Events

Barbara Miles with a dad during a workshop at TSBVI.
Barbara Miles with a dad during a workshop at TSBVI.

Below are a list of events and training activities sponsored or co-sponsored by the Texas Deafblind Project and events sponsored by others that focus on deafblind issues. Registration forTSBVI events is through TSBVI  ESC Works online registration. Links are provided for all events for registration or more information . 

Many of these events provide continuing education units (CEU) through ACVREP and the Texas State Board of Education Certification (SBEC). This amount of CEUs will be indicated on the registration site if credits are being offered.

September 2021

September 13, 2021 – 3:00-4:00 PM CST

TX SenseAbilities: A publication about visual impairment and deafblindness for families and professionals

Cyral Miller, Ann Adkins, and Juanita Barker 

An interactive session about TX SenseAbilities, a newsletter published by the TSBVI Outreach Program in collaboration with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and HHSC. The presenters will share information about the newsletter and seek feedback from Coffee Hour participants to help shape the future of this publication.

Register here!

September 20, 2021 – 3:00-4:00 PM CST

General Considerations for Supporting Students who are Deafblind and Proficient Communicators

Deanna Peterson and Kaycee Bennett

An overview of this under-identified group of students, who participate in the general education or Deaf education settings. We will review strategies and supports to consider for this unique population.

Register here!

September 27, 2021 – 3:00-4:00 PM CST

Interactions with Children who are Deafblind: A conversation and website introduction

Chris Montgomery

How do we join the person who is deafblind in sharing their world, a world experienced through touch? How do we arouse curiosity? What is the path to bonding? Why must we recognize and affirm their communication before a formal language can be co-created? Have you ever considered how a person who is deafblind learns the concepts that people with vision and hearing learn incidentally from observation? Join Chris Montgomery, deafblind education consultant with the TX Deafblind Project for a tour of the recently created website, “Interactions with Children who are Deafblind”.

During our Coffee Hour session, we will explore experiencing the world through the sense of touch. We will investigate how to initiate interaction, share meaningful experiences, and co-create formal language with the deafblind learner. The hope of this session is to provide the audience with questions that will provoke thought, reflection, and further inquiry into interactions with individuals who are deafblind. The session is not intended as a “how-to” guide for instruction.

Register here!

September 28-29 – 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM

2021 Introduction to the Intervener Team Model

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

This workshop will provide a brief overview of topics related to implementing a team approach to intervener services when working with students who are deafblind and have multiple disabilities in an educational setting. Because this training focuses on team building strategies, teams are asked to include at least two members of the student’s IEP team to participate in the workshop. Breakout sessions will provide opportunities for members of student’s IEP teams to work together to plan and design instructional activities that can be implemented into their student’s educational program.

Objectives:
• Understanding the roles and functions of each team member on the IEP.
• Improving the implementation of the intervener model through a collaborative instructional approach.
• Facilitating discussion among IEP team members on improving the educational programming of students through the implementation of a team approach to the intervener model.

REGISTER HERE!

September 30, 2021 – 11:00 AM-3:00 PM CST( 4 hour)

The Impact of Stress on Brain Development and Brain

Part 1: Judy Cameron

In this session Dr. Cameron will explain how experiences shape brain development, and how increased anxiety and stress influence a number of processes in the developing brain. She will focus on how experiences can also help children build resilience to the impact of stress and anxiety, and on how parents and communities can enhance their use of social supports to optimize children’s brain development.

Part 2: A series of panelists

Tanni Anthony will lead a panel discussion about Dr. Cameron’s presentation.

Part 3: Elaine Brown and Melissa Brown

Though most people think they know what makes them happy, we find ourselves often attempting to increase or search for happiness in our lives. Through describing research on the experience of happiness, as well as, sharing personal reflections and stories the presenters hope to provide an opportunity for participants to examine how changes in behaviors and perceptions may lead to increased happiness and well-being in day-to-day life.

Register here!

September 30, 2021 – 3:00 – 4:00 PM CST

CVI Study Group

Predetermined, self-selected participants/teams will share documents and videos regarding their own students with facilitators in advance of the study group. During the study group, all participants will view the shared information regarding specific students and have the opportunity to discuss the students and situations observed and offer suggestions for the community of professionals and parents who attend. Sessions may also center around topics and resources related to CVI as identified by the group.

Objectives:
• Become more familiar with CVI Characteristics.
• Increase knowledge of CVI Range Assessment.
• Work with peers to brainstorm CVI interventions for their students.
• Share information about new research and best practices.

REGISTER HERE!

October 2021

October 4, 2021 – 3:00-4:00 PM CST

Literacy Considerations for Individuals with CVI: Part 2   

Judy Endicott    

Literacy Considerations for Individuals with Cortical Visual Impairment, Part 2, will address questions posted during the May 2021 presentation. Part 2 will further explore literacy experiences and the customization of curriculum for individuals in Phase II and Phase III (Roman-Lantzy, 2018) who are ready for instruction with print symbols.

Register here!

October 18, 2021 – 3:00-4:00 PM CST

Nemeth in a Box            

Susan Osterhaus, Tina Herzberg, and Sara Larkin

This session will share a variety of games, activities, and resources that can be  sed when providing instruction of Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts to students at the middle school level. It will include the use of Which One Doesn’t Belong (WODB), Bingo, What is Wrong (WOW), What is the Question, Mazes, Boggle, and Jeopardy! This can be done virtually and in person. The purpose of the games is to promote critical thinking skills while learning the Nemeth code and reinforcing math concepts.

Register here!

October 24-26, 2021    

Mentor Center  

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI campus. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.

Learning Objectives:
• Observe visually impaired students in a variety of learning environments.
• Keep a record of materials and strategies observed.
• Apply strategies and materials to their own students.
• Connect theory learned in coursework to actual situations in the field.

Audience: Protégés matched with a TVI and/or COMS mentor through the TSBVI Mentor Program and Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor.

Register for Session ID:  40271 

October 25, 2021 – 3:00-4:00 PM CST

But What Do I DO with a Toddler?!

Karen Borg

This presentation will focus on instructional strategies for working with infants and toddlers with vision impairment. The session will touch on a variety of topics including, assessment; strategies for developing vision and compensatory skills; glasses and patching; complex kids; motor strategies; working with other professionals; etc.

Register here!

October 28, 2021  – 3:00-4:00 PM CST

Active Learning Case Studies: Student Centered Planning 

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students.

These webinars will not be recorded. A total of four Active Learning Study Groups are scheduled for 10/28/2021, 12/16/2021, 2/24/2022 and 4/21/2022. Interested parties are not required to participate in all four meetings, but it is encouraged. Drop-ins are also welcome!

Register for Session ID: 40279 

November 2021

November 4-5, 2-21

2021 Southwest Orientation & Mobility Conference:  Zooming into the Future 2.1

The Southwest Orientation & Mobility Conference is going virtual again this year! This coming November, we will be Zooming into the Future adding all we’ve learned from months and months of delivering professional development online…and we can’t wait for you to join us online!!

Although we are moving our face-to-face conference to an entirely online format again this year, you can still expect timely and informative keynotes and breakout sessions as well as the opportunity to connect with exhibitors.

Over 13 hours of CEU’s (ACVREP and SBEC) are offered through SWOMA this year.

Conference Dates:
• November 4th: Pre-Conference (Optional)
• November 5th – 6th: Main Conference

Registration Fees:
• Professional and Family Member – $100
• University Students and Paraprofessionals – $40

REGISTER HERE!

December 2021

December  16, 2021 – 3:00-4:00 PM

Active Learning Case Studies: Student Centered Planning

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students.

These webinars will not be recorded. A total of four Active Learning Study Groups are scheduled for 10/28/2021, 12/16/2021, 2/24/2022 and 4/21/2022. Interested parties are not required to participate in all four meetings, but it is encouraged. Drop-ins are also welcome!

Register for Session ID: 40281 

February 2022

February  20, 21, & 22, 2022   

Mentor Center

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI campus. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.

Learning Objectives:
• Observe visually impaired students in a variety of learning environments.
• Keep a record of materials and strategies observed.
• Apply strategies and materials to their own students.
• Connect theory learned in coursework to actual situations in the field.

Audience: Protégés matched with a TVI and/or COMS mentor through the TSBVI Mentor Program and Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor.

Register for Session ID: 40273 

February 24, 2022 – 3:00-4:00 PM CST

Active Learning Case Studies: Student Centered Planning   

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students.

These webinars will not be recorded. A total of four Active Learning Study Groups are scheduled for 10/28/2021, 12/16/2021, 2/24/2022 and 4/21/2022. Interested parties are not required to participate in all four meetings, but it is encouraged. Drop-ins are also welcome!

Register for Session ID: 40283

April 2022

April 21, 2022  – 3:00-4:00 PM CST

Active Learning Case Studies: Student Centered Planning  

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students.

These webinars will not be recorded. A total of four Active Learning Study Groups are scheduled for 10/28/2021, 12/16/2021, 2/24/2022 and 4/21/2022. Interested parties are not required to participate in all four meetings, but it is encouraged. Drop-ins are also welcome!

Register for Session ID: 40285 

April 24- 26, 2022

Mentor Center

Mentor Centers provide participants an opportunity to observe experienced TVIs and COMS as they use a variety of strategies and materials with their students on the TSBVI campus. Each participant will have the opportunity to observe between 4-6 individual VI professionals a day.

Learning Objectives:
• Observe visually impaired students in a variety of learning environments.
• Keep a record of materials and strategies observed.
• Apply strategies and materials to their own students.
• Connect theory learned in coursework to actual situations in the field.

Audience: Protégés matched with a TVI and/or COMS mentor through the TSBVI Mentor Program and Texas students currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University or Stephen F. Austin State University VI/O&M programs who do not have a mentor.

Register for Session ID: 40275