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Strategies for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

The New Jersey  Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NJCBVI) is pleased to announce its annual Teachers’ Conference on October 18 and 19, 2017. The Commission will sponsor education workshops for classroom teachers of students who are blind or vision-impaired as well as a workshop  for school administrators to promote their understanding of these students.

The NJCBVI will introduce adaptive materials, demonstrate equipment, and suggest strategies that are tailored for the unique needs of  our students.

We look forward to sharing with you many new and innovative ways of helping this population of students succeed in school

WORKSHOP INFO
This symposium is funded by the State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, New Jersey  Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Five professional development hours will be awarded at the conclusion of the day. Participants may only attend on one day.

Space is very limited. Register Early.

Please Note:  Lunch will not be provided and due to the full schedule, you are encouraged to bring lunch.

Location of this Event:
Department of Children & Families Professional Center
30 Van Dyke Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Complete the online form below and submit. Once received, you will be sent an e-mail confirmation of the workshop you will attend. Please bring the confirmation e-mail with you.

You may attend only one workshop on one day. Space will be limited to two professionals for each student registered with NJCBVI.

The deadline for registration is
September 29, 2017.

NO WALK-INS ARE PERMITTED

 

Registration

Workshops October 18, 2017 - Day 1
  1. Preschool-Grade 1 Braille: This workshop explores the implications of common eye conditions and the use of adapted toys, along with pre-Braille and un-contracted braille skill development for students with low vision or blindness. Active learning is encouraged through classroom modifications, interactive play, assistive technology and specialized teaching techniques.

  2. Low Vision/Large Print Preschool-Grade 1: For teachers of preschool through grade 1 students using print as their primary reading medium. Skills include concept development, symbolic play, learning letters, numbers and instructional strategies. Adaptation of activities is provided to include the maximum use of residual vision, fine motor, gross motor and auditory skills to develop both literacy and play skills.

  3. Low Vision/Large Print (2 & 3): This workshop addresses the needs of students using print as their primary reading medium. Skills explored include concept development leading to reading literacy. The use of low-vision aids and audio books will be presented as related to the grades 2 and 3 curriculum.

  4. Multiple Disabilities—Low Vision (Academic): This workshop focuses on strategies for working with students who have multiple disabilities including vision-impairments. The educational implications of various vision-impairments and classroom modifications will be discussed. Assistive technology, specialized accommodations and enhancements for instruction will be reviewed.

  5. Multiple Disabilities—Low Vision (Sensory): This workshop focuses on strategies for working with students who have multiple disabilities and vision-impairments. This presentation will emphasize teaching through tactual learning and the use of their other senses in order to learn.
 
 
Workshops October 19, 2017 - Day 2
  1. Elementary Braille (2-4): This workshop explores classroom instructional strategies and materials for working with students who read un-contracted and contracted Braille on an academic level. The use of various adaptive educational aids and assistive technology will be discussed and demonstrated.

  2. Middle School Braille (5-8): Instructional strategies and adaptive materials will be presented for academic middle school students who read Braille and use assistive technology. Attention will be given to specific content areas and a display of adaptive educational aids will be available.

  3. Middle School/High School -Low Vision/Large Print (4-12): This workshop focuses on strategies for working with low-vision students in grades 4-12. The educational implications of various vision-impairments and appropriate classroom modifications will be discussed. Adaptive technology, educational materials and instructional approaches will be reviewed. The impact of low vision on the development of reading and math skills will be explored.

  4. Dual Media Learners : This workshop will provide strategies for working with students who use both Braille and print as learning media. Adaptive technology, educational materials and the impact of being a dual media learner will be discussed.

  5. High School Braille: This workshop will provide guidance  to classroom teachers as well as examples of adapted materials for supporting academic high school students who use Braille to access materials.  This presentation will also address independence and other issues important to blind high school students.

  6. School District Administrators :This workshop will provide information about relationships between the New Jersey Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CBVI) and local school districts. This workshop will review service delivery objectives in developing and implementing individual education plans and regulations that govern delivery of service.
 
 
 
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