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Become part of a global

community.

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Learn from the comfort of your own

home or office. 

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Increase your students'

mobility skills.

 

Your students depend on you. 

Now you No Longer Need To Pay Exorbitant Travel Expenses Or Cancel Too Many Students To Further Your Professional Development.

Learn some of the most impactful Orientation and Mobility strategies from O&M Specialists all around the world.

No more paying high travel prices or having to cancel all of your students just to learn new skills. Our entire conference is brought right to your device, wherever you are.

Get many Continuing Education Credits at once, just like an in-person conference. 

Grab your O&M friends and all gather in one place to watch the presentations or hang out in your closet... errr... desk by yourself.

Take a professional day and attend all of the sessions from the comfort of your own home. 

 

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Timeline of Events:

PRESENTATION APPLICATIONS OPEN: From now until September 28, 2018. 

SESSION SELECTION VOTING PROCESS will occur during October 1-October 12. Voting will be comprised of 50% community vote and 50% planning committee vote. Your vote counts! Get on the interest list to join our voting community. 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION will be open from October 1--November 30, 2018. Investment will be $147.

REGULAR REGISTRATION will be open from 12/1/2018-1/25/2019. You will NOT be able to register after January 25, 2019. Investment will be $197. 

 
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"We didn’t need to travel across the country to connect with other amazing professionals! We are thinking about adding this feature to our next AER Ontario Conference in April!  Everyone needs to promote this new idea!
So exciting!"
Carole

 
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"You did such a great job with the webinar training! Thank you so much for all your hard work."
 
 
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"It was a pleasure to take part in this conference.  Agencies in Canada often do not see the need for professional development whereas, I have found that it is extremely important in the States.  When working in the States at the start of my career we were encouraged to attend and be actively involved.  All the conferences that I have attended since returning to Canada were for executives to attend with the thought they would share (rarely happened).  I usually travelled on my own time. We now have a great lady who is encouraging us to stay abreast of the topics and discussions in our field YEAH just as I retire.  Is this Murphy’s Law?
 
Another, Thank you to you and the folks on your team that pulled this conference together.  It was so smooth from session to session (and I did not get myself turned around at a conference centre) and all the material was available immediately.
 
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With the greatest of respect for your organization."
 
Nancy Dunbar Sogan COMS,CVRT

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OMG, I can’t believe how fabulous this symposium is!  First of all, the presenters I’ve heard so far have all been fabulous, but the real thing I’m raving about is the platform!!!  It’s AWESOME, thank you Kassy (Maloney) for dreaming this up, and thank you, TSBVI for making it happen!!!

 

I figured this would be like going to a webinar but I’ve been amazed at the sense of community I’m getting from participating. I’ve been chatting with some of the other participants between sessions, and I love seeing the names of friends and colleagues posting in the chat room during the presentations.

 

And there is a sense of “being there” which I don’t get from watching a webinar, because it’s been going on for two days now, and I’ve been able to attend some in person but some, like the one that’s going on now, I’ll watch later because something came up unexpectedly and I had to run out and take care of it.  But being pulled away doesn’t mean I miss the session – I have until Sunday night to watch it.

 

And not having to travel and be away from the family to participate in this international O&M community event has been FABULOUS!  The night before the first session, which I was co-presenting with O&Ms from India, French Canada and Austin, I told my husband how strange it felt to be going to sleep in my own bed and then in the morning just walk over to the computer to give my presentation.  I did have to dress up for it but only above the waist (don’t tell anyone -- I was wearing old jeans and my bunny slippers!).

Thank you again, Kassy and TSBVI!!!

-- Dona

 
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Past Symposium Speakers

 
  • Dona Sauerburger, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, United States

  • Nandini Menon, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Head Start Educational Academy, India

  • Josee Martin, Certified O&M Specialist and Independent Living skills Specialist for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in New Brunswick, Canada

  • Denise Guitar, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with the New Brunswick  Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, New Brunswick, Canada

  • Kassandra Maloney, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, USA

  • Martin Griffiths, Product Manager, Victor Reader Range, Humanware, London

  • Sharisse Roberts, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Maine

  • Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Hunter College CUNY & Safe Toddles, Inc., New York

  • Rona Pogrund, Ph.D., Professor, Texas Tech University, Texas

  • Dr.Shannon Darst, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Texas Tech University, Texas

  • Dr. Gene Bourquin, Orientation and Mobility Specialist

  • Hiromi Yoshida, Orientation and Mobility Specialist

  • Vickie Anderson, Client Services (Metro) Team Leader, O&M Specialist, Guide Dogs Queensland

  • Christopher Tabb, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Alan Brooks, Qualified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and GDMI Guide Dog Specialist, United Kingdom

  • Alex Olson, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Allied Instructional Services, Florida

  • Paul Olson, Superintendent of the North Dakota School for the Blind, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, North Dakota

  • Dr. Nicholas Brian Casias, Ed. D, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, California

 

Be a part of something BIG in your field.

We are currently seeking presentation applications for the 2019 International O&M Online Symposium. 

 

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— Helen Keller
 

 

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