As part of the BEST Grant’s goals to support the implementation of braille instruction and braille technology, BEST is offering a professional development workshop focused on topics and techniques related to both support of students in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Dates / Times

Coming September 2022


Description

Paraprofessionals are frequently the school staff with the most contact with students who are blind or visually impaired. The Paraprofessional Instructional Support Techniques is a half-day inservice via Zoom for paraprofessionals with all levels of experience whose role is to support students who are braille users in the preschool to grade 12 school setting. The day will focus on topics and techniques related to both support of students in curricular and extracurricular activities. Ohio paraprofessionals will have the opportunity to network, problem solve, and sharpen their skills through a variety of activities.


Location

Online


Objectives

Through discussion, demonstration, and hands-on activities, participants will:

  • Review fundamental principles of blindness etiquette.
  • Investigate techniques with which blind students participate in curricular topics.
  • Explore the nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum for students with visual impairments.
  • Sharpen braille reading and writing skills.
  • Problem solve challenging situations which occur during the school day.
  • Network with other Ohio paraprofessionals.
  • Begin the thinking/planning process on how to implement instructional support techniques with students in their home school district.

Agenda

8:30 am – 10:00 am Blindness Etiquette; Braille skill practice;
Role of the Paraprofessional;
Core Curriculum support techniques;
10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 12 pm Expanded Core Curriculum overview and support techniques;
Braille skill practice;
Technology;
Putting it all together!

Participants Need to Have:

A brailler, braille paper or a computer with 6-key capability (Perky Duck, etc.) For a free Perky Duck download.


Contact Hours

Three and one half (3.5) Contact Hours will be offered for full day participation


Instructor

Shelley Mack, TVI and Braille Consultant for the AT&AEM Center


Registration

This workshop is limited to 25 participants.

Registration Coming Soon


For more information contact Julie Pashovich | (614) 410-1042 | julie_pashovich@ocali.org


Paraprofessional Instructional Support Techniques: Supporting Students Who Are Braille Users