13th Annual Rehabilitation and O&M Conference

Sponsored by the National Rehabilitation Association,
the National Blindness Professional Certification Board, and us—the Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University—professionals in the field of educating blind students and adults from around the country will gather to discuss the latest issues and trends. We invite you to join us in Orlando, Florida for a day packed with learning, networking, and continuing education credits.


Contemporary Issues In Rehabilitation and Education for the Blind

Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819

July 1, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
W202C, Convention Center, Level 2

Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge our appreciation to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). The NFB has not only hosted these rehabilitation events for more than 13 years, but more importantly, it has provided the philosophy, leadership, and guidance upon which the most effective rehabilitation practices have been established.

We would also like to give a special thanks to the many individuals who contributed their time, energy, and expertise to making this rehabilitation and orientation and mobility conference a success. It is through the dedication, determination, and fortitude of these leaders in the organized blind movement that we have collectively shifted the focus of rehabilitation in this country. Together, we are truly changing what it means to be blind!

Agenda

Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Location: W202C, Convention Center, Level 2 Foyer

Morning Session: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: W202C, Convention Center, Level 2

8:30 Welcome. Fredric K. Schroeder, Ph.D., President, National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB), Vienna, VA; and Edward Bell, Ph.D., Director, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston.

8:40 The Proper Perspective in Rehabilitation for the Blind. Dr. Marc Maurer, President, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD.

9:00 Reintroducing the National Rehabilitation Association. Fredric K. Schroeder, Ph.D., Executive Director, NRA, Vienna VA.

9:20 Keynote Address: “Revitalizing Rehabilitation in Oklahoma.” Joe Cordova, Director, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation, Oklahoma City.

9:40 Improving Services for the Blind in Oklahoma. Doug Boone, Director of Visual Services, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, Oklahoma City.

10:00 Instruction in Orientation and Mobility Skills for Multiple Impaired Blind or Visually Impaired Students: A New Paradigm. Denise Mackenstadt, NOMC, Sequim, WA.

10:20 Cane Travel Beyond the Crosswalk. Sheena Manuel, Outreach Specialist, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston.

10:35 One-Touch Project Self Defense System. Miranda Brown, Instructor, One-Touch Project, West Burlington, IA.

10:50 Questions and Answers

10:55 It’s an Appstravaganza in New Mexico. Lucy Alexander, Director, New Mexico Commission for the Blind Orientation Center; and Tyler K. Thompson, Blindness Skills Instructor, NMCBOC, Alamogordo.

11:15 Keeping the Fire Burning in Minnesota. Dan Wenzel, Executive Director, Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions (BLIND, Inc.), Minneapolis, Minnesota.

11:35 Unified English Braille: Providing Training and Establishing Standards. Maria Morais, NCUEB Coordinator, National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB), Ruston, LA; and Edward Bell, Director, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB), Ruston, LA.

11:55 Questions and wrap up.

12:00 Adjourn.

12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. Lunch on your own.

Concurrent Sessions, 2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

2:00—5:00 Unified English Braille Workshop. Location: W202C, Convention Center, Level 2
Casey Robertson, Instructor, & Laura Bostick, Instructor, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston; & Maria Morais, NCUEB Coordinator, National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB), Ruston, LA.
Preregistration is required.

Session I; 2:00 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.
A. The National Orientation and Mobility Certification Process. Location: W203B
Jeff Altman, Cane Travel Instructor, Nebraska Commission for the Blind, Lincoln; and Darick Williamson, Instructor, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston.

B. The One-Touch Project Defense System. Location: W204A
(Limited to first 15 participants). Miranda Brown, Instructor, West Burlington, IA.

C. Appstravaganza! Location: W204B
Tyler K. Thompson Blindness Skills Instructor, Computers and Assistive Technology Teacher, New Mexico Commission for the Blind Orientation Center, Alamogordo.

Session II; 3:30 p.m. — 4:45 p.m.

D. Instruction in Orientation and Mobility Skills for Multiple Impaired Blind or Visually Impaired Students: A New Paradigm. Location: W203B
Denise Mackenstadt, NOMC, Sequim, WA.

E. The One-Touch Project Defense System. Location: W204A
(Limited to first 15 participants). Miranda Brown, Instructor, West Burlington, IA.

F. Appstravaganza! Location: W204B
Tyler K. Thompson Blindness Skills Instructor, Computers and Assistive Technology Teacher, New Mexico Commission for the Blind Orientation Center, Alamogordo.

  • Speak with the day’s presenters in a less formal setting.
  • Network opportunity for job seekers and employers
  • Meet our newest NOMC certificants/recertificants
  • Meet our newest NCLB certificants/recertificants
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Cash bar and light snacks will be available
  • Continuing Education Credits (CEC) are available for conference registrants

Sponsored By:

National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB)
Fredric K. Schroeder, President
www.nbpcb.org | admin@nbpcb.org

National Rehabilitation Association
Fredric K. Schroeder, Executive Director
www.nationalrehab.org | fschroeder@sks.com

Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness, Louisiana Tech University
Edward Bell, Director
www.pdrib.com | ebell@latech.edu

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Edward Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC

Edward Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC

Dr. Bell is the Director of the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University.

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