Annual Meeting 2013: Audio & Video

Selected audio and video from the 145th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, October 17–19, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky.

Annual Meeting 2013 Photo Album

Video

Opening Session of the 145th Annual Meeting with Keynote Speaker Kevin O’Connor

Opening remarks from EOT Jean Small (ME) and APH’s Tuck Tinsley introduce professional speaker Kevin O’Connor’s inspirational presentation on the importance of our community and helping others through the challenges of life. Kevin O’Connor’s speech is followed by a presentation of the Virgil Zickel Award, honoring Texas Instruments in recognition of the Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator.

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The Annual Meeting 2013 keynote presentation “The Universe at Our Fingertips” is copyright Kevin O’Connor. No part of this presentation may be used without express permission from the author.

Hall of Fame Induction 2013

Hall of Fame 2013 Induction Ceremony honoring Martha Morrow Foxx and Laurence C. Jones.

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Audio from Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 Related Sessions

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Consortium

Presented by Steve Noble.


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Audio from Friday, Oct 18, 2013 Input Sessions

Building On Patterns, Second Edition: Pre-K and Beyond

Presented by Cay Holbrook, Cathy Senft-Graves.

Discussion of the research and resources on early literacy being used to develop the revision of the Building on Patterns-Kindergarten program, and the work done to date. The Second Edition will be composed of both a pre-kindergarten and a kindergarten curriculum. Please come prepared to share your ideas and suggestions for these products.

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Early Childhood is Alive and Well!

Presented by Burt Boyer, Suzette Wright.

Join us and provide your input on future opportunities for additional tactile books produced by our overseas colleagues, Les Doigts Qui Revent (LDQR), and new, related research about the types of illustrations that meet the needs of young children. Learn about and comment on upcoming VIPS@Home Parent University product on braille and mergent literacy. Both have a guidebook and a CD containing information for introducing the products.

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Resources with Enhanced Accessibility for Learning: The REAL Plan

Presented by Tuck Tinsley, Keith Creasy, Nicole Gaines, Julia Myers, Jane Thompson.

APH is spearheading a major initiative and we needed a “reality check” from you. APH’s REAL (Resources with Enhanced Accessibility for Learning) Plan was initiated to ensure that students have timely delivery of high quality accessible educational materials and other resources.

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Tactile Graphics, Haptics, and 3D Printing

Presented by Frank Hayden, Andrew Dakin, Rosanne Hoffman, Andrew Molton.

An overview and discussion of tactile graphics, haptics, and 3-D printing.

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Technology of the Future

Presented by Larry Skutchan, Jeanette Wicker, Dawn Wilkinson.

The Braille Plus 18 is a mobile device that puts unprecedented computing power in the hands of students and adults who are braille users. You learned about the multiple upgrades, the development of teacher support documents, and new videos for end users. You gave us your wish list for future enhancements to the Braille Plus 18 and the development of new assistive technology devices.

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The Universe of Tests And Measurements: Boehm, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced

Presented by Kay Ferrell, Kate Herndon.

The first part of our presentation covered the upcoming Big Picture and Tactile Editions of the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts for preschool aged children, with results of field testing, discussion of the process of adapting a picture based test and some basic training. The second part of the session provided an open forum to discuss ways that various states are preparing for and responding to the online assessments being developed by the PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia.

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Audio from Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 Training Sessions

2013: A Math Odyssey – Introducing the Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator

Presented by Susan Osterhaus, Ken Perry.

The Orion TI-84 Plus is the world’s first fully accessible handheld graphic calculator. Based on the popular TI-84 Plus model from Texas Instruments, the market-leader in calculators and educational technology, the Orion TI-84 Plus represents a breakthrough in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education for students who are blind and visually impaired. Learn about the accessibility features, graphing functions, and classroom applications.

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Get STEMulating with SAM!

Presented by Millie Smith, Tristan Pierce.

SAM: Symbols and Meaning provides strategies for developing a strong sensory foundation for concepts about people, objects, actions, and places so that symbols referring to them are meaningful. Playing SAM games is a great way to help a learner build STEMulating concepts.

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New Tools for Finding Jobs and Exploring the Environment

Presented by Terrie Terlau, Larry Skutchan.

The newly revised Transition Tote System and the new Nearby Explorer app are two great tools for finding your way in the world. New lessons, updated resources, and the tried-and-true approach to career development and job seeking/keeping in the Transition Tote System will help middle, secondary, and transition students with visual impairments navigate the world of work.

Meanwhile, Nearby Explorer, the Android-based GPS app designed for use by blind pedestrians combines the knowledge of the user’s location and points of interest nearby to let the user point to features in his environment. Users can virtually explore the map of any area in the U.S. or Canada and access public transit schedules and routes from over 30 metropolitan areas!

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Reach Out and Learn

Presented by Suzette Wright.

How can you know what you don’t know you don’t know? Reach out and find out as we discuss Reach for the Stars, a modernization of the original version which became available in 1999. Although the educational principles behind this product have not changed, new interventions have resulted in a revision. Next we’ll explore the thinking behind current emergent literacy products and their relationship to one another—have you been Moving Ahead as you travel On the Way to Literacy? And what exactly is T&T and is there anything new to report about DPIL?

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STACS: Standardized Tactile Augmentative Communication System Presentation

Presented by Ellen Trief.

The development of STACS over a seven-year period will be reviewed, along with the results of the outcomes for 51 children involved in the initial research. Discussion will focus on the practical application and use of the symbols system in the classroom with data collection suggestions to track student progress.

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STEM Products Now and In the Future

Presented by Rosanne Hoffman, Karen Poppe.

Join Karen and Rosanne to view the future of products for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Tactile Tangrams, EZeeCOUNT Abacus, Tactile Trasures, DNA Twist, the DNA-RNA Kit, and the Protein Synthesis Kit are presented.

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