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About Access Academy

Access Academy (formerly #AtHomeWithAPH) is your one-stop resource for the meaningful education and training webinars you need to get the most out of APH products and services. From tutorials on new products and hacks on how to get the most from your beloved tech, to information on resources, services, and programs: our goal is to give you the info you need for home, the classroom, and the workplace.

The majority of Access Academy webinars also provide Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) credit. Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.

Upcoming Access Academy Webinars

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  • Title of Webinar
    Code Jumper 101B
    Date
    Monday, October 19th, and Monday, October 26th
    Time
    2:30 to 4:00 PM EDT, October 19th and 26th
    5:00 to 6:30 PM EDT, October 19th
    Duration
    90 Minutes
    Description
    Jump start interest in STEM activities through exploration of the Code Jumper kits.  Join our presenters, Beth Dudycha and Robin Lowell, to examine advanced lesson plans, and ways Code Jumper prepares all students for the next steps in computer science.
    Instructors
    Robin Lowell, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments / Senior Accessibility Manager at i2e
    Beth Dudycha, Senior Manager, Content Development at i2e
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    Teachers, Parents, Assistive Technology Specialists
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Must have participated in or viewed Code Jumper 101A webinar from September 2020.
    Lesson Plan Goal
    Introduce participants to the Code Jumper advanced lesson plans and importing custom sounds.
    Learning Objectives
    Participants will engage in 10 advanced lessons for Code Jumper
    Participants will learn how to add customs sounds to the code Jumper app
    Participants will discuss how Code Jumper prepares all students for the next steps in computer science
    Materials Needed
    Code Jumper Kit
    Code Jumper Lessons: 9-19
    Code Jumper App
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.
    Registration Links
    Register for Monday 10/19 2:30 PM Code Jumper 101B
    Register for Monday 10/19 5:00 PM Code Jumper 101B
    Register for Monday 10/26 2:30 Code Jumper 101B
  • Title of Webinar
    Why Wait? A freedom first approach to fostering self-determination in babies and young children with blindness visual impairment
    Date
    Thursday, October 22nd (Part 1), and Thursday, October 29th (Part 2)
    Time
    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
    Duration
    90 Minutes
    Description
    Using an adaptation model of blindness based on brain plasticity, this webinar will explore the fundamental principles of self-determined freedom of movement and achievement. Practical strategies that foster natural development of brain processes will be shared. Specific focus will be given to perception-based cane training, a self-determined model of engagement and managing guides and supports, and audition/FlashSonar.
    Instructor
    Daniel Kish, President and Lead Instructor at World Access for the Blind
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Early Childhood, ECC: O&M
    Target Audience
    O&M Specialists, TVIs
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Catalyst Australia, Apr 12, 2016: The blind man leading the blind to see
    Toddler Echolocation (YouTube)
    Toddler Perception Cane (YouTube)
    Take Charge (YouTube)
    Lesson Plan Goal
    Participants will understand the developmental impact of perceptually directed mobility and how to foster it, including: taction and early cane training; self-determined engagement and management of guides and supports; and FlashSonar development.
    Learning Objectives
    Participants will learn at least three perception-based principles that support activation of brain mechanisms, which foster self-determined freedom and achievement in young children and across the lifespan.
    Participants will learn at least three concrete strategies for fostering development of the four major brain processes – perceiving, acting, thinking, and socializing. Participants will learn at least three concrete strategies for fostering development of the four major brain processes – perceiving, acting, thinking, and socializing.
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.
    Registration Link
    Register for Why Wait? webinar
  • Title of Webinar
    Read All About It! NFB-NEWSLINE® is Available with APH’s Mantis and Chameleon
    Date
    Tuesday, October 27th
    Time
    8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
    Duration
    60 Minutes
    Description
    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! NFB-NEWSLINE now available to use with the APH Mantis or Chameleon. Get connected with your community and world with over 500 publications, by downloading local papers or magazines directly to either device and then read with a preferred braille table.
    Instructors
    Scott White, Director of Sponsored Technology Programs at the National Federation of the Blind
    Joe Hodge, Software Quality Assurance Analyst at APH
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assistive Technology
    Target Audience
    Adults, Students, Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    none
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The presentation will clarify how Mantis and Chameleon users can use NFB Newsline to access newspapers, magazines and other periodicals.
    Learning Objectives
    Participants will learn the eligibility criteria for NFB-NEWSLINE service.
    Participants will compare and contrast two applications that can be used with the Mantis and Chameleon to access the NFB-NEWSLINE service.
    Participants will identify at least four types of news and or periodicals that can be accessed with NFB-NEWSLINE.
    Materials Needed
    None
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.
    Registration Link
    Register for Read All About It! Webinar

  • Title of Webinar
    Guiding Principles of Using the Barraga Visual Efficiency Program (Part 1 of 2)
    From Evaluation to Instruction Using the Barraga Visual Efficiency Program (Part 2 of 2)
    Dates
    Friday, October 30th (Part 1)
    Friday, November 6th (Part 2)
    Time
    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT (October 30th)
    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST (November 6th)
    Duration
    90 Minutes
    Description
    The Barraga Visual Efficiency Program (BVEP) provides information and materials to evaluate needs and to design instruction to maximize use of available vision to address the needs of students with low vision who have ocular impairments and who have achieved cognitive developmental skills at or beyond the 3-year-old level. Attend this two part webinar to learn about this revised evaluation tool, foundational principles of visual efficiency, evaluating students, designing interventions, and delivering instruction.
    Instructors
    Millie Smith
    Tristan Pierce, APH Project Lead
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Assessment, ECC: Sensory Efficiency
    Target Audience
    Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment, O&M Specialist
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Experience conducting Functional Vision Assessment and analyzing data.
    Lesson Plan Goal
    Participants will learn about Barraga Visual Efficiency Program, foundational principles of visual efficiency, evaluating students, designing interventions, and delivering instruction.
    Learning Objectives
    Compare and contrast original Barraga Visual Efficiency information (1964) with the revised Barraga Visual Efficiency Program (2019).
    Differentiate visual capacity from visual efficiency.
    Discuss steps of evaluating students using BVEP.
    Identify accommodations, modifications, and supports that help build visual efficiency skills.
    Describe 2 categories of visual skills instruction.
    Materials Needed
    None
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.
    Registration Links
    Register for Guiding Principles of Using the Barraga Visual Efficiency Program (Part 1 of 2)
    Register for From Evaluation to Instruction Using the Barraga Visual Efficiency Program (Part 2 of 2)
  • Title of Webinar
    Collaborative Partnering in O&M: Now More Than Ever
    Date
    Monday, November 2nd
    Time
    2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST
    Duration
    90 Minutes
    Description
    Given the pandemic facing our country, assisting students with visual impairment to develop orientation and mobility skills is more imperative than ever. Attend this webinar and learn how educators can collaborate with families and other team members using principles shared in the new book Partners in O&M: Supporting Orientation and Mobility for Students Who Are Visually Impaired.
    Instructors
    Rona Pogrund, PhD, COMS, TSVI, Professor at Texas Tech University
    Nora Griffin-Shirley, PhD, COMS, Texas Tech University
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Orientation & Mobility
    Target Audience
    Orientation and mobility instructors, others interested in O&M principles
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    none
    Lesson Plan Goal
    Participants will learn how educators can collaborate with families and other team members using principles of Orientation & Mobility.
    Learning Objectives
    Describe the eleven topics included in the Partners in O&M book and its use with different team members.
    Describe five successful features of a collaborative team in an O&M program and some of the challenges that may impact teaming.
    State why a transdisciplinary team model is effective, particularly during a pandemic.
    Materials Needed
    None
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Credit is only available for the live presentation at this time. To collect ACRVEP credit, please listen for the opening and closing codes during the live session and submit these on the ACVREP Certificate Request form linked from our Education Training page. Following submission, a certificate will be emailed to you within a week.
    Registration Link
    Register for Collaborative Partnering in O&M Webinar
  • Title of Webinar
    Studio Recorder from APH: A New Look for Recording the Spoken Word
    Date
    Thursday, November 5th
    Time
    8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
    Duration
    90 Minutes
    Description
    Studio Recorder is a powerful digital recording and editing software solution designed by APH. It is ideal for making recordings of the spoken word. Huddle up to hear what is new with Studio Recorder and how it is being used by educational professionals and individuals to capture creative thoughts and ideas.
    Instructors
    Rob Meredith, Programmer at APH
    Dan Kelley, Teacher at Ohio State School for the Blind
    John Zinninger, Senior Technician at APH
    Randy Rusnak
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Orientation & Mobility
    Target Audience
    Adult Consumers, Students, Teachers, Parents
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    none
    Lesson Plan Goal
    The presentation will identify how Studio Recorder can be used to record the spoken word.
    Learning Objectives
    NA
    Materials Needed
    NA
    Collect ACVREP Credit
    Not available at this time
    Registration Link
    Register for Studio Recorder Webinar

Access Academy Archives

Missed a chance to attend one of our webinars or just looking for more resources? Many of our past Access Academy webinars are available on our Access Academy YouTube playlist.