Division on Visual Impairments


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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DVIDB's Teacher and Intervener Forum: Community Connections to Build Our Future Amy T. Parker, National Center on Deaf-Blindness, parkera@wou.edu, & Nicole Johnson, Kutztown University, njohnson@kutztown.edu "Face time" has more than one meaning in today's world of virtual connections. Actual face time, with people gathering at the same time, in the same place is getting harder to come by for professionals in special education. With shrinking travel budgets and demanding work schedules, it seems more challenging to persuade administrators that face-to-face professional development and dialogues are essential. Particularly for the rare fields of visual impairment and deafblindness, having time together for authentic connections is all the more important because there are fewer colleagues that understand our roles in local communities. At this year's CEC Convention in St. Louis, DVIDB hosted a Teacher and Intervener forum which functioned as a type of community town hall and mini exhibit arena. Instead of a traditional town hall gathering in a civic building, we met on one of the topmost floors of the St. Louis Marriott Grand hotel. With windows on three sides of the room, a view of the downtown, the mighty Mississippi river, and the Arch, its silver surface gleaming in the sun, 18

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