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The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) and the Iowa City Community School District present a resource fair for students K-12, parents, teachers, and service providers featuring exhibitors, informative sessions, and family activities. The fair offers information about services and resources available to assist low vision and blind students navigate their school careers and prepare for post-secondary education and/or employment.
- Information sessions:
- Session 1 — 10:00-11:00 am
“Introduction to IDB Services – Vocational Rehabilitation, the Orientation Center, the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Library’s Instructional Materials Center, and the Aids & Devices Store” – Learn what services are offered by the Iowa Department for the Blind and how they can help low vision and blind transition-age students during their school years.
“Converting Text to Audio — How to Scan Books” with Enrique Mejia, Rehabilitation Technology Specialist
Blind and low vision students starting college may suddenly realize they no longer have a TVI to take care of ordering their accessible study materials for them. The responsibility of being prepared for classes falls primarily on students themselves. They need to have the skills to find and get access to information. One important skill is the ability to scan materials. This session will cover just a few of the tools, inexpensive and sometimes free, that are available to students.
- 11:00 am – Exhibits open until 3:00 pm
- Session 2 — 11:10 am – 12:00 pm
“Early Intervention in Low Vision and Blind Students Lives” with Julie Aufdenkamp, Transition Specialist
This session will address the crucial question of: “What should the expectations be for children who are blind or low vision?”
- 12:00-1:15 pm Lunch (you may bring your own or find options nearby in the area), exhibits remain open
- Session 3 — 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Vocational Rehabilitation – “Today’s Learners Become Tomorrow’s Earners” with Julie Aufdenkamp, Transition Specialist
“Vocational Rehabilitation from the Iowa Department for the Blind doesn’t start until my child/student graduates from high school… right?” Wrong! Session participants will learn what VR is and why early connections are important.
- Session 4 — 2:15- 3:00 pm
The Orientation Center – “Nonvisual Skills and Independence” with Nami Wallace, Orientation Center Instructor
An in-depth look at the Orientation Center, it’s philosophy of learning, what classes are offered, the use of learning shades, and how attending the Center fits into a student’s overall development.
- Session 1 — 10:00-11:00 am
- Exhibitors and resource tables focusing on transition services, tech vendors, advocacy groups
Where: The Commons and Room 118, The Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville, IA Link to Google maps and directions
Free and open to the public, students of all ages welcome