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2ND ANNUAL STATEWIDE SYMPOSIUM FOR VISION PROFESSIONALS IN KANSAS
NOVEMBER 8, 2019 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This collaborative event will include breakout sessions for COMS (including those in university training program), TSVIs (including those in university training program), Instructional Assistants/Braillists, and other professionals working directly with students with a visual impairment.

SPONSORS: The Kansas State School for the Blind, The Kansas Instructional Resource Center, The Kansas Deaf-Blind Project, and The Kansas Technical Assistance System Network

This-one day professional development is designed for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists. Certificate.

ACVREP credit and college credit is available.

THERE IS NO FEE FOR THE TRAINING!!

SAMPLE AGENDA:

Welcome

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Lunch – Free

Guest Speaker

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Coffee & Connections

Wrap Up

Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Salina
3320 S. 9th Street
Salina, KS 67401

A Block of rooms with special rate will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn/Salina until October 1, 2018. Use this link to book a room the Hilton Garden Inn conference rate.

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Hilton Garden Inn Salina

Contact:

Aundrayah Shermer
1100 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102-4411
(913) 305-3016
Email: ashermer@kssdb.org

Sponsored by: 

  • Kansas Instructional Resource Center
  • KS State Department of Education
    • Special Education Services
    • TASN Project Grant
  • Kansas State School for the Blind

Registration for the Conference is necessary to secure your spot.

Registration NOT OPEN YET – watch for the Announcement.

When Open – Click on the Registration Button below

1st Annual Vision Symposium - Highlights

1st Annual Kansas Vision Symposium

November 2, 2018 – 8:30 am to 3:45 pm

The first Annual Kansas Vision Symposium was a huge hit – with approximately 75 participants. The event provided participants the opportunity to meet and collaborate with colleagues from all over the state of Kansas.

Thank you for attending the 2018 Vision Symposium.

2018 Symposium Agenda

7:30-8:30               Registration and Breakfast (provided):

8:30-8:40               Welcome and Introductions – Jon Harding

8:40-8:55               State of KS Goals for Special Education, Colleen Riley, KSDE

9:00-11:00             Sessions IA and IB (Independent Living Skills or Literacy Tips and Tricks)

11:00-11:50            Lunch (provided) Italian Deli Buffet

11:50-12:00            Break

12:00-12:20            Guest Presenter – Beth Zilinger, Infinitec, Julie Ituarte, KSSDB Field Services

12:20-12:25            Bonnie Cochran, Envision

12:30-2:30              Sessions IIA and IIB (Methods for Your Mathness or APH Products)

2:30- 2:40               Break

2:40-3:30              Co-Creation Coffee Connection

3:30-3:45              Wrap Up, Closing Remarks and Drawing

Participants will choose 1 breakout session for the morning, and 1 for the afternoon. After registering here, you will receive a Google form in September asking you to choose your breakout sessions.

Presenters

METHODS FOR YOUR MATHNESS

Jeri Hile

Participants will review such math methods as Paper-compatible abacus method, prime factorization on the abacus, using the braillewriter as a calculation tool, and hangman division.
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A female speaker standing in front of a table stacked with a variety independent living tools and devices.

“HOW CAN I FIT IT ALL IN?

BY WAVING MY MAGIC WAND OF COURSE!

Sara Borlie

Tips, tricks and gadgets to aid in teaching independent living skills for the Itinerant TSVI.TVI’s can spend the majority of their time covering Common core, technology, and UEB, – how can we get those ILS in? This session gives ideas, tips, and gadgets to help the itinerant TVI fit this type of instruction into their lessons. If you have specific needs, situations, or concerns, you will have the opportunity before the conference to send them to Sara as she would like to tailor her presentation to those needs.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR TEACHING LITERACY AND MATH TO ALL STUDENTS

Katherine Metz

Participants will leave energized with specific classroom strategies for teaching literacy and mathematics to ALL students, including those with deaf-blindness. This session aims to leave learners with new tools and tricks for instruction of challenging skills such as expression, braille character formation, letter recognition for CVI learners, vocabulary development, and many more.

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A table filled with products from APH. Several people around the table looking and touching the products.

APH PRODUCTS

Katherine Flick

Representative from APH will be demonstrating a variety of products for the Core and Expanded Core Curriculums.

Sponsored by: 

  • Delores R. Benjamin Braille Transcribers Group
  • Kansas Instructional Resource Center
  • KS State Department of Education
    • Special Education Services
    • TASN Project Grant
  • Kansas State School for the Blind
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