Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 66.1 Winter 2021

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 66 Issue 1 The following year, Indianapolis welcomed CEC attendees in late January and an uninvited guest—named Polar Vortex—crashed the party. Cars stalled and airplanes remained grounded, but the presenters and attendees held strong and made the DVIDB preconference have a little extra meaning and appreciation that year. We held the preconference in the Indianapolis Convention Center, which turned out to be a wise decision considering several of the conference hotels are connected to the convention center, eliminating the need to travel outside in the dangerously low temperatures. Indiana State University and Allied Instructional Services joined APH and DVIDB as co-sponsors. The morning session featured Dr. Catherine Nelson, lead author of APH's Child-guided Strategies: The Van Dijk Approach to Assessment. This book with accompanying videos is a staple in teacher-prep programs for deafblindness. The afternoon session titled, "Teaching Concepts to Children with Visual Impairments and Deafblindness Using the BEST Elements of Dance" was enjoyable for all and had attendees standing up, dancing, and staying happily warm. The session leaders were Dr. Nelson, Kristen Paul, Pamela Geber Handman, and Brooke Barnhill. The 2020 CEC Convention & Expo landed us in Portland, OR. The Columbia Regional Program in Portland partnered with APH and DVIDB to co-sponsor the February preconference. Diane Sheline was the presenter for a full day of "Implementing Effective Instruction for Students with Cortical Visual

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