COSB helps schools and agencies stay current on best practices through various professional training opportunities

5th Annual CVI Conference
Perspectives on CVI

July 11 – July 12

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Discuss current research and practices related to brain-based visual impairments. Engage in collaborative efforts to advance progress in the areas of medicine and research, assessment and best practice, as well as parent/family education and advocacy.

This workshop is appropriate for teachers, administrators, related service personnel and parents or caregivers.

Please join the Perkins mailing list to be notified when registration opens.

Free, Self-Paced VI Resources for General Ed Elementary Teachers 

Conducted by: Dr. Tina Herzberg, University of South Carolina Upstate, and Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, University of Arizona

This online training is for elementary teachers in grades 2-6 who have a stud

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ent with a visual impairment in their classrooms. The training will be open for 6 weeks followed a month later with a survey.  Teachers will be asked to:

  • Complete a short demographic survey
  • Take a pre-test
  • Complete 10 units, each 8-12 minutes on topics related to having a student with a visual impairment in the elementary classroom. Some of the topics include:
    • How Do You Use Your Vision?
    • Understanding the Numbers Behind a Student’s Visual Impairment and the Use of Functional Vision
    • What is Braille and How Do Students Read It?
    • Who’s on My Student’s Educational Team?
    • How Does the Student Use Technology in My Classroom?
  • Take a post-test
  • Complete 2 activities you select to demonstrate your own learning
  • Complete a follow-up survey 1 month after completing the post-test
  • Some teachers will be invited to take part in a short interview

Gift Cards: The first 30 teachers completing all activities (other than the interview) will receive a $20 gift card. Certification of Completion: Teachers who complete the follow-up survey will receive a certificate of completion, regardless of if they are one of the first 30 teachers who complete all activities.

Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum; 520-621-1223;; Dr. Tina Herzberg; 864-503-5572;


2019 Outreach Forum is just a few months away

This year’s forum for COSB outreach professionals will be held at the Washington State School for the Blind, April 30 – May 3. The proposed agenda isn’t final yet, but will include the following highlights:
  • B-3 Program in WashingtonLogo: Outline of Washington state with WSSB initials imbedded into image.
  • Microcredentials
  • Caseload/Workload Tools
  • COSB Topics
  • Chromebooks
  • Future Concerns for our Field

For more information on attendance or to exhibit, contact Pam Parker, Director of Outreach,WA State School for the Blind, State Vision Consultant, WA Sensory Disabilities Services; (360) 947-3304



July 15th-19th, 2019

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We’re excited to announce the 10th annual EPIQ conference,

EPIQ 2019 in Vancouver, Washington!

Computer Science Principles Workshop for Educators

Washington State School for the Blind — Vancouver, WA

Registration open now and closes July 13, 2019

Please visit to register.

Conference Registration Fees
Regular: $350 (Now until July 7th)
Late: $450 (After July 7th)
Limited Scholarships will be available by application starting now and closes March 15th:

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We’re excited to see you EPIQ 2019!