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SWOMA Registration

The 2012-13 Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association (SWOMA) Conference is now open for registration.  This year’s conference will be held on the TSBVI Campus, November 1-3 and offers a wonderful roster of speakers and topics.  Please share this information with your COMS and others who might be interested in attending this event.  One of our featured speakers is Daniel Kish, President of World Access for the Blind, who is known for his work using echolocation.  We also have sessions on the COMS role in bioptic driving, working with returning veterans from the war, lightrail travel, working with babies, O&M for individuals with multiple disabilities, using interpreters in O&M lessons, listening skills and much, much more.  Please go to the SWOMA registration website to see all the details and to register.   Please remind folks that they can register now and pay later.  Early registration rates end September 30th so get registered right away. ...
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PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR: 2012 SWOMA Conference Nov. 1-3, 2012 @ TSBVI in Austin, TX Registration information available later this summer Check our website for statewide trainings listing.
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Braille Institute IPhone/IPad App for Vision Simulations

At the recent SWOMA Conference a teacher shared a great app from the Braille Institute that show vision simulations.  Vision simulations are nothing new, but this one let you point your camera on your phone or IPad and see a vision simulation of a real-time scene.  Using touch-screen controls, the user can select one of the four simulators to replicate the symptoms of that particular disease. The application uses the device camera to allow the user to see the world through digital filters simulating the symptoms and experience of the disease. Using sliding touch-screen controls, the user can manipulate the severity of the symptoms. The real-time still images can be saved by the camera and stored for later review in the image gallery, or to be shared. Check out this free app at the Braille Institute. Kate Hurst Statewide Staff Development Coordinator Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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