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									                           WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

10:00 – 10:15     Opening Session                                                Empire Room
                  Welcome: Julie Kay, VA AER President
                  Housekeeping: Gail Henrich, Conference Chair

10:10 – 10:50     Corey & LaQuita Staten, Teaching Artists
                  Atumpan-The Talking Drums
           Interactive educational fun session with Corey the Talented Blind Guy. Learn about
           the geography of Africa through storytelling, and songs. Hear tales from West Africa
           that encourage people to use their creative talents to conquer obstacles while giving
           a boost their morale along the way.

11:00 – 12:45     VA AER Luncheon and Business Meeting                             Westminster
                  Our Past, Present and Future: VA AER Board                       Ballroom
                  Nominations for New Board: Michael Triplett
                  VA AER Awards: Bruce Rudd

12:50 – 1:50 Concurrent Breakout Session A

           1. Ike Presley,                                                             Empire A
                  National Project Manager, American Foundation for the Blind
                   Determining Assistive Technology Needs of People
                   who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Part I
           Too often technology is purchased for individuals that ends up not being used
           because it’s not the “right tool for the job.” In the 3 sessions for Part I, participants
           will receive an overview of the technologies available for assessing the AT needs of
           individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
           Wednesday, Part I - Overview of AT
              What does AT provide?
                Tools for Accessing Printed Information, Electronic Information, Written
                Communication, and Producing Materials in Alternate Formats –
                Visually, Tactually, Auditorally

           2.   Dr. Frances Mary D’Andrea, Educational Consultant                    Empire C
                   Early Success with Braille, Part 1
           This presentation is the first of three connected presentations regarding braille
           instruction and assessment. In this session, we will consider good practices for
           emergent literacy and promoting early formal instruction in braille reading and
           writing.

           3. Dr. Holly M. Lawson, PhD, COMS, CLVT                                    Jamestown
                Coordinator, Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation, GMU
                   Contrast Sensitivity—Assessment, Interpretation, and
                           Functional Implications
           Contrast sensitivity is a critical component of the functional vision assessment and
           can be a better indicator of overall visual functioning than acuity measures. In this
           presentation, participants will learn how to use various formal and informal testing
           instruments/procedures to assess contrast sensitivity and how to interpret the
           results. Finally, recommendations for those with low contrast sensitivity will be
           provided

           4. Allison Walker, COMS, VSDB Staunton                                      Berkely
              Erin Yanez, NIC, VSDB, Staunton
                  The Dance

           This presentation will help practitioners in the blindness and low vision field to create
           a successful and agreeable relationship between an orientation and mobility
           specialist, an intervener, and a student who is deaf-blind. Questions, concerns, and
           other shared resources or experiences by professionals currently working for
           students with deaf-blindness are also welcomed.
                              WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012


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2:00 – 5:00                         VENDOR EXHIBITS                                    Empire B

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2:00 – 3:10 Concurrent Breakout Session B

              1. Ike Presley,                                                             Empire A
                 National Project Manager, AFB
                    Determining Assistive Technology Needs of People
                    who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Part I, Continued

              Too often technology is purchased for individuals that ends up not being used
              because it’s not the “right tool for the job.” In the 3 sessions for Part I, participants
              will receive an overview of the technologies available for assessing the AT needs of
              individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
              Wednesday, Part I - Overview of AT
                 What does AT provide?
                   Tools for Accessing Printed Information, Electronic Information, Written
                   Communication, and Producing Materials in Alternate Formats –
                   Visually, Tactually, Auditorally

              2. Dr. Frances Mary D’Andrea, Educational Consultant                        Empire C
                    Assessment that Informs Instruction, Part 2

              In this second part of three related sessions, we will discuss various assessments
              that can be used by TVIs to assess braille reading and writing skills, and how these
              assessments can assist TVIs and classroom teachers to plan effective instruction

              3. Dominic Gagliano, VP Blindness Products, HumanWare                      Jamestown
                 Mike Tindell, Product Specialist for HumanWare
                 David Waggener, South Eastern Sales Rep, HumanWare
                    Trekker Breeze

              The Trekker Breeze is a one piece GPS device designed specifically for the visually
              impaired to aid in location information and travel. With only nine keys, users can
              know “Where am I,” record routes, and find nearby restaurants and other interesting
              points of interest. Routes can also be created to specific addresses. Video clips of a
              student using the Breeze will be shared.

              4. Korey Singleton,                                                         Berkely
                 Assistive Technology Initiative Manager, GMU
                    Assistive Technology in Higher Education

              This session will discuss how to prepare students with visual impairments for post-
              secondary education. In addition to reviewing the adaptive technology used in higher
              education, we will review the technology skills that one should have when
              transitioning to the next level. We will also highlight the services that are typically
              available to support students with vision loss.
                              WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012


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2:00 – 5:00                        VENDOR EXHIBITS                                        Empire B

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3:25 – 4:45 Concurrent Breakout Session C


              1. Ike Presley,                                                             Empire A
                 National Project Manager, AFB
                    Determining Assistive Technology Needs of People
                    who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Part I, Continued

              Too often technology is purchased for individuals that ends up not being used
              because it’s not the “right tool for the job.” In the 3 sessions for Part I, participants
              will receive an overview of the technologies available for assessing the AT needs of
              individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
              Wednesday, Part I - Overview of AT
                 What does AT provide?
                   Tools for Accessing Printed Information, Electronic Information, Written
                   Communication, and Producing Materials in Alternate Formats –
                   Visually, Tactually, Auditorally

              2. Dr. Frances Mary D’Andrea, Educational Consultant                        Empire C
                     Focus on Fluency, Part 3

              In this third of three related sessions, we'll focus specifically on reading fluency.
              What is fluency for students who use braille and how do we measure it? What are
              some strategies for increasing reading fluency?

              3. Dr. Beezy Bentzen, COMS                                                  Jamestown
                     Accessible Pedestrian Signals: Why? What? How?

              Accessible pedestrian signals (APS), now becoming increasingly common, are
              expected to be required at all intersections having new or altered visual pedestrian
              signals. Requests by consumers for APS at difficult crossings that are not scheduled
              for new or altered pedestrian signals must be considered by local engineers,
              although there is often a priority list. O&Mers need to be prepared to help clients
              effectively advocate for APS where needed, help engineers and signal technicians
              install them correctly, and teach clients to use them to best advantage.


              4. Paul Koons, COMS                                                         Berkely
                    Vision Anomalies from Brain Injury & Rehabilitation Strategies
              This presentation provides information about Visual Anomalies of Brain injury, from
              mechanism of injury through rehabilitation goals. The powerpoint presentation will
              include statistics on Brain injury, types of visual loss resulting from Brain injury,
              reference links, and case studies of military undergoing brain injury rehabilitation at
              Veteran's Affairs.


5:00          DINNER ON YOUR OWN

      Trolley Shuttle is available for trips to Colonial Williamsburg and shopping, $.50
      What is Happening in Williamsburg listing is available at the registration desk
                           THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

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7:00 am – 5:00    pm             VENDOR EXHIBITS                                    Empire B
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8:00 – 9:15 Concurrent Breakout Session A


           1. Ike Presley,                                                    Empire A
              National Project Manager, American Foundation for the Blind
                 Determining Assistive Technology Needs of People
                 who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Part II – The Assessment

           Preparing for the Assessment
                  Organizing the Team
                  Gathering the Background Information
                  Determine Tasks Individual is Having Difficulty Completing
           Conducting the Assessment
                  How will the individual access printed information?
                  How will the individual access electronic information?
                  How will the individual communicate through writing?
           Writing the Recommendations and Final Report
                  Recommending hardware, software, and training
                  Writing the rationale and justification for the recommendations
                  Presenting the Final Report

           2. Carla Robertson, TVI, Rockingham County Schools                       Empire C
                 Vision Simulator Make-It Take-It

           In this class, participants will make a set of 6 vision simulator goggles, including
           retinitis pigmentosa or glaucoma, hemianopsia, macular degeneration, retinal
           detachment, cataract, and 20/200. The purpose of these simulators is not to
           replicate a person's functional vision, but rather to give a fully sighted person a good
           idea of the issues a person with that type of visual impairment may face. These
           goggles are designed to be worn over glasses. The class is limited to the first 30
           people who sign up at registration and pay the $12.00 materials fee.

           3. Dr. Beezy Bentzen, COMS                                               Jamestown
                  Wayfinding at Complex Intersections

           Intersections are becoming increasingly complex in their geometry. Customary cues
           for wayfinding-- finding the crosswalk, aligning to cross, and maintaining a correct
           heading while crossing-- are not always available. Research on wayfinding at
           complex intersections, including roundabouts and channelized turn lanes as well as
           diagonal intersections will be presented. Strategies for finding the crosswalk aligning,
           and maintaining a heading at challenging crossings will be described.

           4. Amy Salmon, Technology Specialist & Faculty Member                    Berkely
              Hadley School for the Blind
                Is the iPhone/iPad the Right Technology for Seniors?
                Benefits and App Must-Haves for Seniors

           Is the iPhone or iPad the right technology for seniors who are experiencing vision
           loss? In this session you will learn how the iPhone or iPad can be a valuable tool for
           seniors in today’s technology driven world.
                              THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

9:25 – 10:40 Concurrent Breakout Session B

           1. Ike Presley,                                                      Empire A
                National Project Manager, AFB
                 Determining Assistive Technology Needs of People
                 who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Part II – The Assessment, Continued

           Preparing for the Assessment
                  Organizing the Team
                  Gathering the Background Information
                  Determine Tasks Individual is Having Difficulty Completing
           Conducting the Assessment
                  How will the individual access printed information?
                  How will the individual access electronic information?
                  How will the individual communicate through writing?
           Writing the Recommendations and Final Report
                  Recommending hardware, software, and training
                  Writing the rationale and justification for the recommendations
                  Presenting the Final Report

           2. Lia Mason, Alternate Testing, VDOE                        Empire C
              Dr. Sharon Siler, Team Lead, Alternative Assessment, VDOE
                 Alternate Testing

           3. Brigid Doherty Metro System Orientation Specialist,                   Jamestown
                Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
                 Comparing & Contrasting O&M and Travel Training

           What are the differences between "travel training" and "orientation and mobility"
           instruction? Collaboration can be key in helping some students reach success.

           4. Korey Singleton & Amy Salmon                                          Berkely
                 What’s New in Technology

           This session will highlight some of the latest developments in adaptive technology for
           individuals with low vision and blindness. Some of the topics to be covered include
           the latest updates to Jaws (v13) and Zoomtext (v10), a review of Siri for the iPhone
           4S, GPS apps for iOS, a review of the differences between proprietary vs. off-the-
           shelf as it relates to portable devices designed for blind and low vision users, and a
           review of a couple of portable refreshable Braille devices.



10:40 -10:55   BREAK                                                                Foyers
                                   THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012


11:10 – 12:15         Concurrent Breakout Session C

               1. Ike Presley,                                                        Empire A
                  National Project Manager, AFB
                      Determining Assistive Technology Needs of People
                      who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Part II- The Assessment, Continued
               Preparing for the Assessment
                      Organizing the Team
                      Gathering the Background Information
                      Determine Tasks Individual is Having Difficulty Completing
               Conducting the Assessment
                      How will the individual access printed information?
                      How will the individual access electronic information?
                      How will the individual communicate through writing?
               Writing the Recommendations and Final Report
                      Recommending hardware, software, and training
                      Writing the rationale and justification for the recommendations
                      Presenting the Final Report

               2. Anna Swenson, M.Ed., Braille Consultant                             Empire C
                     Applying the Results of the ABC Braille Study to Real-life Teaching:
                     One Teacher's Interpretation

               The ABC Braille Study was the first longitudinal research focused on the acquisition
               of literacy skills by young children who were learning to read in braille. This
               presentation will summarize the results of the study, discuss their implications, and
               offer practical strategies for teaching braille to beginning readers.

               3. Wilma Ice, RN, DBVI, VRCBVI                                           Jamestown
                     Updates and New Trends in Diabetes Management

               The goal of this presentation is to provide updated diabetes information and to
               introduce new trends in treatment and management. We will discuss referrals of the
               diabetic client to VRCBVI, and the importance of being 'in the know, about what you
               know' when you refer a client for training.

               4. Amy Salmon & Korey Singleton                               Berkely
                    NVDA Screen Reader & BookShare Read2Go App for IOS Devices

               In the first half of this hands-on session, participants will learn how to download and
               configure the free open source screen reading program NVDA for both a PC and
               thumb drive use. In the second half of the session, participants will learn how to
               download and install the BookShare Read2Go app for IOS devices as well as learn
               how to use the app to download and read books.


12:15 – 1:45    Lunch with Exhibit Vendors                                       Foyer & Empire B

          Celebrate the Colonial times of Williamsburg and Jamestown
              listening to hammered dulcimer and flutes played by
                                Timothy Seaman
                               THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012


1:50 – 3:10 Concurrent Breakout Session D

           1. Elizabeth Spiers, DeafBlind Program Director, DBVI                    Empire A
                  Communication & Alerting Technology for DeafBlind People

           This presentation will give a brief overview of communication and alerting technology
           for people with combined vision and hearing loss to use in their homes and with
           others. The presentation will discuss available communication technology (such as
           personal assistive listening devices), alerting devices, and phones, all of which can
           help deafblind people communicate more easily with others and know when a smoke
           alarm is going off, someone is at the door, or a phone is ringing. Some funding
           resources will also be covered. An individual hands-on demonstration will be
           available to anyone who wants small group or individual demonstration of
           technology.

           2. Dr. Mary-Anne M. Joseph, CRC                                          Empire C
               Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, DBVI
                 Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Transition Age Students

           This session will provide information about the services provided by the Virginia
           Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to transition age students. During the
           session the presenter will review the application, eligibility and service process for
           vocational rehabilitation services. Opportunities for early vocational exploration and
           development will also be presented. The presentation will also provide resources that
           could potentially benefit transition age students and their families who are interested
           in participating in vocational rehabilitation.

           3. Suzanne Proctor, TVI, Newport News Public Schools                     Jamestown
                 IPads and Vision Teachers: Oh, How Sweet It Is!

           Over personally using the past four years of using the iPad/iTouch, I would like to
           share how I believe they effectively help the VI professional in an educational setting
           with all students.

           4. Korey Singleton & Amy Salmon                                          Berkely
                 Mac OS X Accessibility

           This session will provide an overview of the accessibility features built into Mac OS X.
           In addition to reviewing the latest updates included in Lion (Mac OS X v10.7), we will
           provide demonstrations of VoiceOver, Zoom features, and using a refreshable Braille
           display with a Mac.


3:10 – 3:25 BREAK                                                                   Foyers
                                THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

3:30 – 5:00 Concurrent Breakout Session E

            1. Jolene Hollister, Support Instructor, Guiding Eyes                      Empire A
                  Assisting the Guide Dog Team

            The ideal team is not perfect but can recover well when mishaps occur. The ideal
            team is one in which the handler understands the dog is not perfect and the dog can
            recover from the handler being imperfect. How can the Orientation and Mobility
            instructor help a guide dog team.

            2. Lisa Auwarter, Education Coordinator, DBVI                   Empire C
               Dr. Julie Durando, Ed.D., Project Director
                 Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness
                  Come On ‘Inside’ and Assess Me Here!!!

            For 50 years, Dr. Jan van Dijk has believed that in order to help children with
            multiple disabilities demonstrate their learning and skills that he needed to go
            “inside” their world. He believes that assessment should begin by following the
            movements, emotions and interests of a child at a particular moment. Through
            establishing and maintaining turn taking routines, we can help the child to gradually
            notice the outside world and learn to interact with people and items in that new
            world. APH has recently published, “Child-guided Strategies: The Van Dijk Approach
            to Assessment” which contains the guiding principles and strategies to conduct an
            assessment that follows the Van Dijk approach. This training will acquaint you with
            this readily available tool using video examples to practice recognizing the skills,
            learning styles and interests of our children with multiple disabilities in order to best
            provide an appropriate and meaningful program.

            3. Kara Hackney, M.A., COMS, CLVT                                          Jamestown
               Margaret Tomasik, TVI, COMS, CLVT
                  Trunk and Fashion Show for Professionals on the GO!

            As rehabilitation professionals, many of us spend our days on our feet, traveling from
            place to place, in all kinds of weather and with all kinds of teaching materials. This
            hands-on presentation is designed to provide professional tips, tricks, and thoughts
            on how to stay organized, prepared, and comfortable no matter what the
            environmental elements. Trunk & Fashion show included…come have fun!

            4. Amy Salmon, Technology Specialist & Faculty Member                      Berkely
               Hadley School for the Blind
                 Teaching PowerPoint to Blind Users

            Designed for professionals who need to teach students who are visually impaired
            using screen reading software how to use PowerPoint 2007, this session provides
            step-by-step instructions to assist the professional in teaching how to create, edit
            and present PowerPoint presentations. Keyboard commands for using PowerPoint
            with all of the main screen reading programs and additional training resources will be
            provided.

5:00        DINNER ON YOUR OWN


8:00 – 9:30 VA AER Sponsored Social                                                     Hospitality
Suite
                                                                       Room 220 and Room 222
          Join VA AER in our Rock and Roll and Prohibition (Jazz/Blues) Clubs!
       Wear an item reflecting a time in history (love beads, poodle skirts – whatever!)
                  Wine, beer, soft drinks, desserts and munchies provided.
                                FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012


8:00 – 9:00 Concurrent Breakout Session A

           1. Meg Walker, COMS, DBVI                                              Empire A
                Private Contracting: The Basics

           In an age of shrinking budgets, flexible work schedules, needs for working in
           retirement and a shortage of service providers in the state, being a private
           contractor of vision services can be a rewarding way to share your expertise, meet
           your needs and the needs of people with a visual impairment. This presentation will
           introduce you to the basics of having a small business contracting yourself as a
           vision related service provider. It is easier than you might think!

           2. Lee Ann Armbruster, TVI, Virginia Beach Public Schools
              Irene Conlin, Parent & President of Hampton Roads VAAPVI Chapter
              Donald Noha, Master Police Officer, Hazardous Devices Technician
               Virginia Beach Police Department
                 Creating an Audible Easter Egg Hunt

           A TVI, a police officer, and a parent came together to create an audible Easter Egg
           hunt that has become an annual event in Hampton Roads, Richmond, and beyond!
           Learn how to gather volunteers, funding, and materials to create your area's own
           audible hunt, and see how the beeping eggs are created through a power point and
           discussion.

           3. Dr. Andrew Lewis, O.D., M.D., Low Vision Specialist                 Jamestown
               Hampton Roads Eye Associates
                 Causes of Reduced Vision - All Roads Don’t Lead to Rome

           While decreased vision may be the final common pathway for many medical
           conditions the individual Low Vision treatment options are not always the same for
           different causes of Low Vision. Causes for reduced vision from congenital to age
           related disease and trauma will be reviewed. Current treatment options and how
           each condition impacts visual rehabilitation, treatment and prognosis will be
           discussed for all age groups.

           4. Amy Salmon, Technology Specialist & Faculty Member                  Berkely
              Hadley School for the Blind
                Teaching PowerPoint to Blind Users, continued

           Designed for professionals who need to teach students who are visually impaired
           using screen reading software how to use PowerPoint 2007, this session provides
           step-by-step instructions to assist the professional in teaching how to create, edit
           and present PowerPoint presentations. Keyboard commands for using PowerPoint
           with all of the main screen reading programs and additional training resources will be
           provided.
                                FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

9:10 – 10:20 Concurrent Breakout Session B

           1. Karen Walker, COMS, TVI                                               Empire A
               President, Allied Instructional Services
                 Assessment Tools for O&M

           This session will review various assessment tools utilized in the field of orientation
           and mobility including the recently developed FREE web-based New Mexico School
           for the Blind O&M Inventory. Participants are invited to bring and share assessment
           tools that they have used and found to be effective.

           2. Marge Owens, Program Director,                                        Empire C
               Low Vision Services, DBVI
              Dr. Gregg Baldwin, Optometric Consultant and Examiner,
                Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

           The words low vision and the term low vision specialist can be very confusing to the
           educator, rehabilitation specialist and to patients and parents. This session will be a
           discussion of what these terms mean and what you need to know as part of the low
           vision network. There will also be time devoted to a case review and how to read the
           medical eye reports.

           3. Julie Lee Kay, History Instructor,                                    Jamestown
                Hadley School for the Blind
              Amy Salmon, Technology Specialist & Faculty Member                    Berkely
                Hadley School for the Blind
                  Hadley’s New Initiatives

           Come and learn about Hadley's new programs: The Forsythe Center for
           Entrepreneurship and The Blinded Veterans Initiative. Still need to learn more about
           Hadley's High School, Family, Professional and Adult Continuing Education Programs?
           Time will be allowed for questions to find out what educational services can benefit
           your students and clients.

           4. Joyce Sharp, Training and Communications Coordinator                  Berkely
                AIM-VA
                 AIM-VA: What’s New

           AIM-VA is ever evolving because of the Technology boom over the last several years.
           Please join me to learn about New Formats, New Delivery Systems... and more!



10:20 – 10:30     BREAK                                                             Foyers
                                 FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012


10:30 – 11:30     Concurrent Breakout Session C

           1. Melanie Hughes, M.S., COMS, DBVI, Panel Moderator              Jamestown
              Panel Members
                 Mark Richert, Esq., Director of Public Policy, AFB
                 Karen Walker, COMS, TVI, Allied Instructional Services
                 Meg Walker, COMS, DBVI
                 Mike Williams, Sales Director, Forrest T. Jones & Co., Inc.
                       Liability Panel

           Would you like to learn more about liability as it applies to vision rehabilitation? Are
           you wondering what kind of insurance coverage you might need whether you are
           employed full time or working as a private contractor? Here's your chance to talk to
           a panel including a lawyer who is past president of AER, an insurance expert and
           salesman, and O&Mers who are experienced in private contracting.

           2. Dr. Holly M. Lawson, PhD, COMS, CLVT                                  Berkely
                Coordinator, Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation, GMU
                  Writing Meaningful Goals and Objectives for Prescribed Low Vision Devices
                  After the Clinical Low Vision Evaluation

           Your students have had a clinical low vision evaluation. Now what? Do all your
           students who have been prescribed low vision devices have goals and objectives for
           those devices? Join your colleagues in a brainstorming session to share ideas on
           writing goals and objectives for prescribed low vision devices based on Virginia State
           Standards. The presenter will share tips and resources for writing appropriate goals
           and objectives for students who have been prescribed low vision devices.

11:40 – 12:15   Mark Richert, Esq., Director of Public Policy, AFB                   Empire Room
                 Word from Washington: Critical Issues in Vision Loss              General Session

           This session will offer attendees perspectives on current policy and hot topics in the
           vision loss field. Particular attention will be given to promoting the expanded core
           curriculum in national special education policy, the future of Medicare reimbursement
           for vision rehabilitation, the impact of the new landmark accessible technology law
           on the work of professionals in our field, and related critical issues in the delivery of
           specialized services to children, working age adults, and seniors living with vision
           loss.


12:15 – 12:30     Wrap-Up                                                            Empire Room

                       Discussion on Regional Trainings: Julie Kay
                   Comments on 2012 Conference & 2013: Gail Henrich

								
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