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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 14 and 15, 2015 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The workshop 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 vision-impaired.

The NJCBVI will introduce adaptive materials, demonstrate equipment, and suggest strategies that are tailored for the unique 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 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. Please bring the confirmation e-mail with you.

Register Early – Space is Limited – No Walk-ins Permitted.
Please RSVP by Oct. 2, 2015.


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Workshops October 14, 2015 - 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/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 a learning medium. Adaptive technology, educational materials and the impact of being a dual media learner will be discussed.

5. School District Administrators:
This workshop will provide information about relationships between the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and local school districts. This workshop will  review new service delivery objectives in developing and implementing individual education plans and regulations that govern delivery of service.
 
 
Workshops October 15, 2015 - 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, 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 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. M.D. 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.
 
 
 
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