The ABC’s of Blindness, Low Vision and Braille
Annual Teacher’s Workshop
October 7 & 8, 2015
T.K. Martin Center on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS

Sponsored by:  The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision located at Mississippi State University

$85.00 for Early Registration by October 1
$100 at the door (CEU’s offered for an additional fee)

If you or one of your colleagues is new at working with a child with a vision impairment or blindness, this workshop might just be for you.  We will be discussing curriculum options, basics of teaching a child who is blind, braille and related topics.  Dont let the braille scare you, if your student has low vision, this might still be a good workshop for you.

"Old timers" and vision teachers are also welcome!  There have been recent changes in the Braille code and we will be sharing resources and what the state of Mississippi will be doing to help teachers with this transition.  See this flyer and registration form for details and contact Angela Shelton, or 662-325-2001 if you have questions.  CEUs will be available.


Usher Syndrome Awareness Day - Own the Equinox

Saturday, September 19 - (claiming the third Saturday in September each year.)

click Own_the_Equinox_for_Usher_Awareness for flyer information or

for more information, call +1-978-637-2625 or email Mark Dunning at


 Open Hands Open Access:  Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules


The  Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Intervener Learning Modules are a free national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who are deaf-blind and are being served in educational settings (ages 3 through 21). 


HOW CAN YOU TAKE THE MODULES?                                     

1) Take them through the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) for FREE.  Go to the website at  to register and complete the online form. Once you are given a sign-in credential, you can move through the modules at your own pace in an unhosted environment


2) Join in with Mississippians to take them! Contact us to find out when the next Cohort starts or to tailor your educational team training!

 This option will provide you with: 

· Applying your learning to your student/child

· Additional expertise through collaborative learning

· Shared ideas, resources, and extended support

· Increased teaming = greater student/child success

· Regular feedback on your assignments

· Monthly face to face time with your host



September 16-17, 2015
Hattiesburg, MS
HOSTED/SPONSORED BY DuBard School for Language Disorders
SPONSORED BY Mississippi Department of Education, Hattiesburg Clinic Connections,
Pine Grove, International Association, Method Task Force

click here for more information

 East MS Center for Educational Development (EMCED) Discipline Conference -
a forum where educators can gather information on various approaches and philosophies. 

October 15-16, 2015
MSU Riley Center
Meridian, MS

click here for more information and registration

 Excellence in Epilepsy Education Symposium

November 7, 2015
Hilton Jackson
would love to have as many Mississippi non-profits as possible there.
All vendors are welcomed to attend break out sessions during the symposium. 
contact Tres Townsend at ttownsend or at 601.936.5222, ext. 301 for more information.


GITWL (Getting in Touch with Literacy) Conference!

November 18-21, 2015
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa; Albuquerque, New Mexico
click here for more information and registration