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Strategies for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

The New Jersey
  Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NJCBVI) is proud to announce its  annual Teachers’ Conference on October 16 and 17, 2014 from 9:00am to 3:00pm and will take place at The Conference Center at Mercer, 1200 Old Trenton Rd.,West Windsor, NJ. The Commission will be sponsoring education workshops for teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired.

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

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 given at the conclusion of each day. Participants may only to attend a one day session.

Continental breakfast and registration will be held between 8am-9am. Lunch is on your own. Food is not permitted to be brought into the facility.

Complete the registration form below. Once received, you will be sent an e-mail confirmation with directions to the conference, and an acknowledgement postcard. You may attend only one workshop on one day.

Register Early – Space is Limited – No Walk-ins Permitted.
Please RSVP by Oct. 3, 2014.

*Registration is closed

Workshops October 16, 2014 - Day 1
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 Low Vision/Large Print (4-8): This workshop focuses on  strategies for working with low-vision students in grades 4-8.  The educational implications of various visual 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. High School Low Vision/Large Print (9-12): Age appropriate  classroom strategies for working with low vision students in high school will be provided. The implications of various visual impairment and the student’s knowledge of their eye condition will be explored with the review of accommodations through the use of materials, technology and instructional strategies.
Workshops October 17, 2014 - Day 2
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 and 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 is designed for 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. M.D. Low Vision (Academic): This workshop focuses on strategies for working with students who have multiple disabilities including visual impairments. The educational implications of various visual impairments and classroom modifications will be discussed. Assistive technology, specialized accommodations and enhancements for instruction will be reviewed.

5. M.D. Low Vision (Sensory): This workshop focuses on strategies for working with students who have multiple disabilities and visual impairments. This presentation will emphasize teaching through touch and the use of the four other senses in order to learn.
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