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Get to the Point! – Succinct Communication with Educational Teams at the Beginning of the School Year

Effective communication with school staff at the beginning of the school year is always a challenge for itinerant TSVIs and COMS. Here are tips and strategies for quickly and effectively sharing information about your student with their educational team. Open captioned.

Promising Practices – Considerations for the Accessibility of Sign Language for Individuals with CVI

This presentation will discuss known implications of CVI as identified through research and shared lived-experiences. Considerations for the visual accessibility of sign language will be discussed as it relates to these visual behaviors, with an emphasis on thoughtful collaboration and a whole-child approach. Open captioned and ASL.

Orientation and Mobility Services for Individuals who are Deafblind – A Panel Discussion

A panel of COMS who serve individuals who are deafblind will be discussing topics within the field of deaflnind orientation and mobility. This will include the future of the field, strategies that are used, and what makes deafblind O&M unique. Open captioned and ASL.

Mental Health Matters – Stop Burnout and Move Forward in Healing

If you are feeling tired and low-energy, struggling to complete everyday tasks, feeling a general sense of apathy and cynicism, and experiencing frequent headaches then you may be experiencing burnout! Come learn more about burnout, why we experience it, and learn practical strategies to stop burnout in its tracks and take steps towards healing. Open captioned.

Active Learning Practices & Examples

Join us for this session to review active learning practices and examples from Patty Obrzut, MS, OTR, Executive Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children. Open captioned and ASL.

Multiple Disabilities: APH Products and Resources

Learn about new and favorite APH products for learners with multiple disabilities, plus the abundance of APH resources to make a teacher’s job easier. Open captioned and ASL.

Off-Campus Orientation and Mobility

In our present culture, there is often resistance to orientation and mobility specialists (OMS) traveling off campus with students for lessons, as well as concerns the OMS may have due to this resistance. We will take a look at advocating for, planning, and conducting off campus lessons. This will include reviewing resources that justify the need for community lessons and tools for getting everyone on the same page (families, administrators, transportation, etc.). Open captioned and ASL.

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Sensory Needs of Students with Visual Impairments and Optic Nerve Hypoplasia

Children with visual impairments often experience sensory motor and behavioral challenges that can affect their ability to make progress in the general and special education setting. By providing children with meaningful and intentional sensory motor activities throughout the day, children with visual and multiple impairments gain the ability to self-organize their sensory systems in order to participate in activities with their peers and make progress in their individualized education plans. Join us to discuss how to identify students with challenges in sensorimotor development and provide strategies for intervention including the use of sensory motor activities and routines to be implemented in a variety of settings. Open captioned and ASL.

Recapping the 2023 Texas Symposium on Deafblind Education

Join us as we recap the highlights from the 2023 Texas Symposium on Deafblind Education that occurred at the end of February in Austin, TX. Open captioned and ASL.

Resources & Guidance for Using the CVI Range

The CVI Range, by Dr. Roman-Lantzy, is the only CVI-specific assessment instrument currently available to determine how a student with cortical visual impairment best uses their vision. Potential assessors have varying degrees of knowledge and confidence when approaching this assessment. Join us as we offer resources and guidance with the aim of strengthening our competence in using the CVI Range. Open captioned and ASL.

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