Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

15th Biennial Canadian Vision Teachers Conference "Seeing Beyond the Horizon"

Seeing Beyond the Horizon logo 2018

This biennial conference is open to Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI/TSBVI) and Orientation & Mobility Specialists (O&M), as well as to school staff (classroom teachers, administration, educational assistants, etc.) and all other members of a child's "Learning Team" including parents & family, Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) and Audiologists, Occupational Therapists (OT) and Rehabilitation Practitioners, Physical Therapists (PT), Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), Adapted Physical Education specialists (APE), and Assistive Technology for Learning trainers (ATL).

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Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops the day before the actual conference starts:  Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI),  BrailleSense or BrailleNote

Keynote Sessions

Keynote sessions that will be right up your alley, in terms of how you work with your students and give them access to print information:

  • Technology for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kindergarten Students:  This session will focus on how to successfully introduce technology and to teach tech skills to toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten students with visual impairment. Learn about numerous educational apps and how to use these accessible apps in a sequential manner to meet tech-related IEP/IPP/ISP goals. You will be introduced to basic VoiceOver gestures used in preschool apps and a brief demonstration of how braille displays can be used with young, emerging braille readers.
  • Intro to Creating Accessible Digital Materials:  Our classrooms are becoming digital learning environments, including Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and interactive e-books. With a little knowledge, everyone can learn how to create digital materials that are accessible for  all students, including students with visual impairments and blindness. In this session, participants will learn how to create screen-reader friendly Word documents with Headings, Alt Tags, and additional accessibility tips. Participants will also learn how to create accessible 
  • PowerPoint Presentations for users with low vision and for screen reader users:  Resources will be shared on how to create interactive and accessible e-books. Learn how to search for and download teacher-created iBooks for academic students and students with multiple disabilities on the Paths to Technology website.

 Concurrent sessions 

  • Digital Accessible Math and Technical Materials: Teaching and Learning Perspectives
  • Introduction to Tactile View software for making tactile & braille graphics
  • Literacy and Access and Classrooms , Oh My!
  • Art: A Different Way of Seeing-Adapted Art for Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  • Short Term Program in Creative Arts; An Opportunity for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired to Show Their True Colours
  • 3D Printing to Support Learning for Students with Visual Impairments or Deafblindness
  • Reading for Fun and Learning: Accessible Books and Magazines from CELA and Bookshare
  • Helpful Tips for Supporting Children and Youth in Activities of Daily Living
  • Adapted Board Games
  • Teaching Equations and Graphing with the SciPlus Talking Scientific Calculator
  • Preparation for Transition to Post Secondary Learning: Challenges and Solutions
  • Digital Accessible Math and Technical Materials: Production and Workflow Considerations


Motivational Speakers

  • Motivational speakers on banquet night- Amazing Race couple- Lowell Taylor who is legally blind and his wife Julie Taylor 
  • Mollie Burke -blind You Tube Star 

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Event Date: 

May 02, 2018 to May 05, 2018