core aspiration continues to be strengthening awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children — because those choices are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.

About the Weekend

Friday, 8 December (6:30-7:30 PM)

Families will check into the DoubleTree Austin Hotel on Friday evening and have an opportunity to connect with each other, our presenter and the Texas DeafBlind Outreach staff.  Dinner will be provided beginning at 6:00 PM.  On Saturday and Sunday the workshop will take place on the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired campus located at 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, TX.  Below is the agenda for these two days:

Saturday, 9 December (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

8:45 AM Welcome, children to child care and housekeeping

9:00 AM The value of responsive interactions plus interactions with your child

10:00 AM Break

10:30 AM  How interactions shape their children’s biology

11:45 AM Lunch

12:30 PM Children to child care

1:00 PM  "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope" a film by James Redford followed by a discussion

2:00 PM Break

2: 30 PM  Interactions with your child and discussing the implications of these moments for children’s biology.

4:00 PM Adjourn to the hotel

Sunday, 10 December (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

8:45 AM  Children to child care  

9:00 AM Welcome and overview for the day plus a series of interaction activities

10: 00 AM Break

10:30 AM Reviewing the interactions and discussion

11:45 AM Lunch

1:00 PM Exploring ideas for boosting attuned interaction 

2:00 PM Break

2:15 PM How we explain this information to other members’ of the child’s team

3:00 PM Depart


Registration

The fee for attending this event is $100 per family.  We have stipends available to cover the cost of this registration for those who request it.  Edgenie Bellah, our Family Engagement Specialist, or other of the Texas DeafBlind Project staff will be in touch with you to discuss this assistance.  We will register you at that time.

If you are a professional and attending with a family member you may register yourself at the ESCWorks registration site

Lodging and Meals

Lodging and meals will be provided as part of this weekend with the exception of dinner on Friday and Saturday evening.  We do have financial assistance available to cover the cost of the hotel, these additional meals and transportation as needed.  The hotel, DoubleTree Austin Hotel is located at 6505 N Interstate 35, Austin, Texas,78752. You may want to visit their website to learn more about the hotel and the amenities available to you.

Child Care

You will be interacting with your child throughout the weekend. During the times you are listening to Dr. Zeedyk or participating in discussions, your children will be cared for by staff from TSBVI in a nearby room.  Please bring any special toys or items that will help your child to feel more comfortable when not with you.  Also, we will have snacks available for the children, but if your child has a special diet you may want to bring that with you.  We will have refrigerators and microwaves available to use.

We will not have any child care available for the other children in your family.  We can help cover the cost of child care you arrange for at home.  Please let the Texas Deafblind Project staff member know what your plans are for other children in your family so we can help to cover that cost.

What to Wear

Please dress comfortably!  You and your child will be playing together and the day can be long.  You may also want to bring a light jacket or sweater since the rooms may be too cool at times.

Questions?

Please contact Suzanne Slade at 512-206-9103 or at  if you have any questions or need assistance.

Hoop2018 Texas Focus Conference: On the Move

March 1-3, 2018

Austin, Texas 

We have a brain for one reason and one reason only -- that’s to produce adaptable and complex movements. Movement is the only way we have affecting the world around us… I believe that to understand movement is to understand the whole brain. And therefore it’s important to remember when you are studying memory, cognition, sensory processing, they’re there for a reason, and that reason is action.

Daniel Wolpert, Neuroscientist

 

This year's Texas Focus takes a broad focus on movement and the important role it plays in learning and living a healthy and happy life.

We begin with two special half-day preconference events on March 1st:

  • Learning about Orientation and Mobility for adult family members at Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Meeting the Unique Needs of Students in Phase III CVI for professionals with Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy at the DoubleTree Austin Hotel.

The main conference event takes place beginning the morning of March 2nd and continues through March 3rd at the DoubleTree Austin Hotel.  Our list or presenters includes:

Anat Baniel, Founder of Anat Baniel Method (ABM) Center 

Dr. Lauren Lieberman,  Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies & Physical Education at SUNY Brockport

Larry Lewis, Flying Blind, LLC's founder in Ohio

Kassandra Maloney, TVI and Yoga Instructor, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Dr. Michael McLinden, author of Learning Through Touch : Supporting Children with Visual Impairments and Additional Difficulties and Professor at the School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK

Dr. Elina Mullen, Physical Education Instructor, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, Professor of Practice, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies and  Project Director for an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) federal project Animal Watch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy

Patty Obrzut, Occupational Therapist and Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Michigan

 Athena Oden, Pediatric Physical Therapist, Owner of Ready Bodies, Learning Minds

Karen Ranus, Director, National Allliance on Mental Illness, Austin, TX

Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, Director of Peidatric VIEW Program, Pennsylvania

Dr. Neil Sharp, ABM Trainer, San Francisco, California

Monica Turner, Field Services Representative for American Printing House for the Blind


Registration

Registration is now open!  Please review the agenda prior to registration; you will need to make selections during each of the breakout sessions.

Registration fees are as follows:

  • Family and Professional Early Bird Rate (thru May 14th) - $250.00
  • Family and Professional Rate (from May 15th) - $300.00
  • Paraprofessional and University Student Early Bird Rate (thru May 14th) - $100.00
  • Paraprofessional and University Student Rate (from May 15th) - $150.00
  • Out-of-State Registration (Thru May 14th) - $350.00
  • Out-of-state Registration (from May 15th ) - $400.00

You may register online and pay with a credit card when you register or send a check or purchase order at a later date.  If you do not know the number of your check or purchase order enter "0000". Family members may request assistance to cover the cost of registration or travel.

You may cancel up to February 15th and pay no cancellation fee.  After February 15th you may be subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

Limited stipends are available to families of infants, toddlers, and school-aged children in Texas.  Please contact your HHSC or TWC caseworker to determine they may be able to cover the cost of registration, travel, hotel, child care, and meals.  If you cannot receive assistance from them, you may request assistance from TSBVI Outreach when you register. Someone from our staff will contact you about your request.

Limited assistance may also be available to cover the cost of registration for professionals and paraprofessionals.  Please contact your regional ESC VI Consultant if you are interested in these funds. The Mentor Voucher payment option may only be used by individuals  employed by eligible Education Service Centers.  If you have questions about Mentor vouchers, please contact Chrissy Cowan at .

Questions?

Contact Carrie Keith at or 512-206-9314.

To register for any TSBVI sponsored events, follow the links for each separate event or go to http://txtsbvi.escworks.net (our secure partner website) and view the Calendar of Sessions.

Updated August 2017

This calendar includes training events for the 2017-18 school year related to visual impairments and deafblindness. If you would like to have one of your events included on this Statewide Calendar of Training Events, please send pertinent information to Kate Hurst at . For a listing of TSBVI sponsored webinars, workshops and conferences you may also use the navigation links under the navigation menu to the left of your screen. You may also want to visit the Statewide Leadership Services for Blind and Visually Impaired calendar page for information on other regional training events.


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October

November

December

January 

February

March

April

May 

June

July



August 2017


August 28, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study GroupFor Credit

Participants will share documents and videos regarding their own students via Google Drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions to share with the community of professionals and parents who would like the opportunity to learn together. Participants will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responds with the group. Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI as identified by the group. These webinars will not be recorded.

Additional Related Webinar Dates: 10/23/17, 12/11/17, 2/26/18, 4/23/18.

Register for this event.


September 2017


September 6, 2017

2:30-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-5:00 PM, Mountain 1:30-3:00 PM, Pacific 12:30-2:00 PM

Low Vision Solutions for Computer (web-based) Work For Credit

Options for computer access for users with low vision continue to increase in the digital age. Numerous options are now available along with the more familiar screen enlarging software.  A comparison of easily available choices for a range of computer and web-based tasks will be highlighted.

Register for this event.


September 15-17, 2017

 DBMAT 44th Annual Family Conference

Camp Young Judaea (CYJ), Wimberly, TX

This weekend is co-sponsored by the Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas (DBMAT), Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), HHSC Blind Children’s Program (formerly DARS), Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Deafblind Outreach. DBMAT appreciates their support for our families. The DBMAT Conference Planning Committee is diligently working to bring about a relaxing, fun-filled, learning weekend for all of our conference participants at Camp Young Judaea located in Wimberley, Texas. This conference is designed for families of children & adults who are deafblind with multiple disabilities and the professionals who serve them.

For more information go to the DBMAT website.


September 26, 2017

2:30-3:30 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-4:30 PM, Mountain 1:30-2:30 PM, Pacific 12:30-1:30 PM

Designing Routines For Credit

Using video, webinar series participants will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student (in September) and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. Participants will make suggestions for what will help the student within the routine. The staff who shares their student video will follow up in the next session with video and/or discussion of how the suggestions worked out for the student.

Register now.


 

September 28, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Active Learning Study GroupFor Credit

This is a 5-part series of webinars that will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. You must register for each individual session: September 2017, November 2017, January 2018, March 2018, & May 2018.

Register now.


October 2017


October 3, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Math Teacher Survival Guide: Teaching math to a student with visual impairment For Credit

This webinar will help general ed math teachers to understand how the TVI can help them with their VI student (and others). The presenters will share tips, specialized tools and equipment that are available to help math teachers be ready to improvise in the moment to support their students.

Register now.


 October 5-6, 2017

Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

This is training for the intervener and team members who are working with deafblind students who have been assigned an educational intervener.

 

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


 

October 20-21, 2017

Eye Play

Region 17 ESC, Lubbock, TX (West TX Cluster) 

This is an introductory workshop for parents of infants and toddlers with visual impairments or DeafBlindness.

Look for more information about this event in the fall!


 October 20-22, 2017

Family Transition Weekend, “Discovering the Future”

This weekend workshop will help families of students with visual and multiple impairments, including those with deafblindness, learn to make plans for their family member’s adult life after graduation. The targeted audience is families of middle school and high school students who will need services and supports in the community for plans other than traditional graduation to college and career.

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


October 20-21, 2017

Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association (SWOMA) Conference

Location: Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

This year Region 4 ESC hosts SWOMA at their service Center. Some of our confirmed speakers include:

  • Kaye Clark
  • Joe Cioffi
  • Diane Brauner
  • Ed Summers
  • Wendy Scheffers
  • Linda Myers  

For more information or to register visit the Conference webpage.


October 20-12, 2017

Sports Extravaganza

Friday Night - 10/20 • 5 PM (Registration) Grand Prairie High School 101 Gopher Blvd. Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Saturday - 10/21 • 8 AM (Registration) Nimitz High School 100 West Oakdale Irving TX, 75060 

A Sports Competition for Students of all ages and abilities with Visual Impairments, organized by Region 10 Education Service Center.

For more information visit the Sports Extravaganza website.


 

October 22-24, 2017

Mentor Center

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses.  Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus. 

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


October 23, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study Group - October 2017 For Credit

Participants will share documents and videos regarding their own students via Google Drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions to share with the community of professionals and parents who would like the opportunity to learn together. Participants will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responds with the group. Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI as identified by the group. These webinars will not be recorded.

Additional Related Webinar Dates:  12/11/17, 2/26/18, 4/23/18.

Register now.


November 2017


November 3 -November 5, 2017

2017 Texas Chargers Retreat

Camp Allen, Navasota Texas

This special family weekend is for family and extended family members of individuals with CHARGE syndrome.  

More information is available at Texas Chargers website.


November 8, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Visual Art for the Visually Impaired: Infusing art instruction into early literacy For Credit

This webinar is part of an ongoing series addressing accommodations and strategies for making art accessible for students with visual impairment. Early literacy lessons typically make extensive use of art activities such as drawing and coloring. This session will discuss ways that TVI’s can ensure that VI students are also able to benefit from these opportunities.

Register now.


Texas Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind 66th Annual State Convention

November 10-12, 2017

Houston, Texas - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport

Our annual convention will have something for everyone who is blind, has low vision, or who knows someone who is losing vision. We welcome participation from parents, professionals who work with blind children and adults, and others who have an interest in helping blind people live the lives they want.

 For more information go to the conference website.


November 13, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Fun Activities for Teaching Kids to Use Monocular Telescopes on a Low Budget For Credit

This webinar will propose the idea that monocular training can incorporate games and activities that are highly motivating to students with low vision in the elementary and early middle school grades. We will share our ideas and materials for engaging your students, and you! And, if YOU have a favorite activity, please share it with us during this webinar.

 Register now.


 November 28, 2017

2:30-3:30 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-4:30 PM, Mountain 1:30-2:30 PM, Pacific 12:30-1:30 PM

Designing Routines For Credit

Using video, webinar series participants will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student (in September) and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. Participants will make suggestions for what will help the student within the routine. The staff who shares their student video will follow up in the next session with video and/or discussion of how the suggestions worked out for the student.

Register now.


 November 30, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Active Learning Study Group For Credit

This is a 5-part series of webinars that will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. You must register for each individual session: January 2018, March 2018, & May 2018.

Register now.


December 2017


December 1-2, 2017

Mentor Training

Individuals who have completed the mentor application process will be required to attend an initial face-to-face training on the TSBVI campus in Austin.  This training lasts for one and a half days, and covers such topics as common problems of novice teachers, mentor/protégé communication, record keeping for mentors, and promising practice standards for TVIs and COMS.

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


December 8, 2017

Annual Events Series: Studies in Deafblindness for the Advanced Practitioner 

The Biology of Connection: How Relationship-led Teaching Changes Brains, Bodies & Behaviour

The field of DeafBlindness has a small but passionate group of individuals.  This annual event targets professionals working with students with DeafBlindness.  

This training will not provide basic information about DeafBlindness. If you are new to the field you may find the content advanced.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't attend this event; challenge yourself to learn more.  If you are not sure about this event meeting your needs, please feel free to contact us at .

As part of the annual Advanced Practitioners in DeafBlindness Series, this workshop will help participants understand how early experiences go on to shape a child's biology and his/her ability to self-regulate. There will also be a discussion on ways to refine the relational quality of the participants interactions with children who are DeafBlind.

Presented by: Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk
Developmental Psychologist
Founder of the organization: Connected Baby
Dundee, Scotland

Registration Fee:
• Early Registration - $50.00 (Thru November 26)
• Late Registration - $75.00 (Thru December 5)
• Late Cancellation Fee - $25.00 (After December 5)

For more information, please visit our Studies in DeafBlindness for the Advanced Practitioner Home Page. 


December 8-10, 2017

Building Resilience Through Our Relationships: The Power of Connection in Ordinary Moments

Parent and Child Weekend Workshop webpage.


December 11, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study Group For Credit

Participants will share documents and videos regarding their own students via Google Drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions to share with the community of professionals and parents who would like the opportunity to learn together. Participants will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responds with the group. Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI as identified by the group. These webinars will not be recorded.

Additional Related Webinar Dates: 2/26/18, 4/23/18.

Register now.


January 2018


January 16, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Self Determination Units & Lessons: Representing Myself to Others For Credit

Self-determination is a component of the ECC that is critical for student success. Join us in this 3rd webinar, which will cover lesson plans related to: Self-Identification as a Person with a Visual Impairment, Self-Disclosure, Representing Yourself to Others, and Handling Awkward Situations.

Register now.


 January 25, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Active Learning Study Group For Credit

This is a 5-part series of webinars that will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. 

Register now.


 January 29, 2018 

3:00-4:00 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Visual Art for the Visually Impaired: Theater Arts For Credit

This webinar is part of an ongoing series addressing accommodations and strategies for making art accessible for students with visual impairment. In this session Robert Pierson, Theater Arts teacher at TSBVI, will share his experiences and insight regarding methods for effective inclusion of VI students in dramatic productions as well as the positive outcomes that can result from their participation.

Register now.


January 30, 2018

2:30-3:30 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-4:30 PM, Mountain 1:30-2:30 PM, Pacific 12:30-1:30 PM

Designing Routines  For Credit

Using video, participants to this webinar series will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. This is the second session in the series.

Register now.


February 2018


February 11-13, 2018

Mentor Center

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses.  Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.

Register now.


February 26, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study Group For Credit

Participants will share documents and videos regarding their own students via Google Drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions to share with the community of professionals and parents who would like the opportunity to learn together. Participants will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responds with the group. Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI as identified by the group. These webinars will not be recorded.

Register now.


March 2018


 March 1-3, 2018

Texas Focus

Crowne Plaza, Austin, TX

This year's Texas Focus Conference includes a special pre-conference day for parents and professionals.  Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anat Baniel
  • Anne Corn
  • Lauren Leiberman
  • Michael McLinden
  • Patty Obrzut
  • Athena Oden
  • Karen Reynus
  • Christine Roman-Lantzy
  • Penny Rosenblum

More details to come in the fall!


March 6, 2018

3:00-4:15 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5:15 PM, Mountain 2-3:15 PM, Pacific 1-2:15 PM

Tactile Map Guidelines For Credit

This webinar will look at how to create tactile maps using guidelines for students who are blind and visually impaired. It will include examples of how to represent point features, line features, area features, names with braille characters, map keys and legends, compass rose indicators, etc. Various computer programs such as Microsoft Word and vector graphics programs will also be discussed.

Register now.


March 27, 2018

2:30-3:30 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-4:30 PM, Mountain 1:30-2:30 PM, Pacific 12:30-1:30 PM

Designing Routines For Credit

Using video, participants to this webinar series will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. This is the third session in the series.

Register now.


March 29, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM Central Standard Time (4-5 PM Eastern, 2-3 PM Mountain, 1-2 PM Pacific)

Active Learning Study Group For Credit

This is a 5-part series of webinars that will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. You must register for each individual session: September 2017, November 2017, January 2018, March 2018, & May 2018.

Register now.


March 29-April 2, 2018

Game of Life

In this weekend course, students and their parents must attend together. Students will be taught by teaching staff in Short-Term Programs while parents will attend a conference portion hosted by the Outreach department. Hotel lodging will be available for adults and paid for by TSBVI. Students will reside on the Short-Term Programs dorm. The goal is for students to understand ways that they can “step up” as they transition to adult life, while parents will learn ways to “step back”, as they support their child with this transition.

More information coming in the fall!


April 2018


April 6-8, 2018

In the Driver’s Seat

This 3-day student-parent workshop is co-hosted by TSBVI Short-term Programs and Outreach Programs.  Parents attend with the student and have opportunities to learn about pre-driver readiness skills, use of bioptics for driving, and steps to preparing for driver's license.  Both parents and students participate in “passenger” driving exercises and ask questions about low vision evaluations, rehabilitation driver’s training, and more from the experts. 

Please visit the Short-term Programs calendar to learn more about the student registration.


April 12-15, 2018

Texas AER Conference

Fort Worth, Texas

Look for more registration in the fall!


April 15-18, 2018

Dbi Network of the Americas Conference'

Cape Cod, Massachusetts - Resourt and Conference Center at Hyannis

Deafblind International and Perkins School for the Blind are excited to host the first-ever Network of the Americas Conference. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network, learn and have fun with leaders in the field of deafblindness from Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

We’re all stronger when we work together. Our conference theme – Partnerships for lifelong learning – acknowledges the importance of teamwork. By partnering as educators, service providers, consumers, policymakers, advocates and family members, together we can offer a lifelong array of support for the deafblind community – spanning from early intervention and K-12 education to programs, services and products for adults. Be sure to join us!

Early bird registration ends October 31, 2017.  For more information visit the Conference webpage.


April 22-24, 2018

 Mentor Center

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses.  Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.

Register now.


April 23, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

CVI Study Group For Credit

Participants will share documents and videos regarding their own students via Google Drive. Participants will discuss newly submitted materials and offer suggestions to share with the community of professionals and parents who would like the opportunity to learn together. Participants will explore suggestions with their student and share how the student responds with the group. Participants will explore topics and resources of interest related to CVI as identified by the group. These webinars will not be recorded.

Register now.


 

April 30, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Visual Art for the Visually Impaired: Accommodations in Art for Students with Multiple Impairments For Credit

This webinar is part of an ongoing series addressing accommodations and strategies for making art accessible for students with visual impairment. In this session, we will focus on students with visual impairments and multiple impairments and how art activities can be modified in order to provide effective and meaningful learning experiences for them.

Register now.


May 2018


May 4, 2018

Low Vision Conference

TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

Plans are just beginning for this event.  Check back in the Fall for details.


May 8, 2018

3:00-4:15 PM Central Standard Time (4-5:15 PM Eastern, 2-3:15 PM Mountain, 1-2:15 PM Pacific)

Caseload Point System For Credit

Current caseload point systems from around the country will be discussed in relation to finding a point system that represents students’ functional needs and the workload of COMS’s and TVI’s. These concepts for caseload point systems will then be applied to administrative action triggers to allow for naturally occurring staff level changes based on student enrollment rather than having to rely on direct and often time consumer advocacy of the COMS, TVI, parent, or other blindness/vision professional. Specific suggestions for creating a caseload point system that represents a district’s or region’s unique set of variables will be addressed.

Register now.


 

May 17, 2018

3:00-4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) Eastern 4-5 PM, Mountain 2-3 PM, Pacific 1-2 PM

Active Learning Study Group For Credit

This is a 5-part series of webinars that will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. 

Register now.


 

May 22, 2018

2:30-3:30 PM  (Central Standard Time) Eastern 3:30-4:30 PM, Mountain 1:30-2:30 PM, Pacific 12:30-1:30 PM

Designing Routines For Credit

Using video, participants to this webinar series will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. This is the final session in the series.

Register now.


June 2018


July 2018


 

2017-18 Calendar

To register for any of these events, follow the links for each separate event or go to http://txtsbvi.escworks.net (our secure partner website) and view the Calendar of Sessions.

For Credit All of our workshops and conferences have been approved for continuing education credit (ACVREP and SBEC). In order to be eligible for continuing education credit for participation in any of our events, you must register for this event, sign the roster for the session(s) you attend, and complete an evaluation using a code following the event.  You will need to create an account the first time you enter the site. If there is a fee for the registration, you will be asked for a PO or check number during registration, unless you are paying by credit card. If you do not have the number at the time of registration, simply enter 0000 in that box. You can send in payment or bring it with you to the event. 


August 8-11, 2017

Braille Boot Camp: Braille and Tactile Graphic Production: A  workshop for paraprofessionals and other beginners to braille and tactile graphics productions

James C. Durkel Conference Center

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired 

Austin, Texas

 Braille Boot Camp is four days of hands-on experiential learning focused on braille and tactile graphic production.  Susan Mattson and Sharon Nichols will lead participants through both small group and individual activities to create braille and tactile graphic documents. 

Activities include:

  • Braille Document Production for Literary, Foreign Language, Mathematics and Technical materials
  • Tactile Graphic Production of one-page and multiple-page tactile graphics
  • Creation of Templates for basic shapes and Cartesian coordinate planes
  • Applying braille format and tactile graphic placement decision-making
  • Document conversion into editable text
  • Opportunity to work with graphic embossers and software programs used in producing tactile graphics

All sessions start at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm


October 5-6, 2017

Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

This is training for the intervener and team members who are working with deafblind students who have been assigned an educational intervener.

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


SWOMA

October 20-21, 2017

Location: Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, TX

This year Region 4 ESC hosts SWOMA at their service Center. Some of our confirmed speakers include:

  • Kaye Clark
  • Joe Cioffi
  • Diane Brauner
  • Ed Summers
  • Wendy Scheffers
  • Linda Myers  

For more information visit the workshop webpage


October 22-24, 2017

Mentor Center

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses.  Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus. 

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


October 27-29, 2017 - Being re-scheduled for February

Family Transition Weekend, “Discovering the Future” - postponed

This weekend workshop will help families of students with visual and multiple impairments, including those with deafblindness, learn to make plans for their family member’s adult life after graduation. The targeted audience is families of middle school and high school students who will need services and supports in the community for plans other than traditional graduation to college and career.

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


December 1-2, 2017

Mentor Training

Individuals who have completed the mentor application process will be required to attend an initial face-to-face training on the TSBVI campus in Austin.  This training lasts for one and a half days, and covers such topics as common problems of novice teachers, mentor/protégé communication, record keeping for mentors, and promising practice standards for TVIs and COMS.

For more information visit the workshop webpage.


 December 8, 2017

The Biology of Connection: How relationship led teaching changes brains, bodies and behaviour

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

The field of DeafBlindness has a small but passionate group of individuals.  This annual event targets professionals working with students with DeafBlindness.  

This training will not provide basic information about DeafBlindness. If you are new to the field you may find the content advanced.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't attend this event; challenge yourself to learn more.  If you are not sure about this event meeting your needs, please feel free to contact us at .

Presented by:

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, Developmental Psychologist and 

Founder of the Organization connected baby 

Dundee, Scotland 

What happens when we place connection at the center of all thinking in the field of DeafBlindness?

Communication is always about connection; Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, a specialist in parent-infant communication, will encourage us think about ways to establish bonds through relationship building, and positive interactions. She will discuss how early life experiences can go on to shape children’s biology and brain architecture, and review evidence showing that relationships are central to healthy human functioning.  Our understanding of this basic science will allow us to reflect on whether the ideas of connection are sufficiently embedded at the core thinking within the field of DeafBlindness – and if not, what we need to do to overcome any gaps we find.

For more information visit http://www.tsbvi.edu/studies-in-deafblindness-for-advanced-practitioner.

To register to to https://txtsbvi.escworks.net/catalog/conference.aspx?conference_id=39409.


January 9-12, 2018

Braille Boot Camp: Braille and Tactile Graphic Production: A  workshop for paraprofessionals and other beginners to braille and tactile graphics productions

James C. Durkel Conference Center

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired 

Austin, Texas

 Braille Boot Camp is four days of hands-on experiential learning focused on braille and tactile graphic production.  Susan Mattson and Sharon Nichols will lead participants through both small group and individual activities to create braille and tactile graphic documents. 

Activities include:

  • Braille Document Production for Literary, Foreign Language, Mathematics and Technical materials
  • Tactile Graphic Production of one-page and multiple-page tactile graphics
  • Creation of Templates for basic shapes and Cartesian coordinate planes
  • Applying braille format and tactile graphic placement decision-making
  • Document conversion into editable text
  • Opportunity to work with graphic embossers and software programs used in producing tactile graphics

All sessions start at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm

For Additional Information visit the Braille Boot Camp webpage.

Register Now!


February 11-13, 2018

Mentor Center

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses.  Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.


March 1-3, 2018

Texas Focus

Crowne Plaza, Austin, TX

This year's Texas Focus Conference includes a special pre-conference day for parents and professionals.  Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anat Baniel
  • Anne Corn
  • Lauren Leiberman
  • Michael McLinden
  • Patty Obrzut
  • Athena Oden
  • Karen Reynus
  • Christine Roman-Lantzy
  • Penny Rosenblum

More details to come in the fall!


March, 2018

Active Learning Conference

Region 3 Education Service Center, Victoria, TX

This conference focuses on an approach for educating students who are sensorimotor or early pre-operational learners (developmentally functioning between birth to about 6 years old) of any age. The Active Learning Approach was developed by Dame Lilli Nielsen of Denmark and is used especially with students who are visually and multiply impaired. This year Region 3 ESC Low Incidence Disabilities Network hosts this event in Victoria.  Dates are still being negotiated.  Check back in the fall.


March 29-April 2, 2018

Game of Life

In this weekend course, students and their parents must attend together. Students will be taught by teaching staff in Short-Term Programs while parents will attend a conference portion hosted by the Outreach department. Hotel lodging will be available for adults and paid for by TSBVI. Students will reside on the Short-Term Programs dorm. The goal is for students to understand ways that they can “step up” as they transition to adult life, while parents will learn ways to “step back”, as they support their child with this transition.


April 6-8, 2018

In the Driver’s Seat

This 3-day student-parent workshop is co-hosted by TSBVI Short-term Programs and Outreach Programs.  Parents attend with the student and have opportunities to learn about pre-driver readiness skills, use of bioptics for driving, and steps to preparing for driver's license.  Both parents and students participate in “passenger” driving exercises and ask questions about low vision evaluations, rehabilitation driver’s training, and more from the experts.


April 22-24, 2018

 Mentor Center

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI and Austin ISD campuses.  Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.  Participants also have the option to tour the Criss Cole state Rehabilitation Center for adults with visual impairments, located near the TSBVI campus.


May 4, 2018

Low Vision Conference

TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, Austin, TX

Plans are just beginning for this event.  Check back in the Fall for details.


TSBVI On-the-Road Training Events

We are currently planning with various Education Service Center consultants to co-host events in their regions (see the tentative list below).  Please contact Kate Hurst at mailto: or submit a request for training if you would like to bring one of our training events to your region.


October 20-21, 2017

Region 17 ESC (West TX Cluster) – Eye Play


October 27, 2017

Region 2 ESC – Low Vision Conference


Date TBD

Region 14 – Low Vision Conference


Date TBD

Region 10 ESC – In the Driver’s Seat


Date TBD

Region 11 ESC – City Travel


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Connection

Join us for this Annual Event!

December 8, 2017

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

 

The field of DeafBlindness has a small but passionate group of individuals.  This annual event targets professionals working with students with DeafBlindness.  

This training will not provide basic information about DeafBlindness. If you are new to the field you may find the content advanced.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't attend this event; challenge yourself to learn more.  If you are not sure about this event meeting your needs, please feel free to contact us at .

 


Friday, December 8th

The Biology of Connection: How relationship led teaching changes brains, bodies and behaviour

Presented by:

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, Developmental Psychologist and 

Founder of the Organization connected baby 

Dundee, Scotland 

What happens when we place connection at the center of all thinking in the field of DeafBlindness?

Communication is always about connection; Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, a specialist in parent-infant communication, will encourage us think about ways to establish bonds through relationship building, and positive interactions. She will discuss how early life experiences can go on to shape children’s biology and brain architecture, and review evidence showing that relationships are central to healthy human functioning.  Our understanding of this basic science will allow us to reflect on whether the ideas of connection are sufficiently embedded at the core thinking within the field of DeafBlindness – and if not, what we need to do to overcome any gaps we find.

About our Presenter

ZeedykSmallDr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to connect.  Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee (Scotland), within the School of Psychology.  Her academic career began in the USA, where she completed her PhD at Yale University. 

In 2011, Suzanne stepped away from a full-time academic post in order to establish an independent training enterprise.  Its aim is to help the public understand all that science has discovered about the importance of emotional connection for human health and happiness.  It’s working!  Approximately 40,000 people have now attended her speaking events, and she reaches over 50,000 people a week on social media.  She works internationally with organizations who are keen to think more deeply about fostering connection, compassion and resilience.

In 2014, Suzanne broadened her public reach even further by founding the organization connected baby.  She and her team work to help parents and professionals make practical use of the science of connection.  Relationships matter – as much for human brains as for human hearts.

Suzanne’s core aspiration continues to be strengthening awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children — because those choices are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.


 Agenda

8:30-8:45 AM - Sign-in

8:45-9:00 AM - Housekeeping and Welcome

9:00-10:15 AM - Presentation

10:15-10:30 AM - Break

10:30-12:00PM - Presentation

12:00-1:15 PM - Lunch  (Lunch will be on your own.)

1:15-2:30 PM - Presentation

2:30-2:45 PM - Break

2:45-4:00 PM - Presentation


Registration

Registration thru November 26th - $50

Registration beginning November 27th - $75

  • You may register now and pay later if you are paying with a check or purhase order.  Credit card payment is charged automatically.  
  • There is a $25 cancellation fee that you may be subject to if cancelling after December 5th.
  • May checks and purchase orders to TSBVI Outreach Programs and note the names of all individuals covered by the check or purchase order.
  • Send payment to TSBVI Business Office, 1100 W. 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756, Attention: Cashier

Register Now!


Thursday, December 7th

A Special Film Screening

From 6:30-9:30 PM we are pleased to host a film screening and panel discussion of the documentary, "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope" by director, James Redford.  Forming a companion piece to his recent documentary "Paper Tigers", Redford explores the identification and treatment of those suffering from adverse childhood experiences (ACES).

Join us for a screening of the documentary followed by a panel discussion exploring relationships to the experiences of children with DeafBlindness.

6:30 PM - Sign-in

7:00 PM - Introductions and Welcome from Texas DeafBlind Outreach Team

7:10 PM - Suzanne Zeedyk provides an overview and shares a link to the DeafBlind experience

7:20 PM - Film

8:20-9:30 PM - Panel Discussion

Want to learn more about this film?  View this video clip of James Redford on YouTube or watch this movie trailer.


Hotel

Handouts

SuzanneZeedyk.com

Movie Trailer

Handouts for the 2017 SWOMA Conference are posted below in four different formats: Regular Print Word, Regular Print PDF, Large Print Word and Large Print PDF.  Some of our SWOMA presenters have chosen not to include a handout. Please download and/or print any of the handouts you wish to have access to for SWOMA 2017.  All handouts will be removed from this site on October 30th.

Session Guide

We will be providing everyone a SWOMA Session Guide in a paper format.  However, if you would like to download an electronic version you may do that as well.

(Regular Print Word, Regular Print PDF, Large Print Word or PDF)

Handouts

Friday, October 20th 

General Session

9:00 – 11:45 AM

Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired

Regular Print Word or PDF

Large Print Word or PDF

Additional handout packet in Regular Print PDF or Large Print PDF or Word

Breakout Sessions

1:00-2:30 PM

#1 - Money! Money! Money! For My Students

No handout provided

#2 - Mobility Devices and Very Young Children

Regular Print Word or PDF

Large Print Word or PDF

#3 - O&M Assessment & Instruction Strategies for Individuals who are DeafBlind or have Combined Vision and Hearing Losses (CVHL)

Regular Print Word or PDF

Large Print Word or PDF

#4 - Yoga and Movement for Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments

No handout provided

Breakout Sessions

3:00 - 4:30 PM               

#1 On the Go Data and Progress Monitoring

No handout provided

#2 Active Learning Approach to O&M Instruction

Regular Print Word or PDF

Large Print Word or PDF

#3 Driverless Vehicles: Impact on O&M

Regular Print Word or PDF

Large Print Word or PDF

#4 A Model for Blindness Wayfinding

No handout provided.

 

4:30-5:30 PM

Blindfold Practice

 

Nearby Explorer: Discovering the World Around Me

Regular Print Word or PDF

Large Print Word or PDF

Saturday, October 21st

General Session

8:30 - 10:00 AM       

Hi-Tech O&M for Everyone Parts 1 & 2

Regular Print Word or PDF

Large Print Word or PDF

SWOMA Working Luncheon

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

 VictorReader Trek

Regular Print Word or PDF

Large Print Word or PDF

Breakout Sessions

12:30 - 2:00 PM 

#1 Indoor Navigation with Beacons Panel

No handout provided.

#2 Nurturing Early Purposeful Movement and Travel

Regular Print Word or PDF

Large Print Word or PDF

 

Questions or Problems?

Please contact Carrie Keith at 512-206-9314 if you have any problems downloading the files, questions or special requests related to handouts.

 

Return to the main SWOMA Conference Page.

SWOMA 2017 Logo showing a stick figure women with a cane, stick figure man with a dog guide, a compass with braille letters N, S, E, W, and Conference title of "Exploring Changing Times"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association (SWOMA) Conference:
Exploring Changing Times

October 20th - 21st, 2017

Region 4, Education Service Center (ESC)

Houston, TX

This year's SWOMA Conference is "Exploring Changing Times" and will take place at Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC) in Houston; the conference for 2017 will take place across two days of sessions. ACVREP Credit is available for all sessions! 


Registration Site is Now Live! (Click this line to visit the registration page)

Registration Fees

  • Professional and Family Member - $150
  • University Students and Paraprofessionals Registration - $100

Hotel Information:

Please visit the SWOMA Hotel Page for more detailed information.

Crowne Plaza Northwest Brookhollow
12801 Northwest Freeway
Houston TX, 77040
SWOMA Hotel Booking Link

Hotel rate is $84.00 per night (must book by 11:59 p.m. October 4th to guarantee this rate with the SWOMA room block)


Please visit the SWOMA Session Details page to get more detailed agenda information.

Thursday, October 19th

Hotel sponsored reception from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for those arriving on Thursday

Friday, October 20th

General Session from 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (break at midpoint)

  • Linda Myers and Wendy Scheffers: Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, Part 1 and Part 2

Breakout Sessions from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Kay Clarke: Mobility Devices and Very Young Children: Clues to Making Informed Decisions
  • Alecia Self: Money! Money! Money! For My Students
  • Kassy Maloney: Yoga and Movement For Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments
  • Ed Gervasoni: O & M Assessment & Instruction Strategies for Individuals Who Are DeafBlind or Have Combined Vision & Hearing Losses (CVHL)

Breakout Sessions from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Kate Hurst: Active Learning Approach to Orientation and Mobility Instruction
  • Alecia Self: On the Go Data and Progress Monitoring
  • Scott Meyer and Charlotte Simpson: Driverless Vehicles: Impact on O&M
  • Joe Cioffi: A model for blindness wayfinding; combining ibeacon messaging with searchable precompiled directions and pre-journey exploration.

Bonus Opportunities from 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

  • Keith Creasy from APH: Nearby Explorer: Exploring the World Around Me
  • Blindfold Practice

Saturday, October 21st

General Session from 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (break at midpoint)

  • Diane Brauner and Ed Summers: Hi-Tech O&M for Everyone!, Part 1 and Part 2

Working Lunch (Box Lunch) from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Jim Sullivan from HumanWare: Introducing Victor Trek, New Technology Product Release for Orientation and Mobility

Breakout Sessions from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • Keith Creasy from APH, Diane Brauner, and Ed Summers: Indoor Navigation with Beacons (Panel)
  • Kay Clarke: Infants and Toddlers: A whole child approach partnering for purposeful movements

FutureTransition from School to Adult Life for Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities, Including Deafblindness

Friday, February 23 thru Sunday, February 25, 2018

Crowne Plaza, 6121 North IH 35, Austin, TX 

This weekend workshop will help families of students with visual and multiple impairment, including those with deafblindness, learn to make plans for their family member’s adult life after graduation.  The targeted audience is families of middle school and high school students who will need long-term services and supports in the community for plans other than traditional graduation to college and career.

Please join us to learn more about innovative strategies for planning and executing a successful transition plan for your child.  Information about resources will be shared, and you will have an opportunity to learn from others about the support your child will need to make a successful transition from school to adult life in the community.

Our weekend begins on Friday evening at 6:00 PM with a Family Reception at the Crowne Plaza where participants will be lodged for this event.  Dinner will be provided and you will have an opportunity to meet other family members who will be joining you for the weekend.

Sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Crowne Plaza.  Sessions begin at 8:30 AM and continue until 4:30 PM on Saturday with lunch provided.  On Sunday sessions start at 8:30 AM and continue until noon.  A box lunch is provided on Sunday.

This event will be highly interactive and is designed to help parents create a road map to use with their child throughout the process of transition.  It will focus on helping the parents or caregivers determine what they want as outcomes for their child or young adult so he or she will have a rich and rewarding life as an adult.  Then participants will learn how to find and advocate for the tools and resources they need to help them navigate along the way in order to reach their destination.

Financial Assistance

Family members of students with visual impairments or deafblindness are eligible for limited financial assistance from TSBVI Outreach Programs to cover hotel, meals, childcare, and transportation.  You will have the opportunity to select this option when you register.  If you currently have a case open with Health and Human Services Commission Blind Children's Program (HHSC) or Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), we ask that you contact them prior to registering to determine what financial assistance they may be able to provide before making your request from TSBVI Outreach.

Child Care

No child care or student activities will be provided on site, so your child or children may not attend this event.  We can help reimburse the cost of child care you set up in your home.  If your child functions at the level where he or she could participate during the workshop, then this workshop is probably not the best match for your family.  Families of students who have those kinds of academic skills might be better served in a similar workshop for students who are likely to be more independent as adults, such as "Game of Life."

Registration

This event targets adult family members of students who require significant, life-long support. Professionals who work with the family's child or who have a particular interest in transition may also attend. 

Family Members and Professionals

  • Early Bird Rate (thru February 15th) $45
  • Regular Registration (beginning February16th) $50

REGISTER NOW!  

You may need to create an individual account on our registration system prior to registering.  No payment is required at the time of registration unless you are paying with a credit card. If your registration fee will be paid by another agency such as HHSC or TWC, please consult them before registering to find out whether payment will be made by check or purchase order and the number of the check or purchase order that will be issued for payment.

Questions?

Contact Brian Sobeck at or 512-206-9225.


Hotel

Agenda

Handouts

Day 1 Main Conference

Day 2 Main Conference

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Thursday, October 19th

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Hotel sponsored reception for those arriving on Thursday


SWOMA Conference Agenda for Friday, October 20th


8:30 AM - 5:00 PM                

Registration opens: Sign-in continues until 5 PM.


8:45 - 9:00 AM                     

Welcome and Housekeeping

SWOMA Planning Committee representatives share information and housekeeping notes important to SWOMA participants.


9:00 – 10:00 AM

General Session

Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, Part 2

Linda Myers, COMS and Wendy Scheffers, COMS, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Wendy Scheffers and Linda Myers, authors of TAPS: Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, will give an overview and will be sharing some of their favorite pages from the book and how they use them on lessons. Topics will include: managing risk to the lowest level/acceptable level, intersection analysis for travelers with low vision or who are blind, street crossing timings for all intersections (uncontrolled, stop sign controlled, signal controlled and channelized right-turn lanes), and scanning (left/right scanning and lane by lane scanning).


Break 10:00-10:15 AM


10:15 - 11:45 AM 

General Session

Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, Part 2

Linda Myers, COMS and Wendy Scheffers, COMS, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Wendy Scheffers and Linda Myers, authors of TAPS: Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, will give an overview and will be sharing some of their favorite pages from the book and how they use them on lessons. Topics will include: managing risk to the lowest level/acceptable level, intersection analysis for travelers with low vision or who are blind, street crossing timings for all intersections (uncontrolled, stop sign controlled, signal controlled and channelized right-turn lanes), and scanning (left/right scanning and lane by lane scanning).

 


11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

Participants are on their own for lunch.  


1:00 - 2:30 PM             

Breakout sessions:

Participants will select one of the following four sessions:

#1 - Money! Money! Money! For My Students

Alecia Self, COMS, Wylie ISD, Wylie, TX

Grant writing may seem a little daunting, but once you get the verbiage down it's easy as pie. My first year in the classroom I learned the value of writing grants and how the materials impacted the students in my classroom. Since then I have written a number of grants totaling over $15,000. In this session, I will share with you resources and ideas to gain funding through grants in order to provide your students with materials, training for teachers that support your students, concept development lessons, as well as expanded core curriculum events. Components for grant writing typically require data showing both the need for the requested grant and data for how the requested grant will be implemented and the expected results. This session will go over the basics of how to tie all that data together for a successfully written grant.

#2 -Mobility Devices and Very Young Children: Clues to Making Informed Decisions

Kay Clarke, COMS, Worthington, OH

In the past three decades, the field of O&M has increasingly embraced the use of various mobility devices with very young children. This session will provide a glimpse into the early development of thinking, hand skills, and tool use that forms the foundation for effective use of mobility devices. Considerations will then be offered for selecting, evaluating, and using devices in early childhood.

#3 - Yoga and Movement For Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments

Kassy Maloney, COMS, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

Yoga and simple movement activities provide a safe and motivating way for children with disabilities can practice the motor, literacy, self-determination, social, and (my personal favorite) motor planning skills they need to lead productive, independent lives. From motor planning to spatial awareness, yoga increases children's mobility skills from the ground up.

#4 - O&M Assessment & Instruction Strategies for Individuals who are DeafBlind or have Combined Vision and Hearing Losses (CVHL)

Ed Gervasoni,  CTE Support Specialist, ASDB/CTE, Tucson, AZ

This session will initially explore the assessment of different adult individulas based on the type and level of DeafBlindness, types of strategies they already ahve and will need in their travel skills toolbox, and current level of AT applicatoin usage.  The participants will be introduced to and explore specific strategies for different types of DeafBlid or CVHL travelers. The session will also include teqching communication strategies for successful interqction during community outings.


2:30-3:00 PM

Break


3:00 - 4:30 PM                     

Breakout Sessions

Participants will select one of the following four sessions:

#1 On the Go Data and Progress Monitoring

Alecia Self, COMS, Wylie ISD, Wylie, TX

Bring your laptop and a student's lEP Goals and let's create data together. Tracking data on your mobile device will help you stay on top of your paperwork and eliminate the need for heavy bulky binders and paper overload

#2 Active Learning Approach to Orientation and Mobility Instruction

Kate Moss Hurst, Statewide Staff Development Coordinator, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

Active Learning is an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen of Denmark that targets individuals who are visually impaired with additional sensory, motor and cognitive impairments and who function at development levels between birth and 48 months (sensorimotor/pre-operational learners). This session provides information on how Active Learning can be used in O&M instruction and also about Active Learning Space, a resource for learning more about Active Learning.

#3 Driverless Vehicles: Impact on O&M

Scott Meyer and Charlotte Simpson, TWC Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC), Austin, TX

This presentation will provide information about driverless vehicles and their implications for O&M and society.  A timeline will be shared on when driverless vehicles along with V2V communication will begin to shape how people live, work and travel.  Vision Zero will also be discussed as this has already had implications in most major cities for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians in which driverless vehicles will enable the goals set within vision zero to become reality and potentially change….just about everything…even more than smart phones have so far.

#4 A Model for Blindness Wayfinding: Combining iBeacon Messaging with Searchable Precompiled Directions and Pre-journey Exploration

Joe Cioffi, COMS and CEO, ClickAndGo Wayfinding Maps and InTouch Graphics. Inc., Minneapolis, MN

This session will focus on some current and near future applicaitons of ibeacon technology as a support to both "blind navigation" and "information access" in indoor and outdoor environments. Some of the presentation will focus on ibeacons applications as a stand-alone support (i.e. to provide audible landmarking, facilitate information access, and provide some level of wayfinding support). Other parts of the presetation will focus on ibeacon applicaitons that act as a "complement" to a more comprehensive narrative wayfinding model that in cludes a searchable user-friendly datatbase, low vision map supports, tactile maps, and pre-journey exploration options. Examples will be presented of ibeaon and wayfinding projects recently launched in transit and higher education environments in New York City and Washington DC.


4:45 - 5:45 PM         

After Hours Optional Activities  

Blindfold Practice

SWOMA Conference Volunteers

Blindfold practice is open to anyone who wishes to participate.  You need to bring your own cane and blindfold.  Ruth Ann Marsh and others will facilitate this opportunity for you to get hours practicing under blindfold.

Nearby Explorer: Discovering the World Around Me

Keith Creasy, Programmer at American Printing House for the Blind

A programmer on the software development team developing accessible applications for persons with visual impairments at APH, Keith will discuss Nearby Explorer. The app is designed to specifically meet the needs of travelers who are blind. The focus is on how blind pedestrians can use the app for orientation, navigation, and independent use of transit systems. The presentation will also cover its features for indoor use. Some important features include Geobeam, route information for public transit in many cities, turn-by-turn navigation, and more.


6:00 - 8:00 PM                     

SWOMA Networking Social

Join your colleagues for a happy hour networking social at the hotel before heading out for dinner.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.


SWOMA Conference Agenda for Saturday, November 5th


8:30 - 10:00 AM       

General Session     

Title of Session: Hi-Tech O&M for Everyone!, Part 1

Diane Brauner, Manager of the Paths to Technology, Perkins eLearning, Boston, MA, and Ed Summers, Software Accessibility Specialist, SAS Institute, Inc., University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Join a tech-savvy blind traveler and a veteran COMS as they share how to use technology for Orientation and Mobility purposes for students of all ages and abilities. You will learn strategies for nurturing curiosity and confidence in young students, students with multiple disabilities and students who are ready to take on the world!  This session will include demonstrations of mainstream iOS apps used for orientation purposes as well as apps designed specifically for travelers who are visually impaired.


10:00-10:15 AM

Break


10:15 AM - 11:45 AM         

General Session

Title of Session: Hi-Tech O&M for Everyone!, Part 2

Diane Brauner, Manager of the Paths to Technology, Perkins eLearning, Boston, MA, and Ed Summers, Software Accessibility Specialist, SAS Institute, Inc., University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Join a tech-savvy blind traveler and a veteran COMS as they share how to use technology for Orientation and Mobility purposes for students of all ages and abilities. You will learn strategies for nurturing curiosity and confidence in young students, students with multiple disabilities and students who are ready to take on the world!  This session will include demonstrations of mainstream iOS apps used for orientation purposes as well as apps designed specifically for travelers who are visually impaired.


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

SWOMA Working Luncheon (Provided with Registration Fee)

Introducing Victor Trek, New Product Release for Orientation and Mobility, Jim Sullivan from HumanWare


12:30 - 2:00 PM 

Closing Breakout Sessions

Participants select from two session options listed below.                  

Indoor Navigation with Beacons Panel, Keith Creasy, Diane Brauner and Ed Summers

Keith Creasy, Programmer at American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY, Diane Brauner, Manager of the Paths to Technology, Perkins eLearning, Boston, MA, and Ed Gervasoni, CTE Support Specialist, ASDB/CTE, Tucson, AZ

This session will bring together experts in the field of technology assisted travel for those with blindness and visual impairment. Discussion topics will include: present state of technology, what can reasonably be done by the "lay-person", and what the future holds for travelers who are blind and visually impaired. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions of the panel.

Nurturing Early Purposeful Movement and Travel: Practical Strategies for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Kay Clarke, COMS, Worthington, OH

Welcome to the world of babies and young children! Grounded in early childhood research, this session will highlight developmentally appropriate practices and feature examples of practical strategies for providing O&M services for very young children and their families. Come join the fun before you head for home! 

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