May 26, 2020
This weeks podcast we will be discussing Guide Dogs. I had a delightful conversation with Jake Koch, community outreach specialist with Guide Dogs for the blind, we discussed a variety of topics in regards to guide dogs. When is a good time to think about getting a guide dog? Are there things that should be completed prior to getting a guide dog? Which is better, guide dog or cane? All of these and more are discussed during this podcast. Please enjoy!
If you are interested in contacting Jake, please visit Guide Dogs for the Blind website at
May 20, 2020
In this podcast, Ike Presley talks about the world of assistive technology and walks us through a range of assistive technology options. He shares some of the strategies involved in conducting an assessment as well as in choosing the right assistive technology tool for the learner. Presley also provides guidance regarding how often learners should be reassessed and resources for staying current with assistive technologies.
May 14, 2020
Charlotte Cushman is back on the podcast to discuss Virtual ExCEL Academy. As you will hear, this virtual classroom is available at no charge to students, teachers, parents, or anyone who is interested in attending. If you are interested: https://www.aph.org/join-virtual-lessons-for-at-home-education/
It is always a delight to speak with Charlotte.
May 5, 2020
Today we have a special guest. Kelly Fonner took some time to talk with me. Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. As you will learn, she has a well developed career in assistive technologies spanning over 30 years. She and I spoke about her journey, and discussed the needs for classroom today, and also what is the latest trends in assistive technology?
April 28, 2020
Karen Wolffe, Ph.D. describes the importance of career education for students who are blind or visually impaired. Dr. Wolffe describes the importance of starting very early in a child’s development in order for the student to develop the necessary skills to achieve success in the future.
In addition she talks about the “golden opportunity” of career awareness and the role this instruction plays in the student’s dreams and choices they make for the future.
April 14, 2020
Welcome to Perkins eLearning to go! Todays podcast will be a reboot of one of our webcasts. In this webcast, Lucia Hasty discusses teaching children with visual impairments braille. We have many requests for courses on this, so I hope this podcast will be helpful.
February 25, 2020
Hello and Welcome to Perkins eLearning to go – this is Valerie. What will we listen to today? Well, I had the opportunity to talk with a very special person. She has spent over 30 years as a speech pathologist and has spanned states to focus on teaching children, with multiple disabilities- including deafblindness, visual impairment and autism how to communicate. We at Perkins eLearning are honored to have her instruct one of our courses “Autism and Visual Impairment, The Better together curriculum”. And to top all this off, she is an amazing person and wonderful to speak with. Of course I am talking about Linda Hagood. I was joined by my colleague, Robin Sitten, for this interview and had a wonderful conversation with Linda.
Please visit the micro-site for Linda's work here
January 28, 2020
Lotfi Merabet joins us and discusses his journey to becoming interested in CVI, successes he recognizes with research in this area, and what is happening now and what is in store for the future?
Dr. Merabet is an optometrist-scientist and is active in clinical research relating to individuals' adaptations to blindness. As director of the Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity, Dr. Merabet's main research interests include the development of assistive technology for the blind and understanding how the brain adapts to the loss of sight (both from ocular and brain-related causes). (Massachusetts Eye & Ear)
Click here for an accessible transcript on the Perkins eLearning website