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kayden essef board croppedJanuary 31, 2019

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

James C. Durkel Conference Center 

This workshop is designed for ESC Consultants who want to provide training and support on how to implement Active Learning as designed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen of Denmark.  It is also open to others who are providing training on this topic. We strongly recommend that you have previous training on Active Learning.

This workshop will not provide instruction on Active Learning principles, techniques or strategies. Instead it will provide an overview to utilizing specific training materials (Active Learning Space website, Active Learning modules, Active Learning: Train-the-Trainer manual) to provide training to others. 

The Active Learning approach emphasizes that all individuals learn best by active participation.  All activity, especially in the earliest stages of development, actually "wires our brains" and establishes critical foundational concepts and skills necessary for all future learning.  

Individuals with multiple disabilities (cerebral palsy, visual impairment, cognitive impairment, autism, hearing impairment, etc.) are at great risk from developing reliance on others to interact with the world around them.  They learn to be a passive rather than active participant, waiting for adults to provide activity rather than seeking it out on their own.  Children and adults with special needs often develop stereotypical or aggressive behaviors in order to communicate with others or cope within the environments in which they are placed.  Active Learning recognizes that every learner with special needs is unique.  The programming and intervention for facilitating learning must reflect this individuality.  Active Learning emphasizes creating a developmentally appropriate and enriched environment so that children and adults with multiple special needs become active learners.  

Learning Objectives

Participants in this training will learn how to use the content provided on the Active Learning Space website to train individuals in the appropriate use of Active Learning.

Participants will learn how to provide face-to-face and flipped learning activities utilizing the Active Learning Space website, online modules and ready-made Powerpoints with accompanying activities to provide training.

This training is not meant to train individuals on Active Learning, but rather to show them how to use materials from the Active Learning Space website and modules to provide training for others. 

It is recommended that participants have some familiarity with Dr. Nielsen’s Active Learning approach. Participants who are not familiar with this content are encouraged to complete the Active Learning Principles module or review the contents of the website before attending this workshop. They may also want to consider attending the June 2019 Active Learning Conference rather than this workshop.  Information about that event which is sponsored  by Region 10 Education Service Center may be found on their website.

Registration

This workshop targets individuals who are ESC Consultants and part of the Low Incidence Disabilities network or Statewide Leadership for Blind or Visually Impaired network or other related networks. They will pay a discounted registration fee of $12 when using the discount code available from their network leads.

Out-of-state participants and others must pay a registration fee of $50.

Registration costs include a working lunch, a hard-copy manual, and access to electronic versions of all Powerpoints and the manual.

Seating is limited to 50 individuals. Thirty-five (35) of these seats are reserved for ESC Consultants and fifteen (15) seats being allotted to non-ESC staff. 

Registration ends January 18, 2019. You may register now and pay later if using a check or purchase order. Payment with a credit card is immediate.  You may cancel up to January 25th without penalty. After that time you may be charged a $25 cancellation fee.

REGISTER NOW!

Accomodations

There are a variety of hotels in the area of the TSBVI campus.  Participants are responsible for their own accommodations.  A list of some of these hotels can be found on the TSBVI website.

Questions?

Please contact Miriam Miramontes at 512-206-9268 or email Kate Hurst at .

Below are the powerpoints that make up the content of this of this workshop along with the supplemental handouts, agenda and other documents.  

Principles of Active Learning

1 Introduction to Active Learning and What is Play

Powerpoint

PDF

2 Pathways to Learning and the Dynamic Learning Circle

Powerpoint

PDF

3 Social and Emotional Development

Powerpoint

PDF

4 Key Points to Active Learning and Overview to the Five Phases of Educational Treatment

Powerpoint

PDF

5 Phase 1 Offering

Powerpoint

PDF

6 Phase 2 Imitation and Phase 3 Interaction

Powerpoint

PDF

7 Phase 4 Sharing the Work and Phase 5 Consequences

Powerpoint

PDF

Assessment Functional Scheme

1 Functional Scheme Overview and How to Score

Powerpoint

PDF

2 Functional Scheme Including Other Assessment and Determining Skills for the IEP

Powerpoint

PDF

Program Planning

1 Program Planning - Developing the PLAAFP and Goals and Benchmarks

Powerpoint

PDF

2 Program Planning - Supplemental, Related, and Special Services, Transition Planning, Placement

Powerpoint

PDF

Implementation

1 Implementation Basics and the FIELA Curriculum

Powerpoint

PDF

2 Implementation Motor Skills

Powerpoint

PDF

3 Implementation General Education Curriculum and ECC

Powerpoint

PDF

4 Implementation the Student with CVI

Powerpoint

PDF

Documenting Progress

1 Documenting Progress

Powerpoint

PDF

Materials

1 Materials Learner Preferences, Skills, Objects

Powerpoint

PDF

2 Materials Ideas and Participant Game

Powerpoint

PDF

Equipment

1 Equipment Things You Can Buy

Powerpoint

PDF

2 Equipment Things You Can Make

Powerpoint

PDF

Supplemental Handouts

Here is a list of all handouts that are included in the manual. Some handouts are used in multiple sections (for example, Active Learning Materials and Activities Planning Sheet). We encourage you to visit Active Learning Space regularly for new content that is being added. 

Principles

Active Learning Materials and Activities Planning Sheet

Five Phases of Educational Treatment

Getting Started with Active Learning

Job One for Educators: Becoming a Good Playmate

Kersten's Story

Looking at Self-Stimulation in Pursuit of Leisure or I'm Okay You Have a Mannerism

Pathways to Learning Activity Sheet

Social and Emotional Development Comparison

Assessment Functional Scheme

Sample Assessment of Levels of Function

Program Planning

OSEP Guidance Letter

Sample General Curriculum Skills in Science

Sample Goals and Benchmarks

Units and Themes in Active Learning

Writing IEP Goals and Objectives Activity Form

Implementation

Basics of Implementing an Active Learning Approach

Patty Obrzut Handout on the Comprehending Hand

Putting a Child in a Little Room

Units and Themes in Active Learning

Documenting Progress

Active Learning Skills Checklist

Documenting Progress on IEP Goals and Objectives

Essef Board Observation Form

HOPSA Dress Observation Form

Little Room Observation Form

Multi-Functional Activity Table Observation Form

Other Perceptualizing Aids Observation Form

Position Board Observation Form

Resonance Board Observation Form

Support Bench Observation Form

Equipment

Buncher Tips from Active Learning Space

Creating a Folding Resonance Board

Directions for Making a Tabletop Mobile

Directions for Making an Echo Bucket

Directions for Making a Resonance Board 

Make Your Own Elastic Board

Make Your Own Position Board

Putting a Child in a Little Room

PVC Mobile Tips from Active Learning Space 

Other Information

 Active Learning Train-the-Trainer Workshop Agenda

A Brief History of this Project

Website, Webinars, Guide, and Online Modules

PRE-CONFERENCE AGENDA - FRIDAY, NOV 1, 2019

START TIME

END TIME

LOCATION

CEU CREDIT

SESSION DESCRIPTION

11:00 AM

1:00 PM

LOBBY

0

Registration and Sign in 

1:00 PM

2:15 PM

CONFERENCE AB

1.25 HRS

Finding Wheels in 2019: A New Resource for Travelers in Their Teens or Early 20s Part 1

Presenters: L. Penny Rosenblum, PH.D. & Anne L. Corn, ED.D.

Travelers, that is those in high school or their early 20s, need to develop a complex set of skills to manage travel. During this session the presenters will focus on the wide array of skills needed such as using technology during travel, bicycling with low vision, safety during travel, and using rideshare services. We will share "Finding Wheels", a 2019 publication from TSBVI. The book differs in many ways from the original 2000 version. Throughout the session the presenters will present scenarios of travelers, content, activities, and vignettes. Videos, discussion, and small group activities will be used to increase participation and understanding of the material. 

2:15 PM

2:30 PM

LOBBY

0 HRS

BREAK

2:30 PM

4:30 PM

CONFERENCE AB

2 HRS

Finding Wheels in 2019: A New Resource for Travelers in Their Teens or Early 20s Part 2

Presenters: L. Penny Rosenblum, PH.D. & Anne L. Corn, ED.D.

A continuation from the 1:00 PM session...

MAIN CONFERENCE AGENDA - SATURDAY, NOV 2, 2019

START TIME

END TIME

LOCATION

CEU CREDIT

SESSION DESCRIPTION

7:45 AM

8:15 AM

 LOBBY

0 HRS

Registration and sign-in.

8:15 AM

8:30 AM

CONFERENCE AB

0 HRS

Welcome and housekeeping

8:30 AM

10:00 AM

CONFERENCE AB

1.5 HRS

Leadership

Presenter: Michael Munro

The presentation will seek to motivate individuals to step up into various leadership positions in the field as well as build them up in their belief in themselves as leaders.

Session objectives include:
• Discuss leadership in the field of visual impairment.
• Discuss opportunities for leadership that can be taken advantage of by professionals.

10:00 AM

10:30 AM

LOBBY

0 HRS

BREAK / VENDOR DISPLAYS

10:30 AM

11:45 AM

CONFERENCE AB

1.25 HRS

An Update on the Status of the Orientation and Mobility Profession

Presenter: Eileen Siffermann, COMS, President of OMSA

A discussion on the characteristics of a profession and how those characteristics relate to the profession of Orientation and Mobility. Report on the beginnings and the work of the Orientation and Mobility Specialist Association (OMSA).

Session Objectives:
• to inform the participants on the current activities moving the profession of O&M forward, such as the accreditation of higher education orientation and mobility preparation programs.
• to motivate O&M Specialists to renew their commitment to the O&M profession by joining and supporting the OMSA.
• to encourage O&M Specialists to participate in research activities to improve on the body of knowledge and the code of ethics.
• to impress on the O&M Specialists their responsibilities to be and remain certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists and to set an example for others.

11:45 AM

1:00 PM

 

0

Lunch Break;  Participants will go have lunch on their own.

BREAKOUT SESSION #1:  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

CONFERENCE A

1.5 HRS

Moving On!  Advocating for Optimal O&M Services in Texas

Presenters:  Marjie Wood, M.Ed., COMS, TVI O&M Consultant and Mary Shore, O&M Consultant TSBVI Outreach

After gathering at SWOMA 2018 and TAER 2019, the area of administration was identified as the number one roadblock in providing optimal O&M services to children and adults in the state of Texas. As we roll up our sleeves once again, let's focus on creating specific actions necessary for achieving quality services.

Session Objectives:
• Participants will create a specific plan for communicating to administrators about O&M and the benefits to the child/adult, family, and school/community.
• Participants will create a specific plan for communicating to staff about O&M and its benefits.
• Participants will create a specific plan for communicating to parents about O&M and its benefits.

CONFERENCE B

1.5 HRS

Wearable Canes Improve Motor, Concept, Language, and Social Skills

Presenters: Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, Ed.D., COMS & Anne L. Corn, Ed. D.

Mobility visual impairment and blindness is a term that helps identify those persons for whom tactile path information is not optional. This session will define and give video examples of the term mobility visual impairment. Research on the benefits of the wearable cane and the new O&M assessment for preverbal/nonverbal children under five will be provided along with videos demonstrating the successful use of the wearable cane with children five and younger with MVI/B.

BANITA

1.5 HRS

Investing in Your Future with Digital Networking

Presenters: Lauralyn Randles, Doctoral Cadidate, COMS, TV & Molly Pasley, Ed.D., COMS, TVI

We are in a field where our nearest professional peer may be in another town or county. Our students are facing the same predicament. Together through modeling, we can build a network of support for ourselves and our students. The presenters will address some tips and tricks for building these digital networks.

Session Objectives:
• The professional will be able to name and locate several digital networking platforms available to them as the professional.
• The professional will be able to name and locate several digital networking platforms available and accessible to their students or clients.
• The professional will be able to support students and their families as they explore different networking platforms.

RUSK

1.5 HRS

What O&M Looks Like in Beirut, Lebanon

Presenter: Paul Hull

A serendipitous three weeks' worth of O&M instruction given to Lebanese citizens as well as Syrian and Palestinian refugees with visual impairments despite the boundaries of culture differences and language barriers as described by the COMS who was fortunate enough to be there.

Session Objectives:
• Learn about the differences between O&M instruction in the United States and in at least one foreign country.
• Overcoming the various obstacles when facing situations that were never described in any textbook, classroom, or by any mentor or peer in the field.
• Overcoming cultural taboos, or at the very least navigating around them when attempting to impart instruction to those willing to learn and a few who were not.

LOBBY

0

BREAK / VENDOR DISPLAYS FROM 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

BREAKOUT SESSION #2:  3:00 PM - 4:30 P

CONFERENCE A

1.5 HRS

Eye Candy

Presenter: Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, ED.D., COMS

Eye Candy is an edible & interactive presentation that uses candy to represent the various structures of the human eye and eye conditions.

Session Objectives:
• O&M Instructors will have a new understanding of eye anatomy using candy for a simple explanation.
• O&M Instructors will be able to explain various eye conditions using fun and memorable metaphors & descriptions.
• O&M Instructors will be able to help students explain their eye conditions to support staff, parents, & IEP teams using common, inexpensive candies and memorable techniques that everyone can relate to.

CONFERENCE B

1.5 HRS

Wearable canes: Who, What, When, Where and How 

Presenter: Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, Ed.D., COMS

Wearable canes are a new member of the mobility device family. This session is open to all who work with early intervention and preschool students with severe visual impairment and blindness. Attendees will learn how to obtain wearable canes, as well as how to instruct and measure wearable cane outcomes in learners with mobility visual impairment and blindness.

Session Objectives:
• Participants will be able to measure and order wearable cane for a student.
• Participants will be able to include wearable cane into O&M lessons, inside classrooms, and at home.
• Participants will be able to understand usage guidelines for wearable cane.
• Participants will be able to use the O&M assessment for preverbal/nonverbal to identify MVI/B and measure outcomes.

BANITA

1.5 HRS

Running Guide Dogs - Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Presenter: Mike Goehring

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is the first and currently the only guide dog school in the U.S. to offer a program and equipment specifically dedicated to Running Guides. In this session we will discuss the development and evolution of this one of a kind program with Guiding Eyes.

Session Objectives:
• What is a Running Guide?
• What are the qualifications for applicants / participants in the program?
• What is the specialized equipment utilized for this unique program?
• Dispelling myths and concerns regarding the Running Guides Program.

RUSK

1.5 HR

Experiences with Vision Loss: A Focus Group

Presenter: Jennifer Perry, COMS, CVRT

The focus of this group will be to discuss the experiences of Vision Loss in a way that highlights thoughts, feelings, and other personal initial reactions to losing vision. This group will include the opportunity for additional discussions with the moderator should there be any information that a person would like to share, but is not comfortable to discuss. A consent form will be provided at the session for individuals who wish to participate.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING: 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

MEET IN LOBBY

1 HR

Blind Fold Travel

Blindfold practice is open to anyone who wishes to participate. You need to bring your own cane and blindfold. Orientation and Mobility Specialists will facilitate this opportunity for you to get hours practicing under blindfold.

CONFERENCE A

1 HR

Victor Trek Treasure Hunt

Join us for this OPTIONAL training. HumanWare will introduce to their new product, Victor Trek. This product is the newest generation of orientation and mobility aids from HumanWare and provides unique benefits not available in other devices such as smartphones. Come and join us to find out about what is new for non-visual travelers in the world of technology!

SOCIAL:  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

CONFERENCE A

0 HRS

Share your most memorable O&M moments! Gather with colleagues for some fun and networking at the conference hotel for this years SWOMA Social. Appetizers will be provided. Attendance is optional. However, if you do plan to attend, be sure to select this in your registration.

MAIN CONFERENCE AGENDA - SATURDAY, NOV 3, 2019 

BREAKOUT SESSION #3:  8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 

LOCATION

CREDIT HOURS  

SESSION DESCRIPTION

CONFERENCE A

1.5 HRS

Beyond the O&M VISSIT: Advocating for Appropriate Service Intensity

Presenters: Shannon Darst, Ph.D., TVI; Heather Munro, M.Ed., TVI, COMS; Rona Pogrund, Ph.D., TVI, COMS

What does your administrator need to know in order to understand the need for more support and/or additional staff in your O&M program? This presentation will provide strategies for having the conversation about needing more support based on the results of all of your O&M VISSITs and other workload factors.

Session Objectives:
• Use of the O&M VISSIT to determine appropriate type and time for service delivery.
• Use of the results of the O&M VISSIT in order to approach administrators to advocate for more personnel and resources in order to meet student service needs.

CONFERENCE B 1.5 HRS

 CCRC Assistive Technology and Travel (iPhone & Android)

Presenters: Jeff Molzow & Michael Doise

This session will show how O&M Instructors can use assistive technology on mobile devices to augment travel.

Session Objectives:
• Choosing the right application for the situation.
• Avoiding overwhelming students' O&M skills with too much technology.
• Demonstration of 3rd Party travel applications and accessories.
• Questions and Answers

BREAKOUT SESSION #4:  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

CONFERENCE A

1.5 HRS

Are You Prepared for Disaster? Disaster Planning for Students with a Visual Impairment

Presenters: Lauralyn Randles, Doctoral Candidate, COMS, TVI; Molly Pasley, Ed.D., COMS, TVI

With the recent uptick in active shooters in schools, it is important that students with special needs are considered during these lifesaving practice sessions. The presenters will address common protocols for fire, bomb threat, tornado, and active shooter scenarios, parental concerns about safety of their children, and how to construct and where to place safety plans for students with a visual impairment. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and knowledge.

Session Objectives:
• Learners will identify and plan for “stay put” and “get out” emergency situations.
• Learners will discuss ways to include the students in the planning process and in creating contingency plans to ensure their safety.
• Learners will discuss ways to include school staff in the planning process and in creating contingency plans to ensure student safety.

CONFERENCE B

1.5 HRS

Let’s Move Together! Early Play Routines to Encourage Self-Initiated Movement

Presenter: Marjie Wood, M.Ed., COMS, TVI, O&M Consultant

The O&M Specialist has a unique role with babies and their parents in laying the foundation for early movement and exploration leading to more formal O&M skills later in life. Come learn some play routines that can benefit baby and parents on the road to self-initiated movement.

Session Objectives:
• Participants will identify at least 2 methods of helping parents create safety/security in their baby’s life.
• Participants will identify 2 benefits to incorporating play routines in the home.
• Participants will identify 2 different play routines for babies and their parents.

CLOSING SESSION & OPTIONAL LUNCHEON:  12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
CONFERENCE AB 2 HRS

Teaching Tips for O&M Instructors from O&M Instructors

Presenter: Teaching Tips for O&M Instructors from O&M Instructors

The speaker will open the session with an explanation of the purpose of the session; that is, to share and to gather instructional techniques that we as veteran O&M instructors have learned from each other, from our students, or from our own creativity that has improved our teaching. The speaker will follow with a few examples of instructional techniques as a means of generating further sharing from those in attendance.

Session Objectives:
• To provide an opportunity for new O&M instructors to benefit from the instructional experiences of veteran instructors.
• To provide an opportunity for veteran instructors to share their instructional experiences with new instructors.

 

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May 4, 2018

at Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

James C. Durkel Conference Center

Austin, Texas

“Makes me unique” were the three words on the poster created by one student with albinism who participated in NOAH’s “My Three Words” YouTube video. Feeling good about yourself when you stand out as unique can be a tricky path. Students with albinism have unique needs in addition to having low vision and providing service for this student population is the focus of our 2018 Low Vision Conference. Program highlights include an interactive session on genetics of albinism with Dr. Murray Brilliant, a renowned researcher who has dedicated his professional work to this topic and a session focusing on psychosocial impact with Ms. Kelsey Thompson, a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified rehabilitation counselor.

Special Pre-Conference Event

This year there will be a special pre-conference event on Thursday, May 3, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the James C. Durkel Conference Center on the TSBVI campus.  Deciding how to respond when being VI makes you stand out; this is an interactive session to talk about it. Kelsey Thompson (Vocational rehab counselor in Chicago, a presenter for the Low Vision Conference, NOAH Insight contributor, a person with albinism) will lead this discussion. Students, parents, & professionals are welcome to join in this discussion.

Registration

Early Bird Registration begins February 26, 2018 and continues through April 22, 2018 for the discounted price of $30 for all participants.  After April 22nd the fee rises to $50.  Registration online is through our trusted partner, ESC Works.  You may pay immediately with a credit card or you can registered now and pay later to get the discount fee if you pay with a check or purchase order.  Send payment to:

Cashier

c/o TSBVI Business Office

1100 W. 45th Street

Austin, TX 78756

Register Now!

Cancellation

You may cancel your registration up until May 2, 2018 without a penalty.  Beginning May 2nd you may be subject to a $25 cancellation fee.  Please contact Randall McAlister right away at  if you need to cancel your registration.


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8:00-8:45 AM: Sign-in and Coffee

8:45-9:30 AM:  Welcome & Panel of persons with albinism

9:45-10:45 AM Genetics & the Eye (Dr. Murray Brilliant)

11:00-12:00 PM: Ages and Stages (Chrissy Cowan & Marjie Wood)

12-1:30 PM Exhibit Fair

1:30-2:45 PM Social and Emotional Aspects of Albinism (Kelsey Thompson)

2:45-3:00 PM Video Tapestry

3:00 PM Closing

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Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Summarize the different patterns of inheritance and the genes associated with the most common forms of albinism;
  2. Identify unique needs of students with albinism and intervention strategies to support them;
  3. Describe the impact on social and emotional growth of having albinism, a condition that includes visual impairment along with differences in appearance and social stigma.

Stipends for Adult Family Members

Limited stipends are available for adult family members of students with albinism which can be used to cover the cost of registration, hotel, transportation, meals and / or child care as needed.  Please contact your TWC or HHSC Caseworker about their ability to help you with the costs associated with this workshop before requesting this stipend.  You may make a request when you register and someone from our staff will contact you to set up the assistance you need. If you have questions about this assistance please contact Rachel Simpson at or at 512-206-9418.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop, like all of TSBVI Outreach workshops, has been approved for both SBEC and ACVREP continuing education credits.  The number of credits available for this workshop is 5.75.

Lodging

There are a variety of hotels located near by TSBVI Campus.  Please make your own reservations unless you are a family member requesting assistance with the hotel.  There are a number of hotels in the area which typically offer a state rate.

 

Anat Baniel, founder of Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement®, and author of Kids Beyond Limits, San Rafael, CA

Anat Baniel, founder of Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement®, is the author of two highly acclaimed books, Move Into Life: NeuroMovement® for Lifelong Vitality and Kids Beyond Limits. Anat was trained as a clinical psychologist, dancer, and was a close professional associate of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for over a decade. In 1982 Anat Baniel moved to New York City where she quickly developed a practice working with babies and young children; with musicians; with athletes and with adults suffering back pain, injury, etc. She also began teaching seminars and professional training programs worldwide. Anat Baniel’s work with children with special needs is world-renown, applauded by parents, health professionals, and those at the cutting edge of the neurosciences. Increasing numbers of leading brain scientists, medical doctors, and others in the helping professions are enthusiastically endorsing Anat Baniel Method (ABM) NeuroMovement® for her work with adults, as well as with children with special needs.

Dr. Lauren Lieberman, Professor, The College of Brockport, State University of New York

Dr. Lauren Lieberman is a distinguished service professor at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.  She is an internationally recognized presenter and a widely published author of research articles and books. Her sessions at Texas Focus 2018 will concentrate on ensuring access to sports and physical activities, whether in PE class, school sports teams, or the community, for all students with disabilities. She is also Director of Camp Abilities Brockport, a camp that seeks to to empower children and teens with visual impairments to be physically active and productive members of their schools, towns, cities, and communities, as well as to improve the health and well-being of people with sensory impairments. 

Larry L. Lewis, President of Flying Blind, LLC, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Founded in May of 2006, Flying Blind. LLC is a US-Based (Ohio) Limited Liability Company whose mission is to empower persons who are vision impaired with the necessary Adaptive Technology Solutions to make them independent and efficient in unlimited capacities. Flying Blind, LLC's founder, Mr. Larry L. Lewis, Jr., has over fifteen years of practical experience serving the Adaptive Technology Industry in a variety of capacities which include domestic and international product management and sales management roles with companies that have rich histories in developing speech and Braille solutions for the Adaptive Technology Industry. Mr. Lewis is congenitally blind and attributes his successes to Braille literacy, which has enabled him to develop the skill sets necessary to start his own company, a boyhood dream which finally became a reality in May of 2006

Kassandra Maloney, Yoga Instructor and author of Yoga for Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

Kassandra is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and Yoga Teacher at Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired where she has worked for the past 10 years. She  became a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and then a Radiant Child Yoga Teacher in 2010 and never looked back! Since then, she has been teaching yoga and movement to students at TSBVI where she combines her passions for orientation and mobility and yoga as she works with students with visual impairments! Last year her first book, Yoga for Children with Visual Impairments was published by TSBVI.  Kassandra is also an avid blogger and shares her thoughts and tips on orientation and mobility, yoga, and other topics.

Dr. Michael McLinden,  author of Learning Through Touch: Supporting Children with Visual Impairments and Additional Difficulties and Professor in Education, University of Birmingham, UK

Michael is concerned with the inclusion of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. He is co-Director of the Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research(VICTAR) in the Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) at the University of Birmingham and programme lead for the professional development courses in visual impairment. Approximately 100 part time students are registered on programmes offered within the centre, making it the largest single provider of specialist courses in this field in Europe. His book, Learning Through Touch, was written to assist teachers and other professionals who support children with visual impairment and additional difficulties and examines the role of touch in developing effective teaching and learning.

Dr. Elina Mullen, Physical Education Instructor, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

Elina was born in Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa and was trained as a licensed teacher in Kenya and obtained a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctorate in Education, in the United States of America, in physical education, planning and administration and implementation of physical education programs for the total population. Elina has worked as a teacher at the elementary and high school level.  She also lectured at Kenyatta University College, a teacher training facility in Kenya, East Africa and at many institutions and functions about the topic of physical education.  Elina is currently working as a Certified Adapted Physical Educator at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and is a Consultant in the area of adapted physical education for the multi-handicapped in its Outreach Department.  She is also in much demand as an in-service training presenter.

Patty Obrzut, OTR and Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Taylor, MI

Penrickton Center for Blind Children is a unique, private non-profit agency, providing five-day residential, day care, and consultation/evaluation services to blind, multi-disabled children ages one through twelve. Patty joined Penrickton Center in 1987 as the Occupational Therapist and after attending a conference in 1992 given by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, began her study of Active Learning. During the following years, she attended over ten conferences given by Dr. Nielsen and developed a personal relationship with her. Immediately after implementing Active Learning techniques at Penrickton Center, staff saw changes in the independent activity of the children. As a result Dr. Nielsen was invited to provide training for staff and eventually Patty spent several weeks in Denmark with Dr. Nielsen observing Active Learning techniques in action. Finally, in 2002, Dr. Nielson granted Patty permission to lecture on techniques of Active Learning. In addition to her responsibilities at Penrickton Patty lectures nationally and contributes regularly to the development of the website, Active Learning Space, collaboratively developed by Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

Athena Oden, Pediatric Physical Therapist and author of the Ready Bodies Learning Minds, San Antonio, TX

Athena is widely known in Texas and across the US for her down to earth approach to teaching, and the practical and powerful nature of the Ready Bodies, Learning Minds program. Whether it is a presentation to hundreds of therapists, or on the floor with children in a Ready Bodies Motor Lab, Athena is driven by the sincere desire to apply her knowledge to help those that choose to work with her. She is a professional and engaging speaker and an experienced therapist with a clear mission: To help children perform at their peak, and to help therapists, teachers and parents understand the fundamental issues involved with sensory integration, motor skills, learning and performance. 

Karen Ranus, Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Austin, TX

Karen is the Director of NAMI in Austin.  NAMI's goal is to improve the lives of all persons affected by serious mental illness by providing support, education, and advocacy throughout the Metropolitan area of Austin, Texas to individuals and families affected by mental illness. Founded in 1984, NAMI Austin is dedicated to supporting the inclusion of individuals with mental illness throughout the organization. They provide guidance, coordination and resources to promote communication and education in Central Texas.

Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, Director of the Pediatric View Program, Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburg, PA

Christine Roman-Lantzy received degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education/Visual Impairment at Michigan State Universi and worked as an itinerant teacher of the visually impaired in the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area for 17 years prior to becoming a Research Assistant in the Vision Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She also completed studies in Orientation & Mobility and received a Master’s Degree in Medically Fragile/High Risk Infants. Dr. Roman-Lantzy is the Director of The Pediatric View Program at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and a former Project Leader of the CVI Project at The American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, KY. She has lectured extensively regarding the CVI educational materials she has developed and the books she has written that have been published by The American Foundation for the Blind.

Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Dr. Rosenblum is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona where she joined the faculty in August 1999. From 1999 to 2016 she prepared teachers to work with children with visual impairments (TVIs). During that time she coordinated teacher preparation programs in Arizona and Nevada.  In July 2016 she became the Project Director for an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) federal project Animal Watch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy, a follow-up project to the 4 year AnimalWatch-VI Suite. Both projects aim to support youth with visual impairments in building their ability to be successful in pre-alegbra math word problem solving skills so they have the skills to suceed in algebra and beyond. As a person with low vision, Dr. Rosenblum is able to share first-hand information with future teachers about the impact of a visual impairment on the lives of children and adults. Dr. Rosenblum has been a teacher of children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities in Pennsylvania (2 years), South Carolina (3 years), and Arizona (3 years). Currently she is providing family education services on a part-time basis for the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind. 

Dr. Neil Sharp, ABM Practioner, ABM Center, San Rafael, California

Neil Sharp trained as an M.D. at Cambridge University and Edinburgh University Medical School. He worked in the United Kingdom as a doctor before leaving medicine to pursue a career in music as an opera singer, musical director, and violinist. Neil began training with Anat Baniel in 2004 and moved to the U.S. in 2007 to work as an ABM Practitioner at the ABM Center in San Rafael, California.

Monica Turner, Field Services Representative, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY

Monica is a Field Services Representative for APH where she provides presentations on APH products, product exhibitions, and inservice events centering on students and their families. The American Printing House for the Blind gives serious consideration to ideas for products that improve the lives of persons who are blind and visually impaired, especially product ideas that support Core and/or Expanded Core Curricula, since both are essential to the education of students and clients who are blind or visually impaired.

Heather Withrow, Deaf Blogger, Artist, Coach, and Mother of a Deaf and a DeafBlindSonand Hearing Daughter, Austin, TX

Hearther is a former Teaching Fellow in Visual Arts at Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center and studied Orientation & Mobility at Texas Tech University. However her most important credential is as a mother to two sons (one deaf and the other DeafBlind) and a hearing daughter.  Heather brings her personal experience as a parent and as a person who is deaf in thinking about how parents can support their child in becoming more active. She is also a dedicated blogger (A Mom's Musings) sharing her experience in raising Orion, her son with DeafBlindness.

When You Contract to Provide a Presentation

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach Programs has contracted with you to provide a presentation for the 2018 Texas Focus conference. As a state agency we are subject to specific policies related to the development of these contracts.  The information below is meant to help you understand what each piece of paperwork you are asked to complete is about and also to serve as a checklist to you.

Please be sure you have submitted this information to your TSBVI Outreach Progams contact:

W-9

Speakers need to submit a W-9 form.  They can go to www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf to download the W-9 form, complete it and send it to the business office at the address noted on the contract.  If they are from a country outside the USA or have other issues related to the W-9, please speak with Miriam first.

Submit a Session Information and Media Release Forms

You will be sent a Session Information and Media Release form. It is extremely important that you complete these forms and return them as soon as possible (but no later than the designated date). Please share your travel itinerary so we can track your flight in case of delays or cancellations. This form should be sent to your Outreach contact so your contract and other paperwork can be generated and you can be paid. 

Travel Arrangements

Each speaker is responsible for making their own travel arrangements and paying for them upfront. This includes your hotel reservations.  Please visit the event website for information about the hotel(s) associated with this event or ask your Outreach staff contact about appropriate lodging.  We typically have a block of rooms at a special conference rate which we would prefer you use.

If you need assistance in making your hotel arrangements, please check with your Outreach contact who should be able to help you.

Your Contract

After we receive your Session Information and Media Release forms, we will generate your contract, so please return these forms as quickly as possible so we can get your contract to you in a timely fashion.  The contract will be made for a "flat fee" that includes the cost of services, travel costs, meals, parking, rental vehicle, gas, taxi/shuttle fares and any other miscellaneous costs such as baggage fees.  Before you sign your contract please make sure you are in agreement with the fee we propose to pay.  If you have questions please direct them to your Outreach staff contact.

If wish for the contract to be made with your agency rather than you as an individual, you will need to provide an EIN number for your agency. If you are not a United States citizen, there may be some special paperwork that you need to share with us.  Please discuss your special situation with the Outreach staff person who contacts you so we can make sure you are submitting the correct forms for payment. 

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

A speaker must submit a current Curriculum Vitae (CV).  If you have a CV or Resume online you may send the link to us.

Please Register for the Event

You will need to register for the event at our online registration site even if you do not plan to attend all sessions.  If you have not registered for an event previously you will need to create an account. Speakers should use the special promotional code SPK123 so that the system will not charge you a registration fee.  If you have any problems registering for an event or have any questions related to registering for an event contact Brian Sobeck at 512-206-9225 and he can help you.

Handouts

You are not required to have a powerpoint presentation or handouts.  However, if you are using either of these you must follow these guidelines:

We provide handouts that include the content of any powerpoint you show plus any additional content (e.g., bibliographies, articles) into a single screenreader accessible handout. This handout is posted on our conference website for participants to download.  We only provide paper handouts on request.  This takes some time on our end to prepare.  You MUST submit any handout and powerpoint content to us by FEBRUARY 1, 2017 in editable electronic files. Please do not send "Read Only" files or other files where the content cannot be copied for inclusion in a Word document.  

If you are sending multiple filesplease specify the order for each piece of content. 

If you are including any images or graphs in either your power point or handout material, please be sure to caption them or include an alt text tag we may use for each image. This includes simply decorative images in your powerpoint so consider eliminating unnecessary images.

Here is a sample of how the handout will look after we process it for posting on the web.  

Here are some of the things that need will make your handout easier to process:

  • Send content (powerpoints and other material) in editable formats.
  • Limit images in your powerpoint to those that are essential and be sure to provide captions for each image.
  • Consider sharing a bibliography with links rather than a full article.
  • Include information about the order of the various files you send when they are compiled into a single handout (we always put the powerpoint first).
  • If you have special instructions such as not including your photos or images or powerpoint in your handout, please let us know.  You will need to plan to provide a description of each slide during your presentation if your powerpoint is not included.
  • Try not to make changes to your powerpoint after you submit it to us.
  • Forms will need to be accessible as well and may need to be re-sized to fit on an 8"x11" paper format. Consider whether these forms need to be included.

Your handout will be posted approximately 1 week prior to the event and will be removed from the web approximately 1 week after the event is over.

Special Needs

We want your experience at this TSBVI event to be as pleasant as possible.  Don't hesitate to ask us if you have any special needs that we should be aware of or simply have questions.  Our Outreach staff will do every thing we can to make sure you have what you need.  This can include particular room set up, equipment, or other things that might be out of the ordinary requests.

After Services are Provide

Invoice Us

A speaker must submit an invoice no later than the 15th of the following month after the work is completed (e.g., work done in March should be submitted by the 15th of April).  Send the invoice to our business office at the address noted on the contract. If you have any questions about this please contact the Outreach staff member who contacted you about your presentation.

You may want to download a sample invoice or make sure the invoice you send includes a purchase order number which we will supply when you attend the event.

Edited Transcript

Download edited transcript from the Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience and What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

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Podcasts [Opening & Closing Keynotes and Panel discussion]

Select Video Interviews

 Deafblind Insights - David Brown

 Deafblind Insights - Joe Gibson

 Deafblind Insights - Suzanne Zeedyk


Podcasts [Opening & Closing Keynotes and Panel discussion]

Outdoors with and for People who are DeafBlind

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: Dr. Joe Gibson, Outdoor Activities Coordinator, Sense Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland Dr. Gibson was the opening keynote speaker at the Symposium. He discussed developing an understanding of some of the theories relating to the beneficial use of the outdoor environment and how these might apply to people who are DeafBlind. He shared practices of and opportunities for using the outdoors with people who are DeafBlind and different cultural ways of using and viewing the outdoor environment.

Downloads: Transcript (txt)

An Active Lifestyle - Two Experiences

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: George Stern and Andrew Cohen each talk about living active lives as individuals who have deafblindness.

Downloads: Transcript (txt)

Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: Dr. Judy Cameron, Professor, University of Pittsburgh and member of the Harvard Center on Child Development, Pittsburg, PA Science tells us that early childhood is a time of both great promise and considerable risk. Having responsive relationships with adults, growth-promoting experiences, and healthy environments for all young children helps build sturdy brain architecture and the foundations of resilience. The following key scientific concept areas and their impact on child development will also be discussed: toxic stress, serve and return interactions, executive function and self regulation. Dr. Cameron will discuss the developing brain and what research shows related to the impact of stress on this development.

Download edited transcript from the Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience and What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

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Downloads: Transcript (txt)

What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: Dr. Judy Cameron, Professor, University of Pittsburgh and member of the Harvard Center on Child Development, Pittsburg, PA Suzanne Zeedyk, Developmental Psychologist, Founder of the Organization connected baby, Dundee, Scotland Bernadette van den Tillaart, M.Ed., Deafblind Consultant, Ohio State School for the Blind, Columbus, OH David Brown, Deafblind Consultant, San Francisco, CA Robbie Blaha, Deafblind Consultant, Texas Deafblind Outreach, Austin, TX Following Dr. Cameron's presentation deafblind experts Bernadette van den Tillaart, Suzanne Zeedyk, David Brown and Robbie Blaha joined in a plenary discussion about how this information relates to individuals with deafblindness and what it means for us in interacting with these individuals at school, home and in the community.

Download edited transcript from the Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience and What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

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Downloads: Transcript (txt)

Emotional Connection for Human Health and Happiness

Original webcast date: 3/4/2017
Description: Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, Founder of the connected baby and Research Professor at the University of Dundee, Scotland. What does emotional connection during infancy look like, and why are early experiences so important to later human functioning? In this informal workshop, Suzanne will use video footage of DeafBlind and non-DeafBlind infants to illuminate patterns of emotional exchange, exploring the biological consequences these early patterns hold for later development. This platform will leave us well placed to think more deeply about how the early life experiences of DeafBlind people, usually unknown and unconsidered, go on to affect the way they relate to practitioners, care-givers and families later in childhood and adulthood.

Downloads: Transcript (txt)

Select Video Interviews

Deafblind Insights - David Brown

Description: interview with David Brown, Education Specialist, California Deaf-Blind Services.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Deafblind Insights - Joe Gibson

Description: Interview with Dr. Joe Gibson Outdoor Activities Coordinator; Sense Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Deafblind Insights - Suzanne Zeedyk

Description: Interview with Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, founder, Connected Baby.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

6505 N Interstate 35 

Austin, Texas,78752

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A block of rooms has been established for participants attending this event.  You must make your own reservation no later than November 6, 2018 to receive this special rate.  If you are a family member  or invited guest attending the special family weekend workshop, Texas DeafBlind Outreach staff will make your reservations for you.

To make your reservation use this online link .

To learn more about this hotel and to get directions visit the DoubleTree website.

TXFocus18SMThe 2018 Texas Focus Conference welcomes vendors, exhibitors and poster sessions, especially those related to this year's focus on movement. Here are some of the things you should know.

Step 1: Submit the 2018 Texas Focus Request to Exhibit exhibit online. (Note: we are currently not accepting anymore vendors or exhibitors for Texas Focus due to limited space.)

Step 2: Register for the Conference and pay a registration fee if you plan to attend any sessions. 

Step 3: Send advertisement information and images to Kate Hurst at .

Payments should be made by check or purchase order to TSBVI Outreach Programs - TX Focus and mailed or emailed to TSBVI Outreach Programs, 1100 W. 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756

You have options for when and how long you are at a table during the Conference. These options are:

  • Friday, March 2nd (7:30 AM - 5:00 PM) only
  • Saturday, March 3rd (7:30 AM - 1:00 PM) only
  • Both Friday and Saturday, March 2nd-3rd
  • Saturday March 3rd (11:45 AM - 12:30 PM only during the special vendor/poster session breakout)

If you wish to sponsor a break or social event, we would gratefully accept your support.  In return we will include information about your agency, organization or business in our Conference Session Guide.  The size of the advertisements and contributions are listed below:

  • business card size for $50
  • 1/4 page for $100
  • 1/2 page for $200
  • full page for $400

SymposiumLogo2019 Texas DeafBlind Symposium: Resonance

February 22-23, 2019

Austin, TX

 

The presentation of awards to individuals whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the field of deafblindness and/or who have contributed to improving the lives of Texans with deafblindness is one of the highlights of the Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness.   

With our theme of "Resonance" in mind the following family members, paraprofessionals and professionals were nominated because they exhibit those qualities of developing security and attachment for early communicators and who demonstrate the skills of building relationships that support and enhance the lives of individuals with DeafBlindness. Please take time to congratulate these individuals!

JacquelineIzaguirreTrail Blazer Award

This award is given to a family member(s) who has, through their advocacy or efforts on behalf of their family member with DeafBlindness, blazed a trail that has made it easier for other families who follow. This year’s recipient is Jacqueline Izaguirre from Harker Heights, Texas.

Jacqueline, the proud mother of Patsy and her two brothers, likes to say that she "has been following Patsy's lead for 31 years." In 1990 she joined DBMAT, and a year later worked with staff at the Regional Day School for the Deaf to obtain one of the first classroom interveners in Texas for Patsy. As a member of the National Coalition for DeafBlind she served as an advocate in Austin and Washington D.C. seeking to have intervener services written into law. She has also served on the NFADB board, and is a founding member and president of the DeafBlind Camp of Texas.

 

RustyAlfordRobbie Blaha Intervener Award

This award is given to an intervener who has demonstrated excellence in their role of support to a child with DeafBlindness within the educational setting and whose efforts have contributed to the success of the intervener model in Texas. This year’s recipient is Rusty Alford from Cypress-Fairbanks, Texas.

Rusty has been serving in the educational field for nearly twelve years. He served for one year as a paraprofessional and another six years as a certified interpreter. For the past five years Rusty has served as an intervenor with Cy-Fair ISD. According to Rusty, despite his various experiences working in the educational field, "the last 5 have been my favorite, working alongside individuals who are DeafBlind."

  

AneishaWaugh1Community Intervener Award

This is the first time this award is being presented.  It is given to an intervener working outside of the educational setting who demonstrates excellence in their role of support to an individual with DeafBlindness and whose efforts have contributed to the success of the intervener model in Texas. This year’s recipient is Aneisha Waugh from Spring, Texas.

Aneisha has been working with individuals who are DeafBind for over 14 years. Her passion for work in the field of DeafBlindness led her to complete the coursework from Utah State University where she received the national intervener credential.  Aneisha is proud to be a certified intervener and says of her work with individuals who are DeafBlind, "I love working with both adults and children who are Deafblind. I enjoy building a bridge for communication, helping them gain access to environmental information, and developing a trustful interactive relationship with them."

 

KayceeBennettMarty Murrell Excellence in Education Award

This award is given to a professional in education who has made a long-term commitment to excellence in education for Texas students with DeafBlindness. This year’s award is given to Kaycee Bennett from Arlington, Texas.

Kaycee Bennett currently serves as Auditory Impairment Specialist and Teacher for Students with DeafBlindness in Northwest ISD. Her background in Deaf Education led her to support her passion of working with students with DeafBlindness and has given her a unique perspective in the field.  She loves creating better programming access and communication for these students and the staff supporting them. Her formal education in DeafBlindness has taught her many things, but she has learned the most from her students and their families!

  

McCormickAnn Silverrain Award

This award is given to any individual who has made an extraordinary commitment to improving the lives of individuals with DeafBlindness in Texas. This year’s award is presented to Marina McCormick from Houston, Texas.

Marina McCormick, Region 4 Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) Coordinator, has served in education for 18 years.  Marina has supported students with DeafBlindness both as a teacher of the deaf and as a special education administrator.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Houston where her research focuses on statewide professional learning efforts and the potential impact on teachers’ confidence for supporting students with DeafBlindness.