July 20-24: AER International Conference 2016, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront, Jacksonville, FL
2016 SWOMA Conference, November 3-5, 2016 in Fort Worth, TX at Region 11, Education Service Center (ESC)
July 19-22: AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA
Things are really shaping up for SWOMA 2016! Here is just a sample of what's in the works...
The conference dates are November 3-5, 2016, and this year's event will occur in Fort Worth, TX at Region 11, Education Service Center (ESC). The SWOMA Conference Planning Committee is working overtime to make this a fabulous learning experience. And, thanks to Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI), all sessions are elegible for ACVREP CEU Credit. Additional details about the conference hotel, registration, optional activities for learning and networking, and the full agenda are coming soon; keep checking back for more information!
For everyone who has a Trekker Breeze sitting in a drawer because you were frustrated with the time it took to connect to a satellite or how many times you had to restart or reconnect, etc. it may be time to dust it off and put it back into action.
The TrekkerBreeze+ upgrade is $299, as compared to the full price of $799 for a new Trekker Breeze+. They will take your old device and replace the internal works, including the GPS set, and give you a new battery. I will still continue to use all the other terrific tools on iOS and Android like BlindSquare, Seeing Eye GPS, Ariadne, and Nearby Explorer, but there are some clients/students who need a stand alone device and it is nice to have another tool to share with them.
Looking for ways to improve freedom and independence in various travel environments? Echolocation is great tool to enhance awareness of your surroundings and add a distance sense tool to your box of tricks. As an example check out the video with the link after this paragraph to view a TED presentation by Daniel Kish of World Access for the Blind and how he uses the skill to enhance his own travels.
You can "Follow" SWOMA on Twitter by adding @SWOMAtweets to your "FOLLOW" list.
You can "Like" SWOMA on the Facebook page by visiting the Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association page
And, as a source of Orientation and Mobility information on Facebook, you can "Like" Orientation and Mobility, Outreach, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) to follow the page and receive the posts about orientation and mobility and related fields.
Orientation and Mobility Resources in LiveBinders
Wonderful way to preview your travel with the ability to save route information for locations that have described routes.
The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has information, resources, links, and more, that are specifically for Orientation and Mobility.