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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