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Education Track Offerings at AFBLC19

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Education track sessions emphasize collaboration, research, and personnel preparation. Orientation and mobility readiness standards, preparing teachers to work with children who have neurological visual impairments, funding university programs, and encouraging research are just some of the topics addressed.

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Thursday, February 28

  • 10:15 AM ED13: Orientation and Mobility Career, College, and Community Readiness Standards
  • 11:30 AM ED23: Using Gamification to Maximize ECC Outcomes
  • 2:00 PM ED33: Preparing Teachers to Work with Students with CVI: The University Perspective
  • 4:00 PM ED43: Challenges and Opportunities for Personnel Preparation Program Funding

Friday, March 1

  • 10:15 AM ED53: Mentoring Doctoral and Other Students to Contribute Critical Research to JVIB
  • 11:30 AM ED63: Engaging Students, Families, and Teams for Success After High School
  • 2:00 PM ED73: Build a New England Wall: Leadership Stones for Educators and Administrators

A Special Message from JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is committed to meeting the banking and financial services needs of all our customers. Members of our Digital team will be on site to review our products with you. We have two study opportunities at the conference. You may participate in both if your schedule allows. The studies will not require you to log into your personal devices. Your personal information will remain protected. Sessions are expected to last one full hour. Participants will be provided snacks and refreshments. As a token of our appreciation, you will receive a Chase branded backpack and portable mobile phone charger for your time. study

We would like your input on For this study, we are looking for desktop and/or laptop screen reader users (NVDA, JAWS, or VO) AND users with low vision who use zoom to access web content (ZOOMTEXT or Zoom on Mac). In these sessions of 1-1 user testing, we will ask you to complete common banking tasks using test accounts. You do not need to be a Chase customer to participate. If you would like to join us for this study, please email with your name and contact number to register.

Virtual Assistant/ Chat study

We would like your input on our mobile banking app. For this study, we are looking for iPhone VoiceOver users who also use or have used Siri and/or Google Assistant voice features on their mobile device. In these sessions of 1-1 user testing, we will ask you to engage in several chat conversations via a new voice feature to get your feedback. Please bring your own headphones if you prefer. If you would like to join us for this study, please email with your name and contact number to register.

Available sessions (2 sessions available for both studies)

Thursday, February 28

  • 10:15 am – 11:15 am
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Friday, March 1

  • 10:15 am – 11:15 am
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

2019 AFB Leadership Conference

Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA
February 28-March 1

Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program Managers Meeting - February 27 (Open to all conference attendees, but seating is limited)

Rate: $449 (includes on-site registrations)

Register Online

Book your hotel room: Online reservations or call 888-236-2427 and reference our conference to get the group rate

Read the 2019 Sponsorship menu to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Join us on February 27 for the 2019 Helen Keller Achievement Awards (HKAA) Gala! This black-tie event was established by AFB in 1994 to acknowledge Keller’s extraordinary efforts and to promote the notable achievements of individuals and organizations that have improved the quality of life for people with disabilities. The gala, which will be emceed by athlete, adventurer, and author Erik Weihenmayer, includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, and formal dinner. The 2019 HKAA recipients are Amazon, Northrop Grumman, and Washington State Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib. Tickets for this special event must be purchased separately.

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