How Orientation and Mobility Increases Academic Performance

How Orientation and Mobility Increases Academic Performance

Do you have Orientation and Mobility Specialists who work for you, but you aren’t 100% sure what they do?

Orientation and Mobility Specialists teach people with visual impairments how to travel. But there is so much more. However, given the low incidence rate of students with visual impairments, these related service personnel are often the only ones that do what they do in any given district.

Today we are chatting about:

  1. What is Orientation and Mobility?

  2. How can Orientation and Mobility services increase academic performance?

  3. How can I support the Orientation and Mobility Specialists who work for me?

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What is BlindSquare and what makes it different from Google Maps?

“But, Kass. This app is $40!” you say. “What is BlindSquare and what makes it different from using Google Maps?”, you’ve asked.

I hear you. The BlindSquare app isn’t free. And yes, you do have a generic maps application on your smart phone. You very well can use that.

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How I use BlindSquare to help my students travel in unfamiliar places

How I use BlindSquare to help my students travel in unfamiliar places

New and Experienced O&M Specialists, if you want to  help your student get around their neighborhood or even a complex area with less help. Maybe they need a little bit of help to get from their house to their school, but mostly, if they are checking out a new area and want more information.

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Are you interested in being on the International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium Planning Committee?

Are you interested in being on the International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium Planning Committee?

The time has come, my friends! It's time to start planning the next International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium! 

Are you interested in making a real difference in the world? Do you want to help students with visual impairments from all over the world? We urge you to apply to join the International Orientation and Mobility Online Symposium's Planning Committee. 

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Updated information for Participants!


    As we have grown from a tiny idea in my head to a very formidable international conference, we have had a lot of systems to master. So, some things have changed.

    Some new information was solidified just today (seriously, like 4PM CST) that I just HAD to let you know about. Hopefully this information helps you make your decisions. Here are some updates as clear and concise as I can muster. 

1. PLATFORM
We will be using Adobe Connect for our presentations. It is an easy platform that you can simply download as you sign in to the room for the first time. (I suggest downloading it in advance so you can get in the live room on time). 

 You will have the option to see the presenter, the slides, the caption box, the chat box, and access the files right on your screen. You can maximize any of the aforementioned parts of the presentation at your own will. 


2. CAN I WATCH THE VIDEOS AFTERWARD?
You will be able to watch the replay videos until Sunday night at Midnight, EST. We will send you a link to a private website address (please do not give this website address out) where the replay video will be hosted. In order to sign in, you will need to email our representative with your full name, and the session you watched. 

Don't worry, the information will be on the website and replay email. 

2. GETTING IN TO THE LIVE CHAT ROOM
We can only have 100 people in our Adobe Connect room at any one time. If you want to attend a session live, we simply ask that you come in to the room early so you can have a spot. If the chat room is closed, you will be guided to a private webpage to watch the live stream. This may be a good option for those of you who are not planning on chatting in the chat box. 

3. REGISTRATION
We will be switching your customer account from Allied Independence to TSBVI's ESCWorks. Switching allows us to host the videos for longer than 24 hours, so yeah... totally worth it. 

You do not have to do a thing. I am personally going to transfer everything to protect your information. 

Your new account in ESCWorks will be available after Friday, January 12. Your password will be your email name (not including the domain). If your email address is abracadabra123@aol.com, then your password will be abracadabra123. If I have an issue, I will email you personally. 

As always, neither Allied Independence or TSBVI will ever give or sell your information to any other party. We honor your confidentiality.  

Thank you for your continued support of this wonderfully innovative and boundary-pushing event! We are changing so many "norms". I am so proud to know each and every one of you! 

Be on the lookout for more information as we get everything up and running for you. 

So much love,
        Kassy