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SWOMA 2018

Planning is underway for SWOMA 2018 and we are looking for presentation submissions. Please consider submitting a presentation for the conference committee to review when creating this year's agenda. You can find the Google Forms submission page at: http://bit.ly/SWOMA2018presentations. Tentative deadline for submissions is March 1st. If you have any questions or need assistance, please connect with Chris Tabb at tabbc@tsbvi.edu.



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SWOMA 2017 is coming to Houston!

This year's conference will be at Region 4, Education Service Center (ESC) in Houston on October 20th and 21st. The registration site is now live at TSBVI's Registration Site. The conference hotel for lodging is the Crowne Plaza, Northwest Brookhollow and the link for reservations at the conference rate of $84 per night is Hotel Reservation Link. You will need to make your reservation by 11:59 p.m., October 4th to be eligible for the SWOMA room block special rate.


Photo has image of braille compass and image of digital compass from an iPhone along with the text, SWOMA 2017, Exploring Changing Times



SWOMA 2017 Conference Agenda


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19th

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hotel sponsored reception for those arriving on Thursday


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Presenters: Linda Myers and Wendy Scheffers

Title of Session: Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, Part 1

Session Description: Wendy Scheffers and Linda Myers, authors of TAPS: Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, will give an overview and will be sharing some of their favorite pages from the book and how they use them on lessons. Topics will include: managing risk to the lowest level/acceptable level, intersection analysis for travelers with low vision or who are blind, street crossing timings for all intersections (uncontrolled, stop sign controlled, signal controlled and channelized right-turn lanes), and scanning (left/right scanning and lane by lane scanning).


10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Presenters: Linda Myers and Wendy Scheffers

Title of Session: Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, Part 2

Session Description: Wendy Scheffers and Linda Myers, authors of TAPS: Street Crossings for Travelers Who Are Visually Impaired, will give an overview and will be sharing some of their favorite pages from the book and how they use them on lessons. Topics will include: managing risk to the lowest level/acceptable level, intersection analysis for travelers with low vision or who are blind, street crossing timings for all intersections (uncontrolled, stop sign controlled, signal controlled and channelized right-turn lanes), and scanning (left/right scanning and lane by lane scanning).


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Kay Clark

Title of Session: Mobility Devices and Very Young Children: Clues to Making Informed Decisions

Session Description: In the past three decades, the field of O&M has increasingly embraced the use of various mobility devices with very young children. This session will provide a glimpse into the early development of thinking, hand skills, and tool use that forms the foundation for effective use of mobility devices. Considerations will then be offered for selecting, evaluating, and using devices in early childhood.


Presenter: Alecia Self

Title of Session: Money! Money! Money! For My Students

Session Description: Grant writing may seem a little daunting, but once you get the verbiage down it's easy as pie. My first year in the classroom I learned the value of writing grants and how the materials impacted the students in my classroom. Since then I have written a number of grants totaling over $15,000. In this session, I will share with you resources and ideas to gain funding through grants in order to provide your students with materials, training for teachers that support your students, concept development lessons, as well as expanded core curriculum events. Components for grant writing typically require data showing both the need for the requested grant and data for how the requested grant will be implemented and the expected results. This session will go over the basics of how to tie all that data together for a successfully written grant.


Presenter: Kassy Maloney

Title of Session: Yoga and Movement For Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments

Session Description: Yoga and simple movement activities provide a safe and motivating way for children with disabilities to practice the skills that they need to lead fulfilling, independent lives. Participants will leave with an understanding of WHY and HOW to teach yoga to their students with visual and multiple impairments. Be prepared to move! Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a fun yoga sequence designed to increase their students’ motor abilities, spatial awareness, and self-determination skills. Please come dressed in comfortable clothes to move on the floor.


Presenter: Ed Gervasoni, CTE Support Specialist –ASDB/CTE

Title of Session: O & M Assessment & Instruction Strategies for Individuals Who Are DeafBlind or Have Combined Vision & Hearing Losses (CVHL)

Session Description: The session will initially explore the assessment of different adult individuals based on the type and level of deaf-blindness, types of strategies they already have and will need in their travel skills toolbox, and current level of AT application usage. Then participants will be introduced to and explore specific strategies for different types of deaf-blind or CVHL travelers. The session will also include teaching communication strategies for successful interaction during community outings.


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Kate Hurst, Statewide Staff Development Coordinator

Title of Session: Active Learning Approach to Orientation and Mobility Instruction

Session Description: Active Learning is an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen of Denmark that targets individuals who are visually impaired with additional sensory, motor and cognitive impairments and who function at development levels between birth and 48 months (sensorimotor/pre-operational learners). This session provides information on how Active Learning can be used in O&M instruction and also about Active Learning Space, a resource for learning more about Active Learning.


Presenter: Alecia Self

Title of Session: On the Go Data and Progress Monitoring

Session Description: Bring your laptop and a student's lEP Goals and let's create data together. Tracking data on your mobile device will help you stay on top of your paperwork and eliminate the need for heavy bulky binders and paper overload.


Presenter: Scott Meyer and Charlotte Simpson

Title of Session: Driverless Vehicles: Impact on O&M

Session Description: This presentation will provide information about driverless vehicles and their implications for O&M and society. A timeline will be shared on when driverless vehicles along with V2V communication will begin to shape how people live, work and travel. Vision Zero will also be discussed as this has already had implications in most major cities for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians in which driverless vehicles will enable the goals set within vision zero to become reality and potentially change….just about everything…even more than smart phones have so far.


Presenter: Joe Cioffi, ClickAndGo Wayfinding Maps

Title of Session: A model for blindness wayfinding; combining ibeacon messaging with searchable precompiled directions and pre-journey exploration.

Session Description: Session will focus on some current and near future applications of ibeacon technology as a support to both “blind navigation” and “information access” in indoor and outdoor environments. Some of the presentation will focus on ibeacons applications as a stand-alone support (i.e. to provide audible landmarking, facilitate information access, and provide some level of wayfinding support). Other parts of the presentation will focus on ibeacon applications that act as a “complement” to a more comprehensive narrative wayfinding model that includes a searchable user-friendly database, low vision map supports, tactile maps, and pre-journey exploration options. Examples will be presented of ibeacon and wayfinding projects recently launched in transit and higher education environments in NYC and DC.


4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Presenter: Keith Creasy

Title of Session: Nearby Explorer: Discovering the World Around Me

Session Description: A programmer on the software development team developing accessible applications for persons with visual impairments at APH, Keith will discuss Nearby Explorer. The app is designed to specifically meet the needs of travelers who are blind. The focus is on how blind pedestrians can use the app for orientation, navigation, and independent use of transit systems. The presentation will also cover its features for indoor use. Some important features include Geobeam, route information for public transit in many cities, turn-by-turn navigation, and more.


Instructor Lead Blindfold Practice

Title of Session: Blindfold Practice

Session Description: Blindfold practice is open to anyone who wishes to participate. 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. – 8:00 p.m.

SWOMA Social (Optional)

Share your most memorable O&M moments! Gather with colleagues for some fun and networking at the conference hotel for this years SWOMA Social. Appetizers will be provided, each hotel guest receives two drink coupons, and a cash bar will be available. Attendance is optional. However, if you do plan to attend, be sure to select this in your registration.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Presenters: Diane Brauner and Ed Summers

Title of Session: Hi-Tech O&M for Everyone!, Part 1

Session Description: Join a tech-savvy blind traveler and a veteran COMS as they share how to use technology for Orientation and Mobility purposes for students of all ages and abilities. You will learn strategies for nurturing curiosity and confidence in young students, students with multiple disabilities and students who are ready to take on the world! This session will include demonstrations of mainstream iOS apps used for orientation purposes as well as apps designed specifically for travelers who are visually impaired.


10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Presenters: Diane Brauner and Ed Summers

Title of Session: Hi-Tech O&M for Everyone!, Part 2

Session Description: Join a tech-savvy blind traveler and a veteran COMS as they share how to use technology for Orientation and Mobility purposes for students of all ages and abilities. You will learn strategies for nurturing curiosity and confidence in young students, students with multiple disabilities and students who are ready to take on the world! This session will include demonstrations of mainstream iOS apps used for orientation purposes as well as apps designed specifically for travelers who are visually impaired.


11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Working Lunch

Presenter: Jim Sullivan

Title of Session: Introducing Victor Trek, New Product Release for Orientation and Mobility

Session Description: Join us for the working lunch; this is provided with registration, no additional fees needed. Jim Sullivan from HumanWare will introduce us to their new product, Victor Trek. This product is the newest generation of orientation and mobility aids from HumanWare and provides unique benefits not available in other devices such as smartphones. Come and join us to find out about what is new device for non-visual travelers in the world of technology, and re-engerize with lunch while you are at it!


12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Presenters: Keith Creasy, Diane Brauner, and Ed Summers (Panel Session)

Title of Session: Indoor Navigation with Beacons Panel

Session Description: This session will bring together experts in the field of technology assisted travel for those with blindness and visual impairment. Discussion topics will include: present state of technology, what can reasonably be done by the “lay-person”, what the future holds for travelers who are blind and visually impaired, and opportunities for participants to ask questions of the panel.


Presenter: Kay Clarke

Title of Session: Nurturing Early Purposeful Movement and Travel: Practical Strategies for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Session Description: Welcome to the world of babies and young children! Grounded in early childhood research, this session will highlight developmentally appropriate practices and feature examples of practical strategies for providing O&M services for very young children and their families. Come join the fun before you head for home!




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Conference Files from SWOMA 2016 for Downloading...


Learning to Move / Moving to Learn, Tanni Anthony

A Focus on Early Motor & Mobility Development (Word)

A Focus on Early Motor & Mobility Development (PDF)


A Focus on Early Orientation Development (Word)

A Focus on Early Orientation Development (PDF)



Keeping Up with Changes in Intersections, Janet Barlow

Keeping Up with Changes in Intersections (Word)

Keeping Up with Changes in Intersections (PDF)



O&M For Older Adults with Vision Loss, Nora Griffin-Shirley and Anita Page

O&M For Older Adults with Vision Loss (Word)

O&M For Older Adults with Vision Loss (PDF)



Getting Mobile: How to Out"Smart" Yourself, Shawn Keen

Getting Mobile: How to Out"Smart" Yourself (Word)

Getting Mobile: How to Out"Smart" Yourself (PDF)



O&M VISSIT: New Tool for COMS to Help Determine Service Intensity, Rona Pogrund and Shannon Darst

O&M VISSIT: New Tool for COMS to Help Determine Service Intensity (Word)

O&M VISSIT: New Tool for COMS to Help Determine Service Intensity (PDF)



Teaching Students How to Deal with Uncontrolled Intersections, Dona Sauerburger

Teaching Students How to Deal with Uncontrolled Intersections (Word)

Teaching Students How to Deal with Uncontrolled Intersections (PDF)



Transition to Work and Adult Life: How an O&M Specialist Facilitates in the Process, Karen Wolffe

Transition to Work and Adult Life: How an O&M Specialist Facilitates in the Process (Word)

Transition to Work and Adult Life: How an O&M Specialist Facilitates in the Process (PDF)



Cracker Barrel Session Notes

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)

Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED)

CVI and MIVI

Contracting and 3rd Party Reimbursement

Apps



SWOMA 2016 Conference Program

SWOMA 2016 Conference Program (Word)

SWOMA 2016 Conference Program (PDF)





Conference Files from SWOMA 2015 for Downloading...


Assessment to Intervention for Babies with Visual Impairments, Beverly Jackson

Assessment to Intervention for Babies with Visual Impairments (Word)

Assessment to Intervention for Babies with Visual Impairments (PDF)



Audiology and Orientation and Mobility Collaboration, Robbie Blaha and Chris Tabb

Audiology and Orientation and Mobility Collaboration (Word)

Audiology and Orientation and Mobility Collaboration (PDF)



Movement for Life and Health, Marty Klein and Mary Kob

Movement for Life and Health (Word)

Movement for Life and Health (PDF)



O&M for Travelers with Auditory Impairments, Lelan Miller

O&M for Travelers with Auditory Impairments (Word)

O&M for Travelers with Auditory Impairments (PDF)



O&M VISSIT: An Innovative New Tool for Determining Recommendations for Type and Amount of O&M Service, Rona Pogrund and Shannon Darst

O&M VISSIT: An Innovative New Tool for Determining Recommendations for Type and Amount of O&M Service (Word)

O&M VISSIT: An Innovative New Tool for Determining Recommendations for Type and Amount of O&M Service (PDF)



Tying Adapted PE, Recreation and Leisure, and Movement to the Expanded Core Curriculum, Mary Kob

Tying Adapted PE, Recreation and Leisure, and Movement to the Expanded Core Curriculum (Word)

Tying Adapted PE, Recreation and Leisure, and Movement to the Expanded Core Curriculum (PDF)



Texas Two-Steps (Successfully Teaching Early Purposeful Skills), Olga Uriegas, Debra Sewell, Tracy Hallak, Stephanie Walker, Marjorie Wood, Jill Brown, Michelle Johnson, Shay Utley, Gema Nelson, Steffani Oaks, Susan Gordon, Gwynne Reeves, Melba Bunch

Texas Two-Steps (Successfully Teaching Early Purposeful Skills) (Word)

Texas Two-Steps (Successfully Teaching Early Purposeful Skills) (PDF)



Vector Line Drawing Tactile Maps, Ryan Conlin

O&M for Travelers with Auditory Impairments (Word)

O&M for Travelers with Auditory Impairments (PDF)



SWOMA 2015 Session Guide

SWOMA 2015 Session Guide (PDF)




If you have any questions, please send an E-mail to Chris Tabb at tabbc@tsbvi.edu




Conference Files from SWOMA 2014 for Downloading...

John Rose's Apps for Independent Living session

Apps for Independent Living (Word)

Apps for Independent Living (PDF)



Infusing the ECC into O&M Instruction, from Amanda Anderson, Sue Behm, and Lori King

Infusing the ECC into O&M Instruction (Word)

Infusing the ECC into O&M Instruction (PDF)



Lisa Calaci and Ruth Ann Marsh shared their presentation details on O & M for Students with CVI

O & M for Students with CVI (Word)

O & M for Students with CVI (PDF)



For a review of the recent changes in Texas Education Code (TEC) related to Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), Christy Householter and Brent Pitt shared resources from the presentation, O&M and ECC Changes in Chapter §30.002 of the TEC: Putting Law to Practice

O&M and ECC Changes in TEC (Word)

O&M and ECC Changes in TEC (PDF)



SWOMA 2014, Detailed Conference Agenda Packet

SWOMA 2014 Agenda (Word)

SWOMA 2014 Agenda (PDF)