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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Time

Event

9:00

AM 

to 

4:00

PM

Pre-Conference (Optional) 
Traces and Expressive Communication
Location: Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, James C. Durkel Conference Center

This special event has a limit of 40 participants and has an additional registration cost associated with it.

In this preconference our special guest speakers, Gunnar Vege and Bernadette van den Tillaart, will illustrate how experiences can leave body emotional traces (BET). BET’s can be a form of expressive communication with children, youth and adults who do not fluently communicate with formal language. They will offer the participants an approach on how to create shared experiences and emotional memory traces, acknowledge and recognize the child’s utterances, and, build reciprocal and expressive symbolic communication.

Gunnar and Bernadette collaborated in the development of information for this workshop. Their collaboration grew, in part, from their involvement in the Tactile Communication Group of Deafblind International. Gunnar, is a Deafblind Consultant at Andebu Døvblindesenter in Norway, working with individuals with deafblindness. Bernadette, is currently a consultant to the Ohio Center for DeafBlind Education.

4:30-8:00 PM

2015 Texas Symposium on Deafblindness Sign-in and Packet Pick-up

Location:  Omni Hotel Southpark

Participants may pick up their Symposium packets beginning at 4:30 PM in the lobby of the hotel.

 

Friday, February 20th

Type

Time

Event

General

Session

8:30-

9:00

AM

Session ID: 38265 Housekeeping and Welcome

9:00

AM-

12:00

PM

Session ID: 38266 Symposium Keynotes: Deaf-Blindness – the State of the Nation, Issues in Deafblindness - A Texas Perspective, Empowering a Deafblind Community, Presentation of the Marty Murrell and Trailblazer Awards, and Family Perspectives
12:00-1:30 PM Lunch on your own

General

Session

1:30-

3:00

PM

Session ID: 38273 – General Session See Me as the Person I Am & Be Present in My World
Bernadette van den Tillaart, Deafblind Consultant and Gunnar Vege, Senior Advisor, Signo School and Resource Center in Norway 
3:00-3:30 PM Break

Breakout

Session

1

3:30

PM-

5:00

PM

Breakout Session ID: 38274 Empowering for Self-Advocacy

Haben Girma, Civil Rights Advocate, Disability Rights Advocates

Breakout Session ID: 38397 Beneficial Physical Activities for Students who are Deafblind

Dr. Elizabeth Foster, Adapted Physical Educator, Texas Woman’s University 

Breakout Session ID: 38398 Functional Assessment from a Deafblind Perspective

Bernadette van den Tillaart, Deafblind Consultant & Gunnar Vege, Senior Advisor, Signo School & Resource Center,  Norway 

Breakout Session ID: 38399 Building Networks of Support for Your Child

Gail Dalrymple and Denise Sonleitner, Texas Parent to Parent

 5:30-7:30 PM Session ID: 38407 Family Social
   

Saturday, February 21st
Type Time Event

Breakout

Session

2

8:30 –

10:00

AM

Session ID: 38409 Self-Regulation: how to increase self-regulation in children, youth who are deafblind

Dr. Catherine Nelson, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Utah

Session ID: 38410 Let’s Get Moving! Strategies for Quality Orientation, Mobility, and Early Purposeful Movement Instruction for Young Children who are Deaf-Blind

D. Jay Gense, Director of NCDB (National Center on Deaf-Blindness) 

Session ID: 38411 Mindfulness in Developing Calming Routines: The impact of stress and what we can do about it

Adam Graves, Deafblind Consultant, and Matt Schultz, Deafblind Consultant, Texas Deafblind Outreach 

Session ID: 38412 Experiencing Life: Creating opportunities for families to connect and provide life experiences for loved ones who are our deafblind

Diana Avila, Robbie Caldwell, Viveca Hartman, Alaine Hinds, Gina Sotiropoulos, and Jennifer Vincent

Session ID: 38413 Play as the Vehicle for Literacy and O&M Development with the Young Child with is Deafblind

Tanni Anthony, Director of Low Vision and Blindness Services, Colorado Department of Education 

Session ID: 38414 Meeting the Needs of Academic Students with Deafblindness

Robbie Blaha, Deafblind Consultant and Cyral Miller, Director of Outreach Programs, Texas Deafblind Outreach

10:00-10:30AM Break

Breakout

Session

3

10:30

AM-

12:00

PM

Session ID: 38415 Bodily Emotional Traces

Bernadette van den Tillaart, Deafblind Consultant and Gunnar Vege, Senior Advisor, Signo School and Resource Center in Norway 

Session ID: 38416 The “Truth” About Siblings: A View from the Field

Elizabeth Lewis, Doctoral Candidate, University of Texas at Austin 

Session ID: 38417 Music as a Motivator for Communication

Shannon Darst, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment, Eanes ISD, Austin, TX

Session ID: 38418 Teachers of Deafblind and Interveners: Making the Partnership a National Reality

Dr. Amy Parker, Coordinator of Professional Development and Products, National Center on Deafblindness

Session ID: 38419 Mindfulness in Communication

David Wiley, TSBVI Outreach Deafblind Transition Specialist

Session ID: 38448 Give Yourself a Hand: Using Signs in the Life Skills Classroom
Susan Tiggs, Statewide Lead for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services, Region 11 ESC and Theresa Johnson, Director of Summer Programs, TSD, ERCOD
12:00-1:30 PM Lunch on your own

General

Session

 

1:30-

3:30

PM

Presentation of the Marty Murrell & Ann Silverrain Awards

Session ID: 38420 Stress in Children with Deafblindness

Dr. Catherine Nelson