Two day workshop in Vermont — Thursday, August 23 & Friday, August 24, 2018 — at Vermont Association For The Blind And Visually Impaired, 130 Austine Drive, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301.
Join a successful tech-savvy blind traveler and a veteran COMS for a 2-day, in-depth training as they share how to use technology to enable independent travel in a variety of specific real-world contexts. For example, finding bus stops, planning a route, building mental models, pedestrian travel in campus environments, etc.
You will learn strategies for nurturing curiosity and confidence in young travelers as well as how to use cutting edge technology with students/clients of all ages.
Technology topics will include an introduction to VoiceOver, accessible maps, GPS apps, functional daily living skill apps, activities to create digital O&M cheat sheets and an exciting new technology that incorporates iBeacons to provide O&M information and accurate positioning for indoor navigation.
This session will include hands-on time to using the iBeacons that will be deployed on the GMS campus. Each participant must have an iPhone.
PDPs, CEs, ACVREP, CTLEs
This workshop is being supported by a generous grant from Reader's Digest.
Participants will learn:
- Basic Voiceover screen reader gestures with an iPhone.
- Technology to develop curiosity, knowledge and mental maps about their community and/or surroundings and to pre-view new environments.
- Apps to plan and travel routes.
- Apps for outdoor and indoor navigation.
- Core suite of apps that are commonly used for O&M purposes.
- How to teach these apps and strategies to O&M students and clients.
Participants MUST have an iPhone running the latest version (must be an iPhone, not an Android phone).
- Blindsquare Event app (free).
- BlindSquare app (participants will receive a free code for the BlindSquare App).
- Participants will have the opportunity to observe and/or participate in hands-on activities with some apps that are only available on the iPad; if you have access to an iPad, please bring it. An iPad is not required.
- Some participants may prefer to use earbuds with the navigational apps as the environment may be noisy. Earbuds are not required. We do recommend non-occluding (bone conducting) ear buds such as AfterShokz or AirDrives for safety reasons when listening and walking. These earbuds allow users to hear the environmental sounds — such as traffic — as well as VoiceOver announcements.
Recommended iPhone apps:
- BlindSquare app (free code to workshop participants)
- BlindSq Event app (available for free the week before the workshop)
- NC NatSci app (free interactive, accessible museum map)
- LookTel Money Reader (optional)
- Tap, Tap, See (optional)
Recommended iPad apps: (iPad is recommended but not required)
- iBooks (free)
- Book Creator app (optional $4.99 – may not use in class but great O&M tool!)
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Contact PerkinsTrainingCenter@perkins.org or call 617.972.7712 for more information.
Payment must be received and confirmed in order to secure your participation.
Cancellations within 2 weeks of workshop will receive 50% fee refund.
Cancellations within 48 hours of workshop will not be given a refund.