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Subject: Free Workshop-Tools for the Assessment and Development of Visual Skills (birth to age 5) for Students with Multiple Disabilities

Source: Missouri School for the Blind, Outreach Services

Intended Audience: Early Interventionists, Teachers Certificated in the Education of Students who are Visually Impaired, Educators including Supervisors of Instruction Serving Students with Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities including Deafblind

Date: September 19, 2011

MSB Outreach Services will host a free, one-day workshop on Tools for the Assessment and Development of Visual Skills (developmental ages of birth to 5 years) through a National Instructional Partnership with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Missouri School for the Blind (MSB), St. Louis, Missouri.

This workshop will focus on using two APH products ToAD and TADPOLE kits that have a dual function as assessment materials and as tools for the development of visual skills.  TADPOLE and ToAD include fun, yet simple activities for students who are multiply disabled, activities for the development of visual skills, a set of standardized tools that can be used as aids in performing other well known assessment instruments and the Visual Modality for the Sensory Learning Kit.

The use of Individualized Systematic Assessment of Visual Efficiency, (ISAVE) as an assessment instrument will also be covered.  Combined, these products (ISAVE, TADPOLE, and ToAD) are a collection of suggested protocols, teaching strategies and activities, and materials for use with developmentally young learners or those who have communication and/or cognitive delays. 

Registration information is available at http://msb.dese.mo.gov/prof_dev.htm.  For questions, contact:  Yvonne Ali, Outreach Services Division, MSB, Yvonne.Ali@msb.dese.mo.gov.