A collage of young stdeunts with visual impairments: Early Connections Virtual Conference

2020 Early Connections Virtual Conference

Enjoy our virtual conference presentations, with the option to earn Professional Development Points or Continuing Education Credits

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. The event was designed to help families connect, talk to experts and learn new skills to apply at home and in the classroom to help each child reach their full potential.   For many participants, it is their first step on their journey as a family living with visual impairment and additional disabilities. In June, 2020, the Early Connections Conference at Perkins School for the Blind moved to a virtual format, and widened this supportive community, with a record number of registrations across 37 countries and 45 states.

In addition, presentations were recorded as they were streamed to conference participants, making it possible for educators and families to bookmark these presentations as needed. It also makes it possible for Perkins eLearning to include these valuable resources in our Watch & Learn Library, and to provide them as Professional Development Offerings for continuing education credits.

View the titles below at your convenience, or register for professional development credits by clicking the Register button.

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Click below to watch any of the 8 pre-recorded sessions at no charge: 

Length of time to complete: approximately one hour

Hands on the keys of a Perkins Brailler: Brailler image has been modified to have a smiling, talking mouth.

Parts of the Perkins Brailler: Student-created video

BrailleDoodle, a device that creates tactile images and can support braille learning. This image has a hand-drawn house with the print letter "H" and the braille word "house".

Braille Doodle: Kickstarter price


Virtual training to support guide dog users