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TSBVI Outreach Coffee Hour recordings are not eligible for delayed viewing credits. To earn CEUs for participating in upcoming sessions, please visit the current registration page.

Driver or Active Traveler- What’s the Role of the VI Professional?

Open captioned. Learning to manage transportation effectively as a young person with low vision is an essential part of transition planning and preparation for adulthood. The presenters will provide an overview of pre-driver readiness skills and activities, driving using a bioptic device, and active traveler (non-driver) skills. Information will be shared about new TSBVI online courses that give a more in-depth understanding of the process for professionals and families.

Book Access for Students with Visual Impairment

Open captioned. Come learn about the vast array of reading options now available for large print, audio, and braille. Organizations such as Bookshare, Texas Talking Book Program, BARD, and Learning Ally will be covered.

WREIC - Transitioning from Early Intervention - Determining the Childs’ Needs Together

Open Captioned and ASL. Join us for this panel presentation from the Western Regional Early Intervention group. Participants will develop techniques to best support families for a successful transition from Early Intervention to an IEP. Participants will recognize a school district's varied perspectives, strategies, needs, and possible limitations during a child’s transition into preschool. Resources Include: • Quality Indicators • NCDB guide: Determining need for an intervener; TSBVI Guide: Determining need for intervener in educational setting.

Effective Itinerant Strategies

Open captioned. Going from a self-contained classroom, to a residential school setting, and then itinerant teaching position can be jarring. Rachel Collins shares her experiences and some helpful tips and strategies to navigate the Itinerant Teaching Role.

Setting the Foundation: Writing PLAAFPs, IEP Goals, and a Short Word on IFSPs

Open captioned. When building a house, it’s important to have a strong foundation so it doesn’t fall down later. Creating an IEP or IFSP starts the same way--with strong statements of present levels that lead to pertinent and collaborative goals. As boring as this topic may sound, we'll have some fun this session while we review the necessary components for a strong and compliant foundation for students' IEPs.

Participants will:
• Know and understand the components of a PLAAFP statement
• Know and understand the components of goals and outcomes for IEPs and IFSPs
• Describe the connection between PLAAFP statements and goals, and how working collaboratively will benefit the process.

Orientation & Mobility Services and Support: Birth through Five

Open captioned. Join us for a conversation about the important role orientation and mobility specialists play in supporting our youngest learners who are blind or visually impaired in the home, school, and community settings. Early childhood O&M resources will also be highlighted during this session.

Successes in Early Vision Screening

Open captioned. Anchor Center for Blind Children, a non-profit organization that supports families with young children with visual impairment from birth to six in Denver, Colorado, and several local Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)s are collaborating to identify visual function concerns of pre-term infants using a validated visual screening tool called The Neonatal Assessment Visual European Grid (NAVEG). Infants identified to be at risk with the NAVEG are referred for follow-up to ophthalmological care and local early intervention vision services. We will share about the NAVEG research and our training successes.

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) - Important Resources for the Classroom

Open captioned. Come and learn about this free resource for K-12 students. The webinar will focus on how described media can enhance learning and classroom experiences along with a review of important content supporting their new Getting a Job e-Learning transition from school-to-work module. Getting a Job offers a series of activities, supporting documents, and audio messages from role models. The module is designed to help the job seeker prepare for the world of work. It features several blind and low vision role models to guide students along the path to work.

Introduction to Active Learning Coaching

Active Learning is a research-based pedagogical approach that can provide access to the general curriculum for many students with the most complex needs when applied with fidelity. Learn how the Texas Sensory Support Network (TxSSN) is using a Texas Education Agency (TEA)-approved instructional coaching model and training materials tied to Texas' School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI's) Active Learning online modules to build capacity in Active Learning across the state of Texas. Open captioned and ASL.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: From Theory to Practice

The presentation will provide an overview of infant mental health, underscoring the critical role of early relational experiences. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young children and their caregivers will also be reviewed. Strategies for supporting caregivers and young children through relationship-focused interventions will be provided. Finally, participants will be invited to explore the role that self-care/self-compassion play in providing care to others. Open captioned and ASL.