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CTEBVI Logo Twitter Responses

We also had a great Twitter Luncheon with good input from the group. If you would like to print the following responses, please download.

Twitter Luncheon 3-15-2013

  • Should transcription courses be available online and as a short course? Would you be interested in certification?
    • That would make certification much easier.
    • Yes. It sure would make a quest for certification tempting
    • Yes. This could be especially beneficial for para educators who need to become familiar with braille
  • What apps are beneficial to VI students using devices?
    • Look Around; Viz Wiz
    • VIA produced by the braille Institute
  • Where can a parent/student, unfamiliar with AT, learn enough to know which device to request?
    • Check with your TVI or district AT person
    • Conferences like this one, programs like the Hatlen Center and braille Institute, AAC assessment, CSB
    • At a LVE, if there’s someone in the area that’s qualified to do one
  • Is there interest in asking the NIMAC to change the file specs to include braille formats so they can be easily used by students?
    • Of course! The easier to handle the files the better for all of us!
  • What resources do you have to provide work or books in an accessible format?
    • Contra Costa Braille Transcribers
    • Learing ally and tons of sites on the web like Gutengerg
  • Are there social events for VI families/individuals to meet one another?
    • Beeping Easter Egg Hunt, Enchanted Hills Camp, Camp Bloomfield
    • The braille Challenge Regional Events
    • Braille challenge, county-wide VI program field days, picnics, parent groups
    • The Sacramento Beeping Easter Egg Hunt
    • Not in Oklahoma
  • School transcribers are used to assist in preparing braille, what qualifications should they have?
    • Know how to produce good tactiles
    • Per Judi, they don’t assist they do
    • Literary certification, knowledge of Nemeth, flexibility in work assignments, responsibility, knowledge of braille transcribing software
    • Willingness to take a transcriber course
    • They DO prepare braille and so much more
  • What are the most important career skills VI students must learn before graduating high school?
    • Independently get to workplace, good mobility
    • Job interviewing skills, work ethic (punctuality, etc.)
    • Responsibility and respect
    • How to access mainstream technologies, and independently making accommodations work
    • Resourcefulness and personal advocacy (how to tell a good lie)
    • Accessing and using internet skills for college research
    • Computer skills, work ethic
    • Organization, interpersonal skills, technology, independence
    • Working together as a team! Computer skills!
  • What are good social skills and activities for students to be taught and use?
    • Proper way to introduce yourself and interact with others, approach people, not be afraid to ask for help
    • Eye contact, relevant conversation, game playing skills
    • Dating and sex ed.!
    • Age appropriate social skills and be sure to keep their developmental stage in mind
    • Face speaker, smile, check chair before sitting
    • Table manners is a big plus
    • Messages conveyed through body language
    • When someone is talking to them learning to look at them being polite
  • How will Unified English Braille (UEB) impact the braille world?
    • Jump in the water, it will be fine
    • Lack of ambiguity, ease of back translation to print benefits students in learning braille and providing assignments for general education teachers
    • It has a lot of changes and it will be big, we suggest to leave Nemeth alone
  • Is braille literacy important for parents to know or just the student?
    • Very important, but unfortunately few parents will put in the time and effort to learn braille
  • What is your policy about letting students bring their own devices to school?
    • It is certainly helpful and allows for better communication
    • Absolutely! I have taught family literacy classes and will talk about this in session 801 tomorrow
    • If it’s at their own risk. It should be on the IEP
    • When they can use them with due respect for others and in support of class exercises.
    • What about the other way around? What is the policy about bringing school devices home and parental liability?
    • If the student needs the device, shouldn’t the school provide it?
  • What age/grade should be used to begin O&M training?
    • At birth
    • As soon as they are mobile
    • When any visually impaired child becomes responsible enough to head out on his own
    • As soon as possible