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Wednesday July 18th, 2018 1:00PM — 9:00PM
Thursday July 19th, 2018 9:00AM — 5:00PM
Friday July 20th, 2018 9:00AM — 4:15PM
Saturday July 21st, 2018 9:00AM — 12:15PM
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TVI-COMS Experience at Summer Academy: Assistive Technology, Adaptive Daily Living Skills, and STEM

Pennsylvania State University-Atherton Hall  Map »

Event Type: Inservices/workshops Inservices/workshops

Credit Type: Act 48 Clock Hour (11 hours) ACVREP

Registration Contact: Jennifer Edgar, jedgar@pattan.net, 800-441-3215x7218

Content Contact: Jennifer Edgar, jedgar@pattan.net, 800-441-3215 x 7218


This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

This training for teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) and certified orientation and mobility specialists (COMS) provides an exciting opportunity to receive intensive hands-on training in Assistive Technology, Daily Living Skills, as well as adapted instructional strategies in STEM. Participants will deepen their knowledge across a wide range of disability specific content to plan and deliver instruction for post-secondary application. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to observe students at The Summer Academy for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired in these as well as other related content areas, to then apply the new adaptive strategies and assist with group instruction.


Participants will:

  • Describe basic to intermediate knowledge of iOS Accessibility Feature
  • Identify 2 apps to scan and read text and will gain basic to intermediate knowledge required to use these apps
  • Identify how to access printed books with Voice Dream Reader, Dolphin Easy Reader, BARD and Learning Ally
  • List ways for students who are blind or visually impaired to organization kitchen and clothing items
  • List two object identification apps available for students who are blind or visually impaired
  • Describe adaptive cutting, pouring, and meal prep techniques for the blind or visually impaired
  • Identify and utilize situation-specific resources to help make K-12 science classes accessible to students who are blind/visually impaired.
  • Ability to communicate appropriate adaptations to K-12 science teachers

Target Audience

Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Orientation and Mobility Specialists

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Blindness/Visual Impairment


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Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this training. Contact: Jennifer Edgar, at 610-878-7218, or jedgar@pattan.net.

Additional Information

Registration will close: May 4, 2018

The Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services will provide lodging and meals; and reimbursement for travel to and from the event. Directions for submitting receipts will be included in your packet upon arrival at Summer Academy.