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Instruction in orientation and mobility, one of the Expanded Core Curriculum areas, helps students know where they are in relation to people and things in the environment, how to get where they want to go and how to get there safely by walking or using a wheelchair or using transportation.


For Credit Indicates content that is available for ACVREP or SBEC credit.
You must register for each event prior to submitting the Delayed Viewing Request in order to obtain continuing education credit.

Index

For Credit What is a Bioptic? What is My Role as a COMS?

For Credit Location Literacy

Inside the Adaptive Brain

Building Spatial Skills through Video Game Play

O&M and Listening Devices

Using the 2013 Michigan Severity Scale for O&M

Guide Techniques


What's a Bioptic? How can COMS support potential drivers?For Credit

Original webcast date: 10/4/2017
Description: “Can I be a driver?” is an emotion packed question for a teenager who has low vision. As part of travel skills, a COMS is likely to hear this question asked by a student or curious adults. What is the COMS role in regards to pre-driver training, use of the bioptic, or student driver instruction? The presenters will answer these questions in addition to previewing a one-day workshop that focuses on the driving question for students and parents.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Location LiteracyFor Credit

Original webcast date: 10/04/2016
Description: When individuals know how to use coordinates, convert between systems or coordinates, organize and access databases of points of interest, navigate in virtual space, etc. they open up new horizons of opportunity. This Webinar focuses on professionals developing their own location literacy skills as well as learning strategies and techniques for developing the skills of the students they work with.

Location Literacy

 Register to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.For Credit

Downloads: Handout (pdf) Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Inside the Adaptive Brain

Original webcast date: 11/03/2015
Description: Inside the Adaptive Brain of Individuals with Ocular Blindness and Cortical Visual Impairment. Keynote presentation by Dr. Lofti Merabet at the 2016 SWOMA conference.

Inside the Adaptive Brain
Downloads: Audio (mp3) Transcript (txt)

Inside the Adaptive Brain Q&A

Original webcast date: 11/03/2015
Description: Question & Answer session after keynote presentation, Inside the Adaptive Brain of Individuals with Ocular Blindness and Cortical Visual Impairment. Dr. Lofti Merabet at the 2016 SWOMA conference.

Inside the Adaptive Brain Q&A
Downloads: Audio (mp3) Transcript (txt)

Building Spatial Skills through Video Game Play

Original webcast date: 11/03/2015
Description: Developing Spatial Navigation Skills through Video Game Play. Keynote presentation by Dr. Lofti Merabet at the 2016 SWOMA conference. Dr. Merabet shows the neuroscience behind evidence-based enhancements in navigation skills for individuals who are blind by using audio/video games to motivate learners and stimulate brain function.

Building Spatial Skills through Video Game Play
Downloads: Audio (mp3) Transcript (txt)

Building Spatial Skills through Video Game Play Q&A

Original webcast date: 11/03/2015
Description: Question & answer session for Developing Spatial Navigation Skills through Video Game Play. Keynote presentation by Dr. Lofti Merabet at the 2016 SWOMA conference. Dr. Merabet shows the neuroscience behind evidence-based enhancements in navigation skills for individuals who are blind by using audio/video games to motivate learners and stimulate brain function.

Building Spatial Skills through Video Game Play Q&A
Downloads: Audio (mp3) Transcript (txt)

O&M and Assistive Listening Devices

Original webcast date: 02/27/2014
Description: This webinar is an interview with Educational Audiologist Lisa Sutherland about types of assistive listening devices used for different types of hearing losses; and how those devices might be used and/or programmed to help deafblind students better identify environmental sounds for orientation and mobility.

O&M and Assistive Listening Devices
Downloads: Audio (mp3) Transcript (txt) TETN 20442 O&M and Assistive Listening Devices handout (doc)

Using 2013 Michigan Severity Scales for O&M

Original webcast date: 10/16/2014
Description: Webinar on how to use the 2013 Michigan Severity Scales for Orientation & Mobility. Chris Tabb & Ruth Ann Marsh, COMS with Outreach Programs at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired discuss the purpose of the scales and how to use the Basic and Plus+ Scales to make a professional recommendation on the level of O&M services. They demonstrate how to use the Basic scale with sample student data.

Using 2013 Michigan Severity Scales for O&M
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handouts (zip)

Guide Technique

Description: This video provides direct instruction on how to assist an individual who is blind using guide technique, a mobility system where a guide safely and efficiently walks with a traveler who is blind. Specific skills in basic guide technique, how to go through doorways, how to go up and down stairs, how to handle narrow passageways, adaptations for special situations, etc. along with common courtesies are described and demonstrated.

Guide Technique
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