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The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) has designated the American Council of the Blind as an RPPLE Category 1 provider of continuing education opportunities in the field of blindness and visual impairment.

Beginning with the 2018 ACB Conference and Convention in St. Louis, ACB is offerinn rehabilitation teachers and counselors, teachers of the visually impaired, low vision therapists, orientation and mobility instructors, and other professionals the opportunity to earn continuing education credits throughout convention week.

Credits are available for a wide range of specialized programs, workshops, seminars, and other events presented by ACB committees, special-interest affiliates, and representatives of government agencies and private industry. Subjects addressed include technology, transition, vocational goals, health issues, orientation and mobility, self-advocacy, braille, low vision issues etc.

ACB conference and convention dates are June 29 to July 6, 2018. Programs and events offering CE credits begin on Saturday, June 30 and continue through Wednesday, July 4.

Details on the 50 sessions and events offering continuing education credits are listed below. The number of credits available for each session and the applicable CE processing fee are also shown with each event.

We strongly suggest that you subscribe to our new continuing education e-mail list. Updates and important information concerning this new initiative will be posted there. Join the list by sending a blank e-mail to

Pre-registration for the conference and convention is open until June 17, and includes the ability to register for continuing education credits.

For more information, contact Carla Ruschival, CE Chair, by phone at (877)630-7190 or by email at

Saturday, June 30

9:00 am - 11:00 am Artificial Vision from Second Sight 2.00 credits $10
Second Sight Medical Products, global leader in artificial vision and creator of the Argus 2 Retinal Prosthesis System, discusses the latest developments in artificial vision and gives attendees an opportunity to speak to company representatives and users of the technology.   Find out how this technology has helped hundreds of profoundly blind people.

 Second Sight Medical Products is the developer and manufacturer of the Argus II® Retinal Prosthesis System, the first and only approved long-term therapy for people living with advanced retinitis pigmentosa in the U.S.  Argus II is designed to provide artificial vision to people who are profoundly blind and provide them with increases in orientation and mobility, object localization and recognition, and people localization.   It is intended to increase their independence and quality of life by restoring their ability to perceive objects and motion.

 At Second Sight, our mission is to develop, manufacture, and market implantable visual prosthetics to enable blind individuals to achieve greater independence.   Second Sight's research and development efforts are focused on enhancements to the existing Argus 2 technology and developing new technologies that are applicable to a wider population.   With continued investment in research and development, it is believed that our technology will serve as a platform to treat nearly all forms of blindness, with the potential to treat over 8 million people worldwide.

9:00 am - 11:00 am JAWS and Zoom Text User Group Meeting 2.00 credits $10
Eric Damery, Vice President, Software Management Group, and Scott Moore, Vice President of Marketing - ZoomText, conduct a two-hour session which will include demonstrations of significant feature changes and interesting options in JAWS and ZoomText to improve your day-to-day access on the internet, email, and applications from Office 365 and Google Docs.  They will also discuss special Home Use pricing opportunities for VFO products.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm BITS Program: Amazon Locker. 2.00 credits $10
Peter Korn, Director of Accessibility, Amazon Lab126, Sunnyvale, CA, discusses Alexa, Kindle, Fire Tablets, Fire TV, and More!
10:00 am - 11:00 am Finally, Something New In A Braille Display! 1.00 credit $5
Join HIMS for a comprehensive review of braille technology: What is the future of Braille Displays? What is the Braille Display of the future?  Presented by the HIMS team.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm APH Workshop 1.00 credit $5
APH is pleased to present this session at the 2018 ACB convention.

We will be highlighting a number of our most popular products including the latest on the Orbit Reader 20, the first truly affordable braille display. We will demonstrate some of the coolest features of the Graphiti, our multi-line graphing braille display, and our talking graphing calculator, the Orion TI-84. We will show off the Matt Connect, developed through our partnership with HumanWare, and our handheld video magnifier, the Video Mag HD, developed with our partners at VFO. We will highlight some low tech gadgets as well, and there will be plenty of opportunities for Q & A.

1:15 pm - 5:30 pm AAVIA Program: 4.00 credits $20
Part 1 - Law Professor Elizabeth Pendo, St. Louis University School of Law, will focus on the role of law and policy in improving the health of people with disabilities. She will comment on the inequities in health and health care for individuals with disabilities that persist nearly 30 years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Presenter: Professor Elizabeth Pendo, Law Professor, St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO.

 Part 2 - A visually impaired attorney working in an Independent Living Center.  Presenter: Kimberly Lackey Esq., Paraquadd ILC, St. Louis, MO.

 Part 3 - Traversing the legal academy as a visually impaired law professor.  Presenter: Professor Cynthia G. Hawkins, Law Professor, Stetson University College of Law, Tampa Bay, FL.

1:15 pm - 4:00 pm Bits Program: In Your Home and On the Go 2.50 credits $12.50
Learn about APH Nearby Explorer and the Indoor Explorer project with Keith Creasy, Programmer and Technical Lead, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY; find out what is new with Victor from Peter Tucic, Brand Ambassador, Blindness Products, Humanware, Chicago IL; and discover AIRA, Instant Access to Information with Kelly M. Lovett, Director, AIRA, San Diego, CA and Michael Hingson, Director of Active Program, La Jolla, CA
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm BRL Orienteering 1.00 credit $5
Compete for prizes as you follow clues and answer questions as you go around the hotel. Must be a braille reader and writer to participate.  A hands-on event with ideas you can use to create similar activities for your class or group.
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm 411 from the IAC 2.50 credits $12.50
The best way to learn what is going on in the tech world and ACB. Learn about ACB's advocacy work, how to use the ACB link App, and how to use Zoom Cloud Meeting to conduct on-line meetings and webinars.  Presenters: Brian Acharlson, Director of Technology, Carroll Center for the Blind, Boston, MA; Larry Turnbull, Manager, ACB Radio, Springfield, IL; and members of the ACB Information Access Committee.
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Microsoft Accessibility 1.00 credit $5
Microsoft's commitment to accessibility is that we will create and deliver technology that is accessible and functional for all people, while we push the boundaries of what technology can do to empower every person on the planet.

In line with our guiding principles to be transparent, hold ourselves accountable, and grow an inclusive culture, this session will highlight where we are on this journey and how customer feedback has impacted products in market today. We will demonstrate how you can use Narrator and the other Microsoft Ease of Access features today to collaborate with colleagues and friends in Office apps like Forms and OneNote. Bring your questions about Microsoft accessibility and leave this session with skills you can put to use today."

Presenter: Crystal Jones, Accessibility Escalation Engineer

Sunday, July 1

7:00 am - 8:15 am AFB Breakfast 0.50 credit $2.50
The American Foundation for the Blind cordially invites you to attend its annual breakfast meeting.  Hear updates from AFB staff on issues related to education and rehabilitation of people who are blind or visually impaired.
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm BITS luncheon (in BITS pkg) 0.50 credit $2.50
Program - Product Update from Microsoft; presenter - Brett Humphrey, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft, Redmond, WA; and Jeff Bishop, Program Manager, Microsoft, Redmond, WA.
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm ADP Conference (in ADP pkg) 4.50 credits $22.50
Part 1 - The ADP Website:  Described TV, Movies, DVDs, Streaming Videos, Performing Arts, Museums, and More! Presenter: Fred Brack, Webmaster, ACB Audio Description Project

 Part 2 - Welcome to St. Louis!  Chaired by Jen Nigro, Audio-Reader Network.  St. Louis has a burgeoning audio description community with AD available at area theaters, museums, performing arts centers, in media, and at other venues.  Jen and Marjorie Moore, Minds Eye Radio, will provide an overview of this activity and the secrets to its success.  Local describers and consumers of audio description will share their perspectives.  Panelists include: Sarah Sims, Manager, K-12 Education Programs, Missouri History Museum; Chris Gray, AD consumer and Executive Director of the Missouri Council of the Blind; and Sean Smith, Director of Operations at The MUNY (invited).

 Part 3 - Industry Update - Media: A review of the current status of broadcast description and the latest regarding the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act's mandates and broadcast description in the digital era (via smart phone apps, for example).  Moderator: Carl Richardson, Massachusetts Office on Disability; panelists include Peter Brown, Charter Communications (invited); Tom Wlodkowski, Comcast (invited); Alex Koren, Actiview (via Skype); Peter Korn,; and Will Schell, Federal Communications Commission.

 Part 4 - Mentoring Meet-Up: For the third time, the ACB Audio Description Project is offering its unique "mentorship" program: sighted attendees of the Audio Description Project Conference will be paired with a blind or visually impaired mentor.  The best describers develop an understanding of the audience for whom they are providing a critical service.  What better opportunity for such interaction than at the ACB Conference and Convention? At this meet-and-greet session, ADP Conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet and be mentored by an ACB member/description enthusiast and join him/her for the opening plenary session of the ACB Conference and Convention AND at least two other activities during the sessions over the next two mornings-e.g., touring the exhibit hall together, attending an affiliate meeting or an additional ACB general session, taking a walk, eating a meal together, or watching an audio described film.  We hope these interactions will give you lots of practical experience interacting with individuals from the blindness community.  You may forge a new friendship and increase understanding between the sighted and the blind communities.  Chaired by Susan Glass, ADP Steering Committee, joined by mentors Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA and Carl Richardson, Boston, MA.

1:15 pm - 5:30 pm AAVIA Program 4.00 credits $20
Part 1 - Legal update regarding accessible information and web design.  Presenter Ken Nakata, Esq., Director, Accessibility Consulting Practice, Cyxtera, Seattle, WA, is a recognized expert on accessibility of the internet for people who are blind or visually impaired, or who have other disabilities.

 Part 2 - Presentation by the American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY, on products to enhance the lives of the visually impaired.

 Part 3 - Comments from a leading Nationally recognized employment litigator.  Presenter: Mary ann Sedey, Esq. of Sedey, Harper, Westhoff, PC, St. Louis, MO.

1:15 pm - 4:00 pm LUA Program: Initiatives and Issues at NLS / Activities at Wolfner Library 1.00 credit $5
Part 1 - Initiatives and Issues at NLS ; presenter - Karen Keninger, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC

Part 2 - Exciting Activities  at  the Wolfner Library; presenter: Dr. Donna L. Riegel, Director, Wolfner Braille and Talking Book Library, St. Louis MO.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm GDUI: AIRA - through the looking glasses 1.00 credit $5
Access visual information when and where it is needed.  How the glasses and paid subscription work; pros and cons of the service; includes Q&A and a live demonstration.  Presenter: Professor Nicholas A. Giudice, Ph.D, University of Maine, Orono, ME.
2:45 pm - 5:30 pm Special Education Task Force and Rehabilitation Issues Task Force 2.50 credits $12.50
2:45 - 4:00pm  Pre-Employment Transition Services: A 360-degree Look

 WIOA mandates 15 percent funding for students to be provided job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences which may include both in-school and after-school programs, counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living, and instruction in self-advocacy. State rehabilitation agencies around the country are developing pilot programs to provide services in different ways and through different delivery systems.  We will engage with representatives of residential and public schools, rehabilitation agencies, private contractors, students, and employers to see how they are doing and where they see need for improvement.

 4:00-4:15pm  Report from National Research and Training Center on Blindness

A representative from the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University will update us on current research products and projects available.

 4:15-5:30pm  Residential and Public School Partnership

Find more resources to insure that children have a free and appropriate education. Schools for the blind serve as a resource for public school-based vision programs.  What do they currently provide to these programs?  How are these resources used by vision teachers?  What are the next steps to make available even more needed resources from schools for the blind to enhance the educational experience of students in these VI programs?  Presenters: June Lenk, TVI in both the public and school for the blind setting in Missouri; Judy Jackson, TVI, Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind; Don Koors, member of the Board at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; and Lori Scharff, social worker in New York who guides parents as they work through the IEP process with their childrens’ teachers and assists them to better understand what they, as parents, have the right to expect and request to insure a free and appropriate education for their children.


Co-sponsored by the ACB Rehabilitation Issues Task Force, Doug Powell, Chair, and the ACB Special Education Task Force, Debbie Grubb, chair,

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Google Home and Assistant 1.00 credit $5
Join Google for updates on new features in Google Home and Google Assistant.  Learn about new products that run the Google Assistant.  Presenter: Kiran Kaja, Technical Program Manager, Google, Mountain View, CA.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Microsoft Accessibility in Windows 1.00 credit $5
The Windows team will share accessibility features in Windows 10, including those recently introduced in the April update. Presenter: Brett Humphrey, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Windows Accessibility Team.
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Google G Suite Accessibility Updates 1.00 credit $5
Google discusses accessibility updates to G Suite apps over the past year, including Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Gmail, and more.  Presenter: Roger Benz, Technical Program Manager, Google, Mountain View, CA.
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm New Approaches from Familiar Places 1.00 credit $5
Dr. Judith M. Dixon, Consumer Relations Officer at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, will discuss and demonstrate NLS's BARD Express.  Recent developments at Bookshare and Learning Ally will also be discussed.
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm HumanWare: Braille it, Type it, Sync it! 1.00 credit $5
HumanWare BrailleNote Touch/Brailliant BI14
The BrailleNote Touch is the first and only Google-certified Braille tablet which blends powerful and intuitive apps for managing, accessing and creating information from KeySoft with millions of apps that can be downloaded from the GooglePlay Store.  Join HumanWare as they review new features such as full QWERTY support, the ability to directly emboss graphics, the implementation of one-handed operation, and many new and exciting features.  HumanWare will also discuss the much-anticipated Brailliant BI 14 which is now shipping. Time will also be set aside for your questions and feedback.

Monday, July 2

7:00 am - 8:15 am BRL International Breakfast 0.50 credit $2.50
Learn how our brothers and sisters from around the world benefit from using, reading and writing braille.  Featured speaker Jose Maria Viera, Human Rights Policy Advisor, World Blind Union, Toronto, Ontario, Canada will share braille initiatives from around the world.
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm CCLVI luncheon (in CCLVI pkg) 0.50 credit $2.50
An aspiring young lawyer and member of the ACB Board of Directors discusses the triumphs, challenges, and overcoming obstacles of dealing with low vision throughout life and school. Be empowered to take on your own obstacles. Presenter: Sara J. Conrad, Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, Fitchburg, WI
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm FIA Luncheon and Business Meeting 0.50 credit $2.50
Speaker Judy Redlich, TV/Radio talk show host, speaker, coach and  disability advocate, will help you discover that "it is not what you accomplish, it is learning how to climb out of disappointments and keep marching that makes you a winner." Hear some of her experiences, and discover a few tips she uses in moments of disappointments and the lessons she is still learning.
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm The Missouri School for the Blind 2.00 credits $10
Visit the recording studio, recreation area and the APH library. Tour some of the classrooms and the dormitories. Staff will tell us about the school and its history.

Residential schools for the blind are part of the full continuum of services available to children who are blind or visually impaired.  Visit the Missouri school and learn about their programs and services.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm BPI Sound Therapy (in BPI pkg) 1.00 credit $5
Visions emerge through sound. The resonant structure and the sound patterns of Pati's singing bowls will provide an opportunity for the logical mind to recede, thus allowing the brain to shift into deeper states.  Presenter: Pati Pellerito, LMT, CSH, Center of Sound, St. Louis, MO.
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm The Uses of Braille 1.00 credit $5
Explore how braille is now being used and how we can encourage more people to use it. Presenters: Paul Edwards, President, Braille Hevival League, Miami, FL and Judy Jackson, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.
1:15 pm - 5:30 pm GDUI Program: Who is here and what you need to know 2.00 credits $10
1:15 PM-2:30PM:  Welcome, introductions, introductory remarks (not applicable to CE credit).

2:45PM-4:00PM: Guide Dog School Tales-  Right from the dog's mouth! 

Hear from guide dog school representatives about how they do what it is that we are so grateful they do!

4:15PM-5:30PM: Guides- From "Down Under" to the "Great White North"

Marc Gillard, Orientation & Mobility Services Manager, Guide dogs for the Blind, San Rafael CA, has worked in the guide dog field for 26 years. Originally from Australia,
he received a graduate diploma in Orientation and Mobility from La Trobe University, Melbourne. Mark has worked in more countries then can be listed.
What stories this international phenom will have!

1:30 pm - 4:45 pm ADP Conference (in ADP pkg) 4.00 credits $20
Part 1 - The National Park Service and Audio Description:  Many people believe that, of all the myriad agencies in the federal government, the NPS is far and away the most active advocate of accessibility at its parks and other facilities.  Chaired by Dr. Denise Decker, AD consumer, advocate, educator, federal government administrator; panelists include  Michelle Hartley, Harpers Ferry Center; Ray Bloomer, National Center on Accessibility (via Skype); Megan and Tom Conway, University of HI (via Skype); and Jamie Gibson Barrows, Fresno Chapter, California Council of the Blind (via Skype).

 Part 2 - Are you a CAD (Certified Audio Describer)?  In order to ensure that high level of description excellence, ACB has partnered with the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals to develop a certification process for describers. Certification is a formal recognition that an individual has demonstrated a proficiency within, and comprehension of, description's best practices. It is a measurement of skills and knowledge which will provide description producers, theaters and government agencies an assurance that an individual can meet the demands of employers and the consumers of audio description.  Chaired by Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind, Watertown, MA; panelists include Kathleen Zeider, President, Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals; Pat Sheehan, 508 Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs (government-based specialist in procuring AD services); and Jill Kennehan-Krey, sign interpreter and member, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Lighting Your Way to Independence (in CCLVI pkg) 2.00 credits $10
Strategies for utilizing natural and artificial lighting in your environment. Following the presentation, adjourn to the CCLVI suite to learn about the LuxIQ, an assessment tool to assist with evaluation to measure lighting needs for daily tasks. Presenters: Danny Wayne Beemer, Manager, and Dee Dodd, Assistant, Older Blind program, Wabash Independent Living & Learning Center, Terre Haute, IN.
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm FIA Writers' Workshop 1.00 credit $5
Explore the art of creative writing. Use basic exercises to focus on some key components used in the construction of fiction, poetry, and drama. By the end of this program, attendees will be sensitized to some of the major building blocks of creative writing, including dialog, description, and narration; be able to recognize these techniques in the work of established authors; and be able to apply these techniques to their own writing. Appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced creative writers. Attendees are encouraged to bring a short sample of their own writing (no more than 250 words) and writing equipment such as a Braille notetaker or recording device. Presenter: Dr. Herbert Gugenheim, published novelist and poet, Rockville, MD
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm How To Connect with I Can Connect 1.00 credit $5
Obtain the latest information on the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), also known as I Can Connect (ICC).  The program was made permanent in 2017.  Learn what equipment is covered and the income guidelines.  Also learn about safety systemsfor people with dual sensory loss, such as Vibrocall and Silent Call.  Questions from the audience will be welcome.  Presenter: Brenda Whitlock, TAP for Internet and I Can Connect (ICC) Coordinator, Missouri Assistive Technology project, Blue Springs, MO.
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Android and Chrome OS Accessibility Updates 1.00 credit $5
Join members of the Google accessibility team to learn about some of the recent accessibility updates on Android phones and tablets, as well as on Chromebooks.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Games with Ralph 1.00 credit $5
Use braille to play a number of games.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners.  Find out how good you are at braille and words.  An annual convention event; always different; always fun.  Hands-on ideas you can use with your class or groups at home.  Presenter: Ralph Smitherman, Jackson, MS.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Accessible Prescription Labels- Past, Present and Future 1.00 credit $5
With the continued aging of America's population and the associated increase in visual impairment, accessible prescription labelling becomes more and more important.  Being able to administer one's own medications is one key to independent living for people who are blind or visually impaired.  Amanda Tolson, Director of Sales, En-Vision America, will take you through the long history of accessible prescription labels and where it is headed.     Jamie Revelle, User Experience Research & Accessibility Lead, Express Scripts Pharmacy, will discuss the importance of pharmacies' offering accessible prescriptions labels.  This session is presented by En-Vision America
4:15 pm - 7:00 pm Microsoft Soundscape Training 2.50 credits $12.50
Microsoft Soundscape uses 3D audio technology to enhance your awareness of what is around you, and thereby help you get around and explore your surroundings. Soundscape will place audio cues and labels in 3D space such that they sound like they are coming from the direction of the points of interest, parks, roads and other features in your surroundings. We will split this session into two parts.

The first part will provide an overview of Soundscape and describe the thinking and rationale behind the experience that is designed to enable people, particularly those with blindness or low vision, to build a richer awareness of their surroundings, thus becoming more confident and empowered to get around. 

The second part will consist of a hands-on training session on how to use Soundscape and get the best out of it in a range of different scenarios and settings. (All that is required is an iPhone 5S and above with the Soundscape app and a pair of stereo headsets that you feel comfortable wearing outdoors.)
Presenter: Amos Miller

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm HumanWare: What is new with Victor? 1.00 credit $5
What's New with Victor? A Trek/Stream Discussion
Success of the Victor Reader Trek and Stream marches on into 2018!  Join the HumanWare team at the annual Stream User Forum.  Share stories and tips on downloading and playing back books and periodicals from favorite websites.  Learn what is new with both the Stream and Trek.  Time will also be set aside for live demonstrations of new exciting features, as well as time for your questions.
5:45 pm - 6:15 pm Express Scripts: On a Journey to Inclusivity 0.50 credit $2.50
Express Scripts provides integrated pharmacy benefit management services. Serving more than 83 million Americans, they make practicing pharmacy smarter so that better health is more affordable and accessible. Jamie Revelle, User Experience Research & Accessibility Lead will describe how a focus on the belief that “good accessibility is better usability for all” is shaping Express Scripts’ journey to improved inclusivity.
6:45 pm - 7:30 pm Talking Bar Codes... Why an App Just Doesn't Cut it 0.50 credit $2.50
Join En-Vision America’s Amanda Tolson as she explores why phone apps are not always the answer to quality information from bar codes. Learn how data is important and the bar code is just a means to the information.

Tuesday, July 3

7:00 am - 8:30 am NIB Breakfast 0.50 credit $2.50
The AbilityOne program employs thousands of people who are blind or visually impaired throughout the United States.  National Industries for the Blind staff will discuss employment and the AbilityOne program.
12:15 pm - 2:30 pm IVIE Lunch and Program 0.50 credit $2.50
From Employee To Entrepreneur - the advantages and disadvantages of moving from a job to running your own business. Presenter Mitchell Pomerantz was employed by the City of Los Angeles for almost 34 years, retiring at the end of 2008. For the last 14 years, he was the City's Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer. He served six years as president of the American Council of the Blind, and toward the end of his term Mitch realized that he was not ready to take a seat on the sidelines. He began to assess his strengths and limitations with an eye toward moving into the consulting arena on a part-time basis. Mr. Pomerantz will candidly discuss that process and where that journey has led him. Mitch Pomerantz is an Independent ADA Consultant/Trainer from Pasadena, CA.
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm ADP Conference with Lunch (in ADP pkg) 3.00 credits $15
Part 1 - Lunch and Awards Presentation: (not applicable to CE credit)
Part 2 - Teachers and Audio Description: Programs like the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) and several published papers have demonstrated how teachers can use audio description as a classroom aide and can build literacy for all students.  The ADP's special initiative, Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE), has been a tremendous success at encouraging kids to write about description and described programs they've enjoyed.   Chaired by Susan Glass, President, American Association of Blind Teachers and member, ADP Steering Committee; potential panelists include Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind and Librarian, Perkins School for the Blind; Jason Stark, Director, DCMP; and Donna Brown, West Virginia School for the Blind.

 Part 3 - Audio Description - The Best It Can Be:  Coordinated by Dr. Joel Snyder, this session will provide all attendees - and especially AD consumers - with the opportunity to evaluate excerpts from audio described films.  As a group, we'll try to answer:  How do providers of description know they are doing a good job?  What criteria can be used to assess quality in audio description?  How do describers and description producers know if AD consumers are getting the most out of a described video or film?

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Transitioning from High School to College 1.00 credit $5
Amber Steet, student representative to the AABT Board of Directors and a member of the class of 2019 at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a major in visual impairment and elementary education, will present an analysis of effective transition planning for students with disabilities.  Research and the development of this project has been supervised by Johanna Forte, Assistant Professor and Honors Program Director at Kutztown University.  The project discusses differences between high school and college for students with disabilities and details effective transition planning techniques for students with disabilities who are planning to attend college.
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm BPI Healing Touch (in BPI pkg) 1.00 credit $5
Learn how to expel pain and anxiety through Reiki. This Japanese technique uses your own energy for stress reduction and relaxation. It also promotes healing.
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm LUA/BRL/FIA/IAC Program: Braille and the iPhone/Meet the Talking Book Narrator 2.50 credits $12.50
Part 1 - Braille and the iPhone:  Many blind people use iPhones and iPads to perform a wide variety of daily tasks, but many find writing and editing with such devices to be quite daunting.

 This session will outline the various ways that text can be entered, both using the iDevice itself and using external input accessories. We will review iDevice settings that control the use of a braille display and discuss specific methods for inputting and editting text with a Bluetooth keyboard or braille display.  Issues associated with choosing and using a Bluetooth keyboard will be discussed and demonstrated.  Presenter: Dr. Judith M. Dixon, Consumer Relations Officer, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC.

 Part 2 - Meet the Narrator:  Laura Giannarelli is an actor and narrator based in Washington, DC.  Having come to work for NLS straight out of college in 1979, Laura has narrated nearly  1,000 audio books for NLS.  Laura also has engineered and edited hundreds of other books for the NLS program. She has worked at one of the lead talking book contractors, Potomac Talking Books in Maryland.  Titles narrated include the award-winning  Little House on the Prairie  series; she narrated Wilder's unabridged  "Pioneer Girl."

 At this session Laura will outline how she prepares for each recording session, what training she feels has helped her the most in her craft, and how others assist in the process.

 Laura is also a narrating coach,  sharing her expertise in coaching sessions before and during the studio recording process, and giving direction to those preparing for voice-over work and specifically the audio book business. She and her husband, Clay Teunis, collaborate as “Tunarelli Sound and Design”, helping actors record audio demos.

 Attendees will come away with a greater understanding of the narration process and how one might prepare to be a talking book narrator.  Your questions are welcome.

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Passing Accessible Prescription Laws in your State 1.00 credit $5
NV ACB President, Rick Kuhlmey is calling all State and Chapter presidents who are ready to take the next step to making changes to your state laws.  Understand what was involved in making accessible prescriptions the law in NV.  Come away from the national convention with a plan and even get a jump start on writing your states resolution.
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Accessible Prescription Advocacy, What can I do? 1.00 credit $5
Calling all advocates! Are you passionate about helping yourself or other people? Have you always wanted to demo accessible prescription labels? Join En-Vision America’s Sharla Glass to get set up as a ScripTalk Ambassador, apply for a demonstration kit, and take your advocacy efforts to the next level.

Wednesday, July 4

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm BPI Aroma Therapy (in BPI pkg) 1.00 credit $5
For every ailment, there's an oil. Essential oils are the life force of the plant. These extracts can shield our bodies in the same way they protect the plant. Learn how to heal your body through the aromatic energy of essential oils. Presented by Radiance Float + Wellness, St. Louis, MO.
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm CCLVI Traveling Through the Ages 1.00 credit $5

Traveling the world with vision loss - trip planning, guided tours and navigating vast transit systems. For all ages.

1:15 pm - 4:00 pm Grassroots Advocacy Bootcamp 2.50 credits $12.50
From mobilizing campaigns to leveraging social media, learn the ins and outs of becoming an effective grassroots advocate.  Techniques and tips meaningful for individuals, organizations or agencies.  A hands-on workshop lead by Tony Stephens, ACB's Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs, and Claire Stanley, ACB's Advocacy & Outreach specialist.