Access to independence through orientation and mobility

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Learning with Blindness Webinar Series

June 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
United States
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
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Without sight, the level of independence children are able to achieve in life will directly affect their quality of life. Being able to move about independently is a major factor in deciding where you are able to go to school, live and work.

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In an hour-long webinar with veteran teacher Jennifer Siff you will learn:

  • Why orientation and mobility is so critical to independence and how it relates to other elements of the ECC.
  • Areas where you can control the environment, including your home, to better suit the needs of your child.
  • Differences between being a physical guide, using voice guide or auditory "tap" cues, and when to use them.
  • Tips for increasing your child’s independence by “stepping back” and reducing assistance based on their skill level.

Opportunities for Q&A will be provided at the end of the webinar.

Webinar presenter

Jennifer Siff, Orientation and Mobility Specialist

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Jen is a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist at Perkins School for the Blind and has spent the last 12 years working with children who have visual impairments and multiple disabilities gain independence in the world around them. At Perkins, she teaches students with visual impairments how to travel independently and stay oriented in various environments. She doesn’t just talk the talk either, she’s walked the talk

Event Date: 
June 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
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