HELIX Conference

Kelly Lauer, Melissa Brown, and Laura Stephan

  • September 20th, 2017
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Kelly Lauer, Melissa Brown, and Laura Stephan

Using Eye-Gaze Technology to Maximize Functional Vision: Assessing, Playing, Communicating
Tuesday, November 14, 1:45-5:00pm

Kelly Lauer is a teacher for the visually impaired for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. For the last 14 years, she has held a variety of instructional roles within Overbrook School for the Blind (OSB), most recently as Technology Specialist. Following her completion of Kutztown University’s TVI program, Lauer received a Master’s in Educational Learning Differences from Cabrini College, in 2016 completed an Assistive Technology Certification from California State University Northridge (CSUN), and is currently working on attaining a Special Education PreK-8 Certification at Cabrini University. Additionally, she is an Apple Certified Teacher, OSMO Certified Ambassador, Microsoft Certified Innovative Educator, and Google Educator.
Melissa Brown graduated from Temple University in 2006 with a Master of Occupational Therapy. She is currently an Occupational Therapist at Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia, as well as owner of an outpatient pediatric therapy company, Leaps and Bounds Therapy Center, LLC in Plymouth Meeting, PA. She has over a decade of experience implementing technology into the educational setting for students with visual impairments and complex needs. In addition to direct Occupational Therapy, she consults with local schools and summer camps to design and install sensory and calming spaces in order to make their environments more inclusive. Melissa has presented at ATIA in 2016 and 2017, ACA Tri-state Camp Conference in March 2017 and Penn-Del AER Vision Conference in April 2017.
Laura Stephan is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over a decade of experience, specializing in augmentative and alternative communication methods for low-vision students as well as students having a dual-sensory loss and other complex communication needs. She works at Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia, Pa., where she implements a variety of low and high-tech communication systems, integrating them into the classroom to help students better access their education. Additionally, she is the co-founder of Camp InterAACtion in Devon, Pa., an AAC day camp for device users of all abilities. Laura studied at Gallaudet University to earn her Master of Science Degree. She has presented at ATIA in 2016.

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