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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6 VIDBE - Q Volume 63 Issue 1 gratitude extends to Deborah Hatton for her leadership on the DVIDB position papers, as well as serving with Tiffany Wild on the update of the Teacher of the Visually Impaired Standard s. Thank you to Sarah Ivy for her work on the membership committee. As the new president of DVIDB for 2018 - 2019 term, I look forward to increasing our engagement and opportunities to connect with diverse people, to strengthen our communication, and to lead the validation of our standards for teachers and interveners in the field of deafblindness. To begin, next month we are hosting a program packed with purpose in Tampa, Florida and are trying something new by hosting a pre - convention workshop in partnershi p with the American Printing House for the Blind, led by the wonderful Milllie Smith. By hosting a pre - convention just before the main event, we hope to maximize our members' travel expenses and make a local impact for educators who may not be able to atte nd the entire convention. For DVIDB's main convention program, we faced a challenge in having reduced presentation time slots due to smaller spaces in Tampa. Time in our convention schedule become a highly coveted commodity. What do we do when we face con straints on our time? As educators, we innovate! First, we have a few multi - presentation sessions, where two leaders will share time around a connected theme. Secondly, we had several submissions from presenters who were willing to present their work in a poster format at the main convention. Thirdly, we voted as a board to extend some of our invitations to present posters to researchers and practitioners who will attend our pre - convention workshop. Fourthly, we have reduced our board meeting times to host a standards forum to discuss the important processes used within CEC to

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