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Analyzing Street Crossings Part 1

Original webcast date: 1/25/2018
Facilitator: Dona Sauerburger, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, United States

Presenters:

  • Nandini Menon, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Head Start Educational Academy, 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

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Using VictorReader Trek as a Mobility Tool

Original webcast date: 1/25/2018
Description: 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.

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Building Client Motivation & Collaborating to Achieve Goals

Original webcast date: 1/25/2018
Description: 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.

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

Original webcast date: 1/25/2018
Description: 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.

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Analyzing Street Crossings Part 2

Original webcast date: 1/25/2018
Description: Facilitator: Dona Sauerburger, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, United States

Presenters:

  • Dr. Gene Bourquin, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Thailand
  • 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 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: Thailand & Australia

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

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

Original webcast date: 1/26/2018
Description: Presenter: Chris 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.

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Guide Dogs and the Future of Mobility Instruction

Original webcast date: 1/26/2018
Description: Presenter: Alan Brooks, Qualified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and GDMI Guide Dog Specialist, United Kingdom

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Organized Itinerant Teaching

Original webcast date: 1/26/2018
Description: 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.

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The Benefits of the Dakota Disk Cane Tip with Special Populations

Original webcast date: 1/26/2018
Description: 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.

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

Original webcast date: 1/26/2018
Description: 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.

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