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Thursday, October 19th

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Hotel sponsored reception for those arriving on Thursday


SWOMA Conference Agenda for Friday, October 20th


8:30 AM - 5:00 PM                

Registration opens: Sign-in continues until 5 PM.


8:45 - 9:00 AM                     

Welcome and Housekeeping

SWOMA Planning Committee representatives share information and housekeeping notes important to SWOMA participants.


9:00 – 10:00 AM

General Session

Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, Part 2

Linda Myers, COMS and Wendy Scheffers, COMS, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Wendy Scheffers and Linda Myers, authors of TAPS: Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, will give an overview and will be sharing some of their favorite pages from the book and how they use them on lessons. Topics will include: managing risk to the lowest level/acceptable level, intersection analysis for travelers with low vision or who are blind, street crossing timings for all intersections (uncontrolled, stop sign controlled, signal controlled and channelized right-turn lanes), and scanning (left/right scanning and lane by lane scanning).


Break 10:00-10:15 AM


10:15 - 11:45 AM 

General Session

Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, Part 2

Linda Myers, COMS and Wendy Scheffers, COMS, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Wendy Scheffers and Linda Myers, authors of TAPS: Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, will give an overview and will be sharing some of their favorite pages from the book and how they use them on lessons. Topics will include: managing risk to the lowest level/acceptable level, intersection analysis for travelers with low vision or who are blind, street crossing timings for all intersections (uncontrolled, stop sign controlled, signal controlled and channelized right-turn lanes), and scanning (left/right scanning and lane by lane scanning).

 


11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

Participants are on their own for lunch.  


1:00 - 2:30 PM             

Breakout sessions:

Participants will select one of the following four sessions:

#1 - Money! Money! Money! For My Students

Alecia Self, COMS, Wylie ISD, Wylie, TX

Grant writing may seem a little daunting, but once you get the verbiage down it's easy as pie. My first year in the classroom I learned the value of writing grants and how the materials impacted the students in my classroom. Since then I have written a number of grants totaling over $15,000. In this session, I will share with you resources and ideas to gain funding through grants in order to provide your students with materials, training for teachers that support your students, concept development lessons, as well as expanded core curriculum events. Components for grant writing typically require data showing both the need for the requested grant and data for how the requested grant will be implemented and the expected results. This session will go over the basics of how to tie all that data together for a successfully written grant.

#2 -Mobility Devices and Very Young Children: Clues to Making Informed Decisions

Kay Clarke, COMS, Worthington, OH

In the past three decades, the field of O&M has increasingly embraced the use of various mobility devices with very young children. This session will provide a glimpse into the early development of thinking, hand skills, and tool use that forms the foundation for effective use of mobility devices. Considerations will then be offered for selecting, evaluating, and using devices in early childhood.

#3 - Yoga and Movement For Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments

Kassy Maloney, COMS, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

Yoga and simple movement activities provide a safe and motivating way for children with disabilities can practice the motor, literacy, self-determination, social, and (my personal favorite) motor planning skills they need to lead productive, independent lives. From motor planning to spatial awareness, yoga increases children's mobility skills from the ground up.

#4 - O&M Assessment & Instruction Strategies for Individuals who are DeafBlind or have Combined Vision and Hearing Losses (CVHL)

Ed Gervasoni,  CTE Support Specialist, ASDB/CTE, Tucson, AZ

This session will initially explore the assessment of different adult individulas based on the type and level of DeafBlindness, types of strategies they already ahve and will need in their travel skills toolbox, and current level of AT applicatoin usage.  The participants will be introduced to and explore specific strategies for different types of DeafBlid or CVHL travelers. The session will also include teqching communication strategies for successful interqction during community outings.


2:30-3:00 PM

Break


3:00 - 4:30 PM                     

Breakout Sessions

Participants will select one of the following four sessions:

#1 On the Go Data and Progress Monitoring

Alecia Self, COMS, Wylie ISD, Wylie, TX

Bring your laptop and a student's lEP Goals and let's create data together. Tracking data on your mobile device will help you stay on top of your paperwork and eliminate the need for heavy bulky binders and paper overload

#2 Active Learning Approach to Orientation and Mobility Instruction

Kate Moss Hurst, Statewide Staff Development Coordinator, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

Active Learning is an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen of Denmark that targets individuals who are visually impaired with additional sensory, motor and cognitive impairments and who function at development levels between birth and 48 months (sensorimotor/pre-operational learners). This session provides information on how Active Learning can be used in O&M instruction and also about Active Learning Space, a resource for learning more about Active Learning.

#3 Driverless Vehicles: Impact on O&M

Scott Meyer and Charlotte Simpson, TWC Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC), Austin, TX

This presentation will provide information about driverless vehicles and their implications for O&M and society.  A timeline will be shared on when driverless vehicles along with V2V communication will begin to shape how people live, work and travel.  Vision Zero will also be discussed as this has already had implications in most major cities for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians in which driverless vehicles will enable the goals set within vision zero to become reality and potentially change….just about everything…even more than smart phones have so far.

#4 A Model for Blindness Wayfinding: Combining iBeacon Messaging with Searchable Precompiled Directions and Pre-journey Exploration

Joe Cioffi, COMS and CEO, ClickAndGo Wayfinding Maps and InTouch Graphics. Inc., Minneapolis, MN

This session will focus on some current and near future applicaitons of ibeacon technology as a support to both "blind navigation" and "information access" in indoor and outdoor environments. Some of the presentation will focus on ibeacons applications as a stand-alone support (i.e. to provide audible landmarking, facilitate information access, and provide some level of wayfinding support). Other parts of the presetation will focus on ibeacon applicaitons that act as a "complement" to a more comprehensive narrative wayfinding model that in cludes a searchable user-friendly datatbase, low vision map supports, tactile maps, and pre-journey exploration options. Examples will be presented of ibeaon and wayfinding projects recently launched in transit and higher education environments in New York City and Washington DC.


4:45 - 5:45 PM         

After Hours Optional Activities  

Blindfold Practice

SWOMA Conference Volunteers

Blindfold practice is open to anyone who wishes to participate.  You need to bring your own cane and blindfold.  Ruth Ann Marsh and others will facilitate this opportunity for you to get hours practicing under blindfold.

Nearby Explorer: Discovering the World Around Me

Keith Creasy, Programmer at American Printing House for the Blind

A programmer on the software development team developing accessible applications for persons with visual impairments at APH, Keith will discuss Nearby Explorer. The app is designed to specifically meet the needs of travelers who are blind. The focus is on how blind pedestrians can use the app for orientation, navigation, and independent use of transit systems. The presentation will also cover its features for indoor use. Some important features include Geobeam, route information for public transit in many cities, turn-by-turn navigation, and more.


6:00 - 8:00 PM                     

SWOMA Networking Social

Join your colleagues for a happy hour networking social at the hotel before heading out for dinner.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.


SWOMA Conference Agenda for Saturday, November 5th


8:30 - 10:00 AM       

General Session     

Title of Session: Hi-Tech O&M for Everyone!, Part 1

Diane Brauner, Manager of the Paths to Technology, Perkins eLearning, Boston, MA, and Ed Summers, Software Accessibility Specialist, SAS Institute, Inc., University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Join a tech-savvy blind traveler and a veteran COMS as they share how to use technology for Orientation and Mobility purposes for students of all ages and abilities. You will learn strategies for nurturing curiosity and confidence in young students, students with multiple disabilities and students who are ready to take on the world!  This session will include demonstrations of mainstream iOS apps used for orientation purposes as well as apps designed specifically for travelers who are visually impaired.


10:00-10:15 AM

Break


10:15 AM - 11:45 AM         

General Session

Title of Session: Hi-Tech O&M for Everyone!, Part 2

Diane Brauner, Manager of the Paths to Technology, Perkins eLearning, Boston, MA, and Ed Summers, Software Accessibility Specialist, SAS Institute, Inc., University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Join a tech-savvy blind traveler and a veteran COMS as they share how to use technology for Orientation and Mobility purposes for students of all ages and abilities. You will learn strategies for nurturing curiosity and confidence in young students, students with multiple disabilities and students who are ready to take on the world!  This session will include demonstrations of mainstream iOS apps used for orientation purposes as well as apps designed specifically for travelers who are visually impaired.


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

SWOMA Working Luncheon (Provided with Registration Fee)

Introducing Victor Trek, New Product Release for Orientation and Mobility, Jim Sullivan from HumanWare


12:30 - 2:00 PM 

Closing Breakout Sessions

Participants select from two session options listed below.                  

Indoor Navigation with Beacons Panel, Keith Creasy, Diane Brauner and Ed Summers

Keith Creasy, Programmer at American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY, Diane Brauner, Manager of the Paths to Technology, Perkins eLearning, Boston, MA, and Ed Gervasoni, CTE Support Specialist, ASDB/CTE, Tucson, AZ

This session will bring together experts in the field of technology assisted travel for those with blindness and visual impairment. Discussion topics will include: present state of technology, what can reasonably be done by the "lay-person", and what the future holds for travelers who are blind and visually impaired. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions of the panel.

Nurturing Early Purposeful Movement and Travel: Practical Strategies for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Kay Clarke, COMS, Worthington, OH

Welcome to the world of babies and young children! Grounded in early childhood research, this session will highlight developmentally appropriate practices and feature examples of practical strategies for providing O&M services for very young children and their families. Come join the fun before you head for home! 

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