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It’s our priority to create access to the information you need to keep learning and working during this time of social distancing and quarantine. As part of #AtHomeWithAPH we’ll be releasing webinars covering some of our favorite classroom and workplace tools so you can get the most out of your tech. We’re working with our partners to answer all your questions. Join us!

We list all our webinars in Eastern Time. You can use this world clock to figure out what time they will be happening in your time zone.

APH Webinars

Below is a list of upcoming APH webinars including webinars with our partners. 

 

a photo of a student's hands using a Tactile Doodle to draw the shape of a triangle. text reads "Tactile Aids for Mathematics. Leanne Grillot. #AtHomeWithAPH Webinars"

  • Tactile Aids for Mathematics 

Date and Time:  Wednesday, August 5, from 9:00-11:30 AM ET

 Description:   According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, all students need meaningful mathematics with appropriate tools. The acquisition of mathematical skills can be more difficult for students with visual impairments due to the abstract nature of many essential concepts and the highly visual presentation of the subject (Kapperman, Heinze, & Sticken, 2000). It is particularly important for students with visual impairments to be exposed to the use of multiple mathematics strategies and tools, including use of the abacus, compass, protractor, algebra tiles, and spatial reasoning devices. This webinar will explore a variety of adapted mathematics tools and their use.

Instructor:  Leanne Grillot, National Director of Outreach Services  at APH

Primary Core or ECC Area:  Mathematics, compensatory skills

Target Audience:  Teachers of students with visual impairments, teachers of mathematics, paraprofessionals, parents

Pre-requisite knowledge:   An understanding of mathematics taught to school-age students

Lesson Plan Goal:  Learn how to use the variety of adapted mathematics tools available for use with students with visual impairments. 

Learning Objectives:   Participants will identify seven adapted mathematic tools for use with individuals with visual impairments; Participants will differentiate adapted tools paired with various mathematic concepts; Participants will describe techniques for modifying instructional methods in mathematics for individuals with visual impairments.

 Materials Needed:  None. The following items will be discussed: Tactile Compass for Math and Art, Tactile Algebra Tiles, Tactile Doodle, Geometros, Tactile Tangrams, Graphic Aid for Mathematics

Collect CEUs: CEUs are only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect CEUs, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and send these, along with your first and last name, to outreach@aph.org and a certificate will be emailed to you the following week.

Zoom:  https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L1fKvSlXTHmw_31NJGnnBw

 

Close up of adult hands cutting textured materials for the APH Book Builder Kit. Text reads " Tactile Book Builder Kit: How to Host an After Hour Make & Take. Elizabeth Eagan. #AtHomeWithAPH Webinar"

  •  Tactile Book Builder Kit: How to Host an After Hour Make and Take 

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 5, 2020  from 3:30-4:30 PM ET 

 Description:Distance Learning has challenged teachers of the visually impaired and parents of learners with Visual and Multiple Disabilities to adapt and adjust to a new normal. There is never enough time to create all the books needed to engage these learners. Explore a way to encourage the educational supporters of the child to build their own books using the Tactile Book Builder Kit as the jumping-off point. 

Instructor: Elizabeth Eagan, Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired  at Bastrop Independent School District, TX 

Primary Core or ECC Area:  Literacy, sensory efficiency, compensatory, and social interaction 

Target Audience:TVIs and families of learners with Visual and Multiple Impairments 

Pre-requisite knowledge:  None 

Lesson Plan Goal:to provide TVIs a strategy to build a community of practice around the making and use of tactile books. 

Learning Objectives:  Participants will distinguish at least three benefits of hosting a Make ‘N Take book building event; Participants will design a Make ‘N Take book building event that matches their professional population; Participants will recognize at least five characteristics of a book created using the Make ‘N Take community of practice. 

Materials Needed:  None 

Collect CEUs: CEUs are only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect CEUs, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and send these, along with your first and last name, to outreach@aph.org and a certificate will be emailed to you the following week. 

Zoom:https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ed1BUC_LQkCSwtsFV7XNKg

 

image of bright green cover of book. text reads "BTS: New Foundations of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Textbook. dr. Helen Lee & Jennifer ottowitz. #AtHomeWithAPH Webinar"  

  • Behind the Scenes of the new Foundations of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Textbook  

Date and Time: Monday, August 10th, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Description: In this webinar participants will learn about the Foundations of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy textbook, including insights into the production process, content, and approach of rehabilitation. 

Instructors:  Dr. Helen Lee, Associate professor in the Blindness and Low Vision Studies program at Western Michigan University; Jennifer Ottowitz, CVRT, Senior Learning Expert at Hadley Institute for the Blind & Visually Impaired 

Primary Core or ECC Area: Independent Living / Compensatory Access / Assistive Technology / Orientation and Mobility 

Target Audience: vision rehabilitation therapists and university faculty in the field of vision rehabilitation, other vision professionals (O&M, TVI, vocational rehabilitation counselors) and other professionals working with people who are visually impaired who need to know about available services and make appropriate referrals. 

Pre-requisite knowledge: none 

Lesson Plan Goal: Participants will learn about content included in the revised textbook Foundations of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy, which will be used by professionals throughout the field, including university training programs. 

 Learning Objectives: Describe the textbook’s philosophical content; Describe author rationale for selecting chapter content; Identify three ways book content expanded from the previous edition 

Materials Needed: None 

Collect CEUs: CEUs are only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect CEUs, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and send these, along with your first and last name, to outreach@aph.org and a certificate will be emailed to you the following week.

Zoom: https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kE8BUfShRGy4B1adRyXgzA  

 

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  •   ZoomText: Getting Started 

Date & Time:  Wendesday, August, 12th from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM ET

Description:  Join Ben Knolles and Mike Wood of Vispero for an overview of ZoomText, a screen magnification software for persons with low-vision. Ben will begin by highlighting differences between ZoomText, Jaws, and Fusion to assist participants in identifying which application will best suit the needs of their students. He will review how ZoomText can lessen eye strain and improve access to computer applications used in the classroom. Finally, Ben will demonstrate how students can customize ZoomText for use in a specific computer application.  He will do this using Google Chrome and Microsoft Word. 

Instructor: Ben Knolles, Assistive Technology Engineer atVispero;  Mike Wood, Strategic Account Manager – Education at Vispero

Primary Core or ECC Area:Assistive Technology

Target Audience: Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialist, Parents, Students 

Pre-requisite knowledge:   None  

Lesson Plan Goal:  Participants will be introduced to key magnification and reader features of Vispero’s ZoomText software.   

Learning Objectives: Participants will identify a minimum of three differences between JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion; Participants will learn three ways to customize ZoomText from the magnification menu; Participants will list three ZoomText features that can lessen eyestrain; Participants will review how to customize ZoomText in a specific computer application.  

Materials Needed: Handouts Provided Prior to Webinar 

Collect CEUs:  CEUs are only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect CEUs, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and send these, along with your first and last name, to outreach@aph.org and a certificate will be emailed to you the following week. 

Zoom:  https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eBEw4J5pTQW_y5cyScfoUA  

 

students holding chameleon 20 braille displays outside. text reads "Creating a Bookworm with Mantis Q40, Chameleon 20, and Bookshare" Emily Nostro and Cecilia Robinson. #AtHomeWithAPH Webinars

  • Creating A Bookworm with Mantis Q40, Chameleon 20, and Bookshare 

Date and Time: Friday, August 14th from 12:00-1:30 pm EST  

Description:Combining either the Mantis Q40 or the Chameleon 20 with books from Bookshare equates to a portable book fair in your students’ backpack. Attend this webinar and learn how to not only utilize Bookshare for accessing books, but also how to download and navigate electronic books using either of the two new braille display devices from APH. 

Instructors: Joe Hodge, Software Quality Assurance Analyst at APH;Emily Nostro, Collection Development Specialist / Teacher of Visually Impaired / Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist at Bookshare; Cecilia Robinson from TX School for the Blind Outreach

Primary Core or ECC Area:  Assistive Technology

Target Audience: Teachers, Assistive Technology Professionals, Parents 

Pre-requisite knowledge:  None 

Lesson Plan Goal:The participant will identify how the Mantis Q40, Chameleon 20, and Bookshare can be used by students to access textbooks, bestsellers, children’s books, career resources and more.  

 Learning Objectives: Participants will identify at least three ways students with visual impairments develop literacy skills; Participants will compare and contrast four ways to access electronic books on the Mantis Q40 and the Chameleon 20; Participants will identify four commands used to navigate a book on the Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20; Participants will name four benefits of refreshable braille and touch cursors when reading electronic books; Participants will list at least three strategies for searching for books using Bookshare; Participants will explain the process of requesting a new title for the Bookshare collection. 

Materials Needed:   Navigation Commands – Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20 

Collect CEUs: CEUs are only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect CEUs, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and send these, along with your first and last name, to outreach@aph.org and a certificate will be emailed to you the following week. 

Zoom:https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GpJvo7BJQlyBy7rtd5QJdw   

  

the cover of the Access Technology book. text reads "Access Technology for Blind and Low Vision Accessibility. Yue-Ting Siu. #AtHomeWithAPH Webinars"

  • What’s new in the 2nd edition book: Access Technology for Blind and Low Vision Accessibility 

Date and Time: Friday, August 14th from 2:00-3:00 PM ET 

 Description:In this interactive live webinar, author Dr. Ting Siu will take participants on a tour of the new 2nd edition book Access Technology for Blind and Low Vision Accessibility. The tour will: Suggest strategies for using the book; Introduce new philosophies for teaching blind and low vision students; and Demonstrate how to use resources for advocacy and assessment. Participants will be invited to ask questions and engage in a lively discussion about learning and implementing access technology for blind and low vision students. 

Instructor:Yue-Ting Siu, Assistant Professor atSan Francisco State University 

Primary Core or ECC Area: Access Technology, Self-Determination, Digital Citizenship 

Target Audience: Teachers, parents, AT specialists, low vision specialists 

Pre-requisite knowledge:  Creativity and sense of fun and adventure 

Lesson Plan Goal:  Participants will learn about information and resources available in the new AT book. 

Learning Objectives:  Participants will identify 3 strategies for utilizing the book; Participants will examine 2 new philosophies for teaching blind and low vision students; Participants will demonstrate how to use book resources for advocating and assessing student unique needs 

Materials Needed:  Personal computing device with internet and speakers 

Collect CEUs:  CEUs are only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect CEUs, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and send these, along with your first and last name, to outreach@aph.org and a certificate will be emailed to you the following week. 

Zoom:https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hK2kr9R0RjqXPkBygHCihg 

 

a design consisting of 4 LEGO braille bricks in red, yellow, blue, and green, from the legos, rays of the corresponding colors shine out like a light house. in the rays are a variety of objects like an ice cream cone, a guitar, a whale, a sail boat, and a rocket ship. text reads "LEGO Braille Bricks Week" APH logo, LEGO Braille Bricks logo

  • LEGO® Braille Bricks Week! 

You won’t want to miss our week of webinars all about LEGO® Braille Bricks starting Monday, August 17th daily from 2-3 PM ET

You’ll get a look at how the bricks work, how to use them with students, and even LEGO’s learning through play philosophy. Visit our webinar blog to see the full schedule and register!

 

a man using a computer and wearing earbuds. text reads " JAWS Tips for Navigating Documents. Elizabeth Whitaker and Mike Wood. #AtHomeWithAPH Webinars"

  • JAWS Tips for Navigating Documents 

Date and Time:  Wednesday, August 19th from 11:30-1:00 PM ET 

 Description:   Do you need instructions on navigating documents with JAWS? Are you looking for strategies that will help your students read and edit text more effectively? Join this webinar and learn how to navigate different types of documents (such as Word and PDF) and identify keyboard commands for performing reading and editing tasks.

Instructors: Elizabeth Whitaker, Technical Writer at Vispero;  Mike Wood, Strategic Accounts Manager – Education at Vispero

Primary Core or ECC Area:  Assistive Technology

Target Audience:  Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Parents, Students

Pre-requisite knowledge:   Basic understanding of JAWS

Lesson Plan Goal: The participant will learn strategies for efficiently navigating documents with JAWS.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will review at least three Navigation commands for determining document layout and formatting; Participants will insert and delete text; Participants will identify at least four JAWS Quick Nav keys used to move to specific parts of a document; Participants will apply the JAWS Quick Settings within a computer application; Participants will list two benefits of the Braille Viewer feature in JAWS and Fusion; Participants will list three benefits of the Text Viewer in JAWS and Fusion

Materials Needed:  Handouts to be sent prior to the webinar.

Collect CEUs: CEUs are only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect CEUs, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and send these, along with your first and last name, to outreach@aph.org and a certificate will be emailed to you the following week.

Zoom:  https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NPJldBIkTLmXiF-GOmwfRA

 

a classroom of students at desks, one student has a MATT Connect on their desk. text reads "MATT Connect: Set Up for Back to School. Eric Beauchamp and Nathalie Rheaume. #AtHomeWithAPH Webinars"

  • MATT Connect: Set Up for Back to School 

Date & Time: Friday, August 21st, from 12:00-1:00 PM ET 

 Description:  Get ready for back to school by learning how to set up the MATT Connect for a new student. Participants will not only explore how to update and reset the MATT Connect, but also will review how to connect the MATT Connect to any device or network. 

Instructor:  Eric Beauchamp, Director Project Management at HumanWare;Nathalie Rheaume, Product Manager – Low Vision at HumanWare

Primary Core or ECC Area: Assistive Technology

Target Audience: Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Students, Parents 

Pre-requisite knowledge:   None 

Lesson Plan Goal:   Participants will learn how to set up the MATT Connect for a new or returning student for the upcoming school year. 

Learning Objectives:  Participants will reset the MATT Connect Tablet to factory default; Participants will set up the MATT Connect APH Toolbox applications for a student who is beginning to use the MATT Connect; Participants will pair the distance camera and connect the MATT Connect to the internet or a school network.  

Materials Needed:  None 

Collect CEUs:  CEUs are only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect CEUs, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and send these, along with your first and last name, to outreach@aph.org and a certificate will be emailed to you the following week. 

Zoom:https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x3f5uFXhQzaiHVuAK9ztlQ 

 

External Webinars

These may not be APH specific, but they are definitely great resources you should check out!

  • No new external webinars at this time

We’re working hard to build more resources, and will be adding to our #AtHomeWithAPH webinar page on a regular basis (be sure to bookmark it).

 

For more resources please check out our #AtHomeWithAPH resource list for free and accessible activities, tips, webinars, and more from APH, our partners, and the field at large. Have a free and accessible resource you would like us to include? Email us at communications@aph.org to tell us about it!

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