PRCVI Connections - Jan/Feb 2019

New Resources

Wondering about what new resources are available? Check out Recently Added to the PRCVI Library for a peek at what's new.


PRCVI Forum logo

The first PRCVI Forum meeting in February was a great launch! We were joined by several teachers of students with visual impairments and discussed topics including engaging reluctant braille readers, connections with the early intervention community, federal grants in post-secondary, and a few AT questions.

Come out and join us for the next PRCVI Forum meeting on March 7 at 3:00 PM!

Place Your September 2019 Student Orders ASAP

This is a reminder to start touching base with your students’ schools to find out what texts they will be using for the next school year.

There are a lot of new textbooks being released by publishers to align with the new BC curriculum and we are anticipating an extremely busy year for our alternate format production staff.

New titles for production need to be requested ASAP:

Orders can be submitted using the online ordering system, email or fax to 604-269-0495. If you have any questions, please email

Designing for Inclusion Conference

PRCVI and the BCVTA are very excited to be hosting the Designing for Inclusion conference on May 10-11, 2019. Registration is now open, with an early bird rate until April 1, 2018. This conference is designed for all educators who produce digital materials to learn about accessibility practices and inclusive design. 

2019 BC Regional Braille Challenge

Snow didn't stop students, teachers, and transcribers form coming out to UBC to participate in the 2019 BC Regional Braille Challenge! The day was filled with competition, fun activities such as accessible coding and braille games, tasty food including pizza, connections with friends, and of course braille. This year was not only the largest BC Regional Braille Challenge ever, but also had the largest cohort of students participating in the Foundational category. This category was started several years ago as a way for beginning braille learners and students with additional learning needs could come out and celebrate braille literacy. Students participating in the Foundational category receiver materials tailored to their braille code knowledge and one-on-one support from a teacher of students with visual impairments.

A big thank-you to all the teachers and transcribers who volunteered to make this event such a success! Visit the BC Regional Braille Challenge page to see pictures from the event.

Recent #Outreaching Posts

Have you seen our blog, #Outreaching? If not, some of the recent posts have included:

AT Banter Podcast

Did you know that our friends over at Canadian Assistive Technology have a podcast? The AT Banter podcast is a fantastic source of local and international information in both assistive technology and disability-related topics in general. Some episodes that may be of interest to BC teachers of students with visual impairments include:

Check out the AT Banter site for a full list of episodes and links to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Google.

About the author

Jen Jesso

I have worked in various roles in the field of visual impairment since 2007. In addition to working as a teacher of students with visual impairments, I recently completed coursework to become an orientation and mobility specialist. I have been fortunate to work with the fantastic team at PRCVI since 2014.

I enjoy many aspects of my role at PRCVI, but highlights include working with teachers of students with visual impairments and their students on outreach visits and working on PRCVI initiatives and projects.

Outside of work, my interests include reading, computer programming, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.

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