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Subject: Multiple Professional Development Opportunities on Working with Visually Impaired Students

Source: Gwynn Ready, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Special and General Education Teachers, TBVI, Paraprofessionals, O & M Instructors

Date: June 7, 2011

On June 28, 2011, the Heart of Missouri RPDC Blindness Skills Specialist will conduct a workshop titled, "iPad and iPhone Apps for Students with Visual Impairments."  This HALF DAY workshop will demonstrate accessible applications for the iPhone and iPad for students who are visually impaired/blind.  Participants are encouraged to bring an iPad or iPhone to the workshop.  Snacks and parking hang tags will be provided.  The workshop will be held at the University of Missouri-Columbia Campus, 2 London Hall Room #7, Columbia, MO from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The cost is $50.  This workshop qualifies for 4 hours of Professional Development.

On June 28, 2011, the Heart of Missouri RPDC Blindness Skills Specialist will conduct a HALF DAY workshop titled, "GPS and the Trekker Breeze."  Those in attendance will get a general overview of the Breeze and its functions.  They will learn how to create a landmark, point of interest as a landmark, create a route, reverse the route, use the Breeze in open areas, and more as time permits.  Snacks and parking hang tags will be provided.  The workshop will be held at the University of Missouri-Columbia Campus, 2 London Hall Room #7, Columbia, MO from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The cost is $50.  This workshop qualifies for 4 hours of Professional Development.  Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

On June 29, 2011, the Heart of Missouri RPDC Blindness Skills Specialist will conduct a HALF DAY workshop to present OpenBook, which has long been a leader in Scan-and-Read technology.  But OpenBook can do much more than scan a document and speak it.  This workshop will look at some of the lesser-used features of OpenBook such as its low vision features, using Braille displays, saving scanned documents in various formats, and more.  Snacks and parking hang tags will be provided.  The workshop will be held at the University of Missouri-Columbia Campus, 2 London Hall Room #7, Columbia, MO from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The cost is $50.  This workshop qualifies for 4 hours of Professional Development.  Enrollment is limited to 15 participants.

On June 29, 2011, the Heart of Missouri RPDC Blindness Skills Specialist will conduct a HALF DAY workshop on DAISY and ebooks for Students with Visual Impairments.  DAISY has become the format most widely used for accessible textbooks and other reading material with accessibility features.  In this workshop, we will examine the benefits of DAISY, different types of DAISY, FSReader - a DAISY reader included with JAWS, and the Victor Reader Stream - a hardware DAISY player from HumanWare.  We will also examine different sources for ebooks.  Snacks and parking hang tags will be provided.  The workshop will be held at the University of Missouri-Columbia Campus, 2 London Hall Room #7, Columbia, MO from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The cost is $50.  This workshop qualifies for 4 hours of Professional Development. 

Contact Jan DeHart, Blindness Skills Specialist (573) 882-6156 for ADA accommodations or special dietary needs.

For enrollment information, go to http://www.heartofmissourirpdc.org/ and follow the link for workshop registration.