“’Twas the Night Before Christmas” Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA

Register nowVA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired, VA Hands & Voices,  VA Association of Parents of Students with Visual Impairments, VA Hands & Voices and VSDB Outreach Services co-host a theater event!

When?       Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Who?         For students grades 1 through 12 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired from any school in Virginia. Students must be accompanied by at least one parent from 9:30 – 1:30, and are welcome to bring up to three family members (for a maximum of 4 people total attending per family). Limit: 45 people.

What?        View the play, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” (not like the poem) with pre- and post-show sessions, and meet students from other school divisions.  Special features:  Audio description provided by Access Virginia and ASL interpreters will make the play accessible to all; students will have the opportunity to explore the stage before the play, and ask actors questions after; time to network and learn about state services and resources during lunch; career awareness session after, “Careers in Theater:  A Lot More Than Acting!”, designed for students 12 years and older and their families (younger students who are interested and their families may attend!)

Cost?            Event and lunch provided free for all registrants confirmed to attend.

Where?     Barter Theatre, Gilliam Stage, 127 West Main St, Abingdon, VA   24210 (free parking behind Stage II – more details will be sent to registrants later.)

How Do We Register? Complete registration form at:

https://forms.gle/KkgGEtEH9N2AzTkf9

(click on the link above, or you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line).  Deadline for registering is noon, Nov. 21, 2019.  Attendance is limited to the first 45 family members registered.  Registration does not guarantee attendance; emails will be sent letting you know if you are confirmed or on wait list.

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.   More specific details will be sent to registrants as the date of the event approaches. We hope to see you there!

 

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Illustration of Goalball being played

Goalball team will travel to Austin, TX to participate in the USABA High School National Tournament.

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the Host School and games will begin Thursday evening at 5 PM.

Our Chiefs first match will be against the Washington Lions at 5:45 PM CST then at 7:15 PM CST we play Florida. Our third match will be at 1:30 PM CST , Friday against Arizona. The schedule after that will depend on the outcome of those 3 games.
Friday and Saturday games will be live-streamed at http://www.tsbvi.edu/live
Texas is 1 hour behind us so our match at 3:45 PM Friday will be 4:45 PM here in Staunton.
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NEW! Online Self-Paced Tutorial from Perkins for Individuals Working with Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Register now for Courses #4, 2019-2020

VSDB Outreach Services purchased access to six online, self-paced tutorials (90 minutes to 10 weeks) and we are making them available this school year, free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are blind or visually impaired.* Registration has ended for 3 of the courses; below is registration for the final course for this semester.  These courses were developed at the Perkins School for the Blind.  Those registering before the given deadline will be sent a code that will allow access for the specified period of time to complete that tutorial at their convenience, 24/7, with the fee waived.  At the end of that tutorial, each participant will choose from “ACVREP” (includes their logo), “Continuing Education,” or “Professional Development.” Registration is now open for course #4!

REGISTER NOW for Course #4:   Dual Media Learners:  Instructional Strategies and Assessment (1.5 Cr.) 

https://forms.gle/YdcSNuSCi4syqERM9

Registration for this course with VSDB Outreach ends Nov. 4, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Course access is Nov. 5 – Dec. 3, 2019.

 

Course Description:  Dual Media Learners: Instructional Strategies and Assessment, presented by Anne Spitz.  Teaching children with visual impairments who are dual media learners presents challenges, but offers incredible rewards as they develop the literacy tools needed for success. This tutorial provides an overview of the characteristics of dual media learners, considerations in programming, as well as strategies for instruction and assessment. Participants will earn 1.5 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz.

Target Audience: This is a web-based, self-guided professional development activity for TVIs, VRTs, O&Ms, Parents, Teachers of the Deafblind or Severely Impaired, and Rehabilitation Specialists.

After the registration period ends, you will receive a voucher (coupon) code, and can then take the course at your convenience from any location, within the time period allotted.

*If you do not need credit or certificates of completion toward licensure, these courses can be accessed for free through Perkins without going through VSDB Outreach Services.

Proposed courses to be offered by VSDB Outreach through Perkins’ School, Spring, 2020 follow:

Name of Tutorial Period for Registration Period for Course Completion Number of Credits Perkins’ tutorials can be taken on your own, free of charge if you don’t need credits; Outreach has purchased state viewing for those who want credits for continuing education and/or ACVREP for each  of these titles.
Alternate Routes:  Adapting O&M Techniques  

Jan. 14-24, 2:00 pm, 2020

 

 

Jan. 25- Ap.10, 2020

 

10 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

Recognizing and Building Abstract Thinking  

Jan. 14-24, 2:00 pm, 2020

 

Jan. 25 – Feb. 26, 2020

 

1.5 credits

ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

Functional Curriculum Feb. 18 – 26, 2:00 pm, 2020

 

 

Feb 27 – Ap. 10, 2020

 

1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

 

We hope you can join us!   Debbie

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What is it like to be blind in Staunton? White Cane Day brings awareness

If you know how the streets of Staunton look, you might not know how they feel or sound. In celebration of White Cane Day, the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired hosted the second annual walking tour of the town using blindfolds and long white canes.

 

To read more, go to: https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2019/10/15/what-like-blind-staunton-white-cane-day-brings-awareness/3985001002/

Photo Credit: Leanna Smith from The News Leader

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State superintendent impressed with VSDB, Staunton’s ‘hidden gem’

“I call VSDB the ‘hidden gem’ in Virginia,” said Patricia Trice, superintendent at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton. “People still don’t know what we do or that we’re here.”

Click to read more https://www.dailyprogress.com/newsvirginian/news/state-superintendent-impressed-with-vsdb-staunton-s-hidden-gem/article_cf217b56-2579-57e5-bdd0-e37cf44a8c8f.html

Photo Credit: Shannon Kelley at The News Virginian

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Recognizing “White Cane Day”

The Staunton City Council recently made the proclamation that Oct. 15, 2019 will be recognized as White Cane Day.  This was made official on Oct. 10 during a City Council meeting.  In attendance were VSDB, The Department of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Staunton Library’s Talking Book Center.

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VSDB’s Julie Connor Receives National Award

One of our incredible teachers, Julie Conner, was recognized and awarded as the National Teacher of the Year for students who are visually impaired with multiple disabilities. Last week, Julie had her big night at the awards ceremony to officially recognize all of her efforts and achievements. Thank you to our principal, Keith VanFossen, for nominating her, and to Julie for her work at VSDB! She was the featured speaker at the ceremony and made VSDB proud to be nationally recognized for the expertise that we are known for. Great job Julie!

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Register now for Courses 1, 2, &/or 3 Fall, 2019

NEW! Online Self-Paced Tutorials from Perkins for Individuals  

Working with Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

VSDB Outreach Services has purchased access to six more online, self-paced tutorials (90 minutes to 10 weeks), and is making four of them available this semester free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are blind or visually impaired. * These courses were developed at the Perkins School for the Blind.  Those who register before the given deadline for each will be sent a code that will allow access for varying periods of time, depending on length of tutorial (dates are specified) to complete that tutorial at their convenience, 24/7.  At the end of that tutorial, each participant will choose from “ACVREP” (includes their logo), “Continuing Education,” or “Professional Development.” People may take one course, or as many as they want. Registration is now open for courses 1, 2, and 3!                                               

We hope you can join us!   Debbie

REGISTER NOW for Course #1, Fall, 2019

Accessible Literacy for Early Readers (20 Credits, ACVREP or CEU)

https://forms.gle/mYAPmMR39mkuhwiT6

Registration for this course ends at 4:00 pm Oct. 7, 2019. Course access is Oct. 8 – Dec. 3, 2019.

Course DescriptionThere are 6 sessions included in Accessible Literacy for Early Readers training module that demonstrate theories and best practices for teaching students with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Plan to spend 1 week working through each module. Participants will earn 20 ACVREP credits or 20 PDP/CE credits by viewing the video presentations and lectures, and completing the assignments. An audit (no-credit) version is also available.  In addition to the credits, one can also earn the Early Literacy micro-credential (any questions should be directed to Perkins.) Required readings are provided through the learning platform. Additional suggested reading is optional.
Download Accessible Literacy self-paced syllabus »

Target Audience:  Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVIs) Orientation & Mobility Specialists, teachers of students with moderate/severe disabilities, teachers of deafblind students, families & related service personnel.

REGISTER NOW for Course #2, Fall, 2019

Building Strategies Around CVI Phases (1.5 Credits)

https://forms.gle/45yxVZuefmww9MqJ7

Registration for this course ends at 4:00 pm Oct. 7, 2019. Course access is Oct. 8 – Nov. 4, 2019.

Course Description:  Presenter: Ellen Mazel.  This tutorial presents careful assessment around the 10 characteristics of CVI to help staff and parents understand the unique learning needs for each CVI Phase. They can then build strategies, modifications to the environment, modifications to materials, and modifications to literacy that match the visual strengths and visual areas of need. Understanding the child’s CVI Phase can assist in the creation of learning methodologies to benefit children’s expected visual improvement. Additional research and resources about CVI will be identified and discussed. Participants will earn 1.5 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz. By registering for ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits, you will be provided with a self-paced tutorial using video clips and other resources related to this topic, as well as an online test to assess your knowledge.

Target Audience: TVIs, VRTs, O&Ms, Parents, Teachers of the Deafblind or Severely Impaired, and Rehabilitation Specialists.

REGISTER NOW for Course #3, Fall, 2019

Speech Pathologists and Cortical Visual Impairment: 

An Overview of the SLP’s Role in Working with Children with CVI (1.5 Credits)

https://forms.gle/9neqNjwiimVXCQZRA

Registration for this course ends at 4:00 pm Oct. 7, 2019. Course access is Oct. 8 – Dec. 3, 2019.

Course Description:  This tutorial addresses Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) through the experience of a Speech and Language Pathologist by examining the characteristics of CVI that affect speech, language, and feeding. The tutorial also identifies modifications and supports for therapies and assessments when working with children who have CVI.

Participants will earn 1.5 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz. (ASHA credits are not available for this online tutorial.)  You will be provided with a self-paced tutorial using video clips and other resources related to this topic.

Target Audience:  SLPs, TVIs, O&Ms, Parents, Teachers of Students with Deaf-Blindness or with additional disabilities, and Rehabilitation Specialists.

After the registration period ends, you will receive a voucher (coupon) code, and can then take the course at your convenience from any location, within the time period allotted (see below).

Information regarding registration for and access to courses being offered by VSDB Outreach Fall, 2019 follows. Registration info for course #4 will be sent later.

Perkins’ tutorials can be taken on your own, free of charge if you don’t need credits; Outreach has purchased state viewing for those who want credits for continuing education and/or ACVREP for each  of these titles.

Name of Tutorial Period for Registration Period for Course Completion Number of Credits
Accessible Literacy for Early Readers Sept. 26–Oct. 7, 2019 Oct. 8 – Dec. 3, 2019 20 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU
Building Strategies Around CVI Phases Sept. 26–Oct. 7, 2019   Oct. 8 – Nov. 4, 2019 1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU
Dual Media Learners:  Instructional Strategies and Assessment Oct. 21 – Nov. 1, 2019   Nov 5 – Dec. 3, 2019 1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU
Speech Pathologists and Cortical Visual Impairment: An Overview of the SLP’s Role in Working with Children with CVI   Sept. 26 – Oct. 7, 2019 Oct. 8 – Dec. 3, 2019 (may offer it again in the Spring if few take it in the Fall) 1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

A brief description of the next self-paced tutorial being offered Fall, 2018 semester by VSDB Outreach Services follows:

Dual Media Learners: Instructional Strategies and Assessment Presented by Anne Spitz.  Access dates Nov 5 – Dec. 3, 2019 Teaching children who are dual media learners presents challenges, but offers incredible rewards as they develop the literacy tools needed for success. This tutorial provides an overview of the characteristics of dual media learners, considerations in programming, as well as strategies for instruction and assessment. Participants will earn 1.5 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz.

*If you do not need credit or certificates of completion toward licensure, these courses can be accessed for free through Perkins without going through VSDB Outreach Services.

Proposed courses for VSDB Outreach to offer through Perkins’ School, Spring, 2020

Perkins’ tutorials can be taken on your own, free of charge if you don’t need credits; Outreach has purchased state viewing for those who want credits for continuing education and/or ACVREP for each of these titles.  

Name of Tutorial Period for Registration Period for Course Completion Number of Credits
Alternate Routes:  Adapting O&M Techniques Jan. 14-24, 2020 Jan. 25- Ap.10, 2020 10 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU
Recognizing and Building Abstract Thinking Jan. 14-24, 2020 Jan. 25 – Feb. 26, 2020 1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU
Functional Curriculum Feb. 18 – 26, 2020     Feb 27 – Ap. 10, 2020   1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

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Science Day!

Join us for a day of fun and learning –
Science Day! 
Sponsored by VSDB Outreach Services

  • When?    Saturday, November 9, 2019,  9:30am – 2:30pm
  • Who?       For students grades 4 through 8 who are deaf/hard of hearing from any school in Virginia.  Students are welcome to bring 1 sibling in the same age group.
  • What?      A day of fun science activities and a great opportunity to meet students from other school divisions who also have hearing loss. Special features: Science Educator, Brita Hampton of Virginia Beach Public Schools, and a chance to visit the Fall Family Resource Fair being held by VSDB Family Resource Center!
  • Where?   The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind,  104 VSDB Dr, Staunton, VA  24402, Yates-Shinpaugh Building

How Do We Register?     Complete registration form before 4:00 pm on Oct. 24, 2019  in Google Forms at:

https://forms.gle/Kzs4atNikPC7KE2y5

(you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line)

See the registration form at the link above for more details.

Follow this link for the day’s agenda.

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of VSDB Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.   We hope to see you there!

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VSDB Hosts State VIPs

Last week, the Secretary of Education Atif Qarni and the VDOE Assistant Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services Dr. Sam Hollins visited VSDB along with members of VSDB’s Board of Visitors. They toured the school buildings, and visited several classrooms across campus. At the end of the day, students and staff gathered in the chapel for a brief word from the Secretary and Assistant Superintendent, followed by time for the students to talk with them. We enjoyed our time with them and feel honored to have hosted them on our beautiful campus.

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