Students with low vision may benefit from accessing printed material through a variety of means and may use both print and braille effectively in their education. These students are referred to as Dual Media Learners and many have specific and unique educational needs that have not been adequately researched in the past. This workshop will focus on the needs of students with visual impairment who may benefit from both braille and print reading and writing.
The workshop will be divided into three parts:
Part 1 (November 10, 2020, 3:30pm - 5:30pm AEST)
The first part of the workshop will address available information on the educational situation of students who are dual media users. Information will be presented that provides a context for issues related to this topic.
Part 2 (November 12, 2020, 3:30pm - 6:30pm AEST)
This session will address Learning Media Assessment (LMA) for students with low vision and will include techniques and strategies for comparing media for students who are able to access both print and braille. Participants will have access to sample LMA reports and will discuss implications of assessment results.
Part 3 (November 19, 2020, 3:30pm - 5:30pm AEST)
The final session of this workshop will focus on instructional solutions and strategies for working with students who will access texts through both print and braille.
Cay Holbrook began her career as a teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI) during her undergraduate pre-service teacher training program at Florida State University. She continued to teach students in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida while she completed her masters and doctoral degrees also at Florida State University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the perceived role of the teacher of students with visual impairments and she has remained interested in questions regarding service delivery and educational supports and curriculum for this population. Cay's first faculty position was at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. After three years she moved to Little Rock to assume a faculty position at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) where she was program coordinator for the TVI program. She remained at UALR for eight years and, in 1998, moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to join the faculty at The University of British Columbia where she is now.
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