[Pibe-division] *** Agenda now Available: 16th Annual Rehabilitation Conference in Orlando ***

Edward Bell ebell at pdrib.com
Thu Jun 15 21:02:07 UTC 2017




National Federation of the Blind



SIXTEENTH Annual Rehabilitation


Orientation and Mobility Conference



Contemporary Issues

In Rehabilitation and Education for the Blind




Rosen Shingle Creek Resort

9939 Universal Boulevard

Orlando, Florida 32819-9357






July 10, 2017

7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Panzacola F-2








7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Location: Panzacola F-2


Continuing Education Credits (CEC) are available for conference registrants.


Morning Session

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Panzacola F-2


8:30 Welcome from our Sponsors. 

Fredric K. Schroeder, Ph.D., President, National Blindness Professional
Certification Board (NBPCB), Vienna, VA; 

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


8:40 From Education to Rehabilitation: How the Organized Blind Effect
Outcomes Across the Lifespan. Mark A. Riccobono, President, National
Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD.


9:00 Keynote Presentation: The Driving Philosophy Behind Structured
Discovery: How to Keep the Spirit Alive. Deja Powell, PhD Candidate, Capella
University, Salt Lake City, UT. 


9:20 Teaching Structured Discovery Methods and Principles in a Conventional

Domonique Lawless, NOMC, Virginia Department of Rehabilitation, Richmond. 

Conrad Austen, NOMC, SAVI, Tucson, AZ. 

Jennifer Kennedy, NOMC, Cane Travel Instructor, Utah State office of
Rehabilitation, Salt Lake City. 


10:05 Contemporary Issues in Rehabilitation: Teaching Foundational Skills in
a Technological World. 

Darick Williamson, M.A., NOMC, NCRTB, Cane Travel Instructor, Louisiana Tech
University, Ruston. 

Benjamin Versalone, M.A., NOMC, Cane Travel Instructor, St. Louis, MO. 

Ron Brown, M.A., NOMC, Independent Contractor, Cane and Able, Indianapolis,


11:00 Professional Development and Research in Blindness Rehabilitation.
Edward Bell, Ph.D., Director, PDRIB, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston.  


11:20 Beyond the Resume: Job Readiness Skills to Prepare for the Changing
Workforce. Dick Davis, President, NFB Employment Committee, Minneapolis, MN.


11:40 Questions and wrap up. 


12:00 Adjourn.


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch on your own.



1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. National Certification in Unified English Braille
(NCUEB) Official Examination. Preregistration is required, see www.nbpcb.org
<http://www.nbpcb.org>  for details. 

Location:  Wekiwa 8


2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 


2:00 - 3:15 Session I 


Dare to Be Remarkable Planning Session 

Location: Wekiwa 10

Dare to be Remarkable is a national conference to highlight advances in
Structured Discovery Rehabilitation Methods and Principles over the last
decade. Rehabilitation and education professionals who want to learn
Structured Discovery hands-on and participate in deep philosophical
discussions around SD should attend the conference. This session will serve
as an initial agenda planning meeting. 


Guide Dogs and O&M: Concepts and Misconceptions

Location: Wekiwa 9

This event, sponsored by the National Association of Guide Dog Users
(NAGDU), is a panel for dog trainers and O&M instructors to discuss myths,
misconceptions, and best practices surrounding guide dog use. 


3:30 - 4:45 Session II 


Right Versus Right Decisions: A framework for Ethics in our personal and
professional lives. 

Dr. David Ticchi, Special Assistant to the president, Legal Sea Foods, and
Newton High School Faculty 

Location: Wekiwa 10

What are ethics? What are our most important shared values? What would be
considered to be an unethical practice? What is the difference between
ethics and law? How do you make ethical decisions? Come and find out how to
sharpen your ethical decision-making skills. 


Structured Discovery Cane Travel Methods and Principles. 

Jeff Altman, NOMC, Instructor, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and
Visually Impaired, Lincoln; Darick Williamson, NOMC, Instructor, Louisiana
Tech University, Ruston.

Location: Wekiwa 9

Teachers, parents, and professionals are welcome to come and learn more
about Structured Discovery Cane Travel (SDCT) T: its methods, principles,
and techniques. NOMC-certified instructors will be on hand to provide
one-to-one and small group lessons for novice, intermediate, and advanced
cane users. Learn about becoming an O&M instructor, how the National
Orientation and Mobility Assessment is conducted, and how to advocate for
mobility services. 


5:00 Adjourn Afternoon Sessions


The NFB Employment Committee invites all seminar attendees to come to the
Job Seeker Seminar Monday afternoon from 12:30 to 4 pm, the NFB Job Fair
Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 am, the Upward Mobility Seminar Thursday
evening from 7 to 9 pm, and the Employment Committee meeting/networking
session Friday evening from 7 to 9 pm.  See convention agenda or
https://employment.nfb.org for details.  - Dick Davis, Chairperson




NBPCB Reception

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Panzacola H-2


*	Speak with the day's presenters in a less formal setting. 
*	Network opportunity for job seekers and employers.
*	Meet our newest NOMC certificants/recertificants.
*	Meet our newest NCRTB certificants.
*	Meet our newest NCUEB certificants. 
*	Awards and recognition. 


Cash bar and light snacks will be available. 



Sponsored by:


National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB)

Fredric K. Schroeder, President


admin at nbpcb.org


National Organization of Professionals in Blindness Education (PIBE)

Eric Guillory, President


ericguillory at aol.com


Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB),
Louisiana Tech University

Edward Bell, Director


ebell at latech.edu



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

Director, Professional Development and Research

Institute on Blindness

Louisiana Tech University

210 Woodard Hall 

PO Box 3158

Ruston LA 71272

Office: 318.257.4554                      Fax: 318.257.2259 (Fax)
Skype: edwardbell2010

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died in cotton fields and sweatshops." 

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