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2018 Texas Focus Conference: On the Move

This year's Texas Focus takes a broad focus on movement and the important role it plays in learning and living a healthy and happy life!

Registration Fees:
Registration opens November 1 and ends February 24th. You may register now and pay later so you can benefit from the discount by paying with a check or purchase order. Late registration begins on February 15th.

Registration fees are as follows and includes the cost of the optional pre-conference events:

• Family and Professional - $250.00 (early) $300.00 (late)
• Paraprofessional and University Student - $100.00 (early) $150.00 (late)
• Out-of-State Professional - $350.00 (early) $400.00 (late)

You may register online and pay with a credit card at the time of registration or send a check or purchase order at a later date. If you do not know the check or purchase order number enter "0000" when prompted for a number.

If you are registering multiple individuals, they will each need to have an account and select their sessions so you may want to provide them with a purchase order or check number so they can register themselves.

Housekeeping and Welcome (Required)
(Friday, March 02, 2018 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM)
Session ID: 39435
Conference Registration Fee
Seats Filled: 331 / 350
Fee: $400.00
Location:Crowne Plaza, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:
You may register online and pay with a credit card at the time of registration or send a check or purchase order at a later date. If you do not know the number of your check or purchase order enter "0000". We encourage you to register right away to get the Early Bird Rate. You may cancel up to February 21st and pay no cancellation fee. After February 21st you may be subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

Note: You must log into your account and register before the adjusted fees will show correctly upon checkout.

Registration fees vary depending on early or late registration, and the registration category (e.g. family member, paraprofessional) selected within your account settings and is calculated ONLY after you submit your registration.


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Pre-Conference (Optional - Select 1 Option)
Session ID: 39436
Parent Pre-conference: Ready, Set, Go! Orientation and Mobility for Adult Family Members
Date/Time: Thursday, March 01, 2018 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Seats Filled: 29 / 75
Location:TSBVI, Barraga

Important Breakout Information:
Parent, Heather Withrow, and Outreach staff will provide this highly interactive event designed to help family members gain a better understanding of skills related to movement for an individual with a visual impairment or blindness. This event will be held on the at Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired campus. Participants will learn strategies for incorporating more movement into typical activities at home and in the community. They will also learn how to support their child to get a move on and do it safely and successfully.


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Session ID: 39437
Professional Pre-conference: Meeting the Unique Needs of Students in Phase III CVI for Professionals
Date/Time: Thursday, March 01, 2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Seats Filled: 224 / 221
Location:Crowne Plaza, Banquet Hall

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. Roman will be focusing on characteristics, scoring, and supports and interventions for Phase III CVI. Some of the points she will be covering include:

• Movement, orientation in space and the need for independent travel are often overlooked with students in Phase III.
• Students in Phase III often face significant challenges in social experiences and will most likely need instruction in social skills.
• Most CVI characteristics do not ever fully “resolve”, even in Phase III.
• The most common CVI Range scoring errors occur in Phase III.

This session will be packed with information and Dr. Roman will have a special Q&A session to answer your questions during a separate session on March 2nd at 3:30 PM. Please write down any questions and bring them to the Q&A!


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General Session I (Required)
(Friday, March 02, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Session ID: 39438
NeuroMovement®: Transcending our vision of what is possible for the visually impaired child.
Seats Filled: 329 / 350
Location:Crowne Plaza, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:
Anat Baniel, Founder of Anat Baniel Method© & author of Kids Beyond Limits

Dr. Neil Sharp, Practioner & Research Coordinator at Anat Baniel Method©

Movement is the most basic and most concrete way of communicating with the brain. Focusing on the visually impaired child, Ms. Baniel shares how NeuroMovement uses an informational, dynamic systems approach at the neurological level and also introduces the Method’s concrete, ground breaking, practical applications - the “Nine Essentials”. These Essentials are fully supported by recent neuroplasticity research. This session will explore ways that the Nine Essentials can aid professionals and caregivers of the VI Child to experience safe and increasingly more complex movement and facilitate the creation of neural networks that normally rely on vision. Ideas and possible ways to a child to interact with objects and scenery around them and learn to know and understand what they are without the advantage of sight.


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Breakout Session I - Select 1 Option (Required)
(Friday, March 02, 2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM)
Session ID: 39439
Introducing Two Publications from AFB Press on CVI
Seats Filled: 122 / 125
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon ABC

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, Director of Pediatric VIEW Program

Dr. Roman’s new publication, Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles, includes information on her continued work and experience in providing assessment and intervention for students with CVI, particularly those functioning in Phase III. The revised book is an update of her landmark 2007 publication, Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention, by AFB Press.


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Session ID: 39440
I Want to Play, Too!
Seats Filled: 123 / 125
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon D

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. Elina Mullen, Physical Education Teacher, TSBVI

Individuals with visual impairments, especially those who also have additional disabilities, are often left out of games and physical activities, but it doesn't have to be that way! In this presentation, Dr. Mullen will examine why this occurs so often and share with participants ways adapt games and physical activities for ALL individuals at their ability level.


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Session ID: 39441
Let Your Fingers Do The Walking! Using Assistive Technology To Optimize One’s Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Seats Filled: 68 / 70
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon E

Important Breakout Information:
Larry L. Lewis, Jr., Founder of Flying Blind, LLC

This session focuses on the use of assistive technology to create an environment where persons with disabilities may participate in activities that improve their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Participants will learn about strategies for using a variety of assistive technologies to identify, travel to, and participate in a variety of activities conducive for personal wellness. Also, participants will be presented with individual and group participation options as a balanced approach to community-based wellness.


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Session ID: 39442
Movement for Life: Panel Discussion on the Benefits of Being Active
Seats Filled: 16 / 70
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon FGH

Important Breakout Information:
Facilitated by Scott Baltisberger, Education Consultant, TSBVI Outreach Programs

It is well-known that being active can lead to developments in physical fitness. However, a commitment to moving one's body can also have positive outcomes in other areas as well. Come listen in on a panel of students and young adults as they discuss the ways in which their engagement in a variety of sports and recreation activities has enhanced their lives.


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Breakout Session II - Select 1 Option (Required)
(Friday, March 02, 2018 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM)
Session ID: 39443
CVI Q&A with Dr. Christine Roman Lantzy
Seats Filled: 81 / 125
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon ABC

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, Director of Pediatric VIEW Program

This session is for parents and teachers who attended previous conference sessions and have questions about the material covered.


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Session ID: 39444
Accessing Information Anywhere/Anytime! Shedding Light on Accessible Cloud Computing
Seats Filled: 55 / 75
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon D

Important Breakout Information:
Larry L. Lewis, Jr., Founder of Flying Blind, LLC

This session illustrates the need for today’s student and aspiring professional to be able to access specific types of information from any location using a variety of technology tools. The presenter will identify these types of information, define Cloud computing, provide a blueprint for accessing cloud-based services, and offer guidance on how to access and interact with these types of information on a variety of mainstream technology devices. Participants should have a basic understanding of desktop and mobile screen readers.


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Session ID: 39445
Know Your Rights and Advocacy Strategies for Physical Education and Transition
Seats Filled: 72 / 75
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon E

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. Lauren Lieberman, Professor of Kinesthesiology, SUNY

In this presentation participants will learn exactly what the law says about physical education and transition planning. They will also learn advocacy strategies to get what their child needs and deserves related to placement and content in physical education, after school sports and transition services. Lastly, extensive resources will be shared such as books, web sites, videos and programs.


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Session ID: 39446
It Is All Connected: Early Learning and Movement
Seats Filled: 121 / 125
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon FGH

Important Breakout Information:
Patty Obrzut, Occupational Therapist and Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children

All humans learn through their own movement in the earliest stages of learning. Patty Obrzut, expert in the use of the Active Learning approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen from Denmark, will share with participants how cognition, self-identity, and emotional development are all tied to movement.


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After Hours (Optional - Select 1 Option)
(Friday, March 02, 2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Session ID: 39447
Family Social hosted by TAPVI
Seats Filled: 40 / 100
Location:Crowne Plaza, Banquet Hall

Important Breakout Information:
If you are a family member of a child with visual impairments or DeafBlindness please join the members of TAPVI in this informal networking event. You will have an opportunity to meet many of the speakers and connect with other family members from all across Texas! Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided as well as a cash bar that will see you through until you head out for dinner.

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Session ID: 39448
Professional App-y Hour
Seats Filled: 153 / 250
Location:Crowne Plaza, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:
Before heading out for the evening, stop by for an appetizer and an app! This networking social will give you plenty of opportunities to meet with other professionals and learn about new apps and other resources that can help you do your job, whether you are a TVI, COMS, paraprofessional or other educator. Of course, there is always new information to share with rehabilitation professionals and university students as well. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided as well as a cash bar.

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Breakout Session III - Select 1 Option (Required)
(Saturday, March 03, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM)
Session ID: 39449
Anat Baniel Method © Q & A
Seats Filled: 53 / 75
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon ABC

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. Neil Sharp, Practitioner and Research Coordinator at Anat Baniel Method ©

Want to delve a little deeper into the Anat Baniel Method? Dr. Neil Sharp will answer questions generated by parents, teachers, and other adults who work with children with special needs and help connect parents to Anat Baniel Method© practitioners in their areas in Texas.


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Session ID: 39450
No Wheels – Not a Problem! Ideas for Getting Your Teens Moving into the World of Nondriving
Seats Filled: 77 / 125
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon D

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, University of Arizona

What does it take to get around if you don't drive? It can be quite challenging. In this session participants will develop knowledge of the challenges facing nondrivers and become aware of skills teens who are nondrivers need to develop in 2018. They will also develop a list of activities to use with teenagers to prepare them to be nondrivers who are on the move!


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Session ID: 39451
Mental Health Education Program for School Personnel: Parents and Teachers as Allies
Seats Filled: 43 / 60
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon E

Important Breakout Information:
Representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Just because a student has a visual impairment or blindness it does not mean he or she is immune to mental health challenges. Mental health education program for school personnel from NAMI covers issues frequently faced by school personnel, parents and other caregivers to give them a better understanding of early warning signs of mental health conditions and challenges that youth who experience symptoms of a mental health condition may face in school. During this presentation participants will learn more about what it is like to love and raise a child with a mental health condition and about accommodations to create a more supportive learning environment for students living with a mental health condition.


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Session ID: 39452
Developing Comprehending Hands
Seats Filled: 123 / 125
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon FGH

Important Breakout Information:
Patty Obrzut, Occupational Therapist and Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children

Patty Obrzut is the leading expert in the United States on the Active Learning approach which is used exclusively at the Penrickton Center for Blind Children. She is also an Occupational Therapist with almost thirty years of experience working with young children who are visually impaired with other disabilities. In this session Patty will explore the importance of developing good hand or haptic skills and share strategies for fostering this development through Active Learning.


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Session ID: 39453
Advocating for your Students in Physical Education and Transition Services
Seats Filled: 35 / 35
Location:Crowne Plaza, Lone Star II

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. Lauren Lieberman, Professor of Kinesthesiology, SUNY

In this presentation participants will learn what the law says about eligibility and placement for physical education. They will also learn about current evidence based practices to include their children into physical education and after school sports and transition services. Proven strategies will be shared along with resources such as products from The American Printing House for the Blind, equipment, training videos, curricula, books, websites, and programs.


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Breakout Session IV - Select 1 Option (Required)
(Saturday, March 03, 2018 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM)
Session ID: 39454
What Do Sensorimotor Theories Have to Do with Visual Impairments?
Seats Filled: 123 / 125
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon ABC

Important Breakout Information:
Athena Oden, Physical Therapist and author of Ready Bodies, Learning Minds

Are your students constantly self-stimulating, fidgeting, or rocking? Is it difficult to encourage them to be upright or move into new environments? Is there something we are not considering? Current theories of development place sensorimotor learning as a foundational piece to cognition. Learn how sensorimotor systems can drive behaviors and cognition, and what activities will stimulate those systems for the child with visual impairments.


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Session ID: 39455
Using Yoga to Increase Motor Skills for Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments
Seats Filled: 56 / 75
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon D

Important Breakout Information:
Kassandra Maloney, Yoga Instructor and author of Yoga for Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments, TSBVI

Yoga is a fun, safe, and effective technique to increase motor skills for our students with visual and multiple impairments. In this session, you will learn how to facilitate your students’ motor planning, spatial awareness, and sensory integration patterns through yoga. We will discuss the details needed for you to start your own yoga sessions.

Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat (if you have one)! This session includes a simple yoga practice for you to share with your student. Some yoga mats will be available to borrow.


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Session ID: 39456
Parent’s Talk: How to Start the Mental Health Conversation with Your Teen
Seats Filled: 8 / 35
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon E

Important Breakout Information:
Representative from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

This session is just for family members of teens and pre-teens with visual impairments. The teenage years are challenging for all individuals, but when you are visually impaired they can be even more difficult. It is not uncommon for mental health issues to arise during this critical period. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get helpful ideas for having important conversations about mental health with their teens.


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Session ID: 39457
Going Places with APH
Seats Filled: 31 / 60
Location:Crowne Plaza, Salon FGH

Important Breakout Information:
Monica Turner, Field Services Representative, American Printing House for the Blind

This presentation will highlight products available through APH quota funds that support fitness and recreational activities for individuals who have visual impairments, blindness, or DeafBlindness. Physical movement is often neglected for children who are blind or visually impaired even though physical education is a part of the core curriculum and recreation and leisure is part of the expanded core curriculum. Modifications and accommodations for some common fitness activities, such as running and tennis, will be discussed.


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Session ID: 39458
Learning to Access Through Touch: Promoting the Haptic Development of Learners with Vision Impairments Through Progressive & Mutual Accommodation
Seats Filled: 111 / 125
Location:Crowne Plaza, Lone Star III

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. Michael McLinden, author of Learning Through Touch: Supporting Children with Visual Impairments & Additional Difficulties & Professor in Education, University of Birmingham

In this session Dr. McLinden will examine differences in the human senses providing us with information about the world which is ‘close’ and the world which is ‘distant’ to us. This session provides an introduction to the role of haptic perception (sometimes referred to as ‘active’ touch) in the learning experiences of children with vision impairments with a particular focus on curriculum access. He will also discuss the ‘interrelatedness’ between the learner and his or her learning environment with the need for accommodations to support increasing independent haptic perception to be ‘progressive’ and ‘mutual’ over a given timeframe to reflect changing developmental needs. Finally, he will touch on intervention approaches that can be promoted to support such accommodation through structuring environments to promote access


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Luncheon (Optional)
(Saturday, March 03, 2018 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM)
Session ID: 39459
Luncheon
Seats Filled: 252 / 350
Location:Crowne Plaza, Banquet Hall

Important Breakout Information:
Lunch will be provided by TSBVI upon request. Eating lunch with us at Texas Focus is optional. Please let us know if you would like to receive a meal by signing up for this session.
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General Session II (Required)
(Saturday, March 03, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM)
Session ID: 39460
Moving Forward…… Empowering Learners with Visual Impairments to Shape their Own Future
Seats Filled: 330 / 350
Location:Crowne Plaza, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:
Dr. Michael McLinden, author of Learning Through Touch: Supporting Children with Visual Impairments & Additional Difficulties & Professor in Education, University of Birmingham

In our closing general session, Dr. McLinden highlights recent research on the unique challenges to learning and participation in education associated with visual impairment and the potential implications for longer term outcomes. He will illustrate how specialist input can be designed to address these challenges through seeking to ensure that the student’s environment is structured to promote learning (i.e. access to learning) as well as to support the student to learn distinctive skills in order to afford independent learning (i.e. learning to access). Using a bioecological systems framework as a lens, he will help us see how we can navigate the issues practitioners face in facilitating an appropriate curriculum balance to allow learners to acquire key independence skills throughout their educational careers. He will al


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