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These recordings of the live webinars presented on Thursday, January 25th and Friday, January 26th are available for credit only to registered participants of the International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium. These recordings will only be available for viewing for ACVREP credit thru January 28th.

In order to receive credit for viewing a recorded session you must email Kate Hurst at  by noon on Monday, January 29, 2018 with the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Title, date and time of the original broadcast for each recorded session you view

This information serves as your "sign in" to the session and allows us to record your attendance for our records. 

Once Kate receives your email you will be checked as having attended the session. This will generate an email link for you to be able to evaluate the session, enter the ending code provided by the presenter and get the assigned continuing education credit assigned for that session on your Symposium certificate.

If you have questions, please contact Kassandra Maloney at .


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Time: 8:45-9:00 AM EST (World Clock)

Facilitator: Kassandra Maloney, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

Welcome to the Inaugural International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium. This session will allow you time to get in to the Adobe Connect room and give you a general idea about what to expect during the symposium. 

 

Time: 9:00-10:30AM EST (World Clock)

Title: Analyzing Street Crossings Part 1

Facilitator: Dona Sauerburger, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, United States

Presenters:

  • Nandini Menon, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Headstart Education Center, India
  • Josee Martin, Certified O&M Specialist and Independent Living skills Specialist for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in New Brunswick, Canada
  • Denise Guitar, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with the New Brunswick  Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Kassandra Maloney, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, USA

Description: This is Part 1 of this presentation. Join panel of hosts as we analyze intersections from all over the world! After a short introduction to standard street-crossing strategies, we will discuss as a group how effective those strategies would be at each intersection with its unique challenges, and how students could reduce the risks of crossing there. 

This part of the two part series will focus on uncontrolled intersections from the following locations: 

  • India
  • Canada
  • United States

Time: 10:45-11:45PM EST (World Clock)

Title: Using VictorReader Trek as a Mobility Tool

Presenter: Martin Griffiths, Product Manager, Victor Reader Range, Humanware, London

Description: Participants will gain information about Humanware's newest technology, VictorReader Trek. There will be a live demonstration and Q&A. Stay tuned for the full description.

Time: 12:30-1:30PM EST (World Clock)

Title: Building Client Motivation & Collaborating to Achieve Goals

Sharisse Roberts, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Maine

Description: Some of the biggest challenges are creating client “buy in” and maximizing your time to be able to meet clients goals. We will explore types of motivators, how to collaborate and some case studies.

Time: 1:45-2:45 PM EST (World Clock)

Title: The Toddler App and Cane System: A Step Forward in VI Toddler O&M

Presenter: Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Hunter College CUNY & Safe Toddles, Inc., New York

Description: Dr. Ambrose-Zaken will provide video and single-subject data on the usability trials of the wearable toddler cane aka the hands-free cane for toddlers with severe visual impairment and blindness. Results: Wearable cane usability: Fifteen 2-5 year olds tested toddler cane prototype iterations over 3 months (May 2017 to August 2017). These trials resulted in the Phase II prototype toddler cane. Aug-October, 11 subjects aged 2- 5 ½ wore toddler canes in classrooms and outside on many terrains. TAC App usability: Parent-facing, family centered app that provides developmentally appropriate activities and motivators for parents who use it, will be demonstrated, usability results will also be reported.

Study Results & Implications: 11 subjects (aged 2-51/2) with Visual Impairment tested wearable cane prototype: linoleum flooring, sidewalks, playground soft surfaces, sand, dirt, gravel, grass and other uneven surfaces. Results: Eight learners donned the toddler cane with ease. Three learners initially refused to wear the cane, one of whom did agree to wear it. The 9 learners who wore the toddler cane never requested to remove the cane due to frustration or any expressed dislike. Instead, multiple learners communicated a desire not to have the toddler cane taken off them, two of them requested that the toddler cane put on and one insisted they she be allowed to bring it home with her. Three subjects wore it during seated (floor and chair) activities. Parents and O&M specialists provided feedback on the TAC System. Parents requested the TAC App be designed to help their child practice O&M skills and reward them for these activities. Parents and professionals commented on the immediate benefits and positive changes observed in subjects wearing their cane and they also suggested how wearable cane prototype could be improved. Implications: The wearable cane is an important advancement in safe mobility for learners with severe visual impairment and blindness.

Time: 3:00-4:30PM EST (World Clock)

Title: Introduction to O&M VISSIT- Orientation & Mobility Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas: A New Tool to Determine Type and Amount of Service

Presenters: Rona Pogrund, Ph.D., Professor and Dr.Shannon Darst, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Texas Tech University, Texas

Description: The O&M Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas (O&M VISSIT) was developed to guide itinerant Orientation and Mobility Specialists in determining the type and amount of service to recommend for their students. This presentation will detail the purpose of the scale, demonstrate its use, and report the findings of an initial validation study on the tool.

7:00-8:30PM EST (World Clock)

Title: Analyzing Street Crossings, Part 2

Facilitator: Dona Sauerburger, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, United States

Presenters:

  • Dr. Gene Bourquin, Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Hiromi Yoshida, Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Vickie Anderson, Client Services (Metro) Team Leader, O&M Specialist, Guide Dogs Queensland

Description: This is Part 2 of this two part presentation. Join a panel of hosts as we analyze controlled street crossings from all over the world! After a short introduction to standard street-crossing strategies, we will discuss as a group how effective those strategies would be at each intersection with its unique challenges, and how students could reduce the risks of crossing there. 

This part of the two part series will focus on uncontrolled intersections from the following locations: 

  • Thailand
  • Australia
  • Japan

Friday, January 26, 2018

Time: 11AM-12PM EST (World Clock)

Title: Technology for Orientation and Mobility: What Is Affordable, What Works, and Where Can We Get It?

Presenter: Christopher Tabb, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired 

Details: Technology seems to happen faster than weather changes these days so it can be challenging to know what is available, what travelers will like best, how people can afford these technologies and electronic travel aids, and how to use them during instruction in Orientation and Mobility. This session will provide an overview of options available today and help to match devices with travelers’ needs. Resources for continuing learning about technology for independence in the community, both for you and your learners, will be shared.

Time: 12:15-1:15PM EST (World Clock)

Title: Guide Dogs and the Future of Mobility Instruction

Presenter: Alan Brooks, Qualified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and GDMI Guide Dog Specialist, United Kingdom

Details: (Full description coming soon).

Time: 1:30-2:30PM EST (World Clock)

Title: Organized Itinerant Teaching

Presenter: Alex Olson, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Allied Instructional Services, Florida

Description: This session will introduce strategies to remain organized on the road, in your different schools or environments and at home. We will discuss options for organizing, collecting data, reporting data and communicating with other professionals. 

Time: 2:45-3:45PM EST (World Clock)

Title: The Benefits of the Dakota Disk Cane Tip with Special Populations

Presenter: Paul Olson, Superintendent of the North Dakota School for the Blind, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, North Dakota

Description: A general overview of the development of the Dakota Disk and its characteristics will be provided. The original intent of more effective travel in rural environments will be discussed and feedback from cane users and mobility specialists will be shared. The presentation will quickly move into the benefits that have been witnessed for children who are in the beginning stages of walking and using a cane with this cane tip. The intent of the presenter is to offer another tool to the practitioner for visually impaired children who are in this transition stage. Push toys and alternative mobility devices are often the first tools that are appropriate, but there are few options for cane tips that are appropriate for this stage other than a rolling ball tip. It is my objective to demonstrate the benefits of a disc shaped cane tip that will cover more surface area for the young traveler as well as allow for more success in detecting obstacles. 

Having worked with dozens of children and adults over the years who have benefited from an alternative mobility device because of additional physical and cognitive challenges I have witnessed many individuals who continue to struggle. These devices are often awkward to use outside of their home setting because of size and difficulty in transporting them. The long white cane is the universal device that is the best choice for identification in community settings, but standard cane tips are often inadequate for special populations. The presenter will outline some of the benefits of the Dakota Disk for special populations. The goal is to provide enough information that the COMS can decide for themselves how they might utilize this cane accessory in their practice for the benefit of their students.

Time: 4:00-5:00PM EST (World Clock)

Title: Research Supported Framework for Developing Paraprofessional In-Service Trainings in O&M

Presenter: Dr. Nicholas Brian Casias, Ed. D, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, California

Description: Participants will learn about a research supported framework or template for developing paraprofessional in-service models and trainings in O&M.

Participants will be empowered with a facilitated experience and the tools necessary to develop a framework or template for paraprofessional in-service trainings within their own organizations.