Professional Development Calendar

Mar 6 - Apr 16
Teaching Strategies for Students Who are Blind/VI with Multiple Disabilities in the Sensorimotor Stage of Development Nathalie de Wit Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on March 6 – April 16, 2017 and runs for 6 weeks. The course will offer practical teaching strategies for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities in the sensorimotor stage...
Mar 8
12th Annual: "Focus" on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability & Vision Loss March 8, 2017 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM Four Points by Sheraton — Norwood, MA Registration needed by February 24, 2017...
Mar 10 - Mar 11
Assessing and Supporting the Student in Phase 3 CVI Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy Onsite Training | 1-2 days Students in Phase III CVI present unique challenges! This workshop is designed to support families and educators in assessing and supporting students with CVI in Phase III. Topics to be covered in...
Mar 10
Using Artists' Stretcher Frames to Build Foldable Sensory Exploration Environments Molly Campbell and Andrea Tavares Onsite Training | 1-2 days Children with visual impairments or multiple disabilities need special environmental supports to promote exploration of their surroundings. A foldable sensory exploration frame similar to the “Little...
Mar 13 - Mar 14
CVI & the NICU Experience: Effects on Infants and Families (with special consideration of sensory issues including CVI) Dr. Christine Roman and Dr. Alan Lantzy Onsite Training | 1-2 days This New England Based Training is focused on increasing the knowledge of educators and personnel working with infants and children born premature. The training will include discussion of issues...
Mar 18
SEI Mini Course: Differentiating for ELLS through the WICA Framework Margie Kirstein Onsite Training | 1-2 days In this interactive workshop on March 18 and May 6, 2017, participants will examine key issues for the English Language Learner (ELL) population and consider ways to implement new strategies into...
Mar 20 - May 14
Essential Assessments for Students with Visual Impairments Dr. Karen Blankenship Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on March 20 – May 14, 2017 and runs for 8 weeks. The course will cover the three assessments included in the essential assessments (EA): functional vision assessment (FVA), learning media...
Mar 20 - May 14
Expanding the Core Curriculum for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments: Emphasis on Career Education, Self-Determination, and Transition Services Dr. Karen Wolffe Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on March 20 – May 14, 2017 and runs for 8 weeks. In this course, you will learn how to support children and youth with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities, through...
Mar 30
Active Learning: 5-Part Webinar Series Webinar | Approximately one hour In this series of Active Learning webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction. Attention will be given to organizing the student’s day and...
Apr 3 - May 21
Applied Behavioral Analysis for Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities Amy Collins, Ed.S., B.C.B.A Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on April 3 – May 21, 2017 and runs for 7 weeks. In this course, students will identify and practice ABA approaches that will support students who are visually impaired, blind, Deafblind or...
Apr 5
Ready to Learn! How Behavior Reveals Sensory Processing Issues and What To Do About It Kate Beals, OTR/L Onsite Training | 1-2 days Children learn best when they are comfortable, alert, and able to engage with the people, materials, and experiences that are available to them. But what happens when children are uncomfortable,...
Apr 7
Third Annual CVI Symposium: CVI Best Practices and Current Research presented by experts in CVI Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop on Friday, April 7, 2017 presents a rare opportunity to listen to top experts in the field discuss current research and practice related to brain-based visual impairments. Don't miss...
Apr 8
CVI: "What’s the Complexity?" Assessing and managing visual complexity throughout the school day for students with cortical visual impairment (CVI) Matt Tietjen Onsite Training | 1-2 days Participants will move toward an advanced understanding of visual complexity and learn to use the What's the Complexity framework. The goal is for participants to leave this workshop ready to lead...
Apr 10 - Jun 4
Cortical Visual Impairment Dr. Christine Roman Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on April 10 – June 4, 2017 and runs for 8 weeks. This course will provide an overview of the principles and practices of working with students who have cortical visual impairment (CVI). The...
Apr 10 - Jun 4
Creating Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes - Part Two Dr. Therese Willkomm Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on April 10 – June 4, 2017 and runs for 8 weeks. Explore over 101 new solutions that can be created in five minutes or less using every day tools and materials. This course challenges new...
Apr 28 - Apr 29
Creating Accessible Materials Using iBooks Author Diane Brauner, TVI, COMS Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a Trends in Visual Impairment Series. Our classrooms are becoming digital learning environments, including e-books, Word documents, and PowerPoint presentations. With a...
May 5
Introduction to Basic Electronics for Switch Construction and Toy Modification Tim Moore, Molly Campbell and Andrea Tavares Onsite Training | 1-2 days Switches can enable children with disabilities to have interesting sensory experiences, activate toys, and access computers. During this class we will look at how to make a simple cause and effect...