April 12-15, 2018 LAX Marriott


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CTEBVI is proud to announce our 59th annual conference. It is considered to be one of the most inclusive in the field, encompassing transcribers, teachers, parents, students, rehabilitation specialists, and orientation & mobility specialists.


Our theme this year, Developing Professionals, is both a call to attract, inform and encourage young professionals to join our field, and for "seasoned" professionals to innovate and implement best practices in order to provide the skills, confidence and inspiration for our students as they pursue their individual professional potential. 

What does developing professionals mean to you? How do you interpret this theme? We are looking for workshops that offer practical and usable information to help make conference participants' lives and jobs easier. Participants should walk away with techniques and follow-up ideas that can be demonstrated during the workshop and carried over into the competing priorities of their busy lives.


As a starting point, here are possible workshop topics (not an exclusive list) for each strand, recommended by our workshop-strand chairs. Get creative and come up with your own. New topics are always exciting!


Please consider sharing your ideas, techniques, and strategies with your peers and those considering becoming a professional in the area of blindness and visual impairment.


      Unified English Braille (UEB)

      Transcribing 101

      School transcribersyou want it when?!

      School transcriberstips and techniques

      Paraprofessionals who are producing materials

      Employment opportunities for transcribers

      Nemeth Code (including UEB context)

      Chemistry transcription

      Music transcription

      Textbook format for educational materials

      Foreign Language transcription

      Tactile graphics guidelines and techniques

      Transcribing for early grade levels


      Updating certifications

      Software programs

      NIMAS access issues and what to do once you have the files

      Alternate media: scanning, optical character recognition (OCR), formatting Word documents, working with PDF documents, comparing electronic formats



      Instructional materials/introducing students to UEB

      Common Core State Standards implementation and accessibility

      Standardized testing for VI students, equipment, accommodations

      Preparing students and their technology for computer-based assessments at all grade levels

      English Language Proficiency Assessment California (ELPAC)picture heavy and computer based, administration challenges and issues

      Assistive computer technology: screen readers, personal scanning systems, refreshable braille displays, portable notetakers, comparing/contrasting technology, emerging technology, GPS devices, iPads, apps for iPhones, etc.

      Personal workflow strategies for organization and caseload planning

      Collaboration strategies with IEP teams

      Transition into or out of K-12

      Ideas to support parents

      Classroom management and resources (data, IEPs, inventories, technology and research)

      Specific Issues for Infants and Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School, and MI/VI students

      Assessments (formal and informal)

      Literacy (effective reading/writing techniques and issues)

      Standards (How they drive instruction and goals)

      Technology (Effective low/high tech devices and their uses)

      Daily living skills (self-help skills, social manners, leisure and recreation skills, how to make friends)

      Medical (Current research on therapy, treatments, cures)

      Orientation and Mobility (The right techniques at the right time)

      Paraprofessionals: their role in the education of children with visual impairments: how to help without enabling, working under the supervision of a TVI and a classroom teacher, safety issues for you and your student.

      Developing Paraprofessionals

      Career path to becoming a TVI or certified braille transcriber

      Administration: supporting mainstream teachers to meet VI students needs, creating a workable VI program, designing enrichment programs, working with the Dept. of Rehabilitation, living skills


Parents, Families, and Students:

      What do I need to know about UEB?

      Setting up Twitter and Facebook accounts for your child

      Disciplining: Knowing the difference between a bad behavior and a mannerism

      Grant-writing basics to help your VI child

      Making a Friend

      Socio-recreational options/outlets for different age groups

      Best online resources for parents

      Essential basic technology for home and school to help your braille readerwhat are the essentials and where can you get them? (Plus HOW to get funds for this stuff!)

      Raising your child to be an employable adult

      Best practices to prepare your child to learn braille (ages 2-5)

      Braille readers at home (this could be one or two sessions)

      Other braille best practices for parents to use (electronic book access, pre-school intro to braille, distance education, other screen readers)

      Parent panel or roundtable of ideas per age group

      SSI and your visually impaired child, disability checks and employment

      Communication about relationships and sexual topics through the different age groups

      Transitions: High school to college, school to work, "low vision" to "blind," progressive vision loss, adult vision loss, braille literacy for adult blind, life skills


Your Strand Chairs

If you have questions or need additional information about a specific workshop strand, the requirements for the workshops, want to brainstorm ideas, etc., please contact the workshop strand chair directly. They are ready to help you.


Sue Reilly/Judi Biller     Transcribers                             ctebvi.workshops@gmail.com     619-395-7335

Karen Tomlinson            Educators                       ktomlin310@aol.com                   818-773-4750

Anne Ward                     Parents                           inland2wards@gmail.com           707-463-2296


NOTE: Workshop sessions this year are 60 minutes long. If your material requires a longer time format, please consider presenting in Part 1 and Part 2 and indicate on your proposal request.


Workshop Handouts

If your proposal is accepted for a workshop session, handouts or accompanying materials can be provided electronically (details for submittal will be provided at acceptance). Materials will be uploaded onto our website after conference. If your workshop is approved the due date for submitting your handouts is March 16, 2018.


NEW THIS YEAR: All proposals must be submitted electronically via the CTEBVI website. If you are unable to submit electronically, please contact Sue at 619-395-7335, or email ctebvi.workshops@gmail.com


Proposals must be received by December 1, 2017.

Directions for completing the online workshop proposal form:


You will be asked to enter some information in required fields. These will be indicated by a red asterisk.


There are nine pages total in the form. You will be directed to the next page with a button at the end of the each page. If you have multiple co-presenters, those pages will become available to you when you complete the question regarding an additional co-presenter. There is a limit on the form for four co-presenters. If you have more than four, please email ctebvi.workshops@gmail.com and we will collect the additional information via email.


If you are unable to complete the form in one sitting, please continue to the last page and submit it anyway. You will receive an automatic email showing you what you have completed and giving you the option to edit your submission. Note: you may have to populate required fields with at least one character before continuing. You will have the opportunity to correct this information later.



Go to Workshop Proposal Form