TVI-COMS Experience at Summer Academy: Assistive Technology, Adaptive Daily Living Skills, and STEM

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Session Dates

Wednesday July 18, 2018 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday July 19, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday July 20, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Saturday July 21, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

This training for teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) and certified orientation and mobility specialists (COMS) provides an exciting opportunity to receive intensive hands-on training in Assistive Technology, Daily Living Skills, as well as adapted instructional strategies in STEM. Participants will deepen their knowledge across a wide range of disability specific content to plan and deliver instruction for post-secondary application. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to observe students at The Summer Academy for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired in these as well as other related content areas, to then apply the new adaptive strategies and assist with group instruction.


Participants will:

  • Describe basic to intermediate knowledge of iOS Accessibility Feature
  • Identify 2 apps to scan and read text and will gain basic to intermediate knowledge required to use these apps
  • Identify how to access printed books with Voice Dream Reader, Dolphin Easy Reader, BARD and Learning Ally
  • List ways for students who are blind or visually impaired to organization kitchen and clothing items
  • List two object identification apps available for students who are blind or visually impaired
  • Describe adaptive cutting, pouring, and meal prep techniques for the blind or visually impaired
  • Identify and utilize situation-specific resources to help make K-12 science classes accessible to students who are blind/visually impaired.
  • Ability to communicate appropriate adaptations to K-12 science teachers

Target Audience

Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Orientation and Mobility Specialists

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individualĀ“s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Visual Impairment/Blind

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Multiple Presenters

Event Contact:


Jennifer Edgar


Jennifer Edgar
800-441-3215 x 7218

Additional Info

Registration will close: May 4, 2018 The Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services will provide lodging and meals; and reimbursement for travel to and from the event. Directions for submitting receipts will be included in your packet upon arrival at Summer Academy.