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Before and After CVI: How life has changed for one determined woman

Before and After CVI: How life has changed for one determined woman

August 13, 2019

Imagine losing your vision at 17 years old. Think of how much your world has just changed.
This is what happened with Ashley Purdy. A couple years ago, she lost her vision. She has
needed to "start over" what most of us take for granted. She has a very interesting story and
was a pleasure to talk with. I think you will agree she is a pretty amazing young adult.

Sensorimotor and More with Nathalie DeWitt

Sensorimotor and More with Nathalie DeWitt

August 6, 2019

How can you reach a child in the sensorimotor stage of development?  We talked with an expert in this topic and she explains it all.  

 

Letting your voice be heard, CVI Symposium podcast

Letting your voice be heard, CVI Symposium podcast

July 30, 2019

This weeks podcast is a special recording from Perkins own CVI symposium. 

Listen and learn about all of the latest news in CVI!

Transitioning from Early Childhood with Lacey Smith

Transitioning from Early Childhood with Lacey Smith

July 16, 2019

Lacey Smith a parent of a three year old girl with CVI talks about the challenges she experiences in transitioning her daughter from early childhood services to preschool. Smith talks about important topics such as developing the first Individualized Educational Program and finding the most appropriate placement and provides advice to parents in this regard.

Speech Language and Deaf Blind Projects with Megan Mogan

Speech Language and Deaf Blind Projects with Megan Mogan

July 9, 2019

Megan Mogan is a former Speech-Language Pathologist at Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, who specializes in working with students who are early communicators, including deafblind learners and VI students with multiple disabilities. 

Currently, Megan is going through a career change, we talk about this and what led her to change her career path.

Assessment and Intervention with Ellen Mazel

Assessment and Intervention with Ellen Mazel

July 2, 2019

Ellen Mazel discusses how vision is processed in a child with cortical vision impairment (CVI), how the child understands the visual part of their world, and the importance of early intervention. She also offers strategies for assessment and intervention.

Ellen works as the CVI Program Manager for Perkins School for the Blind. She joined the administrative leadership team at Perkins School for the Blind to create and oversee Perkins CVI assessment program. The position includes continued research with Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, a leader in the field, as well as several vision professionals at MIT, Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School to advance knowledge about CVI.

Behind the scenes at eLearning with Robin Sitten

Behind the scenes at eLearning with Robin Sitten

June 25, 2019

Perkins eLearning offers a variety of online courses, tutorials, and webinars. We talk with Robin Sitten, program manager for Perkins eLearning, to discuss Perkins eLearning inside and out. Hear what goes on behind the scenes, how topics for classes are considered, and what the future holds for online learning at Perkins!

CVI: past, present and future with Al Lantzy

CVI: past, present and future with Al Lantzy

June 18, 2019

In this episode we have a special host, Robin Sitten from Perkins eLearning, interviews Dr. Alan Lantzy to discuss all things Cortical Vision Impairment – from the beginning when assessment was new or non-existent, to what has evolved and changed over the past 15 years (and who was driving this change.)  It is a very special episode of Perkins eLearning to-go.

Accessible Instructional Materials in the Digital Classroom with Yue Ting Siu

Accessible Instructional Materials in the Digital Classroom with Yue Ting Siu

June 11, 2019

Yue Ting Siu provides us with an introduction to current technologies employed to help access instructional materials. In addition, she guides us in exploring new and emerging technologies for the digital classroom, including image and video description, and multimodal data displays. Finally, Yue Ting talks about the focus on braille and tactile literacy in the digital age and the issues related to reconciling these priorities with technology.

Ting is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) with 14 years of experience working with students with visual impairments, severe/multiple disabilities, and deafblindness. Ting's research includes: Assistive technology development and implementation, teacher preparation and professional development, digital inclusion, and multimedia accessibility. She also provides research and consulting support to bridge technology development and teachers' adoption of tools for the classroom. (www.tplus.education)

 

Paths to Technology with Diane Brauner

Paths to Technology with Diane Brauner

June 4, 2019

Diane is our guru for Paths to Technology. As the web-manager, she joins us to discuss the website and how you could become a blogger for paths to Technology (and possibly make some extra money in the process).

Diane is an educational accessibility consultant collaborating with various educational app developers and agencies. She splits her time between managing the Perkins eLearning website, Paths to Technology, presenting workshops on a national level and working on accessibility-related projects.