Perkins Training Center Schedule
Customized On-Site Professional Development for Educational Personnel
The mission of the Perkins Training Center (PTC), in partnership with key stakeholders, is to provide professional development opportunities that meet the programatic needs of the diverse population of students with visual impairment.
During the past eight years, the PTC has provided customized program specific training for regional centers, high schools, university programs, and specialized schools reaching across all disciplines and positions. Professional development opportunities have been provided to vision specialists-Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Vision Rehabilitation Teachers, as well as other professionals working with students with visual impairment.
To meet these staff training needs in-service programs are designed and developed based on identified need. Sample training areas in vision education include:
- Assistive Technology
- Communication, Braille & Literacy
- Consultation Skills
- Early Intervention
& Early childhood (VIISA)
- Expanded Core Curriculum
- Low Vision
- Instructional Strategies in General Ed. Curriculum
- Inclusion in Physical Education, Art & Music
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orientation & Mobility
- Tactile Graphics
- Visual Conditions and Etiologies
**For vision educators in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire ONLY**
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Workshops & Trainings
Participants will learn how to create accessible scores using a suite of software from Dancing Dots. An "accessible score" is a Lime music notation file that can be reviewed with JAWS using braille verbal and musical cues, transcribed into hardcopy braille music with GOODFEEL, and/or displayed in magnified print music using The Lime Lighter.
Training will consist of a balanced mix of lecture followed by hands-on application of material presented. Participants are encouraged to bring music which they need to transcribe so that they can leave with material that can be used right away by their students.
Customized Trainings: Introduction to Educational Practices for Students with Visual Impairments & Multiple Disabilities
February 6, 2014
In collaboration with Simmons College Special Education programs, this evening session will include mini-lectures. Topics will include; assistive technology, literacy, visual conditions, and impact of vision loss on learning and orientation and mobility for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities. Additional information on resources such as the Braille and Talking Book Library will be discussed. Presenters will be leading resource people from Perkins programs and services.
February 22, 2014
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This full day hands-on workshop, conducted by Diane Brauner and Ed Summers of SAS Institute teaches participants how academic blind and low-vision students use the iPad for reading, writing and research. Participants will review some of the basic concepts covered in introduction to iPad accessibility features for blind and low vision students such as searching the web with Safari, etc. Participants will learn how to share instructional materials using Dropbox and they will use Dropbox to retrieve and return assignments throughout the workshop. Participants will learn how to read electronic books in iBooks and edit documents in Pages without Voiceover. Finally, participants will learn how to perform those same tasks using Voiceover gestures and keyboard commands.
Project VIISA – Preschool Course: Serving Preschoolers with Vision Impairments in Center Based Settings
This course is designed for both vision professionals (Teachers/Consultants for Students with Visual Impairments, Orientation & Mobility Instructors) and teachers & professionals who are working directly with at least one preschooler with blindness/visual impairment. Parents of infants, toddlers or preschoolers with blindness/visual impairment and paraprofessionals working with a child with visual impairment are also welcome to apply. We strongly encourage teams of a vision professionals, teachers, paraprofessionals and/or parents to register to take the course together.
A Focus on Sports and Inclusion Strategies for Athletes with Visual Impairments
The Coaches Clinic conducted by members of the Perkins School for the Blind Physical Education Department is conducted to provide training for those professionals interested in coaching sports specifically for individuals who are visually impaired and/or mainstream sports with inclusion opportunities for students with visual impairment. The Clinic will include principles and strategies of effective coaching, experiential practice, and interactive discussion sessions on important aspects of coaching.
August 2013 - January 2014
Watertown, MA and Online
On-site dates: 9/27, 9/28, 11/23, 1/25/14
Ed Summers & Diane Brauner will present the 2013 Perkins Institute, an intensive course of instruction designed for Teachers of the Visually Impaired will be conducted via virtual and on-site sessions at Perkins in Watertown, MA. Participants will explore and examine how to use an iPad effectively with students with visual impairments. The goal of the course is to successfully integrate iPad technology into mainstream classrooms with students who are low vision or blind. Prerequisites include access to iPad, Bluetooth keyboard and refreshable braille display, core suite of apps used by mainstream students, familiarity with Voiceover, access to internet in schools, and the ability to videotape students. Each participant will create projects that address all aspects of instruction and support that promote the effective use of the iPad in the classroom by students with visual impairment.
The 2013-'14 Klarman Workshop Series will feature Saturday sessions focused on technology for the student who is visually impaired including those with additional disabilities. These sessions will be conducted by leaders in the field of assistive technology including:
- Ike Presley, American Foundation for the Blind
- Jim Denham and Teresa Pagliuca, Perkins
- Dr. Therese Willkomm, University of New Hampshire
- Brian Charlson, Carroll Center for the Blind
For more information please visit the Perkins Training Center Website perkins.org/training.
"Focus" on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference
Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability & Vision Loss
March 12, 2014
Norwood, MA – Four Points by Sheraton