Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Free Training Workshop on Optical Devices and Literacy

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Free Training Workshop on Optical Devices and Literacy

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Most service providers in the field of visual impairment and blindness are aware of the importance of encouraging their clients and students to use optical devices, both electronic and manual. Since many professionals may not be sure of which strategies are the most effective in teaching users how to get the most out of such devices, a hands-on training workshop based on the AFB Press publication, Looking to Learn: Promoting Literacy for Students with Low Vision, edited by Frances Mary D'Andrea and Carol Farrenkopf, is being offered October 18-20, 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The workshop will include instructional strategies for the use of optical and nonoptical devices that can assist individuals with low vision in the development, maintenance, and enhancement of literacy skills. Among the presenters are the book's editors: Carol Farrenkopf, a vision program coordinator for the Toronto District School Board, and associate editor of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB); and Frances Mary D'Andrea, a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh, a fellow of the National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment, and former director of AFB's National Literacy Center. …

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