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SWOMA 2018

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2018 Southwest Orientation and Mobility Association (SWOMA)

Pre-conference and Conference
November 1-3, 2018
Austin, Texas
 
The 2018 Southwest Orientation and Mobility (SWOMA) Conference will feature both a Pre-Conference event and Conference event for one low price!  This year TSBVI and Region 13 ESC will serve as hosts for these events in Austin.  
 

Thursday, November 1st (Pre-Conference at TSBVI, James C. Durkel Conference Center)

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
 
Andrew Bernet
Session Title: Moving Towards Success Part 1: Ways that O&M’s can team up with APE teachers to develop Sensory Motor efficiency.
Session Description: O&M’s and APE teachers both teach sensory motor skills, but often approach the same skills from different perspectives. Attend this session to learn how to better collaborate with your students PE teacher and learn how to adapt PE lessons for your student. This session will focus on children in grades K-12. Wear comfortable clothes and come ready to be active!
 
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 
Andrew Bernet 
Session Title: Moving Towards Success Part 2: Exploring How O&M’s Can Help Their Adult Students Adapt Physical Activities and Live Healthier Lives.
Session Description: Come learn how you as an O&M can help your adult student increase their spatial awareness through participation in physical Activities. We will cover how to adapt various sports and what opportunities already exist for your student to participate in. Wear comfortable clothes and be ready to get active!
 

Friday, November 2nd (at Region 13 Education Service Center)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (General Session)
 
Scott Crawford
Session Title: O&M for Visually Impaired Wheelchair Users 
Session Description: This indoor session will look at strategies for propelling the chair with and without the long white cane, strategies to determine if the student is travelling at a safe speed, stopping the chair in an emergency, and navigating tight spaces like doorways or ramps.
 
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (General Session)
 
Scott Crawford
Session Title: Walkers, Crutches and Support Canes, Oh My?
Session Description: This session will cover strategies for adapting the use of support canes, walkers and crutches to facilitate the use of the long white cane. Options will be included for consumers that are not able to hold the cane. Modifications of techniques will be discussed that provide additional support for people that struggle navigating curbs and stairs.
 
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Breakout Sessions)
 
Jennifer Perry
Session Title: Using Drones with O & M
Session Description: Will show how drones can be used to view clients at multiple angles, as well as to record sessions for playback and review. 
 
Lynn Gautreaux
Session Title: The ABCs of AMDs
Session Description: This session will center on AMD work stations to give participants an opportunity to make an AMD. Construction techniques needed to make an AMD that is not warped and last longer than typical AMD construction will be demonstrated. Discussion will also include 1.) how to decide when and if the use of an AMD is appropriate; 2.) modifying AMDs to use roller mechanisms for rougher uneven terrain; and, 3.) looking at various types of cane modifications and when and how to use them.
 
Michael Goehring
Session Title: Tales from a Guide Dog Field Representative
Session Description: Home Interviews, Home Training, Post Class Visits, and After - Care Support. Anecdotes and experiences from the field. A decade of interviewing applicants, teaching students and supporting graduates and their guides. Lessons learned, knowledge shared. 
 
Jill Brown, Tracy Hallak, Gema Nelson, Debra Sewell, Olga Uriegas, Shay Utley, Stephanie Walker, Marjie Wood, Susan Phillips, Gwynne Reeves
Session Title: Texas 2 STEPS: Time to Dance
Session Description: You know it’s coming. Time to put what you know into action. This interactive session will allow you to understand how to use the evaluation tool to decide what activities would be best, guiding appropriate intervention and instruction. Use of short video clips will be used for the audience to view and score various sections of the evaluation tool. Through general discussion participants identify strategies needed within activities to foster safe and efficient movement.
 
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session
 
Lynn Gautreaux
Session Title: Quick and Easy Methods for Repairing and Modifying Canes
Session Description: Participants will learn how to repair canes without using chemicals or solvents. This process can be completed in any office area without the need for costly ventilation, chemicals or cleaning systems. The session will also discuss how to set-up a cane repair station that requires very little space. Techniques to be demonstrated include removing/replacing worn grips, restringing folding canes with and without grips, converting a folding cane to use slip-on tips, using an "arc extension" as a transition tool for students and/or clients unable to maintain appropriate frontal protection during travel and much more. 
 
Mary Shore and Marjie Wood
Session Title: Orienting to the TX O&M Law: Where are we? Where are we going? How do we get there? 
Session Description: It's been 5 years since the O&M law was passed in Texas. We've made strides, but not without obstacles. How can we, once again, band together to strengthen this field in Texas? If you want to be a part of the O&M history in our great state, come help us identify the ongoing issues that may be generating challenges statewide, regionally, and/or at the local level and begin the conversation for the continued advancement of O&M services in Texas!
 
Andrew Bernet
Session Title: How to Set Up Beacons Yourself for Use with Indoor Explorer
Session Description: APH has included the capability for anyone to set up beacons with their Indoor Explorer App this past year. Come learn about beacon technology and how you can incorporate it on lessons with your students. This will be helpful for O&M’s who work with transition-aged students and adults.
 
Rona Pogrund and Shannon Darst 
Session Title: Practice Session Using the O&M VISSIT to Determine O&M Service Intensity
Session Description: The O&M VISSIT: Orientation & Mobility Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity is a tool developed to help COMS determine the appropriate type and amount of service for a student with a visual impairment based on needs identified in the evaluation. Attendees will have hands-on experience in completing an O&M VISSIT on a case-study student.
 
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (optional sessions)
 
Blindfold Travel Practice 
Session Description: Participants will have the opportunity to get required hours of practice under blindfold under the supervision of SWOMA volunteers.
 
Victor Trek Treasure Hunt, by HumanWare
Session Description: Hands on experiences for participants using Victor Trek, lead by a representative from HumanWare. 
 
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (optional event)
SWOMA Social at Crowne Plaza Hotel
 
Join your colleagues for a networking social at the hotel. 
 

Saturday, November 3rd  (at Region 13 Education Service Center)

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Breakout Session
 
Tanni Anthony
Session Title: Young Children with Visual Impairment and Additional Disabilities: Moving with Meaning (Part 1)
Session Description: The three leading causes of pediatric visual impairment have a high comorbid incidence of additional disabilities. Very young children, ages birth through five, with visual impairment may have health, physical, cognitive, and hearing challenges in addition to a wide range of functional vision abilities and needs. Information will be shared about the use of assessment data to build a better understanding of the environmental and instructional support needs to enhance orientation and mobility concepts and skills.  The use of routines will be details as an infrastructure for intervention and instruction for meaningful movement opportunities and activities.
 
Pat Pound
Session Title: Transportation Options for Travelers who are Blind and Visually Impaired, Making the best Use of Your Options
Session Description: How we travel is dynamically changing, bringing with it opportunities and challenges for people who are blind and visually impaired.  Learn how to optimize the effective use of the opportunities and avoid some of the challenges. 
 
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakout Session
 
Tanni Anthony
Session Title: Young Children with Visual Impairment and Additional Disabilities: Moving with Meaning (Part 2)
Session Description: The three leading causes of pediatric visual impairment have a high comorbid incidence of additional disabilities. Very young children, ages birth through five, with visual impairment may have health, physical, cognitive, and hearing challenges in addition to a wide range of functional vision abilities and needs. Information will be shared about the use of assessment data to build a better understanding of the environmental and instructional support needs to enhance orientation and mobility concepts and skills.  The use of routines will be details as an infrastructure for intervention and instruction for meaningful movement opportunities and activities.
 
Pat Pound
Session Title: Savvy air travelers with disabilities, what are the secrets? 
Session Description: Air Travel is increasingly common and challenging.  Learn what the best travelers who are blind or visually impaired do to increase the success and comfort of their trips.  Also learn what families can do to prepare their students to be savvy travelers.
 
12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Working Lunch (General Session)
 
Garrett Aguilard, Lisa Calaci, and Scott Meyer
Session Title: Panel on Contracting as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist in Texas
Session Description: Join our panelist in a discussion about the benefits and challenges of contracting as an orientation and mobility specialist with various agencies and organizations in Texas.
 
 
 

Event Date: 

Nov 02, 2018 to Nov 03, 2018