“Your Vision, Your Path” Conference
Authors: Lauren Cox, Program Manager, Blind Children’s Program, Health and Human Services Commission
Keywords: Blind Children's Program, BCP, conference, family, networking
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A Learning Opportunity for Children and Their Families
The Texas Health and Human Services’ Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program held a statewide family conference, themed “Your Vision, Your Path” to help families and children plan and prepare a path for their future. More than 150 children ages 10-14 with blindness or low vision and their families from around the state attended the event in Bastrop, TX.
The first afternoon started with an ice-breaker to get to know each other. The following day featured workshops and learning sessions on accessibility, equal access in college settings, orientation and mobility, and The Game of Life to prepare children about decisions they might have to make and situations they will have to prepare for as adults.
The conference concluded with a day of exploration. Families visited with vendors and resources related to therapy, recreation, camps and assistive technology. Children in the BCP enjoyed skill building activities and learned money and home management techniques, literacy, career preparation and job skills. Children experienced various recreational and explorative activities such as a rock wall, nature sounds activities, sensory activities, beep baseball, and Topsoccer.
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