Professional Development Calendar

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 Megan Mogan, MS, CCC-SLP Online Class | Multiple weeks Winter Session is SOLD OUT! Please sign up to be on the waiting list. We will notify you when an opening occurs. Megan will also be on Perkins campus on March 3 – 4, 2017 for a workshop on The Use of...
Jan 23 - Feb 26
Preparing for Transition from School to Adult Life – Starting the Process Early! Dr. Tara Mason 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
Sign Language Classes - Spring 2017 Onsite Training | Multiple weeks In collaboration with the Deafblind Program, the Spring 2017 Adult Sign Language Classes will begin on January 30, 2017 and run for 10 weeks. Registration open until January 25. Anyone age 16 or...
Feb 3 - Feb 4
Active Learning: Functional Schemes Assessment Patty Obrutz, M.S., O.T.R/L Onsite Training | 1-2 days 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 independence and developmental skills while reducing...
Feb 4 - Feb 5
UEB Math Wendy L. Buckley, M.Ed., Ed.S., Sandy Smith, M.Ed., C.A.E.S. Onsite Training | 1-2 days This course is designed for teachers of students with visual impairments and school personnel with a working knowledge of Unified English Braille (UEB) for literary content. Participants will be...
Feb 6 - Mar 19
Accessible Literacy for Early Readers: Students Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Deafblind Sandra Kenrick 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...
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 11
An Introduction to Cardboard Carpentry Molly Campbell and Andrea Tavares Onsite Training | 1-2 days Learn about the benefits of building assistive devices out of corrugated material. This three layered cardboard is lightweight, bendable, strong, easy to work with, and relatively inexpensive....
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 presentation will explore ways in which educators can develop and integrate lite- and lo-tech Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) systems for students who are blind/visually impaired...
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
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 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...
Mar 13 - Mar 14
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
Differentiating for English Learners 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...
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...

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