Special Education

TVI Tidbits - Volume 2, No. 20

May 19, 2010

  1. Institute on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment - July 7-9, 2010
  2. GuildScholar Award Program: A scholarship program for visually impaired high school students
  3. 2010 Braille Book Flea Market

The following information is for your information and not an endorsement of any product or service:

  1. Institute on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment - July 7-9, 2010

    This Institute is designed for Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Special Educators, and other educational personnel working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment. Facilitated by Marilyn H., M.A., and D. Jay Gense, Ed. S., authors of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment:  Meeting Students’ Learning Needs, this three day institute will address assessment, program components and instructional strategies for effective and supportive educational programs for ASDVI students.

    Objectives - At the completion of this Institute participants will demonstrate:

    • Increase understanding of the unique learning characteristics of students with ASDVI (Autism Spectrum Disorders AND Visual Impairment);
    • Be knowledgeable of several key strategies to identify individual student needs for a variety of student levels;
    • Understand how to match student learning needs to appropriate interventions;
    • Be knowledgeable  of strategies to address the expanded core curriculum areas of for learners with ASDVI;
    • Identity one thing to put into practice immediately; and
    • Identify implementation plan for the future.

    Schedule:  July 7-9, 2010 , Wednesday-Friday
    8:00 Registration/Sign In
    8:30-5:00 Workshop Sessions

    Location/Host:        Capitol Region BOCES, 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12205

    Cost:                        $100.00 made payable to Perkins School for the Blind

    Continuing Education/ACREP Credit: 21 (Pending)

    Content Coordinator:  Betsy Bixler, Manager, Perkins Training Center, Perkins School for the Blind

    Phone: 617-972-7213, Fax: 617-972-7209, E-mail:  Betsy.Bixler@Perkins.org

    Logistics/Registration Coordinator: Erin Fairben, Superintendent, New York State School for the Blind

    Phone: 877-697-7382, Fax: 585-344-5557, Email:  efairben@nysed.gov

    Registration Form & Institute Fee due June 25, 2010.

    Space is limited and eligible participants will be accepted in order of receipt of written application and fee.

    Notification of acceptance will be sent with detailed information for:

    Training Rooms at the Capitol Region BOCES

    Options for Hotel Accommodations

    Please see attachment for announcement and registration form.

    Click here pdf format for additional information on upcoming events, please see the Perkins Training Center Schedule. external link symbol

    Here’s how to contact us!

    Email:  PerkinsTrainingCenter@Perkins.org external link symbol, Phone:  617-972-7712, Fax: 617-972-7209 Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm


  2. GuildScholar Award Program: A scholarship program for visually impaired high school students
  3. The Jewish Guild for the Blind offers an annual scholarship program for college-bound high school students.  Applications will be accepted from students at the beginning of their senior year, with recipients selected and scholarships awarded later in the senior year.  The Program will award 12 - 16 scholarships of up to $15,000 each.  Application and supporting documents must be at The Guild by September 15th, and scholarship recipients are announced by mid-December.  Scholarships are awarded by June 15th.


    • Completion of the GuildScholar application form online
    • Proof of legal blindness
    • Proof of US citizenship or legal residency
    • Documentation of academic achievement
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Two personal statements: one about the applicant and the second describing the influence of an outstanding teacher on your education.

    Your chosen college must be accredited by a body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  All college admissions policies must be nondenominational and open to applicants of all religions, faiths and beliefs.

    To apply, log on to www.jgb.org/guildscholar.asp external link symbol.  For more information, email guildscholar@jgb.org or call (212) 769-7801.


  4. 2010 Braille Book Flea Market
  5. Donate your gently used but no longer needed braille books to the 2010 Braille Book Flea Market sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children and the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille to be held at NFB's national convention in Dallas TX. Books should be in good condition.  Cookbooks, twin-vision books and books suitable for children are greatly needed.  Do not forget those twin-vision books.  We always run short.  Box up the books so they do not get damaged during

    shipping and tape the box closed.  Books can be sent Free Matter for the

    Blind to the following address:
    Vanessa Pena
    UPS Customer Counter
    10155 Monroe
    Dallas, TX 75229

    Search through the boxes in your basement and spare room and get your Braille book donations  ready for shipping.  If you have any questions, contact Peggy Chong at 515-277-1288 or e-mail at:
    peggychong@earthlink.net. external link symbol


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