2019 International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium Agenda

Now-February 1, 2019

Facebook Social Party

Location: Private Facebook Group

Everybody loves a good social hour. Come hang out with us

in an informal setting where we can get to know one another, talk with presenters, and enjoy a good time!



January 30- February 1, 2019      Live Interactive Webinars

Location: Zoom

Cozy up with a cup of coffee from your favorite local coffee shop.

Grab your friends and watch the webinars from your desk, conference room, or home. Each webinar will be on our accessible platform, Zoom, which has the capacity to hold up to 10,000 dedicated Orientation and Mobility Specialists in any room. (That should be all of us). The exact Zoom room information will be emailed to participants on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

Pro Tip: If you cannot access Zoom on your work computer, please ask your IT department to allow access.

Zoom can be accessed via computer, smart phone, or by dialing in via phone for audio only access


February 4—8, 2019.                   Replay Videos Available

Location: Professional Development Portal

Couldn’t make it to a live webinar? We have got you covered. You will be able to watch the live webinars in our Professional Development Portal between Feb. 4-8, 2019.


 Note: We will be working to get the videos up as early as Feb. 2.


 2019 International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium Presentations


Wednesday, 1/30/2019  1-2:30 PM EST World Clock

“The Tommy Edison Experience”

Tommy Edison

Tommy Edison

Presented by: Tommy Edison

Description: In this presentation, Tommy will describe how he overcame the trials of living as a person with a visual impairment. Tommy’s light-hearted personality and perspective on how he was able to accomplish things that nobody expected him to be able to accomplish will leave you with a fresh take on your students’ abilities.


Wednesday, 1/30/2019 2:45-3:45 PM EST World Clock

What About Rehabilitation with a Retinal Implant?

Aurelie Bouitier

Aurelie Bouitier

Presented by: Aurelie Bouitier

Description: Artificial vision is the future. We will have to meet a lot of patients with this kind of implant. The instructor has to adapt his practice and think out the box.

In this presentation, participants will learn about the innovative retinal implants are changing the lives of people with Retinitis Pigmentosa. You will learn how to teach O&M to a person with an Argus implant. We will also cover how to deal with artificial vision and answer the question, “Can we have similar practices as low vision practices?”


Wednesday, 1/30/2019 4:00-5:00 PM EST World Clock

Using Curriculum-Based Mobile Games to Reinforce Skills for Students with Visual Impairments

Marty Schultz

Marty Schultz

Presented by: Marty Schultz

Description: You will learn about our soon to be released mobile games for practicing skills for your visually impaired students.

Here's what one O&M recently told us: “I spend between 45 minutes and 3 hours each week with a student teaching a new skill. I expect that student to practice the skill during that week - some at school, some at home. More often than not, I re-teach that same skill again the following week, instead of moving ahead. When I use one of the Blindfold Games to exercise that skill, such as Blindfold Battleship to teach grid concepts, or Blindfold Barnyard to teach cardinal directions, the student practices the skill without even realizing that they are learning it.

And I can see the student’s progress in a web-based dashboard, since the games are storing it in the cloud; now I know how much the skill was really practiced and how close they are to mastering the skill. Since each game is mapped to a student’s goals and objectives in the IEP, I can even copy & paste their progress into the progress section of an IEP. That saves me time too.”

We will discuss the first few games to be released, the cloud-based web dashboard, and other ways this will help your students.

*This presenter is financially affiliated with this presentation.


Wednesday, 1/30/2019 5:15-6:16 PM EST World Clock

Making the Transition From White Cane to Guide Dog: What Orientation and Mobility Specialists Should Know

Anne Chiapetta

Anne Chiapetta

Presented by: Annie Chiapetta

Description: This presentation will review the process of transitioning from traveling with a white cane to a guide dog. The process will be presented from the perspective of a former white cane user who has been working a guide dog for over ten years. This presentation will mention many elements of the intricacies of transitioning from a white cane to a dog; most notably are the shift in the physical and psychological components. Being able to share in trusting the dog and not overcompensating will be just one element being discussed. Practical information and the dos and don’ts from the user’s perspective will be covered. Differences in technique from the user’s perspective will also be shared.


Thursday, 1/31/2019 1-2:30 PM EST World Clock

Using Echolocation for Orientation and Mobility

Daniel Kish

Daniel Kish

Presented by: Daniel Kish

Description: Information to come.


Thursday, 1/31/2019 2:45-3:45 PM EST World Clock

We're All in This Together: Essential Steps for Effective Collaboration in Orientation and Mobility

Dr. Rona Pogrund

Dr. Rona Pogrund

Presented by: Dr.s Rona Pogrund and Shannon Darst

Dr. Shannon Darst

Dr. Shannon Darst

Description:  Do you struggle with encouraging other professionals and families to support consistent Orientation & Mobility skill use across environments? This presentation will offer tools, tips, and strategies for effective collaboration with other team members who interact with your Orientation & Mobility students. Topics to be covered in this presentation include information about professional learning communities, challenges to collaboration, types of team models, and teaming strategies to support Orientation & Mobility instruction. You will learn about the relationship between Orientation & Mobility instruction, effective collaboration, and student skill generalization.


Thursday, 1/31/2019 4:00-5:00 PM EST World Clock

Raising Expectations Using Structured Discovery

Dr. Edward Bell

Dr. Edward Bell

Presented by: Dr. Edward Bell and Mr. Colin Wong

Colin Wong

Colin Wong

Description:  Structured Discovery is a consumer based model of teaching, focusing on the non-visual techniques that empower students to be independent, successful, contributing members of society. It focuses on empowerment, self-efficacy, and problem solving with confidence. This presentation will go through the foundations of Structured Discovery and its history including how to obtain a National Orientation and Mobility Certification (N.O.M.C.) It will also include teaching with Structured Discovery techniques, student outcomes, and misconceptions about Structured Discovery. There will be time for questions to answer any questions that people may have.


Thursday, 1/31/2019 5:15-6:16 PM EST World Clock

Access for All: Pedestrian Enhancements, Education and Enforcement.

Meg Robertson

Meg Robertson

Presented by: Meg Robertson

Description: The pedestrian environment is getting more and more complicated. Orientation and Mobility Specialists need to be aware of different Pedestrian Enhancements which may impact the individuals they work with, positively or negatively. O&M Specialists need to be a part of the conversation when pedestrian changes are being made in their communities. This presentation will be a quick overview of the different enhancements traffic engineers use, pros and cons as well as some solutions in improving pedestrian access for individuals with vision loss.


Friday, 2/1/2019 1-2:30 PM EST World Clock

A Whole New Fleet of App Tools

Chris Tabb

Chris Tabb

Presented by: Chris Tabb

Description: AI (Artificial Intelligence) Apps like Seeing AI and Envision, Orientation Apps like Soundscape, and Apps for facilitating communication with students with hearing loss are wonderful tools and are free, but how do we go about learning them for Orientation and Mobility purposes? Take some time to learn more about how easy it is to begin applying more of these tools in your lessons with learners across the age span. Apps will be shared for both iOS systems and Android systems.


Friday, 2/1/2019 2:45-3:45 PM EST World Clock

Twenty Great Ways to Use the Handy Camera for an Itinerant Orientation and Mobility Specialist Working with Visually Impaired Children.

Anne Evard

Anne Evard

Presented by: Anne Evrard

Description: The use of the video recorder is not a new concept in rehabilitation. In the past, Orientation and Mobility Specialists used video recording mostly for indoor assessments or filming mobility lessons. However, the equipment used at that time, was often bulky, heavy and most of the time required a third person to do the filming. Thanks to evolving technology, the equipment available now is much smaller, lighter and easier to use. Not to mention, the impressive number of applications that they have which are very helpful for an itinerant Orientation and Mobility Specialist working with visually impaired children integrated to regular schools on a wide territory.

This presentation will describe in general, useful aspects among twenty applications where this tool can be used in relation to five different groups of people: students, parents, Orientation & Mobility Specialist and the community.

The results of this approach would be a quicker progression of an individual Orientation & Mobility program for each student.

No doubt, the handy camera is indeed one of the handiest tools for an Orientation & Mobility Specialist.


Friday, 2/1/2019 4:00-5:00 PM EST World Clock

“Transition and Self-Determination: How Orientation and Mobility Professionals Can Help”

Dr. Karen Wolffe

Dr. Karen Wolffe

Presented by: Karen Wolffe

Description: In this session, Dr. Wolffe describes the multifaceted role of professionals providing orientation and mobility services and how those services support the development of healthy levels of self-determination and pave the way to successful transitioning from one environment to another in life. Resources will be shared and discussion is welcome!


Friday, 2/1/2019 5:15-6:16 PM EST World Clock

Touch Signals and Tactile Strategies for Teaching Orientation & Mobility to Students with Deafblindness

Tara Brown-Ogilvie

Tara Brown-Ogilvie

Presented by: Tara Brown-Ogilvie

Description: With the loss of sight and sound, tactile strategies become an essential part of Orientation & Mobility training for students who are deafblind. This presentation will explore tactile techniques for teaching Orientation & Mobility to best accommodate students with deafblindness as well as incorporate Touch Signals for interacting with and building rapport with students.

Touch Signals include specific forms of touch to convey visual, auditory, social, and environmental information that can be used to streamline Orientation  and Mobility instruction as well as enhance relationships. Various techniques will be discussed including an explanation on how Touch Signals vary from touch cues or sign language. Orientation and Mobility related vocabulary will be demonstrated, and additional resources provided.