POPDB 2019 District Partner Conference

On Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6 Jen and I attended the Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness (POPDB) District PartnerPhoto shows Robbie Blaha standing at a podium. Conference in Richmond. Robbie Blaha from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired presented on Exploring Appropriate Programming for Students with Deafblindness. Robbie took us through some of the fundamental strategies for working with students with deafblindness, elaborated with rich storytelling and video examples. 

Handout from Robbie's presentation

A number of attendees at the conference were tweeting using the hashtag #POPDB2018The full archive of tweets from the conference, including links to online resources mentioned by Robbie, can be found below.

#POPDB2018 Twitter Archive (12/05-12/06)

Robbie covered a number of important topics including sexuality education and calendar systems for students with deafblindness. For educators new to the field of deafblindness, this was an opportunity to learn new concepts and strategies. For more experienced educators, this was an opportunity to also learn new strategies and to revisit and refresh our messaging around these important topics when collaborating with school-based teams. Robbie was an extremely quotable presenter - be sure to check out the Twitter archive!

Special thanks to our friends and colleagues at POPDB for such a rich and engaging professional learning experience. 


About the author

Adam Wilton

I have been fortunate to learn and grow with students with visual impairments since 2007, working as a teacher of students with visual impairments (TSVI), Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and most recently as the Program Manager of PRCVI and ARC-BC. I completed a PhD in Special Education at the University of British Columbia in 2017 where my research focused on the administrative determinants of workloads for itinerant TSVIs.   

One of my favourite aspects of my current role is delivering outreach support to my colleagues and their students from across British Columbia. I've been fortunate to have many exciting adventures in schools and communities across the province and I hope you enjoy following along through #outreaching!

When I'm not on the road, I enjoy learning to play the violin, collecting antique books, and spending time surrounded by trees. 

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