Visual Impairments (VI)

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Educators for students who are Blind/Visually Impaired in Minnesota

Mission:  The mission of the Minnesota Resource Center: Blind/Visually Impaired Low Vision Community of Practice is to support the educational rights of students with low vision.This includes the right of the student to:
  • have optimal access to the normal visual environment,
  • have visual capabilities evaluated comprehensively and accurately through clinical low vision evaluations, and
  • receive services from competent and qualified professionals.
Belief:  The Minnesota Resource Center: Blind/Visually Impaired Low Vision Community of Practice believes that
  • All students with low vision have a right to participate in a clinical low vision evaluation without cost inhibitors or geographical barriers.
  • Clinical low vision evaluation is a necessary component of a student’s medical care and it does not replace existing medical services.
  • Low vision services are a critical component of effective educational services to students with low vision.
  • Students with low vision have individual needs, which may be met through a range of services, tools, and solutions.

Accessible assessments:

Transition

Early Intervention

Orientation & Mobility

Links:

State & Regional Contacts

Kristin Oien

Blind / Visually Impaired Specialist
Minnesota Department of  Education
1500 Hwy, 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 582-8843 / fax (651) 582-8729

Region 10 Vision Network Members:

Mary Kautto  - Austin

Dag RisengGCED

Gwen HowardSMEC

Sandy GorhamHVED South Cluster

Terri Kersting – HVED North Cluster

Connie TelschowMSAB

 Jeannie Worden - MSAB

 Mary Ann Honeycutt - Owatonna

Rita Sanderson Rochester

Karl-Peter HammerZED

Below is a listing of the new numbers for the braille section. The main switchboard can be reached at
Toll-free: 800-652-9000
Ph: (651) 539-2300

Manager: Donna Marhoun: 651-539-2307

Braille Techs: General line: 651-539-2315

Eileen Baker: 651-539-2303

Yvette Hennies: 651-539-2306

Sharon Obrestad: 651-539-2308

Braille Library

Librarian, Vicky Roberts: 651-539-2310

Library Assistant, Pat Barrett: 651-539-2304

Transcribers

Penny Carpenter: 651-539-2305

Valerie Snider-Wojack: 651-539-2314

Gail Stefanick: 651-539-2313

Proofreaders

Allison O’Day: 651-539-2309

Judy Sanders: 651-539-2311

Bookbinder

Jim Sarbacker: 651-539-2312

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Region 10 Events
  • Events on August 13, 2014
    • RLIF

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, August 15, 2014

  • Events on August 15, 2014
    • Directors Mtg

      Starts: 8:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 pm, August 15, 2014

      Location: ZED

  • Events on August 18, 2014
    • MN BVI Mentoring Workshop

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:20 pm, August 18, 2014

      Location: Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota 36, Roseville, MN, United States

      Description: Mentors & Proteges

  • Events on August 19, 2014
    • Chairs/Co-Chairs - Planning

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 2:00 pm, August 19, 2014

      Location: People's Food Cooperative, 1st Avenue Southwest, Rochester, MN, United States

      Description: To network chairs:
      Some dates were changed due to conflicts with LILF Meetings, presenter availability, etc. There will be a simplified registration process for the year so that members can ask for all the dates at once for network members. We are still connecting with some presenters to see what the costs will be and if they are available.

      Registration process:
      https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cL5rKFV2nsSH4492nOMHW7VpTsdD8PG-bT0URtPMprY/viewform?usp=send_form

      All Network members will be invited to all network meetings in August.

      Additional dates may have been added due to needs to accomplish some regional business as well.

      Regional business includes exploring Best Practices for each network (top 5) building capacity regarding UDL, Science of Implementation, and Results Based accountability, etc. Activities for this may include, viewing webinars and holding discussions, conversations on "how does this apply to my work", etc...

      Due to funding limitations this year we will be doing more ongoing trainings within the networks, conversations on behavior and mental health with your suggested presenters. This should in turn assist in developing relationships with those who are leaders in the field outside of education.

      There will be a Chair/cochair meeting on 8-19-14. Stipend of $125 for the day.

      Agenda Items
      9 am - meet and greet
      9:30 - What new for the Projects (terms, definitions, what it means to you)
      10-30 - Trainings/dates/times
      11 - Standard agenda items
      11:30 - lunch
      12:00 - topics of interest for you...What are you thinking about in regards to your area of expertise, non expertise, hearing from your colleagues as needs, want to know more about, don't know what you don't know????
      https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12D2UXhDan_tO_6nKLExBw8KyRpiYILm2dXruQ6ZQta8/viewform?usp=send_form
      End: What do you want from me...Next steps?


      Stipend of $125 for the day.

  • Events on August 20, 2014
    • Interventions: Evidence-Based Behavioral Strategies for Individual Students

      Starts: 8:30 am

      Ends: 3:45 pm, August 20, 2014

      Location: Rochester International Event Center, Airport View Drive Southwest, Rochester, MN, United States

      Description: The Interventions training for Region 10 will help improve the behavior management and intervention skills of the teachers and paraprofessionals by looking at research-support behavioral interventions and strategies. The goal is to ensure that behavior interventions are designed and implemented in the most time, personnel, and cost effective manner possible, while still meeting student’s needs. Mike Booher, from Safe & Civil Schools, will be the trainer/consultant. The materials and resources for this training are based on one book:
      • Interventions: Evidence-Based Behavioral Interventions for the Individual Student by Randy Sprick and Mickey Garrison (2008)

      The training will look at what we know about changing student behavior, especially those students who continue to display inappropriate behavior despite teachers' classroom management plans. The training will focus on how to help teachers and paras work collaboratively to implement six early-stage interventions from the Interventions book that research has shown to be highly effective in promoting positive behavior change. These six early-stage interventions are easy and quick for a teacher to implement with the support of a para-professional.

      Agenda

      1. Providing an overview of behavior interventions and the essential ingredients to intervening successfully:
      Understanding the history of behavior interventions and why schools and teachers have struggled
      What the research says are the five key variables to manipulate
      Key elements in effective interventions
      Understanding how student motivation impacts an intervention plan

      2. Learn specific behavior interventions:
      Coverage of the 6 evidence-based early-stage interventions from Interventions:
      Planned Discussion
      Academic Assistance
      Goal Setting
      Data Collection and Debriefing
      Increasing Positive Interactions
      STOIC Analysis and Interventions

      3. Provide a quick overview of Managing the Cycle of Emotional Escalation which is a highly structured interventions from the book.

  • Events on August 21, 2014
  • Events on August 22, 2014
  • Events on September 5, 2014
    • State Directors

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, September 6, 2014

  • Events on September 10, 2014
    • RLIF

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, September 12, 2014

  • Events on September 15, 2014
    • ASD Network Mtg

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:00 pm, September 15, 2014

      Location: People's Food Co-Op, 6th Street Northwest, Rochester, MN, United States

      Description: Elizabeth Reeves