Instructor-Led

Non-Visual Digital Maps for TVIs

During this hands-on remote workshop crafted specifically for TVIs, you will learn how to use non-visual digital maps just like your students, how to teach students to use the maps effectively, and how to create customized maps for individual students.

Digital map of New England

Course Overview

Mental maps are an essential skill for independent travel. We have traditionally used tactile maps to help students build mental maps. However, non-visual digital mapping technology is now being adopted by people with visual impairments or blindness. This new technology complements tactile maps. It enables students to build mental maps quickly and independently. It also works very well for classroom instruction.

During this hands-on remote workshop crafted specifically for TVIs, you will learn how to use non-visual digital maps just like your students, how to teach students to use the maps effectively, and how to create customized maps for individual students. You will also learn how to create customized digital maps to fit your student’s current ability level and to meet the goal of a specific lesson. For example, you may create a school map for an elementary school student, create a reference map of academic material, or a historical map.

Please note: This Workshop Registration is by invitation only. To offer this workshop to your team, contact [email protected] for scheduling and pricing. This course will be taught remotely using Zoom. There will be three hours of in-class instruction. There will also be a pre-reading assignment and an optional final project for additional credits.

Participant Requirements

In order to participate fully in this training opportunity, each participant:
  • Must have a computer which may be a Windows PC or Mac.
  • Must have a reliable internet connection.
  • Must have a Google account.
  • Must install Chrome.
  • Must install the free SAS Graphics Accelerator extension for Google Chrome.
  • Familiarity with online map applications such as Google Maps or Apple Maps is recommended.

Additional earned credit options

3 or 10 PDP’s, ACVREP’s, Continuing Ed. Hours
3 credits for attendance only
10 credits for attendance with completion of final project

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Meet the Presenters

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Diane Brauner
Educational Accessibility Consultant, COMS
Diane Brauner is an educational accessibility consultant collaborating with various educational app developers and agencies. She splits her time between managing the Perkins eLearning website, Paths to Technology, presenting workshops on a national level and working on accessibility-related projects. Diane has 25+ years as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), working primarily with preschool and school-age students. She holds degrees in Rehabilitation, Elementary Education, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments, and Orientation and Mobility.
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Ed Summers
Ed Summers is a blind software engineer and an accessibility specialist. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and 20 years of professional experience as a software developer and a development manager. Ed's personal mission is to enable people with disabilities to realize their full potential in the classroom and the 21st century knowledge economy. Ed leads the accessibility team at SAS, the market leader in business analytics software and services that is used at more than 70,000 sites around the world. He is the Chairman of the North Carolina Commission for the Blind. He is also a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education Advisory Council for the Governor Morehead School for the Blind.
Level:
Introductory
Length:
Multiple days
Credits:
10 Continuing Education
10 Professional Development
10 ACVREP
Cost:
Invitation Only