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Gateways 2017

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Kentucky School For the Blind

1867 Frankfort Avenue

Louisville, KY 40206

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Welcome to registration for Gateways 2017. Gateways is a Professional Development for Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI), Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) and Service Providers Working with Students who are Blind and Visually Impaired

Tuesday, July 11: TECH TUESDAY - SESSIONS WITH APH, BRIAN GOEMMER & GERALD ABNER – INCLUDES A MAKE AND TAKE IT

Wednesday-Thursday, July 12-13: ROUTINES, ASSESSMENTS, CALENDARS & INTERACTIVE EVALUATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH COMPLEX NEEDS

  • Have you ever considered how a person with DeafBlindness, or MIVI, establishes the concepts that you and I (as sighted hearing people) learn incidentally, through our distance senses…. From observation? We will investigate how to initiate conversation and in-turn develop meaningful shared experiences. Strategies for developing and implementing routines and calendar systems as part of a holistic “communication system” will be shared so that participants can infuse the ideas discussed in meaningful programming for their students.

Chris Montgomery, Education Consultant with the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Deaf Blind Outreach Team, will be presenting a 2-day workshop for students with complex needs including Deaf-Blindness.

Learning Objectives:

Human Connectedness - Participants will gain understanding of the importance of Co-presence, mindfulness, and moments of joy, and learn strategies for incorporating them into their daily programming.

Participants will gain understanding of the importance of “significant emotional moments”, and how these relate to a persons sense of self, and sense of place (one’s life story).

Participants will gain an understanding of the tactile learner’s perspective – typical vs. sensorially impaired learners.

Language vs. Communication - Participants will gain an understanding of the student’s communication vs. the Adult’s formal language, and what this may mean from the Deafblind perspective/concept of the world – how does your student communicate? And, how do I introduce my formal language?

Routines for conceptualization: a framework for life - Participants will learn basics of the Interaction model and how this fits with the ideas of conversation as a routine, greeting rituals, “acknowledgement of the you”. We will discuss how to organize and design routines for the classroom, and discuss how routines fit within the framework of a holistic “Communication System”.

Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of the calendar system as tool for literacy, gainunderstanding of the concepts of “time frames”, and how to design and setup a calendar system for the home and classroom.

BIOGRAPHY

Chris Montgomery went to Austin in 1993 to play guitar and make his way as a professional musician. He began substitute teaching at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired to supplement his income. It didn't take long until he was hooked and applied for a full-time job as a teaching assistant. During his first three years, he worked in a self-contained DeafBlind classroom.

While working as a teaching assistant, he enrolled at Southwest Texas State University and obtained a Masters degree and teaching certificate in Special Education. In 1999 he became a certified teacher and taught in a self-contained deafblind classroom working with emerging language students. In 2001 he obtained my certification in Visual Impairment (TVI) and went on to teach DeafBlind and multiply impaired students whose focus was on transition to adult life. This program, called the “Exit Program”, is for students ages 18-22.

In 2006 he became a DeafBlind education specialist with the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach department, as a member of the Texas DeafBlind Project.

Get your tickets now! Please register by June 1. Registration is a little different this year. You can register online with a CC or mail us a check or PO. Your ticket options are 1-day (Tech Tues); 2 days (Chris Montgomery) or Full Conference. If you are a KSB employee, please use that ticket option.

After June 1, a $25 late fee will be added to the ticket price.

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