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AFB Leadership Conference 2014 Agenda

Tentative Program for the AFB Leadership Conference 2014
ACVREP and CRC clock hours will be available.

The following sessions have been planned for the upcoming AFB Leadership Conference. Please check in periodically as more topics will be added as the schedule is finalized.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Special Seminar Day: Three-Hour Sessions
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Summit Session 101: National Transition Network Summit
Room: Salon A
Facilitator: Joe Strechay, AFB CareerConnect Program Manager
Description: This all-day session will feature brief presentations about exciting developments in transition programs and an update from Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor (ODEP) on trends in the field. Attendees will be able to learn and borrow from transition programs around the United States. Participants from community rehabilitation agencies, schools, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, universities, and other organizations are welcome to participate and share!

Summit Session 102: AccessWorld Magazine Tech Summit and Showcase
Room: Salon C
Facilitator: Lee Huffman, AccessWorld and Technology Information Editor
Description: This full-day summit and showcase will feature usable, pertinent information about new accessibility developments in key technologies — from mobile communications and social networks to advancements in the workplace. It will feature presentations from worldwide leaders including Google, Yahoo!, IBM, and Facebook, and it will offer opportunities for participants to ask burning and detailed questions of these companies’ experts, as well as other leading companies in the mainstream and access technology spaces.

Summit Session 103: Who We Serve, How We Serve, and What They Deserve: Refining Our Understanding about Our Clients' Needs and How We Can Demonstrate Our Effective Response to Them
Room: Salon Whitman/Robinson
Facilitators: Roxanne Mayros, Chief Executive Officer, VisionServe Alliance; Cathy Holden, Director of Rehabilitation, NewView Oklahoma; and Mark Richert, Director, Public Policy, AFB
First Hour: Who We Serve: What Can Current Data Sources Tell Us About Our Clients, and What Can We Do to Improve the Quality of Such Data?
Description: Participants will discuss the merits of currently available demographic and related data sources and develop consensus about the need for additional data sources to answer the field's most urgent questions about the makeup and characteristics of the populations we serve.

Second and Third Hours: Creating a “Multidisciplinary” Vision Rehabilitation Model with Evidence-Based Practices
Description: Roxann Mayros and Cathy Holden will present a replicable model for delivering services that combines traditional vision rehabilitation utilizing certified vision rehabilitation therapists (CVRTs) and certified orientation and mobility specialists (COMS) with the medical model that utilizes occupational therapists (OTs) and optometrists. This new multidisciplinary model integrates a variety of disciplines - OTs, certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs), COMS, CVRTs, certified low vision therapists (CLVTs), computer assistive technologists, low vision optometrists, and other allied health professionals into existing vision rehabilitation programs in order to offer client services that are comprehensive, efficient, effective, and billable.

Summit Session 104: eLearning Platform Summit
Room: Salon Roebling/Gleason
Facilitators: George Abbott, Director, AFB Press and Professional Development, and Brian Charlson, Director, Computer Training Services, Carroll Center
Description: Join the leaders of high-quality eLearning opportunities in the visual impairment field for an all-day rich discussion about how content is provided, advantages and limitations of a variety of platforms, accessibility concerns and how to address them. Work will begin during this session to develop a list of features and accessibility considerations that will be presented to the eLearning platform industry with the intent of achieving a fully inclusive, commercial viable platform for the delivery of online courses and webinars that support multimedia, foster collaboration and are simple to use. Seating is limited.

Lunch (on your own)
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Sessions
1:30 pm-4:30 pm

Summit Session 201: National Transition Network Summit
Room: Salon A
(Continuation of morning session)

Summit Session 202: AccessWorld Magazine Tech Summit and Showcase
Room: Salon C
(Continuation of morning session)

Summit Session 203: Charting Our Own Course: Strategic Planning for the Future of Special Education for Students with Vision loss
Room: Salon Whitman/Robinson
Facilitators: Mark Richert, Director, Public Policy, AFB; Jane Erin, Ph. D., Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology, University of Arizona at Tucson; Kathryn Botsford, Doctoral Candidate, University of Northern Colorado; Kay Alicyn Ferrell, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, University of Northern Colorado; Stacy Kelly, Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University; Brooke Smith, NLCSD Co-Director, Assistant Professor, Salus University; Sean Tikkun, NLCSD Fellow and Northern Illinois Doctoral Student; Tiffany Wild, Assistant Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, Ohio State University; and Karen E. Wolffe, Ph.D., Career Counseling & Consultation, Austin TX
Description: This three-hour strategic planning retreat, including a moderated panel discussion, active audience involvement, and group development of recommendations, will explore how our field can undertake specific initiatives, engage in concrete action, and mobilize human and financial resources to improve special education and related services for students who are blind or visually impaired. The purpose of this session is to begin the critical work of thinking and acting intentionally to ensure that students receive the highest quality educational services possible. This session will encourage participants to wrestle with the array of interlocking systemic challenges and opportunities inherent in special education for students with vision loss. Attendees will help to guide the future of field-wide efforts to build effective organizational partnerships, to refine and empower existing and nascent agendas for change, and to maximize the value of limited resources.

Suumit Session 204: eLearning Meeting
Room: Salon Roebling/Gleason
By invitation only

Helen Keller Services for the Blind Reception
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Open to all conference attendees. Space is limited to 75 participants.
Please RSVP to fprimeggia@helenkeller.org.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Peer Reviewers Workshop
Room: Salon Whitman/Robinson
7:30 am-8:30 am
By invitation only

Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 am-5:00 pm

General Session
8:30 am-9:30 am

General Session: Welcome, Introductions, and Keynote
Room: Salon D
Keynote Speaker: Kannan Pashupathy, Director, International Engineering, Google, Inc.
Description: A special conversation between Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy, AFB, and Kannan Pashupathy, who will describe how Google is making accessibility a reality for all of its users, including those with disabilities, creating one Google for all. Mr. Pashupathy leads Google's accessibility efforts and also manages research groups in a diverse set of areas.

Sessions
10:00 am-11:00 am

Session 101: Leadership: An Honest Look at Meeting the Leadership Challenge When You Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Room: Salon F
Speakers: Carl Augusto, President and CEO, American Foundation for the Blind; Mike May, President and CEO, Sendero Corporation, and Martin Monson, Superintendent, Tennessee School for the Blind
Description: This session will feature a panel of prominent leaders in the field who are blind or visually impaired. Practical guidance will be provided for those who want to be leaders or those who are working to help individuals who are blind or visually impaired develop the skills to move into leadership roles. This will be a fun, practical and insightful interactive session. Presenters will reveal the most valuable lessons they have learned as CEOs and leaders who are blind.

Session 102: Making the Connection: Using Your Smart Phone to Manage Your Health and Home
Room: Salon G
Presenters: Dr. Jonathan C. Javitt, CEO of Telcare and Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and Darren Burton, Director, AFB Tech
Description: The revolution in mobile technologies is transforming the devices we use to manage and monitor our health and homes. The possibilities for personalization and customization seem limitless. But, how can we ensure that this promise is made real for people with vision loss? This revolution has the potential to make possible an heretofore undreamed of level of accessibility, fostered by the power of smart phones and tablets. Whether you provide services or just want to learn about the new trends in home and health devices, this session will be a great place to understand the trends and possibilities of personalized technology for health and home.

Session 103: Complex Indoor Environments
Room: Salon H
Presenter: Marjorie Wood, M.Ed., COMS, Austin, TX
Description: Who would ever guess that school cafeterias, restaurants, newer malls, playgrounds or even walking in line with one's class would pose such a problem for students and adults with visual impairments? Participants will join a lively discussion of different skills, concepts, and techniques to encourage and increase independence when traveling in these and other more challenging indoor environments.

Session 104: A National Video Library of Clips for Teacher Training Programs in Visual Impairment and Blindness: Library of Video Excerpts (LOVE)
Room: Salon I
Presenter: Ellen Trief, Ed.D., Professor, Master's Programs in Visual Impairment and Blindness and Severe/Multiple Disabilities, Hunter College, New York City
Description: Presentation of 8-10 minute video clips from a three-year grant project funded by the Lavelle Fund to create a video library demonstrating exemplary practice in the field for working with learners in K-12 setting in the areas of:

  • Literacy/Braille Reading and Writing
  • Math/Nemeth Code/Abacus
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Session 105: Demystifying Science for the Blind: How to Promote Hands-on Science Learning for Students with BLV
Room: Salon Roebling/Gleason
Presenter: Cary A. Supalo, President, Independence Science, West Lafayette, IN
Description: This presentation will feature new commercially available cutting-edge access technologies that make science accessible to students with blindness or low vision (BLV). Often students with BLV are marginalized in their opportunities for hands-on participation in science laboratory classes due to misconceptions regarding safety or perceptions of science educators about the visual nature of science. A series of high-tech and low-tech solutions for science access will be demonstrated. The question “What do teachers of visually impaired students have to do to make science more accessible?” will be discussed. The methodologies required to fully integrate students with BLV into the science laboratory classroom will be discussed as part of this presentation. Educators will learn how students with BLV can learn by participating hands-on in science classroom activities thereby providing them with the tools and abilities needed for successful careers in science.

Session 106: Hiring and Managing a Diverse Workforce: Defining Diversity and Using It to Strengthen Your Organization or Department
Room: Salon Whitman/Robinson
Moderator: Nancy D. Miller, CEO, VISIONS
Panelists: Ruben Coellar, Chief Program Officer, VISIONS; Christina Curry, Executive Director, Harlem Independent Living Center; and Natalia S. Young, Chief Operating Officer, VISIONS
Description: What is diversity? Why does it strengthen our organizations? How do we achieve it? What obstacles do we need to overcome along the way?

Special Session: An Afternoon with Helen Keller Services for the Blind
11:00 am-2:00 pm

Conference attendees are invited to the offices of Helen Keller Services for the Blind for a presentation titled "Helen Keller Services: Working with Children Who Are Visually Impaired." A lunch and a tour of the facility will follow the presentation. Volunteers will be available to escort interested parties to the office, which is 1.5 blocks from the hotel.

Space is limited to 30 participants. Please RSVP to fprimeggia@helenkeller.org.

Sessions
11:15 am-12:15 pm

Session 201: Employment Initiatives – International and National Highlights
Speaker: Karen E. Wolffe, Ph.D., Career Counseling & Consultation, Austin TX
Room: Salon F
Description: In this session, Dr. Wolffe will describe some of the major initiatives underway around the world and in the United States to promote employment for youths and adults with visual impairments. She will describe any empirical results that have been published concerning the efficacy of these programs. In addition, she will share resources with attendees, including the curricular materials that she has authored for working with youths in transition (available through the federal quota system) and adults (available without charge online) on career exploration and employability skills.

Session 202: Google Presents an In-depth Look at Android
Room: Salon G
Presenter: Eve Andersson, Manager, Accessibility Engineering, Google, Inc.
Description: Incorporating presentation and demonstration, this workshop will focus on the Android operating system, featuring information about the current built-in accessibility and the varied environments where Android is now being used.

Session 203: Accessible GPS
Room: Salon H
Presenter: Mike May, President and CEO, Sendero Group
Description: From the iPhone to the PC, there are several accessible GPS products from which instructors and teachers of people who are blind can now choose. This presentation covers the pros and cons of each, including the Seeing Eye GPS for the iPhone, GPS on the BrailleNote and BrailleSense products, stand-alone units and virtual maps and GPS on the Windows PC.

Session 204: Books Build Better Brains
Room: Salon I
Presenter: Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Medical Director, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin
Description: Literacy and the sharing of books is a critical aspect of early brain development and can be part of a wider context encouraging the creation of physical, socioemotional, and intellectual health. Dr. Navsaria will discuss fundamental principles of early brain and child development, the connections to literacy, and describe one program which aims to encourage early reading as part of regular health checkups.

Session 205: Growing the Leader in YOU: The National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities as a Model for Rigor and Value-Added Enrichment
Room: Salon Roebling/Gleason
Presenters: Lou Tutt, Executive Director, AER; Stacy Kelly, Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University; Sean Tikkun, NLCSD Fellow and Northern Illinois Doctoral Student; Brooke Smith, NLCSD Co-Director and Assistant Professor, Salus University
Description: The National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD) was developed to deal with an unmet need for highly trained leadership personnel in the education of infants, children and youth who have sensory disabilities including multiple disabilities. To support this mission, a community of learners was formed that includes 27 doctoral fellows, 23 universities that offer doctoral programs, and a Public Advisory Council made up of 24 organizations that advocate for and support children with sensory disabilities.

This presentation will outline many of the lessons that have been learned as this community of practice has developed that can be applied directly to the everyday practices of direct service providers in schools and agencies. The presenters include an NLCSD Fellow, his Consortium faculty member, a Public Advisory Council member and the project co-director. They will discuss the collaborative effort of NLCSD and its positive effects on the community of learners.

Session 206: Managing Professionals: Does It Have to Be Like Herding Cats?
Room: Salon Whitman/Robinson
Moderator: Nancy D. Miller, CEO, VISIONS
Panelists: Ruben Coellar, Chief Program Officer, VISIONS; Jeremiah Taylor, President, ProActive Sales; and Diane S. Weiss, Chief Program Officer, VISIONS
Description: The heart of most nonprofits lies with its staff. However managing multidisciplinary teams requires commitment and a thick skin. The panelists will suggest approaches to staff training, team building and supervision that bring out the best in everyone.

Lunch (on your own) and Time to Visit the Exhibit Hall
12:15 pm-2:00 pm

Special Lunch Session
1:30 pm-2:00 pm

Title: Raising Standards NY State Certificate for TVIs
Room: Salon Reason/Roebling
Moderator: Rona Shaw, Coordinator, Program for Teachers of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Dominican College, Rockland County, NY (Retired)
Description: This will be an informal meeting of New York State teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs) to discuss ongoing efforts in raising state certification standards.

General Session
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Room: Salon D

General Session: A special presentation from J. W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, Marriott International, and Carl Augusto, President and CEO, AFB, will feature a conversation about leadership and values in the modern era. This session will be followed by the presentation of the first Stephen Garff Marriott Award.

Break and Time to Visit the Exhibit Hall
3:00 pm-3:30 pm

Sessions
3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Session 301: Innovative Programs for Youth from the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and Marriott Bridges
Room: Salon F
Facilitator: Joe Strechay, AFB CareerConnect Program Manager
Presenters: Mylene Padolina, Youth Initiatives Program Manager, USBLN, and Tad Asbury, Vice President and Executive Director, Marriott Bridges
Description: This session introduces two innovative programs that help to mentor and transition youths and college students from schools or colleges to success and more. These innovative programs utilize partnerships with businesses and corporations to prepare individuals for the future. Get ready to hear about the big moves that these organizations have made for youths with disabilities.

Session 302: APPle World
Room: Salon G
Speaker: Drew Metzger, M.A., M.Ed., M.S., VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and Liz Bottner, M.S.Ed., CVRT, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Description: A look at the latest and greatest apps aimed at, or useful to, persons who are visually impaired. The course will present apps that appeal to a wide variety of ages, ability levels, and interests. New apps are released every day, so how to stay up to date on the latest apps, app evaluation, and teaching strategies for apps will also be discussed.

Session 303: O&M for Life
Room: Salon H
Speakers: Laura Bozeman, Ph.D., COMS, CLVT, Associate Professor/Director, Vision Studies, UMass Boston; and Nora Griffin-Shirley, PH.D., Professor/Director, Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities, Texas Tech University
Description: This session targets adjustments in assessment and instructional strategies in orientation and mobility that may be necessary for the older adult with visual impairment. The importance of physical fitness not only for health, but to reduce falls and support mobility, will be discussed. Changes in health, living options and support systems that may be associated with aging will be addressed in the context of orientation and mobility.

Session 304: Balanced, PARCC’d, or Off-Kilter: Solving the Assessment Issues (Part 1)
Room: Salon I
Facilitators: Kay Alicyn Ferrell, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, University of Northern Colorado; Bryan Gould, Director, Accessible Learning and Assessment Technologies, National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH; Martha Thurlow, Ph.D., Director, National Center on Educational Outcomes; and Tanni Anthony, State Consultant on Blindness/Visual Impairment, Colorado Department of Education
Description: The Smarter Balanced and PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) consortia that are developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in literacy and mathematics pose numerous problems for students with visual impairment in K-12. This two-part session will (a) discuss the issues from participants’ experience and perspectives and, in an additional evening work session, (b) develop a plan for addressing these issues on a state and national basis. (This session will continue at 6:00 p.m.)

Session 305: Looking at the Future of Vision Research: Implantable Medical Devices that Assist People with Low Vision
Room: Salon Roebling/Gleason
Speaker: Duane Geruschat, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Education and Rehabilitation, Salus University, and Elsa Zavoda, MS OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT Clinical Specialist, VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies
Description: This session will focus on developments in medical technology embodied in the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System and the Implantable Miniature Telescope. These two federally approved implantable devices are intended to restore some usable vision for people with vision loss. Learn about these two medical devices, who may be a good candidate for each type of implant, realistic outcomes from surgery, and their potential impact on the field and the lives of people with vision loss.

VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies has developed the first FDA-approved telescope prosthesis demonstrated to improve vision and quality of life in individuals with the most advanced form of macular degeneration: End-Stage AMD. The prosthesis is integral to the CentraSight® treatment program which has been created to help patients follow the necessary steps for proper diagnosis, surgical evaluation, and postoperative care. The program is designed to help patients see the things that are important to them, regain independence, and re-engage in everyday activities.

This session will explain the technology behind the telescope prosthesis, provide an overview of the CentraSight treatment program, identify who may be a good candidate for this treatment option, as well as present initial patient outcomes.

Session 306: Introducing Project Teams to a Traditionally Hierarchical Organization
Room: Salon Whitman/Robinson
Moderator: Nancy D. Miller, CEO, VISIONS
Panelists: Ruben Coellar, Chief Program Officer, VISIONS, and J. David Sweeny, Executive Director, HAI
Description: Executive staff is accountable not only for their own success, but also the success of their supervisees and the organizational goals as a whole. Accountability requires understanding and implementing responsible behavior, ownership of the process, measurement and celebration. What do you do if your staff expects their supervisor to answer all questions, solve all problems and actually do the work? Who is working for whom? This workshop will explore the transition from individual goals to group goals, from individual success to group success.

Access Award and Corinne Kirchner Research Award Ceremony
4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Room: Salon E
(Register online to attend.)

Session 304 (Part 2)
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Session 304: Balanced, PARCC’d, or Off-Kilter: Solving the Assessment Issues (continued)
Room: Salon I
Facilitators: Kay Alicyn Ferrell, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, University of Northern Colorado, and Bryan Gould, Director, Accessible Learning and Assessment Technologies, National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH Description: The Smarter Balanced and PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) consortia that are developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in literacy and mathematics pose numerous problems for students with visual impairment in K-12. This two-part session will (a) discuss the issues from participants’ experience and perspectives and, in an additional evening work session, (b) develop a plan for addressing these issues on a state and national basis.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Memorial Service
Room: Salon: Whitman/Robinson
7:30 am-8:30 am

Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 am-12:30 pm

General Session
8:30 am-9:30 am

General Session: Bridging Divides: Finding Opportunities and a Shared Vision
Room: Salon D
Presenters: Jane Erin, Ph. D., Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology, University of Arizona at Tucson; Alan R. Morse, JD, Ph.D., President and CEO, Lighthouse Guild; and Mark G. Ackermann, Executive Vice President and COO, Lighthouse Guild
Description: This provocative plenary session will begin with Jane Erin, who will reflect on where we have been. It will be followed by a session that will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from leaders of two venerable institutions that recently merged — the Jewish Guild Healthcare and the Lighthouse International. Alan R. Morse and Mark G. Ackermann will share the vision of the new organization and discuss the importance of considering mergers and strategic alliances among nonprofit organizations.

Sessions
10:00 am-11:00 am

Session 401: Supported Employment
Room: Salon F
Presenter: Helen Keller National Center Staff
Description: Supported employment is a service model used nationally to facilitate competitive employment in integrated settings for individuals with severe disabilities who have had difficulty finding or maintaining employment due to a lack of opportunity or support. Helen Keller National Center has a long history of providing this vocational service to individuals who are deaf-blind and have additional disabilities that impact their success in the workforce. Best practices for vocational evaluation to assist individuals with making informed choices about their vocational goals, job development and job training strategies, and the process of developing ongoing and natural supports that reduce the dependence on professional service delivery and increase the individual's integration into the workplace and community will be explored. The importance of a transdisciplinary approach to service provision will be discussed. Vocational services cannot be addressed in a vacuum and training in other areas – mobility, independent living, advocacy, technology, etc. – can be provided in a manner that is collaborative and guided by the individual.

Session 402: Teaching Access Technology: What to Teach When
Room: Salon G
Presenter: Ike Presley, Project Manager, AFB
Description: Everyone knows that it is important for people who are blind or visually impaired to learn and use technology in order to be competitive in education and employment. Instructors know that they need to be teaching the use of technology, but with so many pieces of hardware and software available, where should one start? This session will give participants a framework to guide them in the scope and sequence of teaching access technology to people who are blind or have low vision.

Session 403: Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center – Fall Prevention Relative to Blindness
Room: Salon H
Presenters: Karen R. Ligammari, B.S., M.A, TVI, COMS, and Dan Rausch, M.Ed., COMS
Description: Come learn about this unique delivery model within our residential rehabilitation facility. Highlights will include fall risk identification, home safety education and fall prevention education components. Explore the three sides of our “triangle of support” between nursing service, physical therapy and O&M. Depending on the experience of our audience, basic overview O&M and blind rehabilitation, etc. may be provided.

Session 404: Play – It's Not Just for Children Anymore
Room: Salon I
Presenter: Marjorie Wood, M.Ed., COMS, Austin, TX
Description: It's a fact that in the early years, knowledge of oneself and the world occurs through play. As children enter the classroom, formal learning takes the place of play and students are given specific times to play during recess or, later in life, through sports or exercise. Play often becomes a four-letter word when one is seriously pursuing a career. Should play be phased out as we age? Participants will learn about the various stages of play, the integral role in brain functioning and the importance of maintaining play as a life-long activity for oneself and for those we serve.

Session 405: Developing Sensory Skills
Room: Salon Roebling/Gleason
Speaker: Lisa-Anne Mowerson, CVRT, VACT Healthcare Systems
Description: Sensory development activities are designed to help individuals explore the potential of their remaining senses and to couple the information with previously learned experiences and visual memories in order to assist them to more effectively manage their daily lives. This session will explore the development of sensory skills and will include the practice of simple development exercises to help with the development of sensory curriculum for adult and youth programs.

Session 406: From Student to Master: The Art of Public Speaking
Room: Salon Whitman/Robinson
Presenter: Mark Lucas, Executive Director, U.S. Association of Blind Athletes
Description: This fun and interactive session will provide tips and techniques for improving your leadership skills through more effective communication. The following topics will be covered:
  • The art of giving an engaging and informative speech.
  • The top 10 tips for how to be a better public speaker and top 10 biggest mistakes on public speaking.
  • How to be a more articulate ad-libber and how to develop your ability to organize your thoughts quickly and respond to an impromptu question or topic.

Sessions
11:15 am-12:15 pm

Session 501: Revised Transition Tote System
Room: Salon F
Speaker: Karen E. Wolffe, Ph.D., Career Counseling & Consultation, Austin TX
Description: This session will review the Transition Tote System, which is a transition curriculum designed to help students with self-awareness, career exploration, job seeking, job keeping, and related relevant resources.

Session 502: Access to Health Information Technology
Room: Salon G
Presenters: Larry Goldberg, WGBH, and Jaclyn Packer, Ph.D., Research Consultant
Description: Doctors, patients and caregivers can all benefit from the new wave of electronic health record systems, websites and devices for self-management of personal health care. How accessible are any of these tools and what can be done to advance their accessibility? WGBH's NCAM and AFB will present the latest research, evaluations and a prototype of best practices for usable and accessible health information technology.

Session 503: Research and the Deaf-Blind Traveler
Room: Salon H
Presenters: Dr. Eugene Bourquin, COMS, CLVT, CI, CT-R, Senior Instructor, HKNC, and Monica Godfrey-Lehrer, MA, COMS, Program Coordinator of Direct Services, HKNC
Description: The past two decades have seen advances in the techniques and tools used by people with dual sensory loss to remain independent and competent travelers. This presentation will examine the advances in the various aspects of travel: communication, street crossings, driver yielding, and others, and present some of the results of empirical research that form the foundation of current best practices in orientation and mobility.

Session 504: Putting the VI in Videos: New Tools and Techniques for Describing Video Content
Room: Salon I
Presenters: Matthew Kaplowitz, President, Bridge Multimedia, and Joshua A. Miele, Ph.D., Director, The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center
Description: From their home bases in New York and San Francisco, respectively, Bridge and the VDRDC have developed innovative approaches for providing improved access to video content, whether in the classroom or on the Web. This session will feature information on techniques for describing content and tools for making description available via the "cloud." There will also be an opportunity to explore how description is helpful to individuals with disabilities other than vision loss.

Session 505: Physical Activity and Individuals with Visual Impairments: Current Research to Practice
Presenter: Lauren Lieberman, Ph.D., College at Brockport, State University of New York
Room: Salon Roebling/Gleason
Description: There has currently been some very informative research related to instruction of children with visual impairments, CHARGE Syndrome, motor development, socialization, aquatics, exergames, paraeducator training, and infusion of the Expanded Core Curriculum. This presentation will review some of this exciting research as well as the practical implications and resources that have developed as a result of the research that can be used with individuals of all ages. Resources include curricula, videos, websites, products, books, in-services, and workshops.

Session 506: Why You Should Tell Your Story to Legislators and Why They Will Listen
Room: Salon Whitman/Robinson
Presenter: Lester Marks, MPA, Director of Government Affairs and Administration, Lighthouse Guild
Description: An interactive session built around the reasons why every organization, large or small, and why every person working in our field should be involved in advocacy; how to build strong working relationships with elected/public officials from every level of government; and you will leave with successful employable advocacy strategies.

Migel Award Ceremony and Luncheon
12:15 pm-2:15 pm
Room: Salon E

Sessions
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Session 601: Fostering an Environment that Supports Employment of People with Disabilities: Tools You Can Use in Your Work with Employers
Room: Salon F
Speaker: Howard Green, Deputy Director, Corporate Programs, National Organization on Disability; Loren Mikola, Project Director, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT); and Joe Strechay, AFB CareerConnect Program Manager
Description: The efforts of the National Organization on Disability and the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology to promote welcoming workplaces to encourage the employment of people with disabilities will be described. The development and importance of self-assessment tools for use by employers to measure and improve accessibility for employees and consumers with disabilities, including the assessment of internal policies, workplace technology infrastructure, and job accommodations will also be discussed. Joe Strechay will address a few related tools and resources. The workshop will include strategies and resources for rehabilitation professionals and agencies.

Session 602: The Productivity Value of the Touch Interface and Low Cost Apps
Room: Salon G
Presenter: Mike May, President and CEO, Sendero Group
Description: Why all the excitement about the touch screen interface? What is it good for and what is it not good for? Where does it fit into the accessible tools for work and play?

Session 603: New Directions in Tactile Graphics: Tactile Maps and the Talking Tactile Pen
Room: Salon H
Speaker: Steve Landau, President, Touch Graphics, Inc.
Description: Students with visual impairments will soon have a new tool for learning about geography and other subjects that require access to images. Designers at Touch Graphics, Inc. combine tactile images with audio output to embed an unlimited amount of spoken information in simple, uncluttered graphics. This presentation will demonstrate a collaboration with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to create a full-color, raised-line map of the United States that students can touch with their fingers and hands. As they explore the map, they tap on features with a specially-programmed smart pen to hear the name of any location on the map spoken aloud. By continuing to tap on the same spot, they can "drill down" to reveal tons of statistics and trivia about each state. Operating the pen is easy, and the system is portable and economical compared with existing methods. A map of the United States is currently in field testing by APH prior to commercial release. Other apps for the Talking Tactile Pen have been created for museums, transit systems, and science classrooms by researchers at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Center and their commercialization partner, Touch Graphics, Inc.

Session 604: Leadership through Authorship (Part 1)
Room: Salon I
Speakers: George Abbott, Director, AFB Press and Professional Development; Ellen Bilofsky, Managing Editor, AFB Press; and Rebecca Burrichter, Senior Editor, JVIB; and others to be confirmed
Description: During this two-part panel presentation and interactive session, the value of information sharing and knowledge building within our profession, the AFB publishing processes and possibilities, and perspectives from editors, authors, and webinar presenters will be shared and explored. Bring your creative juices and get inspired!

Session 605: What's New in Technology for People with Low Vision?
Presenter: Ike Presley, Project Manager, AFB
Room: Salon Roebling/Gleason
Description: This presentation will provide a baseline knowledge and the latest information on the various types of technology that can be useful for people with low vision, including tools for accessing printed information, tools for accessing electronic information, and tools for written communication. Specific topics will include, but will not be limited to, video magnifiers, task lighting, book/reading stands, computer access hardware, screen magnification software, e-book readers, dedicated word processors, electronic writing pens, and accessible cell phones. Participants will receive an update on the latest hardware and software in these areas. Strategies that can be used to stay abreast of this rapidly changing field will be discussed. Participants can expect to receive a basic knowledge of low vision technology and suggestions for keeping updated.

Session 606: Success Factors for Blind Leadership
Room: Salon Whitman/Robinson
Presenter: Tony Rucinski, Royal National Institute of Blind People
Description: Summary findings from an international doctoral study among blind leaders, identifying the key traits of those who have made it, will be presented.

Sessions
3:45 pm-4:45 pm

Session 701: Mentoring as a Path to Successful Employment for Recent College Graduates with Blindness
Room: Salon F
Presenter: Jamie O'Malley, Mississippi State University
Description: An employment mentoring intervention project is currently in progress at the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC). The project examines the benefits of mentoring on the future employment of college students who are blind. The project provides students with opportunities to meet with mentors one-on-one locally over the course of a year, participate in job shadowing and networking, receive career preparation resources, and seek guidance from a successfully employed individual who is blind. This presentation will provide a description of the intervention, emphasize the benefits of mentoring for students and professionals, provide highlights of preliminary data, and discuss keys to successful mentoring relationships.

Session 702: Access in the Workplace: AFB Tech Presents Research on the Accessibility of VoIP Telephony
Room: Salon G
Presenter: Darren Burton, Director, AFB Tech
Description: In this presentation, AFB Tech will present results of a project evaluating the accessibility of several VoIP systems (voice over Internet protocol), including voice, data, and/or voice-messaging applications for both traditional and home offices. Presenters will also demonstrate access solutions developed by Tenacity and Avaya to accommodate people with vision loss. As these systems become commonplace in the workplace, accessibility for people with vision loss must be assured.

Session 703: Transportation Issues and Visual Disability
Room: Salon H
Presenter: Adele Crudden, Mississippi State University
Description: An overview of major transportation issues impacting persons who are blind or visually impaired will be presented. Results of a recently administered survey concerning transportation will be discussed as well as information from a statewide transportation project that examined problem-solving and self-efficacy regarding transportation.

Session 704: Leadership through Authorship (Part 2)
Room: Salon I
Speakers: George Abbott, Director, AFB Press and Professional Development; Ellen Bilofsky, Managing Editor, AFB Press; and Rebecca Burrichter, Senior Editor, JVIB; and others to be confirmed
Description: During this two-part panel presentation and interactive session, the value of information sharing and knowledge building within our profession, the AFB publishing processes and possibilities, and perspectives from editors, authors, and webinar presenters will be explored and shared. Bring your creative juices and get inspired!

Session 705: Working with Parents and Families to Build Social Competence
Room: Salon Roebling/Gleason
Presenter: Kathryn Botsford, Doctoral Candidate, University of Northern Colorado
Description: What are our goals for youth with visual impairments when they leave high school: continuing education, employment, independent living, friends and personal relationships? Looking at the experiences of adults who have achieved these goals offers insights for students, families and their teachers. By learning about the stories of 14 blind adults who shared their experiences for this study, session participants will increase their understanding of the personal and social impact of viewing naturally occurring human differences as “disabling”; the critical role of teachers partnering with parents to help children develop social competence; and the impact of having a sense of group membership and how that awareness positively influence these adults’ social interactions in the community.

Session 706: Practitioners as Leaders in Our Field
Room: Salon Whitman/Robinson
Presenter: Janie Blome, Director of Field Services, American Printing House for the Blind
Description: This is a discussion of the ways in which front line staff are leaders in our field and how they may assist in the effort to improve program development and practice.

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