Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Braille Literacy Live! Ask the Expert Series with Maria (Conchita) Hernandez Legorreta

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Maryland School for the Blind’s Outreach Department presents Braille Literacy Live! Ask the Expert Series with Maria (Conchita) Hernandez Legorreta.

Join experts in the field of educating students with visual impairments to ask your specific questions about braille using the Zoom video conferencing platform.

Our fifth session will be held on March 18 from 3 to 4 pm Eastern time. Maria (Conchita) Hernandez Legorreta will present a free webinar on teaching English language learners with visual impairments with an emphasis on braille.

Background on Presenter

Maria (Conchita) Hernandez Legorreta was born in Mexico and grew up in California. She advocates for the rights of blind children and their parents in the public-school setting in the United States and abroad through a lens of intersectionality focusing on social justice. Conchita received her Bachelor's degree from Saint Mary’s College of California, majoring in International Studies, Spanish, and History. She then went on to Louisiana Tech University where she received her Master’s in Teaching with a focus on teaching blind students. As well, Conchita earned a Masters certificate in working with Deaf-Blind students from Northern Illinois University. She is currently a Doctoral student at George Washington University pursuing a degree in Special Education. Conchita has been published in Future Reflections and Rooted in Rights. Conchita keeps up with research in special education and serves as a peer reviewer on the Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research.

Conchita conducts workshops on best practices for educators and professionals in the field of disability and advocacy. Conchita worked in the rehabilitation field in Nebraska where she set up innovative programming for disabled adults. Conchita has been the director of the NFB BELL Academy in Washington DC for the past 5 years. This program mainly serves blind youth of color and empowers them to learn braille and foster a positive philosophy on blindness and disability. Conchita is the founder and Chair of METAS (Mentoring Engaging and Teaching All Students) a non-profit organization that trains educators in Latin America that work with blind/low vision students and other disabilities. In this role she engages lawmakers in policy discussions around people with disabilities and inclusion. Conchita is also a co-founder of the National Coalition of Latinx with Disabilities that seeks to amplify the voices of disabled Latinx in the disability rights movement. Currently, Conchita currently works as the Low Incidence Specialist for blind and low vision students in the state of Maryland. Conchita strives to be a voice for change for educators, professionals and advocates to make full inclusion a reality for people with disabilities in Latin America.

Her primary focus will be on teaching students with visual impairments who are English language learners with an emphasis on braille.

Registration Information

Please e-mail your questions in advance to Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Meeting Registration.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you for all you do to support braille literacy!


Event Date: 

Mar 18, 2019