Overbrook’s Todd Reeves Presents Informative Webinar on CI

Head shot of Todd ReevesEligibility criteria for students with Convergence Insufficiency to receive special education services has become a complicated issue in the last several years. A record 128 professionals from COSB schools and agencies attended a one-hour webinar on April 24th hosted by Todd Reeves from Overbrook School for the Blind in PA. Click here to access the recording!

Amazing job Todd! Thanks for providing fantastic insights for educators and administrators on the legal precedents that frame the issue and for outlining case studies on how different schools have navigated these legal waters to provide appropriate services.

Be sure to join us next quarter! Not a member? Go to our Membership page and see what COSB has to offer!

 

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COSB Congratulates Emily Coleman as New Superintendent of TSBVI

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) in Austin, Texas, has selected Emily Coleman as the incoming Superintendent to succeed Superintendent William Daugherty who will be retiring in August after 12 years of leading the school. Ms. Coleman is currently serving as TSBVI’s Director of Statewide Outreach, and will become the first woman to lead the school in its 163-year history.

Emily’s background includes itinerant work as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Statewide Leadership with TSBVI and the WA State School for the Blind, National Leadership as President of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), and family leadership through her work with FamilyConnect.

Ms. Coleman is a parent of a child who is blind with multiple disabilities. Superintendent William Daugherty and the TSBVI Board of Trustees are excited and proud to have an individual of such high quality to lead the school moving forward, and know that Ms. Coleman will build upon the school’s outstanding mission and its national and international reputation as one of the flagship organizations of its type in the nation.

COSB School Students Shine at ACB’s BADIE Awards

Students from West Virginia School for the Blind, North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind and South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired swept The American Council of the Blind’s (ACB) 2019 BADIE Awards (the Benefits of Audio Description In Education) in the four competition categories.

The BADIE program asks young people who are blind or have low vision to submit short reviews of any described movie. The premise is simple: kids love movies.  If a young person can’t see or can’t see well, audio description provides access to all the visual images of the movies that their sighted peers enjoy.  Description benefits children who are blind and others who have learning disabilities and it has been shown to boost literacy for all children.

Congratulations to all the outstanding students who participated!

To read the full announcement and list of winners: http://acb.org/2019-BADIE-winners