Project INSPIRE is a 5 year training grant to support braille literacy for professionals and students to build their skills and knowledge in the braille codes for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses.
Through this grant, you can take two free courses:
Take advantage of this opportunity to further develop your professional toolkit.
It’s the priority of APH to give access to the information you need to keep learning and working during this time of social distancing and quarantine. As part of #AtHomeWithAPH we’ll be releasing webinars covering some of our favorite classroom and workplace tools so you can get the most out of your tech. We’re working with our partners to answer all your questions. Join us!
STEM Education and Employment Storywork Conversations Among Young Adults with Visual Impairments and Blindness: A Focus Group Project
Looking to recruit participants who meet the following inclusion criteria:
(a) be between the ages of 13-23 years old
(b) live within the United States
(c) have a visual impairment
(d) has had an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in middle or high school
(e) participated in a STEM program for students with visual impairments within the last five years (October 2015 – October 2020)
(f) participated in a STEM program for students with visual impairments for at least two days or 16 clock hours
(g) are willing to participate in approximately 10 hours of focus group meetings across 6-8 weeks
Each participant will receive a $75.00 gift card as a token of our appreciation for their time and effort to take part in this project.
If you would like additional information about the project or might be interested in participating, please use the following survey link:
Free course on beginning braille
Beginning Braille isa 6 part webinar series for parents, caregivers, and paraprofessionals. Participants will learn alphabetic braille, numbers, basic punctuation, alphabetic word signs, and some of the most common short form words and initial letter contractions. Each lesson includes a description, examples, and independent practices with answers.
Building STEM Skills Using AnimalWatch Products
Friday, January 15th, 2021
11:30 – 1:00 PM EST
Description: Doyou have students at the 5th-8th grade math level who would benefit from increasing their math word problem solving skills and/or graphics literacy skills? If you said “yes” than come learn about how you can use AnimalWatch Vi Suite and AnimalWatchVi: Building Graphics Literacy to support your students’ learning while they also gain environmental science knowledge. Both students who are tactile and print readers have much to learn to be efficient consumers of graphical information (e.g.,bar graphs, maps, Venn diagrams) and the targeted approach introduced will prepare your students for success in STEM classes.
Instructor: Dr.Penny Rosenblum, Director of Research at American Foundation for the Blind
FREE ACVREP Credit
Accessible Science Instruction
Friday, January 22, 2021
2 – 3:30 PM EST
Description: Didyou know that students with visual impairment are being included in general education science classes the majority of time? However, research shows a lack of participation. Attend this webinar and learn about the many science products produced by APH, whichhelp make science instruction accessible. Hands on learning benefits ALL students!
Instructors: RosanneHoffman, STEM Project Leader at APH; Karen Poppe, Tactile Literacy Product Manager at APH; Fred Otto, Educational Product Research at APH
FREE ACVREP Credit