Professional Development Calendar

Jan 16 - Mar 26
Introduction to Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children: Visual Impairment Due to Damage to the Brain Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on January 16 – March 26, 2017. This is a 5 session class spread over 10 weeks. In this course, features of visual impairment due to brain damage will be discussed along with assessment of...
Jan 21
Cortical Visual Impairment Ellen Mazel, M.Ed., CTVI Onsite Training | 1-2 days 3 Saturdays – Blended Workshop with Ellen Mazel. The first workshop begins on January 21, followed by January 28 and February 4, 2017 (snow date — February 11, 2017). This course focuses on Cortical...
Jan 23 - Feb 26
Augmentative-Alternative Communication Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on January 23 - February 26, 2017 and runs for 5 weeks. This course will offer practical Augmentative-Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies for educators who work with early communicators...
Jan 23 - Feb 26
Preparing for Transition from School to Adult Life – Starting the Process Early! Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on January 23 – February 26, 2017 and runs for 5 weeks. This course addresses creating a smooth transition process and successfully preparing a young person for the world of work and/or post-...
Jan 26
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...
Jan 30 - Mar 26
Cortical Visual Impairment Dr. Christine Roman Online Class | Multiple weeks Winter Session starts on January 30 – March 26, 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...
Feb 3 - Feb 4
Active Learning: Functional Schemes Assessment Patty Obrutz, M.S., O.T.R/L Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a Multiple Disabilities Series. Join Ms.Patricia Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R/L., as she provides you with this fresh and pioneering approach. Learn how to increase functional...
Feb 4 - Feb 5
Unified English Braille and the Math Codes Wendy L. Buckley, M.Ed., Ed.S., Sandy Smith, M.Ed., C.A.E.S. Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a Trends in Visual Impairment Series. This course is designed for teachers of students with visual impairments and school personnel with a working knowledge of Unified...
Feb 6 - Mar 12
Bookshare Train-the-Trainer Karen Narvol Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts date February 6 – March 12, 2017 and runs for 5 weeks. This course offers participants an opportunity to learn how to train others on Bookshare features and functionality. The class offers...
Feb 6 - Mar 19
Accessible Literacy for Early Readers: Students Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Deafblind Online Class | Multiple weeks Starts on February 6 – March 19, 2017 and runs for 6 weeks. This course emphasizes the importance of accessible literacy for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind. Participants will...
Mar 3 - Mar 4
The Use of AAC with Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities Megan Mogan, SLP Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a Multiple Disabilities Series. This presentation will explore ways in which educators can develop and integrate lite- and lo-tech Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC...
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 forms will be available in...
Mar 10 - Mar 11
Assessing and Supporting the Student in Phase 3 CVI Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a CVI Series. Students in Phase III CVI present unique challenges! This workshop is designed to support families and educators in assessing and supporting students with CVI...
Apr 5
Ready to Learn! How Behavior Reveals Sensory Processing Issues and What To Do About It Onsite Training | 1-2 days This workshop is part of a Multiple Disabilities Series. Children learn best when they are comfortable, alert, and able to engage with the people, materials, and experiences that are available to...
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 This workshop is part of a CVI Series. 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...
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...