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Workshops at the NOPBC 2019 Conference

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This is just a list of all the workshops.  The full agenda has more details

 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION of PARENTS of BLIND CHILDREN presents   ---Blindness Skills:The Only Sure Bet in Vegas 2019 National Seminar and Conference for Parents & Teachers

SUNDAY, JULY 7


10:45 - 11:45 am​ NOPBC Concurrent Workshops Session I 

Convention 411: How to Optimize Your Convention Experience
Tradewinds D
This workshop is geared toward first time convention attendees, but willcertainly provide valuable information for all. Carlton Anne Cook Walker, President, NOPBC

Science Is Everywhere! Encouraging Curiosity, Experimentation, & Tactile
Exploration for Children 0-8
Tradewinds E
All children are “little scientists.” Your blind child should be a “little scientist,” too! Come learn practical ways to teach all types of scientific concepts to your infant, toddler, preschooler, or early elementary school
aged child. Melissa Riccobono, Board Member, NOPBC

Saving for the Future with Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts: What Are ABLE Accounts& How MightThey Benefit My Blind Child?
Tradewinds F
Learn about these empowering new accounts which allow your child to savemoney toward his or her future, without compromising other benefits to
which your child is entitled. Erik Jimenez, Sr. Policy Director, Office of the Nevada State Treasurer

Cane or Guide Dog? I Use Both
Tropics A
Wondering if a guide dog might be something for your child to try in thefuture? Have questions about the differences between cane and guide dog use? Wondering what skills your child will need to have in order to be a competent guide dog user? This workshop is for you! Domonique Lawless,TBS, NOMC


12:15 – 1:30 pm  LUNCH WITH THE NOPBC BOARD
South Pacific A
New this year! Get to know your NOPBC Board in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Grab some food from the Food Court or restaurant takeout, and join
members of the NOPBC Board as we get to know one another and share our experiences and ideas. Children and teens welcome!

1:45 - 2:45 pm NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS SESSION II

Sensory Integration Exercises:Could They Help Your Child’s Development?
Tradewinds D
Sensory integration exercises help the brain organize information coming in through the senses. This helps the body’s sense of touch, balance, and wherethe body and its parts are in space. If your child (any age) has trouble with these, come to this workshop! Carol Castellano, Secretary, NOPBC

Curiosity, Fun, & Science
Tradewinds E
Cultivate an interest in the natural world in your late elementary or early middle school learner. Encourage experimentation & tactile exploration, help classroom teachers fully include your child in science activities, develop ameaningful science fair project at home. Pat Renfranz, PhD, and David Blair, PhD, Prof. of Biology, U of UT; Scientists, Parents

Science in Middle, High School, & Beyond
Tradewinds F
Learn techniques blind students can use to fully participate in advanced science classes. Discover adapted equipment, techniques for accurate measurement in experiments, & more! Jamie Principato, Sr. Tech Consultant, eTouch; former Astrophysics Project Manager, CO Space Grant Consortium

Tactile Skills or Visual Skills?: Efficiency’s the Key
Tropics A
Encouraging your child with low vision to embrace blindness techniques, evenif he can use his vision for some things. Learn from a successful blind adult who happens to have some remaining vision about her journey from “someone who just didn’t see very well” to “someone who is blind, but still uses vision for some things—when it is efficient to do so, or when it means I can do
something just for fun.” Ronza Othman, JD, Pres., NFB of MD


3:00 - 4:00 pm NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS SESSION III

Transition to College or Work: What Is It Like? What I Wish I Had Known
Tradewinds D
Learn from young blind adults who will discuss their experiences with college and career. Trisha Kulkarni, former scholarship winner, college student, VP,CABS; and Janae Burgmeier, graduate student, Board Member, NABS, Treasurer, IA Assoc. of Blind Students. of IA


Fun with Science: A Solar System Make-and-Take
Tradewinds E
Create models to provide nonvisual access to space science and share ideas for bringing other scientific concepts off the page and into the hands. Mid-elementary through 9th grade. Pat Renfranz, PhD, and David Blair, PhD, Prof.of Biology, U of UT; Scientists, Parents


Saving for the Future with Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)
Accounts: What Are ABLE Accounts& How MightThey Benefit My Blind Child?
Tradewinds F
Learn about these empowering new accounts which allow your child to save money toward his or her future, without compromising other benefits to
which your child is entitled. Erik Jimenez, Sr. Policy Director, Office of theNevada State Treasurer

Tactile Map Making
Tropics A
How can you make quick and easy maps at home or at school? Kristen Sims, TBS, NOMC and Sheena Manuel, TBS, NOMC

MONDAY, JULY 8, 2019


8:45 – 10:30 am CANE WALK SESSION I
Tradewinds D
Wondering if your child should use a cane? Curious about how a cane works? Learn and experience the Structured Discovery Method of travel at these special workshops (not listed in NFB agenda). Parents, teachers, blind/VI children, and siblings are welcome. Jeff Altman, NOMCT, CVRCB


9:00 - 10:15 am CONVENTION 411: HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR
CONVENTION EXPERIENCE

Coral C
This workshop is geared toward first time convention attendees, but will certainly provide valuable information for all. Carlton Anne Cook Walker, President, NOPBC

11:00 am - 12:15 pm CONVENTION 411: HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR
CONVENTION EXPERIENCE

Coral C
See description above.

11:00 am – 12:45 pm CANE WALK SESSION II
Tradewinds D
See description above.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019


7:00 - 10:00 pm NOPBC PARENT WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH
7:00 – 10:00 pm NOPBC CRAFTS & GAMES NIGHT (ages 5 - 12)
Mariner A

This activity is available for children whose parents are attending NOPBC
evening workshops ONLY.

7:00 - 9:45 pm NOPBC CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

7:00 – 9:45 pm Tactile Story Time & Drawing Time Drop-In Session
Mariner B
Bring your children, ages infant - 8, to enjoy listening to stories, exploring tactile graphics, and trying out drawing tactile pictures using a variety of tools. Learn ways to help your child connect with stories and gain tactile literacy through real object and tactile images. Older children and parents of older children might enjoy this session as well. Ann Cunningham, Tactile Artist; Jenny Callahan, Art Teacher, Colorado Center for the Blind

7:00-9:45 pm Hands-On Mini BELL Drop-In Session
Coral A
Come try out basic Braille reading and writing skills, as well as other daily living skills without using your vision. Drop in to this workshop and check out all of the activities. Ask questions about how to help your child learn and practice different Braille or daily living skills. You may attend this workshop by yourself, or bring your child along to learn together and double the fun! Krystal Guillory, TBS; State Coordinator, NFB BELL Academy of Louisiana


7:00-8:15 pm The Basics of a High Quality IEP
Coral B
Learn how to advocate for your child in school. What are smart goals? What types of assessments are available? What does a good IEP look like? Carlton Walker, President, NOPBC, TBS, Attorney

8:30-9:45 pm The IEP Paper Trail:Strategies for Record-Keeping & Effective Communication
Coral B
How can you stay organized and keep good IEP records? How do you ask for different services for your child, clarify things that are happening at school, or make a record of a phone conversation? Learn the answers to these questions and practice writing a letter with your new skills. Please bring something to write with. Melissa Riccobono, Board Member, NOPBC; PatRenfranz, PhD, former Board Member, NOPBC

 

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