Upcoming


Northwest Orientation and Mobility Association (NCOMA), 2018

September 28-29, 2018 in Milwaukee, WI


Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association (SWOMA), 2018

November 1-3, 2018, Austin, TX


Southeastern Orientation and Mobility Association (SOMA, 2018)

December 8-11, Tampa, FL


17th International Mobility Conference (IMC17)

June 22-25, 2020: International Orientation and Mobility Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden


SWOMA 2018 is Almost Here!

SWOMA 2018 is set for November 1st through 3rd and will happen in Austin, TX. The Pre-Conference will be held on Thursday, November 1st at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) and is focused on Physical Activity and Adapted Physical Education (APE). The main conference will be held at Region 13, Education Service Center (ESC) on Friday and Saturday.


Registration

You can register for the SWOMA Conference through TSBVI's conference registration system.


Lodging

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Crowne Plaza Austin at 6121 North IH-35, Austin, Texas 78752. The rate for booking a room is $120.00 per night for both double and king rooms. The maximum occupancy is 4 people for double and 2 people for king.


Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly or by calling Crowne Plaza Toll-Free Reservations at (800) 227-6963. Individuals must identify themselves as part of the TSBVI SWOMA Conference to obtain the conference rate. You may also book your reservation online.


The cut-off date for booking a room is set for October 19th.


Other Information

Other SWOMA Conference information can be found at TSBVI's SWOMA pages at http://www.tsbvi.edu/swoma.


Conference Agenda


Thursday, November 1st

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Andrew Bernet

Moving Towards Success Part 1: Ways that O&M’s can team up with APE teachers to develop Sensory Motor efficiency

O&M’s and APE teachers both teach sensory motor skills, but often approach the same skills from different perspectives. Attend this session to learn how to better collaborate with your students PE teacher and learn how to adapt PE lessons for your student. This session will focus on children in grades K-12. Wear comfortable clothes and come ready to be active!


2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Andrew Bernet

Moving Towards Success Part 2: Exploring How O&M’s Can Help Their Adult Students Adapt physical activities and Live Healthier Lives.

Come learn how you as an O&M can help your adult student increase their spatial awareness through participation in physical Activities. We will cover how to adapt various sports and what opportunities already exist for your student to participate in. Wear comfortable clothes and be ready to get active!



Friday, November 2nd

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. General Session

Scott Crawford

O&M for Visually Impaired Wheelchair Users

This indoor session will look at strategies for propelling the chair with and without the long white cane, strategies to determine if the student is travelling at a safe speed, stopping the chair in an emergency, and navigating tight spaces like doorways or ramps.


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. General Session

Walkers, Crutches and Support Canes, Oh My?

This session will cover strategies for adapting the use of support canes, walkers and crutches to facilitate the use of the long white cane. Options will be included for consumers that are not able to hold the cane. Modifications of techniques will be discussed that provide additional support for people that struggle navigating curbs and stairs.


1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Jennifer Perry

Using Drones with OM

Will show how drones can be used to view clients at multiple angles, as well as to record sessions for playback and review.


Lynn Gautreaux

The ABCs of AMDs

This session will center on AMD work stations to give participants an opportunity to make an AMD. Construction techniques needed to make an AMD that is not warped and last longer than typical AMD construction will be demonstrated. Discussion will also include 1.) how to decide when and if the use of an AMD is appropriate; 2.) modifying AMDs to use roller mechanisms for rougher uneven terrain; and, 3.) looking at various types of cane modifications and when and how to use them


Michael Goehring

Tales from a Guide Dog Field Representative

Home Interviews, Home Training, Post Class Visits, and After - Care Support. Anecdotes and experiences from the field. A decade of interviewing applicants, teaching students and supporting graduates and their guides. Lessons learned, knowledge shared.


Jill Brown, Tracy Hallak, Gema Nelson, Debra Sewell, Olga Uriegas, Shay Utley, Stephanie Walker, Marjie Wood, Susan Phillips, Gwynne Reeves

Texas 2 STEPS: Time to Dance

You know it’s coming. Time to put what you know into action. This interactive session will allow you to understand how to use the evaluation tool to decide what activities would be best, guiding appropriate intervention and instruction. Use of short video clips will be used for the audience to view and score various sections of the evaluation tool. Through general discussion participants identify strategies needed within activities to foster safe and efficient movement.


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Lynn Gautreaux

Quick and Easy Methods for Repairing and Modifying Canes

Participants will learn how to repair canes without using chemicals or solvents. This process can be completed in any office area without the need for costly ventilation, chemicals or cleaning systems. The session will also discuss how to set-up a cane repair station that requires very little space. Techniques to be demonstrated include removing/replacing worn grips, restringing folding canes with and without grips, converting a folding cane to use slip-on tips, using an "arc extension" as a transition tool for students and/or clients unable to maintain appropriate frontal protection during travel and much more.


Mary Shore and Marjie Wood

Orienting to the TX O&M Law: Where are we? Where are we going? How do we get there?

It's been 5 years since the O&M law was passed in Texas. We've made strides, but not without obstacles. How can we, once again, band together to strengthen this field in Texas? If you want to be a part of the O&M history in our great state, come help us identify the ongoing issues that may be generating challenges statewide, regionally, and/or at the local level and begin the conversation for the continued advancement of O&M services in Texas!


Andrew Bernet

How to Set Up Beacons Yourself for Use with Indoor Explorer

APH has included the capability for anyone to set up beacons with their Indoor Explorer App this past year. Come learn about beacon technology and how you can incorporate it on lessons with your students. This will be helpful for O&M’s who work with transition-aged students and adults.


Rona Pogrund and Shannon Darst

Practice Session Using the O&M VISSIT to Determine O&M Service Intensity

The O&M VISSIT: Orientation & Mobility Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity is a tool developed to help COMS determine the appropriate type and amount of service for a student with a visual impairment based on needs identified in the evaluation. Attendees will have hands-on experience in completing an O&M VISSIT on a case-study student.


4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Optional Sessions

Victor Trek Treasure Hunt, by HumanWare


Instructor Lead Blindfold Practice

You need to bring your own cane and blindfold. Orientation and Mobility Specialists will facilitate this opportunity for you to get hours practicing under blindfold.


6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Optional

SWOMA Social

Share your most memorable O&M moments! Gather with colleagues for some fun and networking at the conference hotel for this years SWOMA Social.



Saturday, November 3rd

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Tanni Anthony

Young Children with Visual Impairment and Additional Disabilities: Moving with Meaning (Part 1)

The three leading causes of pediatric visual impairment have a high comorbid incidence of additional disabilities. Very young children, ages birth through five, with visual impairment may have health, physical, cognitive, and hearing challenges in addition to a wide range of functional vision abilities and needs. Information will be shared about the use of assessment data to build a better understanding of the environmental and instructional support needs to enhance orientation and mobility concepts and skills. The use of routines will be details as an infrastructure for intervention and instruction for meaningful movement opportunities and activities.


Pat Pound

Transportation Options for Travelers who are Blind and Visually Impaired, Making the best Use of Your Options

How we travel is dynamically changing, bringing with it opportunities and challenges for people who are blind and visually impaired. Learn how to optimize the effective use of the opportunities and avoid some of the challenges.


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Tanni Anthony

Young Children with Visual Impairment and Additional Disabilities: Moving with Meaning (Part 2)

The three leading causes of pediatric visual impairment have a high comorbid incidence of additional disabilities. Very young children, ages birth through five, with visual impairment may have health, physical, cognitive, and hearing challenges in addition to a wide range of functional vision abilities and needs. Information will be shared about the use of assessment data to build a better understanding of the environmental and instructional support needs to enhance orientation and mobility concepts and skills. The use of routines will be details as an infrastructure for intervention and instruction for meaningful movement opportunities and activities.


Pat Pound

Savvy air travelers with disabilities, what are the secrets?

Air Travel is increasingly common and challenging. Learn what the best travelers who are blind or visually impaired do to increase the success and comfort of their trips. Also learn what families can do to prepare their students to be savvy travelers.


12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Working Lunch - General Session

Garrett Aguilard, Lisa Calaci, and Scott Meyer

Panel on Contracting as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist in Texas