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2019 Southwest Orientation and Mobility Conference

The 2019 Southwest Orientation and Mobility (SWOMA) Conference will feature both a Pre-Conference event and Conference event for one low price! This year SWOMA will be held at the Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, TX. Both ACVREP and SBEC credit are available for all sessions! A total of 15 hours is possible for the entire conference

Registration Fees:
• Professional and Family Member - $175 (Early) & $225 (Late)
• University Students and Paraprofessionals - $125 (Early) & $175 (Late)

OVERFLOW LODGING: The Fredonia Hotel is mostly booked up. You can book a reservation online at the Hampton Inn & Suites on 3625 South Street Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.

For more information, please visit our TSBVI SWOMA Conference Home Page.

Housekeeping and Welcome (Required)
(Saturday, November 02, 2019 8:15 AM - 8:30 AM)
Session ID: 39784
Housekeeping and Welcome
Seats Filled: 113 / 200
Fee: $175.00
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Lobby

Important Breakout Information:

You have the option of paying by check, purchase order, or credit card. Cash will not be accepted. Credit card payments will only be accepted online at the time of registration.

Your invoice will be sent via email immediately after registration to the primary email address listed in your user account. If your fee is being paid for by your school district or supporting agency, either with a check or a PO, then please be sure to forward your email to the appropriate person immediately so that payment may be processed.

Payment may be made in advance, paid on location, or received within 30 days of the event date. Instructions regarding where to send payment will be provided in your invoice/confirmation. If you are unable to supply a check or a PO number at the time of your registration, then you may simply enter "0000" and provide the number to us at a later time.


Pre-Conference (Optional)
(Friday, November 01, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM)
Session ID: 39792
Finding Wheels in 2019: A New Resource for Travelers in Their Teens or Early 20s
Seats Filled: 96 / 200
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference A&B

Important Breakout Information:

Presenters: L. Penny Rosenblum, PH.D. & Anne L. Corn, ED.D.

Travelers, that is those in high school or their early 20s, need to develop a complex set of skills to manage travel. During this session the presenters will focus on the wide array of skills needed such as using technology during travel, bicycling with low vision, safety during travel, and using rideshare services. We will share "Finding Wheels", a 2019 publication from TSBVI. The book differs in many ways from the original 2000 version. Throughout the session the presenters will present scenarios of travelers, content, activities, and vignettes. Videos, discussion, and small group activities will be used to increase participation and understanding of the material.


General Session I (Required)
(Saturday, November 02, 2019 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM)
Session ID: 39793
Leadership
Seats Filled: 110 / 200
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference A&B

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Michael Munro

The presentation will seek to motivate individuals to step up into various leadership positions in the field as well as build them up in their belief in themselves as leaders.

Session objectives include:
• Discuss leadership in the field of visual impairment.
• Discuss opportunities for leadership that can be taken advantage of by professionals.


General Session II (Required)
(Saturday, November 02, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM)
Session ID: 39794
An Update on the Status of the Orientation and Mobility Profession
Seats Filled: 110 / 200
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference A&B

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Eileen Siffermann, COMS, President of OMSA

A discussion on the characteristics of a profession and how those characteristics relate to the profession of Orientation and Mobility. Report on the beginnings and the work of the Orientation and Mobility Specialist Association (OMSA).

Session Objectives:
• to inform the participants on the current activities moving the profession of O&M forward, such as the accreditation of higher education orientation and mobility preparation programs.
• to motivate O&M Specialists to renew their commitment to the O&M profession by joining and supporting the OMSA.
• to encourage O&M Specialists to participate in research activities to improve on the body of knowledge and the code of ethics.
• to impress on the O&M Specialists their responsibilities to be and remain certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists and to set an example for others.


Breakout Session I - Select 1 Option (Required)
(Saturday, November 02, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Session ID: 39795
Moving On! Advocating for Optimal O&M Services in Texas
Seats Filled: 28 / 100
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference A

Important Breakout Information:

Presenters: Marjie Wood, M.Ed., COMS, TVI, O&M Consultant & Mary Shore, COMS, O&M Consultant

After gathering at SWOMA 2018 and TAER 2019, the area of administration was identified as the number one roadblock in providing optimal O&M services to children and adults in the state of Texas. As we roll up our sleeves once again, let's focus on creating specific actions necessary for achieving quality services.

Session Objectives:
• Participants will create a specific plan for communicating to administrators about O&M and the benefits to the child/adult, family, and school/community.
• Participants will create a specific plan for communicating to staff about O&M and its benefits.
• Participants will create a specific plan for communicating to parents about O&M and its benefits.


Session ID: 39796
Wearable Canes Improve Motor, Concept, Language, and Social Skills
Seats Filled: 50 / 100
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference B

Important Breakout Information:

Presenters: Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, Ed.D., COMS

Mobility visual impairment and blindness is a term that helps identify those persons for whom tactile path information is not optional. This session will define and give video examples of the term mobility visual impairment. Research on the benefits of the wearable cane and the new O&M assessment for preverbal/nonverbal children under five will be provided along with videos demonstrating the successful use of the wearable cane with children five and younger with MVI/B.


Session ID: 39800
Investing in Your Future with Digital Networking
Seats Filled: 15 / 100
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Banita

Important Breakout Information:

Presenters: Lauralyn Randles, Doctoral Cadidate, COMS, TV & Molly Pasley, Ed.D., COMS, TVI

We are in a field where our nearest professional peer may be in another town or county. Our students are facing the same predicament. Together through modeling, we can build a network of support for ourselves and our students. The presenters will address some tips and tricks for building these digital networks.

Session Objectives:
• The professional will be able to name and locate several digital networking platforms available to them as the professional.
• The professional will be able to name and locate several digital networking platforms available and accessible to their students or clients.
• The professional will be able to support students and their families as they explore different networking platforms.


Session ID: 39801
What O&M Looks Like in Beirut, Lebanon
Seats Filled: 17 / 40
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Rusk

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Paul Hull

A serendipitous three weeks' worth of O&M instruction given to Lebanese citizens as well as Syrian and Palestinian refugees with visual impairments despite the boundaries of culture differences and language barriers as described by the COMS who was fortunate enough to be there.

Session Objectives:
• Learn about the differences between O&M instruction in the United States and in at least one foreign country.
• Overcoming the various obstacles when facing situations that were never described in any textbook, classroom, or by any mentor or peer in the field.
• Overcoming cultural taboos, or at the very least navigating around them when attempting to impart instruction to those willing to learn and a few who were not.


Breakout Session II - Select 1 Option (Required)
(Saturday, November 02, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM)
Session ID: 39802
Eye Candy
Seats Filled: 36 / 100
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference A

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Toby Penington, COMS, CLVT & Charlotte Simpson, COMS

Eye Candy is an edible & interactive presentation that uses candy to represent the various structures of the human eye and eye conditions.

Session Objectives:
• O&M Instructors will have a new understanding of eye anatomy using candy for a simple explanation.
• O&M Instructors will be able to explain various eye conditions using fun and memorable metaphors & descriptions.
• O&M Instructors will be able to help students explain their eye conditions to support staff, parents, & IEP teams using common, inexpensive candies and memorable techniques that everyone can relate to.


Session ID: 39803
Wearable canes: Who, What, When, Where and How
Seats Filled: 52 / 100
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference B

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, Ed.D., COMS

Wearable canes are a new member of the mobility device family. This session is open to all who work with early intervention and preschool students with severe visual impairment and blindness. Attendees will learn how to obtain wearable canes, as well as how to instruct and measure wearable cane outcomes in learners with mobility visual impairment and blindness.

Session Objectives:
• Participants will be able to measure and order wearable cane for a student.
• Participants will be able to include wearable cane into O&M lessons, inside classrooms, and at home.
• Participants will be able to understand usage guidelines for wearable cane.
• Participants will be able to use the O&M assessment for preverbal/nonverbal to identify MVI/B and measure outcomes.


Session ID: 39804
Running Guide Dogs - Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Seats Filled: 18 / 100
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Banita

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Mike Goehring

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is the first and currently the only guide dog school in the U.S. to offer a program and equipment specifically dedicated to Running Guides. In this session we will discuss the development and evolution of this one of a kind program with Guiding Eyes.

Session Objectives:
• What is a Running Guide?
• What are the qualifications for applicants / participants in the program?
• What is the specialized equipment utilized for this unique program?
• Dispelling myths and concerns regarding the Running Guides Program.


Session ID: 39805
Experiences with Vision Loss: A Focus Group
Seats Filled: 4 / 40
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Rusk

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Jennifer Perry, COMS, CVRT

This session is limited to individuals who are adventitiously blind. The focus of this group will be to discuss the experiences of Vision Loss in a way that highlights thoughts, feelings, and other personal initial reactions to losing vision. This group will include the opportunity for additional discussions with the moderator should there be any information that a person would like to share, but is not comfortable to discuss. A consent form will be provided at the session for individuals who wish to participate.


Additional Training (Optional)- Select 1 Option
(Saturday, November 02, 2019 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM)
Session ID: 39806
Blind Fold Travel
Seats Filled: 15 / 100
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Lobby

Important Breakout Information:

Instructor Lead:
Blindfold practice is open to anyone who wishes to participate. You need to bring your own cane and blindfold. Orientation and Mobility Specialists will facilitate this opportunity for you to get hours practicing under blindfold.


Session ID: 39807
Victor Trek Treasure Hunt
Seats Filled: 37 / 100
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference A

Important Breakout Information:

Join us for this OPTIONAL training. HumanWare will introduce to their new product, Victor Trek. This product is the newest generation of orientation and mobility aids from HumanWare and provides unique benefits not available in other devices such as smartphones. Come and join us to find out about what is new for non-visual travelers in the world of technology!


Social (Optional)
(Saturday, November 02, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Session ID: 39808
SWOMA Social Networking Event
Seats Filled: 69 / 100
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Lobby

Important Breakout Information:

Share your most memorable O&M moments! Gather with colleagues for some fun and networking at the conference hotel for this years SWOMA Social. Appetizers will be provided. Attendance is optional. However, if you do plan to attend, be sure to select this in your registration.


Breakout Session III - Select 1 Option (Required)
(Sunday, November 03, 2019 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM)
Session ID: 39809
Beyond the O&M VISSIT: Advocating for Appropriate Service Intensity
Seats Filled: 39 / 100
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference A

Important Breakout Information:

Presenters: Shannon Darst, Ph.D., TVI; Heather Munro, M.Ed., TVI, COMS; Rona Pogrund, Ph.D., TVI, COMS

What does your administrator need to know in order to understand the need for more support and/or additional staff in your O&M program? This presentation will provide strategies for having the conversation about needing more support based on the results of all of your O&M VISSITs and other workload factors.

Session Objectives:
• Use of the O&M VISSIT to determine appropriate type and time for service delivery.
• Use of the results of the O&M VISSIT in order to approach administrators to advocate for more personnel and resources in order to meet student service needs.


Session ID: 39810
CCRC Assistive Technology and Travel (iPhone & Android)
Seats Filled: 71 / 100
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference B

Important Breakout Information:

Presenters: Jeff Molzow & Michael Doise

This session will show how O&M Instructors can use assistive technology on mobile devices to augment travel.

Session Objectives:
• Choosing the right application for the situation.
• Avoiding overwhelming students' O&M skills with too much technology.
• Demonstration of 3rd Party travel applications and accessories.
• Questions and Answers


Breakout Session IV - Select 1 Option (Required)
(Sunday, November 03, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Session ID: 39811
Are You Prepared for Disaster? Disaster Planning for Students with a Visual Impairment
Seats Filled: 45 / 125
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference A

Important Breakout Information:

Presenters: Lauralyn Randles, Doctoral Candidate, COMS, TVI; Molly Pasley, Ed.D., COMS, TVI

With the recent uptick in active shooters in schools, it is important that students with special needs are considered during these lifesaving practice sessions. The presenters will address common protocols for fire, bomb threat, tornado, and active shooter scenarios, parental concerns about safety of their children, and how to construct and where to place safety plans for students with a visual impairment. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and knowledge.

Session Objectives:
• Learners will identify and plan for “stay put” and “get out” emergency situations.
• Learners will discuss ways to include the students in the planning process and in creating contingency plans to ensure their safety.
• Learners will discuss ways to include school staff in the planning process and in creating contingency plans to ensure student safety.


Session ID: 39812
Let’s Move Together! Early Play Routines to Encourage Self-Initiated Movement
Seats Filled: 65 / 75
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Banita

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Marjie Wood, M.Ed., COMS, TVI, O&M Consultant

The O&M Specialist has a unique role with babies and their parents in laying the foundation for early movement and exploration leading to more formal O&M skills later in life. Come learn some play routines that can benefit baby and parents on the road to self-initiated movement.

Session Objectives:
• Participants will identify at least 2 methods of helping parents create safety/security in their baby’s life.
• Participants will identify 2 benefits to incorporating play routines in the home.
• Participants will identify 2 different play routines for babies and their parents.


Luncheon (Optional)
(Sunday, November 03, 2019 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM)
Session ID: 39813
Working Luncheon
Seats Filled: 99 / 200
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference A

Important Breakout Information:

Please feel to join us for the SWOMA Luncheon Buffet; which is taking place during the final general session! Participating in the luncheon is optional and the cost for this meal is included in your registration fee.

NOTE: TSBVI Outreach gladly offers vegetarian options with our meals. Please be certain to select this accommodation in your user profile, if needed. Participants with food allergies, intolerances, and other dietary restrictions may wish to consider bringing or purchasing their own lunch.


General Session III (Required)
(Sunday, November 03, 2019 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM)
Session ID: 39814
Teaching Tips for O&M Instructors from O&M Instructors
Seats Filled: 110 / 200
Location:Fredonia Hotel, Conference A&B

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Edward Mullen, M.S. Ed, M.A. O&M, COMS

The speaker will open the session with an explanation of the purpose of the session; that is, to share and to gather instructional techniques that we as veteran O&M instructors have learned from each other, from our students, or from our own creativity that has improved our teaching. The speaker will follow with a few examples of instructional techniques as a means of generating further sharing from those in attendance.

Session Objectives:
• To provide an opportunity for new O&M instructors to benefit from the instructional experiences of veteran instructors.
• To provide an opportunity for veteran instructors to share their instructional experiences with new instructors.




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