NOPBC Family Information Call Series

The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children Family Information Raising Expectations—FIRE.  A series of topic calls relating to children who are  blind or have low vision.    All calls will be available later as a recorded podcast.

Upcoming Calls 

To Be Annouced Soon

Use Dial in number 712-770-4010  and access code 869131#

 


Podcasts

The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children "NOPBC" is pleased to present the Family Information Raising Expectations—FIRE—podcast is brought to you by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), a division of the National Federation of the Blind. Through friendly discussions with expert guests, FIRE provides information to families, friends, and educators of blind and low vision children on the skills and tools our children can use to reach their full potential. Catch the FIRE!

Image has 3 figures similar to those found on the NFB logo. Blue one with a cane, A slightly smaller orange one without a cane and a much smaller green one with a cane. In the middle of the image is a microphone.  The image has the the following text. FIRE. Family Information Raising Expectations Podcast. National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

 

Episodes 1 "All About the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children"

Host: Jennifer Gandarias    Speakers:   Barbara Cheadle (NOPBC President Emerita) , Carlton Cook Walker, (Past NOPBC President) Kim Cunningham (Current NOPBC President).  

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Episode 2 "Transitions: Moving to Middle School, High School & Beyond"    

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Host: Melissa Riccobono Speakers:   Michelle Chacon  (blind teacher of blind students in Colorado) Sheila Koenig (Transition Specialist for the state of Minnesota)

We will discuss the transition from elementary to middle school, helpful hints for getting middle school students who are blind or low vision involved with their peers, and the skills these students will need to master so they are ready for the move to high school. Sheila Koenig, Transition Specialist for the state of Minnesota, will discuss what families should know in order to help students transition smoothly from middle to high school, how to help blind and low vision high school students gain work experiences, and what skills these students should be working on in order to be successful in work or college


 Episode 3 "The 2016 NFB National Convention: What is it and why should we attend?"

Host: Melissa Riccobono Speakers:   Mark Riccobono & Terri Rupp

 

 

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It's that time of year. I'm sure you're hearing things such as "Join us in sunny Orlando for the National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind, June 30-July 5!" Or, "Be a part of the annual conference of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, which begins early in the morning of June 30, in conjunction with the National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind." But, what is the National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind? What is the annual conference of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children? What do these events have to offer your family?

Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, gave his perspective on the value of the National Convention for all members of families of blind children.    Terri Rupp parent of blind child and a blind adult herself shared her convention experaince.

Listen & Learn. Then, make plans to join us at the National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind!


 

 "Learn All About the Educational Programs of the NFB Jernigan Institute"

(Recording will be availble soon)

Host: Terri Rupp Speakers:  Natalie Shaheen and Kayleigh Joiner

Your host Terri Rupp, along with her guests Natalie Shaheen and Kayleigh Joiner will be discussing the Educational Programs of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute.

Natalie currently serves at the National Center for Blind Youth in Science (NCBYS) Project Director for the National Federation of the Blind. Natalie is a special educator and a teacher of the blind by training. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in instructional technology; her research interests center on K-12 instructional technology accessibility (for students with disabilities).

Kayleigh, daughter of Kim Cunningham NOPBC President, is a blind teacher. She has worked the Texas Bell Academy since it started, teaching Braille, the importance of non visual techniques, and most importantly serves as a wonderful positive blind role model to blind children.


"Raising Expectations of Low Vision"

(Recording will be availble soon)

Host: Terri Rupp    Speakers: Marla Palmer and Casey West Robertson

Are you a parent or family member of a child with low vision? Have you felt lost and confused about your child's not quite sighted not quite blind world? Do you have questions about duel media, Braille, non-visual techniques, the National Reading Media Assessment, or questions about low tech vs. high tech technology for a child with low vision? Join host Terri Rupp and her guests  as they discuss all these and more.

Marla Palmer has been actively involved in advocating for the needs of blind and visually impaired children in Utah and throughout the nation. Marla is the former President of the Utah Parents of Blind Children. She helped create and was the former program director of NFB of Utah Project STRIVE, a transition program designed to help visually impaired youth move towards independence. She has also worked as a Sensory Specialist for the adult Vocational Rehabilitation in Utah giving non visual training in home management and active daily living skills. Marla and her husband Michael have three children. Megan (19), Adam (17) and Lauren (13). Megan and Adam both have albinism.

Casey Robertson M.Ed; NCLB; NCUEB is a teacher of Blind and Visually Impaired. She is part of the faculty with the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness, and a Walden University Doctoral Candidate

Join us as we leave behind low expectation and low self worth words like low vision.


"Blindness and Babies, Toddlers and Transitions"

(Recording will be availble soon)

Host: Terri Rupp    Speakers: Kristen Sims and Conchita Hernandez

Join host Terri Rupp and learn from expert in the blindness field Kristen Sims and Conchita Hernandez (both graduates of Louisiana Tech Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness). Ask questions you may have on the subject, and gain tips and tricks as well as resources and real life connections on raising a blind baby.

Kristen J. Sims MEEd, NCUEB, NOMC, Kristen has over 10 years of professional experience as an itinerant teacher in the public school setting, where she has worked with students birth - 22.

Conchita Hernandez Conchita is a teacher of blind students in Washington DC. A member of the National Federation of the Blind, The Council for Exceptional Children, The National Council on Independent Living where she serves on the education committee, United States Association of Blind Athletes, Washington Metro Association of Blind Athletes where she serves on the board as secretary, and the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind .