Dare to Be Remarkable

A three-day national training conference for education and rehabilitation professionals who work with blind and low vision transition-aged students or adults.

Pathways Towards Structured Discovery

Dates and Location

Tuesday, December 15 through Thursday, December 17, 2020
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET

This conference will be hosted live via the Zoom conference platform.

Who Should Attend

Professionals working in the field of blindness education and rehabilitation from across the country are invited to participate. There will be keynote presentations and plenary conference sessions where participants will hear and learn from experts in the field of education and rehabilitation for the blind.

An innovative programming feature of this conference is the facilitation of several different discipline-specific breakout meetings for:

  • Parents and teachers of blind and low vision students
  • Administrators and directors of training centers and blindness service programs
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselors, evaluators, and supervisors
  • Cane travel and O&M instructors
  • Braille and communications instructors
  • Access technology instructors
  • Home management, ADL, ILS, and related fields
  • Employment specialists and vocational coaches
  • Current vocational rehabilitation service consumers

We invite professionals in related fields to submit a proposal to present at this conference during one of the concurrent breakout sessions. Read below for more information about our call for presentations.

Agenda at a Glance

Each day of the conference will consist of the following:

  • 11:00 – 12:00: Keynote and Plenary Speakers
  • 12:00 – 1:00: Panel Discussion of Experts
  • 1:00 – 1:30:  Q&A Café (Get answers on assessment and certification programs.)
  • 1:30 – 2:30: Concurrent Sessions I
  • 2:30 – 3:30: Concurrent Sessions II
  • 3:30 – 4:00: Q&A Café (Get answers on assessment and certification programs.)
  • 4:00 – 5:00: Topical Workgroup Sessions (During the registration process, you will be able to choose to participate in one of the following workgroups, and you will be moved to the appropriate breakout room during this time.)
    • Parents and Teachers of Blind and Low Vision Students
    • Administrators and Directors of Training Centers and Blindness Service Programs 
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Evaluators, and Supervisors
    • Cane Travel and O&M Instructors
    • Braille and Communications Instructors
    • Access Technology Instructors
    • Home Management, ADL, ILS, and Related Fields
    • Employment Specialists and Vocational Coaches
    • Current Vocational Rehabilitation Service Consumers
  • 5:00 – 7:00: Networking on Your Own

Note: Topical workgroup Zoom rooms will remain open until 6:00 p.m. ET in order for you to finish workgroup assignments or to mix and mingle with your colleagues. The main Zoom room will also be open during this time for the same purpose.

Registration

  • $50 for practicing professionals and administrators
  • $25 for students pursuing degrees in education, rehabilitation, and related fields
  • Free to blind and low vision vocational rehabilitation service consumers

Online registration for this event is now open. If you prefer to mail in your registration, you can obtain a registration form by emailing sdubnow@nfb.org.

Call for Presentations

We would like to invite you to submit a proposal to present at this conference during one of the concurrent breakout sessions, which will be scheduled on the afternoon of December 15, 16, and 17. Abstracts should be submitted on one of the following conference themes or another closely related track:

  • Structured Discovery methods and principles across the lifespan
  • Agency-wide philosophy and culture on blindness
  • Educational technologies, policies, and practices for teachers of blind students
  • Rehabilitation methods, principles, and policies that affect instructors and administrators
  • Teaching Structured Discovery methods and techniques in core subject areas (cane travel, Braille, etc.)
  • Successful transition from education to rehabilitation
  • Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) strategies and programs

Proposals should include:

  • Title of presentation
  • Name and contact information for lead presenter
  • Name and contact information of additional presenters (if any)
  • Indicate whether you are willing to repeat the presentation
  • AV requirements (Note: you may be required to provide your own equipment)
  • Abstract that includes a description of the workshop and what participants will learn. Proposals should not exceed 200 words in length.

Questions about presentations can be directed to Edward Bell, ebell@latech.edu, or 318-257-4554.

Deadline for proposals is November 15, 2020.

Selected presenters will be notified by December 1, 2020, and all presenters are expected to register for the conference.

All completed proposals should be emailed to ebell@latech.edu.

More Information

Questions about the conference can be directed to:

Edward C. Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC
Director, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness
Louisiana Tech University
Phone: 318-257-4554
Email: ebell@latech.edu