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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
October 12, 2018.

NO WALK-INS ARE PERMITTED

Registration Procedure

Registration

Workshops Tuesday October 23, 2018 - Day 1

1.Multiple Disabilities/Low Vision: Overview
This workshop is intended for those who have not yet attended one of our workshops focusing on students with vision impairment and multiple disabilities.  Participants will be provided with information regarding common vision impairments found in students with multiple disabilities. The presentation also will emphasize how to engage a student and prompt the use of residual vision and access other sensory information as well as how to adapt instruction to support student learning.

2.Muliple Disabilities/Low Vision: Advanced
This workshop is intended for those who have attended a similar workshop in the past including our series on Literacy for Multiple Disabilities or STEM for Multiple Disabilities.  Participants will be provided with information regarding common vision impairments found in students with multiple disabilities and the impact those impairments have on the student’s ability to access the school curriculum.  Participants will gain an understanding of strategies for how to adapt daily classroom activities to support learning.

3.Multiple Disabilities/Low Vision: Academic
This workshop focuses on strategies for working with students  who have vision impairment and multiple disabilities and also are engaged with general curriculum content learning that follows a pattern closely associated with the traditional general education format. 

4. Dual Media Learners:
This workshop will provide strategies for working with students who are learning and accessing both Braille and print as their learning media.  Accessible materials, technology, and the impact on the learner of using both Braille and print will be emphasized along with the process of transitioning from print reading to Braille reading.

 
 
Workshops Thursday October 25, 2018 - Day 2

1. Early Braille:  Preschool — Grade 1
This workshop explores the implications of common eye conditions and the use of accessible toys along with pre-Braille to early Braille skills development for young learners with blindness or low vision.  There will be an emphasis on the encouragement of active, exploratory learning, classroom modifications, interactive play, and specialized instructional approaches.

2.  Elementary Braille:  Grades 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.

3. Middle School Braille:  Grades 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.

4. High School Braille:  Grades 9 — 12
This workshop will provide guidance to content area classroom teachers of high school students who read Braille.  There will be examples of adapted materials for supporting academic high school students to access all high school courses.  This presentation will also address skills of independence, technology, transition, and other issues important to a high school student who is blind.

5. School District Administrators
This workshop will be conducted in a round-table format to foster discussion and questions and answers.  Participants will be  provided with information about services provided to school districts by the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and 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 services including an overview of the Expanded Core Curriculum of Skills for Blind or Vision Impaired Students.

 

 
 
Workshops Friday October 26, 2018 - Day 3

1. Early Low Vision: Preschool — Grade 1
This workshop will focus on the needs of early learners who will use print and some visual techniques to access learning.  There will be a focus on  the development of concepts, symbolic play, early academic learning, and useful instructional approaches for children with low vision to assist them in making optimal use of their residual vision as well as fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and auditory skills to enhance  both literacy and play skills.

2. Elementary Low Vision:  Grades 2 —  4
This workshop addresses the needs of students who use print and visual techniques as their primary learning medium with emphasis on conceptual learning associated with literacy development, use of low vision devices, technology, and audio materials for accessing the general curriculum.

3. Middle School Low Vision:  Grades 5 — 8
This workshop focuses on strategies for working with students with low vision who use print as their primary learning medium.  There will be an emphasis on specialized materials and technology for accessing the general curriculum.  The workshop will also cover skills of independence and special considerations for students as they become more socially independent.

4. High School Low Vision:  Grades 9 — 12
This workshop focuses on how to appropriately accommodate and support high school students with low vision.  Alternate format materials, low vision devices,, and technology will be discussed along with independence issues and the impact of low vision on  academic learning in the high school setting.

 
 
 
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