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Here are a number of workshops we can bring to your region during the 2014-15 school year.  We also would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you on ideas you have for training in your region.

If we can help you meet your regional training needs, please contact:


Kate Hurst at or
512-206-9224 or

Request a training event now! 

Build Your Own Workshops

TSBVI Outreach Programs in collaboration with other agencies and organizations provides workshops around the state on a variety of topics. Most of our workshops are designed for families, professionals and paraprofessionals. A list of workshops we can bring to your region is included below. 

Questions?

These can be tailored to meet your in-service training needs. We can also design a workshop on other topics related to working with school-aged individuals who are visually impaired, blind, have additional disabilities or deafblindness.

Your school district, education service center, parent group or other organization may go on-line to complete a request for Outreach Training. Once we receive your request, we will contact you to discuss your needs in detail and make plans for the training. There are typically no charges for Outreach staff time for local districts, but we do ask your agency or organization to assist with travel costs if possible.

 

Deafblindness and Visual Impairments with Multiple Disabilities

Assessing the Impact of Vision Loss on the Acquisition and Use of Sign and Fingerspelling

Presenter: Robbie Blaha, Deafblind Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Students with deafblindness who use manual communication systems typically require IEP accommodations and strategies that may be unfamiliar to teachers of students with visual impairments and teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing. This training will provide information on an appropriate assessment to determine the student’s needs in learning and using sign language and fingerspelling. Instructors will provide explanations and demonstrations of typical techniques. Participants will engage in activities that allow use of these techniques and will receive a copy of the Assessment of Deafblind Access to Manual Language Systems (ADAMLS).

Audience: Teams serving a student who is using a manual communication system as part of their communication program.

Length of Training: ½ -1day


Considering the Influences of Deafblindness When Supporting Students with Challenging Behavior

Presenter: David Wiley, Transition Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs

When planning strategies to support a student with deafblindness who engages in challenging behavior, it is important to understand how the effects of deafblindness may be influencing the situation. Deafblindness has numerous effects, including the way a person gathers information, communicates, and understands the world. Knowing these influences helps us do a better job of assessing the function of behaviors, and planning strategies to decrease the likelihood of behaviors such as aggression directed toward self, others, and property.

Audience: Families, Educators, and Community Service Providers of with students who are deafblind.

Length of Training: 1-hour minimum up to ½ day


Deafblindness:  An Overview and Regional Needs Assessment

Presenters:  Staff from the Texas Deafblind Outreach

This learning and sharing opportunity on deafblindness can be offered during a scheduled VI/O&M and/or deaf education regional network meeting or as a separate event.  This workshop provides an opportunity to bring together key stakeholders together for regional and local needs assessment related to their students with deafblindness where ever they are served.  Agency sharing, resource packets, training updates, as well as state and national trends are shared.  A facilitated discussion of the unique areas of consideration for students with deafblindness helps staff identify training and support needs in their region for students with deafblindness, their families and the staff who support both educational and rehabilitation needs.  This includes a thorough examination of the regions deafblind census data.  Through this process participants will be able to identify actions and activities that are working well for this group of students and provide an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for areas of identified need for the region.

Audience:  Educators, Rehabilitation Staff, and Parents involved with students with deafblindness

Length of Training:  ½-1 day


Deafblindness: An Overview for Working with Young Adults

Presenter: David Wiley, Transition Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Both education and human service providers may lack experience in working with and supporting individuals with deafblindness. Understanding some of the basics about individuals who are identified as having dual sensory impairments is critical to providing quality services. This 2-day workshop covers topics such as the causes of deafblindness, the basics of vision and hearing loss, travel modifications, communication, active participation, behavioral issues and intervention strategies. Participants will learn strategies to improve the quality of interactions and support they provide to young adults who are deafblind.

Audience: Education and Human Service Providers, Interveners and Paraprofessionals working with individuals who are deafblind.

Length of training: 2 days


Meaningful Programming for Students with Visual and Multiple Impairments Which May Include Deafblindness

Presenters: Outreach Consultants, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Communication is the foundation for meaningful programming for students with visual and multiple impairments, which may include deafblindness. In this workshop participants will learn methods for developing communication systems using a holistic approach to interaction, routine development, and calendar systems. Presenters will share tips and strategies for developing functional and individualized communication systems that can serve as life-long tools for learning.

Target Audience: Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Special Education Staff (limited to 30)

Length of Training: 1 ½ -2 days


Preparing Student with Deafblindness to Make Decisions and be Responsible Adults

Presenter:  David Wiley, Transition Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs

During the ten years, students with deafblindness should be preparing for adult life by discovering skills and interests, becoming more independent, and making plans for the future.  However, many have led sheltered lives with limited expectations.  Many students have few opportunities to take on responsibilities and make meaningful decisions.  This presentation will cover how to prepare students for transition to adult life by creating opportunities for independence and self-determination.

Target Audience:  Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Special Education Staff, and Parents

Length of Training:  1 day

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 Family Engagement

 

Infants and Toddlers

An Introduction to Dr. Lilli Nielsen's Active Learning, Including the Use of the "Little Room"

Presenters: Ann Rash, Early Childhood Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Young children with multiple disabilities often lack the opportunity to actively explore their environment. They also have limited opportunities to develop independent play skills and to fully explore objects. For any child, critical learning takes place through play. Children must have the opportunity to experience the properties of objects, to compare different objects, and try out different things to do with the object on their own without adults interpreting that experience for them. Dr. Nielsen researched and developed many “perceptualizing aids” to facilitate this type of learning, among them the "Little Room". Information will be shared about Dr. Nielsen’s Active Learning theory and strategies, the types of objects to use with a child, and guidelines for use and possible benefits of using a "Little Room" with a young child.

Audience: ECI and PPCD Staff, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists, and Family Members

Length of Training: 1 day


B.A.R.T. (Bonding and Relaxation Techniques) Instructors’ Training

Presenters: Ann Rash and Holly Cooper, Early Childhood Consultants, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Evelyn Guyer, RN, BSN developed BART (Bonding and Relaxation Techniques) in the late 1980s. It is based on Vimala McClure’s parent education program on Infant Massage. BART is specifically designed to address the needs of infants and children with special needs. The BART Instructors Training is for professionals who work with families of children with developmental disabilities. A desired outcome of BART is parent/child bonding, so parents are the ones who use the BART strokes on the child. The professional attending this event learns how to teach the practice to families. Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to conduct parent education courses within his/her current agency, school, or hospital that serves individuals who are developmentally disabled, or work individually with families in the home.

Audience: ECI and PPCD Staff, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Parent Infant Advisors for Children with Hearing Impairments, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists, and Family Members

Length of Training: 2 days


Developmental Implications and Strategies for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with Sensory Impairments

Presenters: Ann Rash and Holly Cooper, Early Childhood Consultants, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Information will be shared about the implications of vision and hearing loss on a child’s development. Some of the teaching strategies that will be shared include use of hand-under-hand, the importance of using real objects to facilitate concept development, the importance of bonding, ways to facilitate movement, “tummy time”, exploration of the environment, and transitional movements. Teachers and others can learn how to include activities to provide vestibular and proprioceptive input into the child’s day. Presenters will emphasize the importance of routines and having a child practice skills with a wide variety of objects, with different people, in different locations, and in different positions to facilitate generalization of basic concepts and skills.

Audience: ECI and PPCD Staff, Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists, and Family Members

Length of Training: 1 day


What Does Communication Look Like for Your Baby?

Presenters: TSBVI Outreach Programs Consultants

Babies with visual impairments and additional disabilities such as hearing loss or motor problems may have delays in developing formal language. Nevertheless they come into this world communicating. The focus of this workshop is to help parents identify how their child is communicating currently and how to help them achieve the next level in their language development. They will also learn ideas for sharing that information with professionals in a way that can guide the educational programming.

Audience: Parents of children with visual and multiple impairments that may include hearing loss

Length of training: 1 day

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Math and Tactile Graphics

The Audio Graphing Calculator (AGC): Let’s See and Hear What This Self-Voicing Graphing Calculator Can and Cannot Do!

Presenter:  Susan Osterhaus, Math Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Want to know what an Audio Graphing Calculator (AGC) can and cannot do?  In this workshop you will learn how to navigate the various screen pages and understand what each feature permits.  You will have opportunities to graph a few functions by inserting equations and plotting points, listen to their audiowaves, and print/emboss the resulting graphs.  We will also work with matrices and explore the evaluator screen.  Finally, we will test the usefulness of the AGC in solving sample algebra problems.  This training requires access to computers with AGC installed on them; Susan can help workshop hosts who need help in providing this set-up for the workshop.

Audience:  Math Instructors, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Paraprofessionals

Length of Training:  1 day


Computer Generated Tactile Graphics Using MS Word for Hardcopy Production on Tiger Embosser or by Encapsulated Paper Devices (TIE or PIAF)

Presenter: Patrick Van Geem, Education Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Do you need support in creating computer generated tactile graphics? This is a hands-on training where participants will learn how to produce graphics by using MS Word 2003 or 2007 drawing features.

Audience: Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Braillists

Length of Training: ½ -1 day


Creating Math Graphics Manually, as Your Student Would Do

Presenters:  Susan Osterhaus, Math Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Participants in this hands-on workshop will have the opportunity to learn to create 2- and 3-dimensional figures, draw and measure angles, create number-line graphs, graph on the coordinate planes, create a pictograph, and draw circles and a Venn diagram just as their student with low vision or blindness would do.  This workshop is ideal for a small group (6-10 individuals) of math teachers, teachers of students with visual impairments, paraprofessionals and/ or parents, to help them in supporting the student with visual impairments in math classes.

Audience: Math Teacher, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Paraprofessional or Parent

Length of Training:  1-2 days


Scientific Notebook: Math Word Processor, Scientific Graphing Calculator, and Gateway to Nemeth Translation

Presented by Susan Osterhaus, Outreach Math Consultant

Scientific Notebook (SNB) is a computer software program that is not accessible to a totally blind individual unless used with Voice Recognition Software. However, it is accessible to those with enough vision to benefit from SNB’s built-in enlargement features or through the use of external enlargement software. In this workshop, sighted participants will learn how to compose simple math materials using SNB, use SNB as a scientific graphing calculator, and prepare SNB documents for making large print copies and/or importation into Nemeth translation software (DBT WIN) for creating braille materials.

Length of Training: 1 day (Hosts will need to provide a computer lab setting.)


Tactile Graphics for Students with Visual Impairments

Presenters: TSBVI Outreach Programs Consultants

Tactile graphics gives visually impaired students access to maps, charts, graphs, and other types of illustrations. This workshop presents a variety of techniques, both low tech and high tech, for producing tactile graphics, as well as some quick techniques using easily accessible materials.  Teaching strategies and information on the development of appropriate tactile skills is emphasized, and suggestions are also given for teaching students to make their own tactile graphics, a requirement for mastery of TEKS..

* This workshop may be offered as a make-and-take training.

Audience: Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists, Paraprofessionals working with students with visual impairments, and Braillists

Length of training: 1 day minimum (up to 2 days for make-and-take)


Teaching Mathematics to Students with Visual Impairments (Early Childhood-Secondary)

Presenter: Susan Osterhaus, Math Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Math instruction is critical for all students, but especially for students with visual impairments. This workshop will discuss the need for collaboration among the math teacher, teacher of students with visual impairments, paraprofessional, family and student.  The presenter begins with a brief description of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) content standards and how these standards apply across all grades from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.  A discussion about accessible math tools and technology (pre-kindergarten-grade 12) are shared to help participants learn to apply each of the NCTM content standards in their instruction.  Susan will take participants through a problem-solving activity with sample TAKS test items at the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and exit grade levels.

Audience: Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Math Teachers, Paraprofessionals working with students with visual impairments, and Parents of students with visual impairments

Length of Training: 1 day for either Early Childhood /Elementary OR Middle /High School presentation. 2 days are required to cover both portions (ages early childhood thru high school).

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Orientation and Mobility

Determining Time and Amount of VI and O&M Services for Your Students

Presenters:  Chris Tabb, Orientation and Mobility Consultant and Chrissy Cowan, Mentor Coordinator, TSBVI Outreach Programs

We do it all the time—make recommendations on the amount of VI and/or O&M services for our students, yet we have no set standard for making this determination.  Bring information about your students to this workshop and begin standardizing how you determine type and amount of services by using the Michigan Severity Rating Scales (for O&M and VI) – or be introduced to the new Texas Revised Rating Scales, if they are ready to use.  Chrissy Cowan and Ruth Ann Marsh will help you learn how this process works and get you started applying it to your caseload.

Audience:  Orientation and Mobility Specialists

Length of Training:  1/2 day (Offered in Spring 2012)


Orientation and Mobility: What Does It Mean for Students with Visual and Multiple Impairments?

Presenter: Chris Tabb, Orientation and Mobility Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Should children with visual and multiple impairments receive O&M services even if they are not independently mobile? If a child is never going to be an independent traveler, what is the purpose of providing O&M training? Direct service or the consult model, what works best? These are some of the questions Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists must deal with in addressing the wide range of abilities and needs exhibited by students with visual and multiple impairments. There is no set curriculum Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists can employ, but there are perspectives that help us create appropriate O&M programming for many of these students. This workshop combines lecture and discussion to enable participants to gather ideas and techniques useful in providing appropriate O&M services to the students with visual and multiple disabilities.

Audience: Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists and Teachers of the Visually Impaired

Length of training: 1 day

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Products and Technology

APH Product Demonstration

Presenter:  Sue Enoch, Outreach APH Materials Coordinator

This workshop will show a variety of new APH products and share ideas for how these products can be used.  Each presentation can be customized to fit a particular audience and focus on a type of product or educational area.

Audience:  Educators, Agency Staff and/or Parents

Length of Training:  ½-1 day


ISAVE

Presenter:  Sue Enoch, APH Product Coordinator

The ISAVE is an APH product designed to support functional vision evaluation (FVE) for infants or students with multiple impairments.  This workshop is designed to expose participants to the underlying framework of the ISAVE as well as examining the various modules in detail.

Audience:  Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments and Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists

Length of Training:  1-2 days


JAWS (Beginning Level)

Presenters: Patrick Van Geem and Sharon Nichols, Technology Consultants, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Gain a working knowledge of a screen reader, JAWS, and interfacing with MS Office Products for the completion of tasks related to spreadsheets, word processing, and presentations. In this beginning level training participants will learn step-by-step procedures when using JAWS with MS Word products including Windows Key commands, Word, and Internet.

Target Audience: Educational Staff and Students

Length of Training: ½-1 day


JAWS (Advanced Level)

Presenters: Patrick Van Geem and Sharon Nichols, Technology Consultants, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Develop advanced knowledge of a screen reader, JAWS, interfacing with MS Office Products for the completion of tasks related to spreadsheets, word processing, and presentations. In this advanced level training participants will learn step-by-step procedures when using JAWS with MS Word products including Internet, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Target Audience: Educational Staff and Students

Length of Training: ½-1day

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Professional Leadership and Roles

Collaboration Skills and the Role of the Itinerant VI Teacher

Presenter: Ann Adkins, VI Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs and various TSBVI Staff

Effective collaboration between teachers of students with visual impairments and general education teachers can assure “access to the general curriculum” for students with visual impairments and promote greater success in core curriculum subjects and the expanded core curriculum. This workshop will examine the roles of itinerant teachers of students with visual impairments and general education teachers and identify effective strategies for supporting students with visual impairments in inclusive settings.

Audience: Itinerant Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments and Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists

Length of training: ½ -1day

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Transition

Success Is More Than Just a Job:  Person-Centered Transition Planning is the Key

Presenters:  Eva Thompson-Lavigne and David Wiley, Transition Consultants, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Effective transition begins with a person-centered approach.  In this highly interactive training event participants (parents and students with visual impairments who are at or near grade-level ages 10+) will learn what a person-centered approach to transition is and how they can use it in planning for transition from school to life in the adult world.  Appropriate assessments, visual MAPS and action plans will be developed through a planning process to help guide participants to develop coordinated activities to achieve their desired post-school outcomes. 

Audience:  Parents and Students (with visual impairments or deafblindness)

Length of training:  2 days


Transition Planning: A Process for Making It Meaningful

Presenters: TSBVI Outreach Programs Consultants

Federal and state laws call for collaboration between school and human service providers in planning transition for students with disabilities. Still we struggle trying to find a process that works. This workshop will provide a transition planning process to follow for developing meaningful transition goals and objectives for students with visual impairments. Designed for team participation that includes educational and rehabilitation staff as well as the family and students, this workshop is very hands-on. Teams will learn and use a process for meaningful transition planning for their visually impaired students. Participants will use action plans within the transition process to begin writing meaningful goals and objectives for their student or students.

Audience: Transition Teams (including Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists, DARS-DBS Staff Diagnosticians, Parents, and the Student)

Length of Training: 1 day


Transition Planning: Individual Team Training

Presenter: Eva Thompson-Lavigne, Transition Consultant, Outreach

A unique event offering an individual team training experience focused on a single student who is visually impaired. Included is a home visit to discuss transition plans with the family, to identify student strengths and needs and to observe and discuss independent living skills. An observation period at the school provides an opportunity to meet with school staff individually. The team (including human service representatives) comes together for approximately 4 hours of training to work through a variety of assessment tools; to identify specific transition-related goals and objectives for the IEP; and to make an action plan related to on-going transition activities for the student and support activities for staff and family. The goal of this training is to improve the quality of transition planning and programming for the student through a highly collaborative team process.

Audience: Transition Teams (including Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists, DARS-DBS Staff, Diagnosticians, Parents, and the Student)

Length of Training: 3 hours each home meeting and school observation, plus 4 hours of team training. Times are flexible based on the needs of the team, but can be managed in 2 days.

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Visual Impairments

Listening Skills for Students with Visual Impairments

Presenter: TSBVI Outreach Programs Staff

This workshop will cover strategies for assessing and developing listening skills across a variety of ages and ability levels.  The connection between listening skills and auditory access to print will be discussed.

Audience:  Education Staff in General Education

Length of Training:  1 day


Paraprofessionals Working with Students with Visual Impairments

Presenters:  TSBVI Outreach Programs staff

This workshop offers a mix of lecture, simulation exercises and shared resources to introduce basic concepts about visual impairment, explore attitudes towards blindness, and provide evidence-based resources on instructional roles and responsibilities to paraprofessionals working with students who are blind and/or visually impaired.   Workshop can focus on paraprofessionals who work with MIVI students and/or VI students in mainstream academic classes.  Specific information is provided for those working with tactile learners.

Audience: Paraprofessionals working with students who are visually impaired. Other members of the team, including TVI, COMS, and classroom teachers, are encouraged to attend.

Length of Training: 1 day. More time might be preferable if more significant practice with modifying materials is desired.


Partnering with the Low Vision Student to Develop Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy of Visual Needs

Presenter: Chrissy Cowan, Mentor Coordinator, TSBVI Outreach Programs

Literacy media includes materials used to complete literacy tasks that are presented at both near and distance points. The learning media assessment can be used as a springboard for empowering middle and high school students with low vision to understand and communicate their needs as these relate to accessing the general curriculum. Participants will learn the following to assess student needs and preferences on a variety of literacy media: (1) conducting a student interview related to current visual access; (2) conducting a modified print media assessment profile to determine near reading fluency for a variety of print media; (3) using observation to determine actual student access and visual requirements across the curriculum; and (4) writing a report to reflect student practice, preferences, and intervention needed.

Audience: Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments

Length of Training: ½ day


When You Have a Visually Impaired Student in Your Classroom

Presenters: TSBVI Outreach Programs Consultants

This workshop offers a mix of lecture, simulation exercises and shared resources to introduce basic concepts about visual impairment to teachers who will have a VI student in their classroom. It will explore attitudes towards blindness and provide evidence-based resources on instructional roles and responsibilities for working with students who are blind and/or visually impaired. Effective strategies to foster independence and achievement in students with visual impairments will be included.

Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Parents and Paraprofessionals working with students who are visually impaired; Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments and Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists working with these teams are welcome.

Length of training: 1 day. More time may be needed if more significant practice with modifying materials is desired.

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Questions?

If you would like to discuss your ideas for a workshop or training in your region or school district, please contact:

Kate Hurst, Statewide Staff Development Coordinator
512-206-9224

Request a workshop or training on-line!