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KSSB provides a network of services to meet the needs of students with a visual impairment in the state of Kansas.  Services extend beyond the main campus in Kansas City to reach local school districts in every corner.  The local school district strives to provide quality instruction that enhances the eduction for each student. KSSB offers a variety of  professional development and technical assistance opportunities to partner with the local education address the needs of students with a visual impairment.

KSSB Field Service Specialist Contacts

Pam Arbeiter: Cell: 913-424-3324 or Email: parbeiter@kssdb.org

Anna Cyr: Cell: 913-645-5324 or Email: acyr@kssdb.org

Menely Hogan: Cell: 913-645-2659 or Email: mhogan@kssdb.org

Julie Ituarte: Cell: 913-945-0769  or Email: jituarte@kssdb.org 

Debbie Moody: Cell: 913-982-7712 or Email: dmoody@kssdb.org

Molly Reardon: Cell: 913-309-7041  or Email: mreardon@kssdb.org

KANLOVKIDS CLINICS

KanLoveKids provides low vision clinics around the state of Kansas. Seven low vision optometrists and two low vision ophthalmologists, located in eleven locations throughout the state, provide evaluations at the clinics for students who have a visual impairment. Upcoming Clinics are listed below. For more information contact Judy Imber at jimber@kssdb.org or visit the KanLovKids Website.

LVCC:
Dates, Doctor, Location and who to contact.
  • 10/18/19: Dr. Krug, Hays KS. Contact Anna Cyr .
  • 11/22/19: Dr. Krug, Hays KS. (if October slots are filled and additional appointments are needed). Contact Anna Cyr.
  • 10/23/19, Dr. Post, Grene Vision, Wichita. Contact Debbie Moody
LVCC+:
Dates, Doctor, Location. Unless otherwise noted below, contact Judy Imber for all LVCC+ information.
  • 9/11/2019 KSSB Campus.
  • 10/10/19, Dr. Lawrence, Envision Wichita. Contact Debbie Moody

Community of Practice Seminars

The KSSB Field Services Specialists hold Community of Practice (COP) Seminars around the state of Kansas. The COP Seminars are designed for TSVI’s and COMS to collaborate and exchange ideas for instruction, adaptations and assistive technology.  The participants of the regional set the goals or focus of each COP Seminars.

  • 8/7/2019: 9:00-12:00. Girard Kansas. Contact Julie Ituarte
  • 9/20/2019: 12:00-2:00 Salina Library McKenzie Center. Contact Anna Cyr.
  • 9/19/2019: 10:00-12:00 Zoom Invite. Contact Menely Hogan
  • 9/25/2019: 11:00-1:00. Wichita. Contact Debbie Moody
  • 10/16/2019: 12:00-2:00. WyCo-JCo. Contact Pam Arbeiter
  • 10/19/2019: 12:30-2:30. Girard, KS. Contact Julie Ituarte
  • 10/24/2019: 8:30-3:30. COMS Community of Practice, Topeka. Contact: Menely Hogan
  • 11/15/2019: 12:00-2:00. Lawrence Kansas. Contact Molly Reardon
  • 12/4/2019: 2:00-3:30. Zoom Invite. Contact Menely Hogan
  • 12/13/2019: 12:00-2:00 Moxie Junction. Contact Debbie Moody
  • 12/20/2019: 9:00-12:00. Greenbush Educational Service Center. Girard. Contact: Julie Ituarte

White Cane Day Celebrations – 10/15/2019

  • Wichita: Sedgwick County Zoo, 9:00-2:00. Contact Debbie Moody
  • Salina: Sculpter Walk, Salina, 10:30-1:00. Contact Anna Cyr
  • Garden City: Lee Richardson Zoom, Garden City, 10:00-1:00. Contact Menely Hogan
  • KSSB: Oak Park Mall, 11:00- 2:00. Contact Judy Imber

Statewide Professional Development Opportunities

Cortical Visual Impairment & Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Audience: Service providers and families of children who are deafblind in KS.

Location: Pinnacle National Development Center – 1913 Pinnacle Way, Kansas City, KS 66111

This event is a collaborative effort between the KS Deaf-Blind Project and the Missouri Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Project.  Space is limited.  Please register early through the Family and Service Provider Registration link. For questions contact Marites Altuna at maltuna@kssdb.org

Professional Development Opportunities

Cortical Visual Impairment & Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

  • Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
  • Audience: Service providers and families of children who are deafblind in KS.
  • Location: Pinnacle National Development Center – 1913 Pinnacle Way, Kansas City, KS 66111
  • Description: This event is a collaborative effort between the KS Deaf-Blind Project and the Missouri Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Project.  Space is limited.
  • Registration: Please register early through the Family and Service Provider Registration link. For questions contact Marites Altuna at maltuna@kssdb.org

Functional Vision Assessment

  • Date: September 12, 2019
  • Audience: Pre-Service TSVI/COMS (individuals currently in university programs)
  • Location: Lundgren Elementary School, 1020 NE Forest Ave. Topeka KS 66616
  • Description: This training is for Pre-Service Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment who are beginning their coursework, or for others who are interested in learning more about Functional Vision Assessments and how to conduct them.  It is a required course for TASN grant fund recipients.
  • Registration: TASN FVA Class for Pre-Service TSVIs Registration FVA Link

Learning Media Assessment

  • Date: December 5, 2019
  • Audience: Pre-Service TSVI/COMS (individuals currently in university programs)
  • Location: Hutchinson – Specific Location TBD
  • Description: This training is for Pre-Service Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment who are beginning their coursework, or for others who are interested in learning more about Learning Media Assessments and how to conduct them.  It is a required course for TASN grant fund recipients.
  • Registration: TASN LMA Class for Pre-Service TSVIs Registration for LMA 

Sensory Learning Kit 

  • Date: February 6, 2020
  • Audience: Pre-Service TSVI/COMS (individuals currently in university programs)
  • Location: Wichita – specific location TBD
  • Description: This training is for Pre-Service Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment who are beginning their coursework, or for others who are interested in learning more about Sensory Learning Kit and how to conduct them. The Sensory Learning Kit is the Learning Media Assessment for children who have a visual impairment and additional significant disabilities. It is a required course for TASN grant fund recipients.
  • Registration: TASN SLK Class for Pre-Service TSVI’s Registration Link – Coming Soon

Expanded Core Curriculum Consideration of Needs

  • Date: TBD
  • Audience: Pre-Service TSVI/COMS (individuals currently in university programs)
  • Location: TBD
  • Description: This training is for Pre-Service Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment who are beginning their coursework, or for others who are interested in learning more about the Expanded Core Curriculum Consideration of Needs. The ECC is the unique specialized instructional areas designed to address the unique needs of a student who is blind or visually impaired.  It is a required course for TASN grant fund recipients.
  • Registration: TASN ECC Class for Pre-Service TSVI’s. Registration Link – Coming Soon
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