Early Connections Virtual Conference

Expanding your child's potential at the 2020 Early Connections Conference.

Early Connections Conference

June 22 - 26, 2020

Virtual Event

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June 22, 2020 (All day) to June 26, 2020 (All day)
Online
United States
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Cost: Free

Thank you for attending Perkins’ 37th Early Connections Conference!!

This year we had a record number of registrations across 37 countries and 45 states. We hope you gained new insights and strategies during our virtual conference. Our goal is to ensure you have the knowledge, skills and support you need to help each child reach their full potential.

Let's stay in touch

Here’s how to access more resources, connections and support from Perkins until we see you at next year’s Early Connections Conference. 

If you participated in the conference, please be sure to complete the survey we’ll be sending via email to share feedback on this year’s event and your suggestions for next year. 

Did you miss our keynote with parent and TVI Burju Sari? Watch a replay of Burju's keynote: Empowering Each Other on Our Journey   

For more information about Perkins programs:

To enroll at Perkins or to request an independent and/or CVI evaluation, please visit us at Perkins.org/Admissions. We are here to help and look forward to speaking to you.

For more information about our services on campus, in the home and in the community for children ages 0-3, please visit our Infant-Toddler Program page.

Download a list of resources for families, contacts at Perkins and some words of wisdom from one of our parents.

Thanks again - let's continue the conversation!


 

Sessions

The Early Connections Virtual Conference is designed for families of children with visual impairment, birth to 7 years old, and the professionals who support them. Here families can connect, talk to experts and learn new skills to apply at home and in the classroom to help each child reach their full potential.

Click below to watch any of the 8 pre-recorded sessions anytime during the week on topics such as: 


Keynote

Empowering Each Other on Our Journey 
Keynote Speaker: Burju Sari, M.Ed., Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI), Community Programs, Perkins School for the Blind 

Burju Sari is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI). The mother of 9-year-old twin boys, her journey started upon learning one of her sons had vision loss, the result of periventricular leukomalacia. After meeting her son’s TVI in 2010, she knew she needed to do something to help other families and became a TVI herself. 

In 2015, she earned her Master’s in Education for Teaching Students with Visual Impairment from UMass Boston. Today, she works for Perkins School for the Blind’s Community Programs as an itinerant teacher, specializing in early intervention. Additionally, Sari provides training to teachers and families, locally and in Europe, for how to support children with CVI and low vision.


FAQ

Who will be speaking?
Educational leaders from Perkins School for the Blind with expertise in early learning, CVI, orientation and mobility, deafblindness, assistive technology and education planning, as well as consultants in parent advocacy and financial planning.

Speakers

  • Alana Berg, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Community Programs, Perkins School for the Blind
  • Brenda Allair,  M.Ed., Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI), Coordinator of the Infant Toddler Program, Community Programs, Perkins School for the Blind
  • Burju Sari, M.Ed., Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI), Community Programs, Perkins School for the Blind 
  • Cynthia Haddad, Certified Financial Planner, Special Needs Financial Planner, Affinia Financial Group, co-author of The Special Needs Planning Guide and sibling to a person with special needs
  • Ellen Cadigan Mazel, M.Ed., CTVI, Director of CVI Project, Perkins School for the Blind 
  • Marguerite Tibaudo, M.Ed. CTVI, Assistant Director of CVI Project, Perkins School for the Blind
  • Rachel Antonino, M.S., Teacher, Lower School & Early Learning Center, Perkins School for the Blind
  • Samantha Eyley, M.Ed., Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI), Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Assistive Technology Liaison, Community Programs, Perkins School for the Blind
  • Teri Turgeon, M.Ed.Director of Community Programs, Perkins School for the Blind
  • Tom Miller, M.S. Masters in Special Education, Educational Consultant 
  • Wendy Buckley, M.Ed., Ed.S, Deafblind Program, Perkins School for the Blind

How can I join the live events?
Register online today to reserve your spot and receive event updates: https://www.perkins.org/get-involved/events/early-connections/register

Is the event free?
Yes, as this year's conference is a virtual event, there is no cost to attend. 

Can I earn professional credits for attending?
Yes, we are now able to offer professional credits for this virtual conference via Perkins eLearning. Fill out this form to receive more information.   

How will the conference work virtually?
Starting Monday, June 22 you will have access to pre-recorded sessions on a wide range of topics that you can watch at any time. When you register for the conference, you will be invited to attend special “live” virtual sessions:  

  • A keynote from parent and Perkins TVI Burju Sari
  • Q&A sessions on Wednesday, June 24 and Friday, June 26 with experts who can respond to questions you and other parents are asking 
  • The opportunity to connect online with other families and professionals

We recognize partner organizations who serve families of children who are blind or visually impaired.

 

a logo of perkins school for the blind with braille underneath a logo of perkins library with braille underneath
logo of discovery museum with slogan: science, nature, play.a logo with a cube displaying three sides a tree with music notes for leaves and branches a circular logo with hands reaching out to each other logo of NOAH with two shadows of a head overlaying in the letter 'O' logo of a book with braille and a seedling used as a bookmark a logo of an angelfish represented as the letter 'A' with the letters submerged in water a logo of yogibo with the letter 'g' being molded to fit

 

Event Date: 
June 22, 2020 (All day) to June 26, 2020 (All day)
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