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Liz Wisecarver, MA, NOMC

Liz Wisecarver, MA, NOMC

Liz earned her master’s in Orientation and Mobility from Louisiana Tech University after attending the adult training program at the Louisiana Center for the Blind. She currently lives in Oxford, Miss. and teaches cane travel to public school students.

We invite you to register now for the Third Biennial Louisiana Teacher Training Conference on Blindness and Low Vision, which will be held Sep. 25-26 at the Louisiana Center for the Blind in Ruston.

This regionally-focused, professional development conference will center upon current trends, technology, concerns and ideas related to the education of blind youth and young adults. In addition, Bobby Simpson, Director of the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, will present a keynote address entitled “The State of Education for Youth Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Challenges and Triumphs.”

“We are happy to have him collaborate on the conference with us,” said Eric Guillory, Director of Youth Services at the Louisiana Center for the Blind. “We have engaged in partnerships in the past, and this is yet another collaboration between us and the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired.”

Both Humanware and HIMS will attend the conference to provide participants with an opportunity to have hands-on experience with their blindness products.

“One thing participants of our conference will gain is a positive philosophy about blindness,”Eric said. “There are many opportunities for blind mentoring and role modeling. Our attendees hear from professional blind adults talking about personal experiences and work in the field.”

Presentations and breakout sessions about the National Reading Media Assessment (NRMA) and the National Orientation and Mobility Assessment (NOMA) will provide educators with the tools they need to help determine the most appropriate services for their students.

During the working “un-conference” luncheon on Saturday, we invite you to take charge of the agenda and bring any questions to the group for discussion that have not yet been addressed.

“Keeping teachers, O&M specialists, para educators and other personnel serving the blind and visually impaired up-to-date with the best practices in the field is crucial,” Eric said. “Expectations are often low for our blind students, and we want to make sure our kids get the high-quality service they deserve.”

Register now! The $100 per-participant fee includes participation in all sessions and demonstrations, consultations with content experts; the banquet on Friday evening, a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

The National Certification in Unified English Braille (NCUEB) exam will be offered on Friday, Sep. 25 immediately preceding the conference. Registration for the NCUEB is separate from the conference registration.

We have secured a block of discounted hotel rooms at the Fairfield Inn (1707 Roberta Ave. in Ruston) at the discounted rate of $109 per night. Please make reservations by Sep. 7 with the hotel directly at (318) 251-9800 under the group name “PDRIB at LA TECH.”

The Louisiana Teacher Training Conference is sponsored by the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University, the Louisiana Center for the Blind and the National Organization of Professionals in Blindness Education.

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Liz Wisecarver, MA, NOMC

Liz Wisecarver, MA, NOMC

Liz earned her master’s in Orientation and Mobility from Louisiana Tech University after attending the adult training program at the Louisiana Center for the Blind. She currently lives in Oxford, Miss. and teaches cane travel to public school students.

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