American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections
       Fall 2015

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Announcements

CONFERENCES

Web Accessibility Training Day
NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access to Commerce, Public Information, and Education (CENA)
<https://nfb.org/web-accessibility-day>
Contact: Clara van Gerven, cvangerven@nfb.org
Location: NFB Jernigan Institute
200 E. Wells St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Date: November 4, 2015

CENA and the Maryland Accessibility Project will host the second annual Web Accessibility Day. This year both the technical and policy tracks will be expanded to pack more content into the day. If you are wondering how to implement accessibility in education, curious about the Section 508 update, or interested in learning how to test for web accessibility, this conference has you covered.

Young Child Expo and Conference
<http://youngchildexpo.com/spokane-conference>
c/o Los Niños Training
535 Eighth Ave., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
Contact: Nancy Evangelista, (212) 787-9700, extension 333
Location: Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane, WA
September 30-October 2, 2015

The Young Child Expo and Conference brings together top leaders to provide the latest information about essential topics in early childhood development. Parents and early childhood professionals will learn about services, resources, and products to help all children reach their full potential. The conference integrates learning about typically developing children as well as those with special needs, including autism. The conference aims to bring together people from all disciplines who work with young children--teachers, psychologists, social workers, occupational and speech therapists, pediatricians, nurses, and students.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Journal of Intellectual Disability Research (JIDR)
<http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291365-2788>
Contact: Jan Blacher: janblacher@ucr.edu
Deadline for Submissions: September 18, 2015

JIDR will produce a special issue devoted to autism spectrum disorders. Priority will be given to high level submissions pertaining to individuals characterized by one of the following: limited cognitive functioning; minimal verbal abilities; or co-morbid psychiatric disorders. However, all submissions related to autism spectrum disorders--such as causes, correlates, and consequences--will be considered.

Children's Rights and Early Intervention Conference 2016
International Society on Early Intervention
<https://depts.washington.edu/isei>
Contact: isei@uw.edu
Deadline for Submissions: October 1, 2015

The overarching themes of this conference are the rights of all children to develop to their full potential and to participate without barriers in all aspects of society. The conference will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from June 6 to June 8, 2016. All sessions will be conducted in English. Abstracts for presentations may address a wide range of topics in the field of early childhood intervention involving research, training, service models, and policy. Among the topics of special interest are assessment, policy and children's rights, children with specific disorders, cultural issues, curriculum innovations, developmental studies, evaluation and accountability, families, inclusion, deinstitutionalization, intervention outcomes, mental health, peer relations, and professional development.

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY

Leading the Way
No Barriers USA
<http://www.nobarriersusa.org>
224 Canyon Ave., Suite 207
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Contact: Kaitlyn Millen, (970) 484-3633
kaitlyn.millen@nobarriersusa.org

Developed in partnership with world-renowned blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer, Leading the Way unites students who are sighted, blind, and visually impaired for incredible adventures each summer. The program is open to students ages fifteen to nineteen. Program destinations have included the Grand Canyon, the Peruvian Highlands, and Mount Kilimanjaro. Information about the summer 2016 program will appear on the website this fall. Check the website to learn about the destination and application process.

RESEARCH

Braille Challenge Mobile App
Contact: Cheryl Kamei-Hannan, (323) 343-6297
ckameih@calstatela.edu

Researchers are seeking teachers, parents, and students to participate in a study that investigates the development of a new Braille Challenge mobile app (BCMA) for i-devices and Braille displays. The BCMA will include reading assessment materials and activities that can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses in literacy skills, using the Common Core Standards. The project is part of a five-year federally funded grant through the US Department of Education. Participants are currently being sought for Phase II of the project. The research involves teachers giving students a grade-level reading assessment that has been adapted to the mobile app platform, followed by several reading activities that are designed to improve reading skills for children who read Braille, monitoring their progress and giving them a final post-test. The study will take from eight to sixteen weeks with a minimum of two forty-five-minute sessions per week. Students, teachers, and parents who participate fully will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini and refreshable Braille display.

MATERIALS NEEDED

Louis Braille Memorial Library
c/o Afroza Mili, Librarian
Plot 11-1, Road #06, Block E, Section #12
Pallabi, Mirpur
Dhaka 1216, Bangladesh
Contact: Afroza Mili, louisbraillememoriallibrary@gmail.com

The Louis Braille Memorial Library provides books and other materials to blind children and adults in Bangladesh. Any donations of used Braille or large print books and magazines are highly welcome. The library can also use Braille paper, Perkins Braillers, Braille printers, computers, canes, and any other materials for the blind. All donations can be mailed as Free Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

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