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 around the training center. Each participant must have an iPhone and the free BlindSq Event app.
PDPs, CEs, ACVREP
Participants will learn:
- Apps to plan and travel routes.
- Apps for outdoor and indoor navigation.
- Basic Voiceover screen reader gestures with an iPhone.
- 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.
- Technology to develop curiosity, knowledge and mental maps about their community and/or surroundings and to pre-view new environments.
Blended Workshop Assignments
This is a blended workshop that includes an online pre-workshop assignment and a post-workshop assignment:
- Pre-workshop discussion question and online reading assignment. (Time: 1 hour)
- Post-workshop assignment: Design and share an age-appropriate O&M lesson that incorporates the use of technology for one of your students. (Time: 1 hour)
Participants MUST have an iPhone running the latest version (unless otherwise stated) (must be an iPhone, not an Android phone).
- Free BlindSq Event app (which will be available in the App Store a week prior to the conference)
- 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:
- 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)
- SAS Gloss (free annotation app – not available on the iPhone)
- iBooks (free)
- Book Creator app (optional $4.99 – may not use in class but great O&M tool!)
Please note: Additional apps may be recommended prior to the training.
Other Payment Option
To pay by Purchase Order or Check, or sign up with a group of 3 or more, contact Teresa Pagliuca at 617.972.7712 or Teresa.Pagliuca@Perkins.org.
Payment must be received and confirmed in order to secure your participation.
**Please Note: Confirmed participant refunds will not be given without a 48 hour notice of cancellation!
Questions, please contact: Teresa Pagliuca
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM