Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Tactile-Based Stories and Symbols Webinar

Kelly Brown, Sarah Merimee, Erin MarvinDrs. Sarah Merimee, Kelly Brown, and Erin Marvin will present a webinar hosted by DVIDB on Tactile-Based Stories and Symbols on April 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

The presenters have collaborated in the past on using tactile based stories to increase student engagement during whole class reading group featuring students with significant cognitive disabilities, including those with visual impairments. In addition, whole and partial symbols have been incorporated into a student with cortical vision impairment's schedule and IEP goal assessments to increase her inclusion and self-determination by promoting choice. This presentation will include helpful tips, examples, and resources that were found to be helpful as well as ending with a make and take that session participants will be able to start their tactile approach. 

Dr. Sarah Merimee is currently an Assistant Professor at Murray State University in the Adolescent, Career, and Special Education Department. She completed her doctorate in Education and Social Change with a Special Education concentration from Bellarmine University in 2017. Previously, she served as a classroom teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities for eight years working with students with a variety of disabilities. In addition to teaching, Dr. Merimee also serves as Murray State's Best Buddies advisor and co-coordinator of the College to Career Experience Program. 

Kelly Brown is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) and a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS). Throughout her 17 years in the field, she has had the privilege of working with individuals ranging in ages from infant to adult who have Blindness and Visual Impairment, including students with complex needs. Currently she works for the Oldham County School District in Kentucky serving students ages 3-21. She shares a passion for learning from and collaborating with other members of the IEP Team to meet the unique needs of each student and promoting student engagement in learning. Her personal/life experience in Visual Impairment includes being the (proud) daughter of a father who happens to be blind.

Erin Marvin is a Speech Language Pathologist currently serving students grades K-8 in the Oldham County School District in Kentucky.  In 12 years in the field of speech pathology, she has also served children at the Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs where she was privileged to work on interdisciplinary teams that included physicians, surgeons, and other therapists in order to design and implement treatment plans for children with complex needs in the areas of Cleft Palate, Otology, Neurology, Genetics,and Craniofacial Anomalies.  In the school setting, she is called to meet a wide variety of student needs but specializes in students with complex needs for functional communication and feeding.  Previously, she served adults with moderate to severe disabilities including blindness, deafness and deafblindness in vocational and residential settings.  Across settings, she has seen the most positive outcomes for all individuals served through a collaborative team approach, and has a passion for implementing that approach in schools and beyond.

This will be a 1 hour captioned webinar, hosted on Zoom (a free virtual conference site) with a link that will be emailed to all registered attendees.  People will be able to join via virtual room or phone.  ACVREP credit is available for those attending the live webinar.

The webinar is free for DVIDB members: Click here to access the members only registration form.

The cost for non-members is $15.00.  Register on this page.

Event Date: 

Apr 10, 2019