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Texas Focus 2022: A Well-Planned Journey to Implementation. What's After Evaluation?

Join us via Zoom for Texas Focus 2022 as we explore tools and strategies to empower all children with visual impairments. As noted in this year's title, sessions will largely focus on evaluation and implementation. As always, the end goal of this conference is to provide children with greater voice, meaningful options, and increased participation in their lives!

NOTE: Thursday's preconference sessions are optional to attend, and Friday's and Saturday's sessions are all required. All sessions are general sessions this year. There are no breakouts. From start to finish, a total of 11.75 hours of SBEC and ACVREP credit are available.

Registration Fees:
• Professionals & Family Members - $50.00
• Paraprofessionals & University Students - $35.00

Registration ends February 3rd. For more information, please visit our Texas Focus Conference Home Page. Don't delay; register today!

Housekeeping & Welcome (Required)
(Thursday, February 10, 2022 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM)
Session ID: 40385
Housekeeping & Welcome
Seats Filled: 206 / 500
Fee: $50.00
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

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 I (Optional)
(Thursday, February 10, 2022 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM)
Session ID: 40386
Setting the Foundation: PLAAFPs and Goals
Seats Filled: 175 / 500
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
When building a house, it’s important to have a strong foundation so it doesn’t fall down later. Creating an IEP or IFSP starts the same way--with strong statements of present levels that lead to pertinent and collaborative goals. This session will review the necessary components for each. Session objectives include:

• Know and understand the components of a PLAAFP statement.
• Know and understand the components of goals and outcomes for IEPs and IFSPs.
• Describe the connection between PLAAFP statements and goals, and how working collaboratively will benefit the process.

Presenter: Kate Borg, TSBVI Outreach

Pre-Conference II (Optional)
(Thursday, February 10, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
Session ID: 40387
Practical Implementation of Meaningful IEP Goals
Seats Filled: 183 / 500
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
You’ve evaluated your student using VI-specific tools, written your PLAAFP and IEP goals, and now you might be wondering about your next steps. This session will explore crucial components that can guide your intervention, including providing specially designed instruction, monitoring student progress, and using collaboration to increase opportunities for student mastery of VI-related skills.

Participants will explore the following issues related to the practical implementation of meaningful IEP goals and programming:

• What does specially designed instruction for students with visual impairments consist of?
• How does a VI professional monitor student progress--what informs your instruction?
• How do VI professionals use collaboration to increase opportunities for student mastery of VI-specific skills?

Presenters: Cyral Miller & Chrissy Cowan, TSBVI Outreach

General Session I (Required)
(Friday, February 11, 2022 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Session ID: 40388
Play as an Assessment and Programmatic Vehicle in the Early Years
Seats Filled: 206 / 500
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Sensory and developmental status can be gleaned from watching and contributing to the play interactions of a young child. Once equipped with this information, the TVI can continue to use play routines as a place to guide and reinforce next step learning. Information will be shared about how to use early play as a tool for horizontal (increasing generalization of existing concepts and skills) and vertical (scaffolding to the next level of concepts and skills) strategies. Session objectives include:

• To introduce participants to a play-based approach as a viable assessment model for infants and toddlers with blindness/visual impairment.
• To illustrate how to embed developmental next step strategies into the play routines of the young child.

Presenter: Tanni Anthony, Ph.D. Colorado Department of Education

General Session II (Required)
(Friday, February 11, 2022 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM)
Session ID: 40389
Cortical Visual Impairment: Assessment & IEP Development
Seats Filled: 206 / 500
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
This session will focus on practical methods and approaches for using the results of CVI Range assessment to adapt and design educational programs for a diverse population of students across the Phases of CVI, and addressing the unique impact of CVI Characteristics on access to interaction and instruction. Additional specific focus will include considerations for IEPs and goals/objectives, development of the CVI Schedule for collaborative team planning, and adaptations to activities and routines unique to each Phase. (Session objectives are included on the Texas Focus Website)

Christopher Russell, Project Coordinator NY Deaf-Blind Collaborative

General Session III (Required)
(Friday, February 11, 2022 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM)
Session ID: 40390
Compensatory Skills-From Evaluation to Intervention for Students with Low Vision in the General Education Classroom
Seats Filled: 206 / 500
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Compensatory skills for students with a visual impairment involve the use of assistive technology, adaptations, and strategies that maximize a student’s opportunity to access information and engage with learning materials. This session will stress the importance of observation as a strategy to gather student performance information in actual settings, use this information to guide instruction and collaboration, and suggest lessons ideas for the population of students with low vision functioning in general education settings. Session objectives include:

• Review strategies for collecting information through observation in general education settings.
• Use observation information to determine areas of need for direct instruction and collaborative consultation.
• Practice designing examples of direct instruction and collaborative consultation for compensatory skills Review lesson ideas for students with low vision.

Presenter: Chrissy Cowan, TSBVI Outreach

General Session IV (Required)
(Friday, February 11, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM)
Session ID: 40391
Strategies for Sensorimotor Stage Learners
Seats Filled: 206 / 500
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Four case studies will be used to demonstrate strategies for developing highly effective instructional activities for learners with complex needs. Session objectives include:

• Participants will examine tools for assessing present levels, designing instruction, and measuring progress.

Presenters: Millie Smith & Stacey Chambers

General Session V (Required)
(Saturday, February 12, 2022 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Session ID: 40392
Tactile Skills - From Evaluation to IEP to Activities
Seats Filled: 206 / 500
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
In this session, participants will learn to determine appropriate evaluation tools or tactile skills/braille, and create meaningful activities to support evaluation results. Session objectives include:

• Participants will identify three tools for evaluation addressing tactile/braille skills.
• Participants will be able to write IFSPs/IEPs based on evaluation results.
• Participants will identify resources (curricula, activities & materials) to help with lesson/activity planning for the development and use of tactile skills.

Presenter: Debra Sewell, TSBVI Curriculum Director

General Session VI (Required)
(Saturday, February 12, 2022 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM)
Session ID: 40393
The Expanded Core Curriculum in an Era of Inclusive Design: Engaging Students as Co-Designers
Seats Filled: 206 / 500
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Student learning in the ECC evolves in an ever-changing world. At a time when processes, products, and services are more responsive to the diverse needs of users, are blind and low vision students well positioned for engagement in design processes? This presentation will consider this question in an inclusive design context – centering the learner as a co-designer and examining the knowledge and skills that promote meaningful and equitable participation in design spaces. Informed by co-design research with blind and low vision participants as well as the presenter’s own experiences with co-design, strategies for engaging students as designers and promoting design thinking will be provided. Ultimately, these serve to empower students to take on more active roles in shaping the design of their world. (Session objectives are included on the Texas Focus Website)

Presenter: Adam Wilton, Ph.D., Outreach Coordinator PRCVI

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