It is our great pleasure to announce the 2019 PRCVI and BC Vision Teachers’ Association conference - May 10-11, 2019 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC.
The title of our conference is Designing for Inclusion: Creating Accessible Educational Materials for All Learners. Dr. Luis Pérez from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST will be presenting on the principles of inclusive design and how these can be used by content creators to ensure that digital educational materials are accessible to all learners. While the focus of Dr. Pérez’s presentation will be on educational materials in the K-12 sector, this is important content for anyone seeking to create and share accessible digital information with learners, clients, and users with diverse access requirements.
In partnership with the BC Vision Teachers' Association, the PRCVI outreach team will be holding a monthly forum for TSVIs and O&M Specialists who have questions about PRCVI service delivery or have suggestions/comments. We will also keep this forum open for general discussion around issues that are pertinent in our professional community. Join us on the first Thursday of every month from 3:00-4:00 PM PST. The first forum of 2019 will be on February 7. We'll have the lines open:
PRCVI/ARC-BC has created a series of nine videos on how to create accessible documents in Microsoft Word. The videos cover concepts including images, headings, text layout, and formatting.
These first four videos focus on document creators who are using the mouse. Note: There are four videos in this series that will automatically play one after another. Individual videos can be selected using the playlist button in the top left corner of the player below.
These next five videos focus on document creators who are using a screen reader. Note: There are five videos in this series that will automatically play one after another. Individual videos can be selected using the playlist button in the top left corner of the player below.
Teachers of students with visual impairments and orientation and mobility specialists in BC have been fortunate to be able to attend several exceptional professional development opportunities this fall. If you were unable to attend, here are some links to summaries of the events:
In December, the Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness held their annual conference where Robbie Blaha from TSBVI presented on Exploring Appropriate Programming for Students with Deafblindness. Visit Adam's post about the 2019 POPDB conference in #Outreaching to find links to Robbie's handouts as well as a Twiter summary of the presentation.
Links and Resources
Here's a sample of some of the links and resources that have come across our desks recently. Be sure to check out our blog, #Outreaching, for more!
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.