In partnership with the BC Vision Teachers' Association, the PRCVI outreach team holds 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 third Thursday of every month from 3:00-4:00 PM PST. We'll have the lines open!
Thursday, January 16, 2020
- Beach theme for the BC Regional Braille Challenge - Friday, February 21 at UBC!
- Upcoming Corel Draw workshop for EA/Braillists and Transcribers - Feb 19-20 at PRCVI! Registration sent to TSVIs on Feb. 17
- Getting Together with Technology - AT consumers get together and share tips, advice, and skills on assistive technology. There is a BC group that meets regularly.
- The connection between e-text (DOCX) and EPUB files on ARC-BC. TSVIs can use e-text files as a way of familiarizing students to navigation and layout features that are common to both file types (e.g., headings, tags, producer's notes).
- Introducing students to community-based sources for digital alternate format materials, including Bookshare for CELA members.
- Classroom presentations from the PRCVI outreach team - we do that!
- New assessment resource for concept development - the third edition of the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts.
- Perspectives on CVI - presentation from Dr. Gordon Dutton on YouTube.
Topics included: Teaching early concept development, assessment materials available from PRCVI, and teaching O&M. There will be no PRCVI Forum sessions during the summer, so we hope everyone has a great break. See you again in September!
Topics included: Teaching environmental concepts in the playground (O&M), updating low vision devices available from PRCVI, a new resource to support music braille learning (available in UEB), using Building on Patterns - Pre-K with students working on foundational literacy goals (available from PRCVI). Special thanks to our in-studio guest, BC VTA President Marilyn Rushton.
Topics included: Upcoming I-M-ABLE webinar with Dr. Diane Wormsley on May 20, 12-1 PM, vision therapy statement from the American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, new professional texts from Perkins added to the professional library:
- Everyday life: a guidebook for teaching independent living skills
- Getting ready for braille!
- How we see it: a basic guide to low vision: 2nd edition
- Science literacy: a curriculum for all students with sensory impairments
- Teaching life differently: the expanded core curriculum for babies and young children with visual impairment
Topics included: Psychoeducational assessment for students with visual impairments, building responsive socio-emotional/mental health supports, transdisciplinary teams and case management roles for TSVIs.
Topics included: Engaging reluctant braille readers, connections with the early intervention community, federal grants in post-secondary, and a few AT questions.
- Using VNC Connect to mirror the teacher's display to a student tablet (as mentioned by Dr. Siu at our workshop)
- Using zip ties to attach student desks together if the student has multiple desks to accommodate materials/devices.
- New items in the PRCVI library - Professional text from TSBVI press on specialized assessments (FVA, LMA, ECCC) "Tools of the Trade"
- New Early Braille Trade Books added to the library - register at APH's Early Braille Trade Book webpage to take full advantage of these resources. The website helps to recommend titles based on braille contractions the student currently reads.