Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Agenda & Registration for 12th Annual Rehabilitation Conference

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Note: costs go up after this Friday
National Federation of the Blind


Contemporary Issues
In Rehabilitation and Education for the Blind

 Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819

July 1, 2013
7:30 am – 8:00 pm
W202C, Convention Center, level 2


7:30 – 8:30 Registration.
Location: W202C, Convention Center, level 2 Foyer

Location: W202C, Convention Center, level 2

8:30 Welcome. Fredric K. Schroeder, President, National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB), Vienna, VA;

Edward Bell, Director, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston.

8:40 Braille: The Key to Success for Blind Adults. Dr. Marc Maurer, President, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD.

9:00 Keynote Address: Braille, the Game Changer for Blind Children and Adults. Mark Riccobono, Executive Director, NFB Jernigan Institute, Baltimore, MD.

9:30 Read til you Bleed. Jerry Whittle, Braille Instructor Emeritus, Louisiana Center for the Blind, and 2013 recipient of the NBPCB Louis Braille Professional Educator Award, Ruston.

National Library Service for the Blind (NLS) Transcribers and Proofreader Certification. Jennifer Dunnam, Manager of Braille Programs, NFB Jernigan Institute, Saint Louis Park, MN.
National Braille Authority (NBA) Textbook and Formatting Certification. Dorothy Worthington, Past-President, National Braille Authority, Rochester, NY.  

National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB). Maria Morais, NCLB Coordinator, National Blindness Professional Certification Board, Ruston, LA.

10:50 Unified English Braille: Is it Time to Panic? Jennifer Dunnam, secretary, Braille Authority of North America (BANA), and member of BANA's UEB implementation task force, Saint Louis Park, MN.

11:10 The Code Master, An Innovative Approach to Braille Instruction. Emily Wharton, Communications Teacher, Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions, Minneapolis, MN.

11:30 Accreditation, Licensure, and Certification: Understanding the Acronym Soup. Christine Boon, ESQ, Vice-President, D. Boone Consultants, LLC, Kalamazoo, MI.

12:00 Adjourn

12:00—2:00 Lunch on your own

2:00 — 5:00 Concurrent Sessions

Session I 2:00—3:15

Location: Salon 5

B. All Things NCLB (National Certification in Literary Braille.). Maria Morais, NCLB Coordinator, Ruston, LA.
Location: Salon 6

C.  Administering a Structured Discovery Training Center: Open Discussion to Share Ideas. Moderator: Pam Allen, Executive Director, Louisiana Center for the Blind, Ruston.
Location: Salon 7

Session II 3:30—4:45

D. Motivating Consumers from IPE through Competitive Employment. Christine Boon, ESQ, Vice-President, D. Boone Consultants, LLC, Kalamazoo, MI.
Location: Salon 5

E.  Making Sensible Decisions When it Comes to Technology. Karl Smith, Access Technology Consultant, Taylor’sville, UT.
Location: Salon 6

F. Propelling Your Consumers into Success. Pearl Van Zandt, Ph.D., Executive Director, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Omaha.
Location: Salon 7

G. National Orientation and Mobility Certification Trainers (NOMCT) Meeting (opened to committee members only). Jeffry T. Altman, Chairman, NOMCT Committee, Lincoln, NE.
Location: Hospitality Suite 244

5:00 — 7:30 NBPCB Awards Reception.
Location: Salon 11, level 2
Come and participate in the NBPCB Awards reception and help congratulate the new certificants and award winners.
·       NOMC Certificants/Recertificants
·       NCLB Certificants/Recertificants
·       Awards and Recognitions
·       Cash bar and snacks will be available
·       Continuing Education Credits (CEC) are available for conference registrants
·       Provide formal or informal evaluation of the conference and what you would like to see next year

Sponsored By:

National Blindness Professional Certification Board NBPCB)
Fredric K. Schroeder, President
101 South Trenton Street, Ruston LA  71270

Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness, Louisiana Tech University
Edward Bell, Director
PO Box 3158, 210 Woodard Hall, Ruston LA  71270

Edward C. Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC

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