AB-947: Moving Forward with California's New ECC Law
Monday Nov. 9th from 3 PM to 5:30 PM PST
Description: This webinar will address the origin, purpose, provisions and legal implications of the new California Law, "Visually Impaired Pupils - Expanded Core Curriculum" (ECC). Jaye Shupin, O&M Specialist, will provide a brief introduction. Christian Knox, a well-respected private disability rights attorney specializing in educational services to visually impaired children, will address the impact that the law is expected to have on services provided to visually impaired students in California's school system and will provide recommendations for implementation and advocacy. Jeff Thom, Disability Rights Advocate, will summarize the plans for future legislative advocacy efforts to address the ECC in California. The target audience is TVIs, O&Ms, youth with visual impairments, parents of visually impaired children, special education administrators, and advocates for children with visual impairment.
- Participants will learn the purpose and basic provisions of California's ECC law
- Participants will understand the current and anticipated impact of the law on TVI and O&M services
- Participants will learn about their options for advocating for implementation of the law at the local and state level
Cris "Jaye" Shupin holds a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) from San Francisco State University, a Clinical Rehabilitation Services Credential in Orientation & Mobility from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She is an ACVREP-certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS). Jaye completed her O&M training at San Francisco State University in December of 1999, and since then she has worked as an O&M with both children and adults. Prior to becoming an O&M, Jaye was a social worker in the developmental disabilities service sector.
Christian Knox, JD, is an attorney in private practice. Ms. Knox received her Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law. She completed extensive undergraduate work in music therapy at Long Beach State University and holds a Baccalaureate degree in law. Ms. Knox has wide-ranging experience in working with children with special needs. Christian’s prior experience includes serving as a Special Education Hearing Officer; as a staff attorney with Sacramento Child Advocates, working on behalf of abused and neglected children; and as a Teen Court Judge with the Fourth Judicial District Court in Elko, Nevada. In 2001, Ms. Knox received the Woman Role Model of the Year Award from the Attorney General for the State of Nevada for her work with children in the foster care system.
Jeff Thom has been an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities for more than four decades. After graduating with a B.A. in political science from Willamette University, he received a law degree from Stanford University and passed the bar in 1978. He worked for a year for what is now the Disability Rights Legal Center before joining the nonpartisan California Office of Legislative Counsel. During his final decade with the Legislative Counsel, he worked as a Principal Deputy Legislative Counsel supervising the drafting of bills and legal opinions in the health and human services areas. He is immediate past president of the California Council of the Blind and has been active with the Council since 1976. He sits on boards for the American Council of the Blind and Sacramento Society of the Blind. Currently, Jeff is the current vice chair of the Sacramento Regional Transit Mobility Council and serves on the National Disability Advisory Council for Centene, a national health care plan corporation.
Cost: No Charge to Attend
CEUs: Optional 2.5 ACVREP CEUs will be available at no cost to current CAOMS Members and for $37 for non-CAOMS Members. Participants interested in CEUs for this webinar should complete the CAOMS ACVREP CEU Registration Form via this LINK: https://forms.gle/MFaCATv2XimhGyuQA
Lost in Space: An O&M Instructor's Guide to Teaching Spatial Skills
Wednesday November 18th, 2020
1 - 3 PM PST
Register by Monday 11/16 by emailing Sarah McIntyre at: SMcIntyre@lighthouse-sf.org
Details: Remote O&M instruction is a challenge. By now, most teachers have discovered that some content areas lend themselves better to distance instruction than other areas. One of the most useful topics that can be taught remotely is orientation, referring not to route learning but to overall spatial development. We learned as part of our university programs that cardinal directions and landmark selection are important, but why (and exactly how critical are they)? Why do some students excel at independent exploration while others struggle to follow a simple route? In this free 2-hour Zoom presentation, you'll learn about mental rotation NDIPE and frame of reference, which together form the foundation of strong spatial awareness; learn how to quickly assess your students’ relative strength and weakness in each area; and learn which O&M skills contribute to each area. We'll discuss teaching strategies and exercises that help develop individual skills and strengthen the overall foundation, discuss what kind of technological setups work well for remote spatial awareness lessons and why, and review the role that both simple and complex tactile graphics can play in the instruction process.
By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:
- Define mental rotation and allocentric frame of reference and explain how they function in the context of spatial awareness
- Name at least 3 skills that develop mental rotation ability
- Name at least 3 skills that develop an allocentric frame of reference
Presenter: Sarah McIntyre, Lighthouse-SF
Cost: No Charge to Attend
CEUs: Lighthouse-SF is partnering with the Northern Chapter of the California Association of Orientation and Mobility Specialists (N-CAOMS) in order to make Optional ACVREP CEUs available to participants. 2 ACVREP Credits will be provided at no charge for current CAOMS members, and at $30 for non-CAOMS members.