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Envision Access Conference

Join us for the
Envision Access Conference:
Supporting Students with Disabilities in the Tri-State
March 24, 2017
Ohio University Southern
1804 Liberty Avenue
Ironton, Ohio
 
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Conference Goals          Who Should Attend          Vendors

 

 

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
J. Webster Smith (J.W.), PhDDr. J.W. Smith was born blind on March 9, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois. 
Dr. Smith attended the public schools in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas and graduated from Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Indiana in 1976. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Speech Communication from Indiana University in 1982, his Master of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Purdue University in 1985, and his PhD from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1989.
 
Dr. Smith feels that as a blind African American it is essential that we expand the term ‘diversity’ and incorporate every effort necessary to create an environment that encourages openness and understanding. Dr. Smith often refers to non-disabled individuals as TABs, temporarily able-bodied individuals. He firmly believes that our differences can be our strengths and that many people live more for affirmation than bread and that we are each responsible to all for all.
 
Keynote address for the conference will be Live Captioned. To access the live caption feed online using your mobile device please use the following link:
http://west.caption-viewer.com/anpmppmg
Live Captioning provided by Premier Visual Voice.
 
REGISTER NOW!
Cost:
$40 – Professional
$15 - Student
 
Register today! You may register and make your payment online,  or register now to receive an invoice for payment or pay at the event.

Ohio University is committed to providing  programs  and services  that are accessible to all participating individuals.  If you would like to request and accommodation for this event please contact Robert Pleasant at pleasanr@ohio.edu or Teresa McKenzie at mckenzt1@ohio.edu.
 
Pay Online              Register          Vendor Registration

For more information:
 

Robert F. Pleasant, Jr.
Co-Director of Resource Commons & Coordinator of College Credit Plus
Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion
pleasanr@ohio.edu
740.533.4581
Ohio University Southern

 

Teresa McKenzie, M.S. Ed
Accessibility Coordinator
mckenzt1@ohio.edu
740.533.4596
Ohio University Southern

 

CEUs
The Envision Access Conference is pleased to announce that the conference attendees are eligible to receive up to 0.5 CEUs with an additional fee of $15.00 to be paid at the door.

How do I get the Credit?
Register to attend the conference
Sign-in at each session-See Moderator
Forms will be verified and CEU's will be confirmed following the conference. CEU certificates will be mailed to attendees.
 
Friday, March 24, 2017
Schedule of Events
 
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.           Registration and Check-In – Bowman Auditorium, Collins
 
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.           Welcome – Bowman Auditorium, Collins
 
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.         Concurrent Sessions 1
 
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.       Break
 
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.       Concurrent Sessions 2
 
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.         Lunch and Keynote Speaker - Riffe Rotunda, Riffe Center

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.           Concurrent Sessions 3

Concurrent Sessions
 
Concurrent Sessions 1 (9:15 am – 10:15 am)
 
1A:  Promoting Transition to Postsecondary Education: Creating Opportunities For participants. – Collins Center Classroom A
Carey Busch, Assistant Dean for Student Accessibility, Ohio University
 
Too often students with disabilities transitioning to postsecondary education get caught in the gap of two systems: secondary education governed largely by IDEA and higher education where the ADA and Section 504 are key. This program will review evidence-based predictors for the successful transition from high school to postsecondary and propose ways in which institutions of higher education can build bridges with our secondary partners to promote student transition within the bounds of our professional expectations. Through an exposition of an innovative program designed to increase postsecondary options and participation among high school students with disabilities, this presentation will create an understanding of how secondary and postsecondary personnel can partner with multiple stakeholders in order to achieve increased participation and inclusion in higher education.
 
1B: Transition Services through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) –
Collins Center Classroom D
Mike Kinney, Rehabilitation Program Specialist for Transition and Postsecondary Services, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Denise Cantrell, OTSP Counselor for Ironton Area
 
OOD provides vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to youth with disabilities through a variety of programs and services.  One of the main ways it provides VR services to transition youth in the Ironton area is through the Ohio Transition Support Program (OTSP).  Denise Cantrell, the OTSP counselor for the Ironton area, will discuss how youth become eligible for OOD services and what services are typically provided.  Mike Kinney, the agency’s College Resources Coordinator, will present how OOD provides support for persons who wish to pursue college training as a means of preparing for their vocational goal.  

 

Concurrent Sessions 2 (10:45 am – 11:45 am)
2A:  WHERE I’M GOING, WHERE I’M FROM – Collins Center Classroom A
Sarah Diamond Burroway, Ohio University
 
They say, “Don’t look back; it’s not where you’re going.” But, knowing where we come from helps us navigate our goals as we move through life. In this interactive session, participants will be guided through a hands-on workshop based on the poem, ‘Where I’m From,’ by George Ella Lyon, a Harlan native and Kentucky’s Poet Laureate. Through discussion and facilitated writing, participants will explore how being from Appalachia influences how we see ourselves and how we see others.
 
2B:  Same Path, Different Shoes: The Educational Journey for Students with Autism – Collins Center Classroom D
Joy Shytle, Faculty, Ohio University
 
Inclusion can mean many different things to different people.  Your role in a person’s life determines your perception.  For students with Autism, perception can be different but different is not wrong.  This presentation is designed to help academic personnel in the secondary and post-secondary environment to understand the diversity of the student with autism in classrooms and offices.  We will explore the diagnosis, their experience, and offer effective techniques for helping these students succeed.  The presentation would benefit university faculty and staff, guidance counselors, teachers, and all personnel interacting with students with Autism.
 
Lunch and Keynote Address (11:45 am – 1:00 pm) Riffe Rotunda
 
Keynote Speaker
 
J. Webster Smith (J.W.), PhD
 
J. Webster Smith (J.W.), PhD was born blind on March 9, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the second of five children and his family yet resides in the Chicago area. His hobbies include reading, watching sports, singing and playing the piano/keyboards. Dr. Smith and his wife, Regina, have two daughters, Ebony and Joshelyn.
 
            Dr. Smith attended the public schools in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas and graduated from Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Indiana in 1976. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Speech Communication from Indiana University in 1982, his Master of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Purdue University in 1985, and his PhD from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1989.
 
            J.W. has worked as a music therapist and as a radio announcer, however since 1983, Dr. Smith has taught a variety of courses at the university level. Presently, Dr. Smith is a professor of Speech Communication in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Before this tenure, Dr. Smith served as professor of Speech Communication at Indiana University, South Bend.
 
            Dr. Smith feels that as a blind African American it is essential that we expand the term ‘diversity’ and incorporate every effort necessary to create an environment that encourages openness and understanding. Dr. Smith often refers to non-disabled individuals as TABs, temporarily able-bodied individuals. He firmly believes that our differences can be our strengths and that many people live more for affirmation than bread and that we are each responsible to all for all.
 
            Dr. Smith is a member of the National Communication Association, Central States Communication Association, National Federation of the Blind, National Federation of the Blind of Ohio, and the National Association of Blind Educators. In addition, Dr. Smith has served as a member of the Ohio State Library Consumer Advisory Committee and has served on the State Consumer Advisory Committee of the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission. Dr. Smith has also served on the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities.  Dr. Smith served as President of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio from 2008-2012.
 
Concurrent Sessions 3 (1:15 pm – 2:15 pm)
3A: The IEP and Secondary Transition – Collins Center Classroom A

Bridget Stephens, M.Ed., Lecturer, Special Education, Patton College of Education, Ohio University
 
Suggestions and resources for completing the secondary transition section of the IEP will be provided. Important goals and activities are necessary in the secondary transition portion of the IEP. This transition information drives the IEP, and can make it possible for students to have greater quality of life in post high school environments.
 
3B: Assistive Technology and Higher Education - Collins Center Classroom D

Chris Linscott, Accessibility Coordinator, Ohio University
 
Assistive technology can create more equal access for a range of impacts for students with disabilities. This presentation will discuss a range of Assistive Technologies, while also addressing how these technologies may assist student with disabilities. Current technologies used at Ohio University will be discussed, while also introducing some of the technologies more widely available to all students. Free trial software recommendations, as well as technologies designed to assist students with particular disabilities, will be presented.
 
Ohio University Diversity Council
 
                             Accessible OHIO
 
 
 

 
Conference Expectations & Goals
  • Create a networking event that helps to foster working relationships between guidance counselors, interventions specialists, and higher education accessibility/disability services administrators
  • Accessing and embracing the use of technology.
  • Learn best practice related to students with disabilities.
  • Develop community connections to increase educational attainment for students with disabilities.


 

Who Should Attend
 
Guidance counselors
Intervention specialists
Enrollment services
Parents of students with disabilities
Educators
Administrators
Higher Education Professionals
Human Resource Professionals
Community Leaders
Health Care & Social Services Professionals
Non-Profit Executives
Hospitality
Business Owners
Students (Secondary & Post-Secondary)
Government
 
Vendors

 

Vendor registration for the 2017 Envision Access Conference.
 

Deaf Services Center

Representative: Traci Bulen

Contact Information: tracibulen@gmail.com

Phone: 614-841-1991

Website: www.dsc.org

Established in 1991, Deaf Services Center (DSC) is the only non-profit comprehensive services center of its kind in central Ohio.   With a mission “To empower the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and to promote access to communication, services and events in the community,” DSC serves interpreting and speech-to-text needs in Northwest, Central and Southeastern Ohio.  Additionally, our Community Resource Department programs include Deaf Leadership, Deaf Kids Teen Club, Deaf Equipment Modification Program and the Regional Infant Hearing Program.   We would be honored to serve your needs.  For more information visit our website at dsc.org or contact us directly at 614-841-1991.

 

Kurzweil

Representative: Christine Doody

Contact Information: Christine.doody@kurzweiledu.com

Phone: 248-467-4263

Website: www.kurzweiledu.com

At Kurzweil Education, we believe every learner deserves the opportunity to unlock their potential.  Our literacy technology offers multisensory approaches to reading, comprehension, study skills, writing, and test-taking so everyone can become independent, confident learners who can achieve rigorous academic goals.

 

Ohio University Southern

Representative: Oreatha Murray

Contact Information: murrayo@ohio.edu

Phone: 740-533-4600

Website: www.ohio.edu/southern

 

Premier Visual Voice

Representative: Margaret Downs and Hugh Downs

Contact Information: margaretdowns@sbcglobal.net / duke_rpg@yahoo.com

Phone: 216- 246-9477

Website: www.premiervisualvoice.com

Premier Visual Voice specializes in CART and captioning services. Located in Ohio, we provide accurate translation of the spoken word and offer excellent customer service to all of our clients. Diligence, knowledge, and hard work are just a few of the assets that aid in our excellent services.

Margaret Downs, a legally blind real-time captioner, began Premier Visual Voice in May of 2012 and has been providing speech-to-text services since 2011. Being legally blind from a very young age, Margaret has first-hand experience and understanding of how crucial communication access is for everyone.

 

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