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Low Vision Conference: Supporting students with albinism

“Makes me unique” were the three words on the poster created by one student with albinism who participated in NOAH’s “My Three Words” YouTube video. Feeling good about yourself when you stand out as unique can be a tricky path. Students with albinism have unique needs in addition to having low vision and providing service for this student population is the focus of our 2018 Low Vision Conference. Program highlights include an interactive session on genetics of albinism with Dr. Murray Brilliant, a renowned researcher who has dedicated his professional work to this topic and a session focusing on psychosocial impact with Ms. Kelsey Thompson, a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified rehabilitation counselor.


Participants will...
1. Summarize the different patterns of inheritance and the genes associated with the most common forms of albinism.
2. Identify unique needs of students with albinism and intervention strategies to support them.
3. Describe the impact on social and emotional growth of having albinism, a condition that includes visual impairment along with differences in appearance and social stigma.

ACVREP and SBEC Statement:

This training event has been approved by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) and the State Board for Educator Certification based on the actual hours of the presentation not including breaks. Other types of certification are not regularly provided.
If you would like Outreach Programs to apply for other types of certification (TPTA, TSHA, etc.), contact Kate Hurst at hurstk@tsbvi.edu at least 60 days prior to the event to see if this certification can be requested.

Important Session Information:

Special Pre-conference Event:
TSBVI James C. Durkel Conference Center, 1100 W. 45th St., Austin, TX

Thursday, May 3, 6:30-8 PM

Deciding how to respond when being VI makes you stand out- an interactive session to talk about it, led by Kelsey Thompson (Vocational rehab counselor in Chicago, a presenter for the Low Vision Conference, NOAH Insight contributor, a person with albinism).

• 8:00-8:45 AM: Sign-in and Coffee
• 8:45-9:30 AM: Welcome & Panel of persons with albinism
• 9:45-10:45 AM Genetics & the Eye (Dr. Murray Brilliant)
• 11:00-12:00 PM: Ages and Stages (Chrissy Cowan & Marjie Wood)
• 12-1:30 PM Exhibit Fair
• 1:30-2:45 PM Social and Emotional Aspects of Albinism (Kelsey Thompson)
• 2:45-3:00 PM Video Tapestry closing

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Session ID:
Credits Available:
(5.75) CEU
Seats Filled:
70 / 75
$30.00   Late Cancellation Fee: $25
Contact Person:
Randall McAlister
Cindy Bachofer
Date Time Location
5/4/2018 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Barraga, Hatlen, James C. Durkel Conference Center Foyer, Silverrain
TSBVI Outreach Programs | outreach@tsbvi.edu
1100 W 45th St Austin, TX 78756 | 512-454-8631 | Map