Schools and agencies need a plethora of resources to support students with blindness and visual impairment. Click on the conference or workshop to learn more and to register.



The North Face Explore Fund

Grant Funding Opportunity

Applications accepted through April 8th.

The North Face Explore Fund supports nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that are working in innovative ways to increase participation in the outdoors and to protect our environment. Competitive grants are made in the following categories: The Creating a Community of New Explorers category focuses on programs that introduce underrepresented communities to outdoor adventures in potentially new and interesting ways. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.




Education First

Grant Funding Opportunity

Application Deadline Extended to May 29th.

For the 2020-21 school year, applications will be accepted from school-based educators seeking to implement social and emotional learning (SEL) initiatives in classrooms or schools, and district-level applicants seeking to implement SEL initiatives district-wide or across multiple schools within one district. Grants of up to $7,000 will be awarded for educator-led projects, and up to $25,000 for district-level projects.




Project Inspire

March 30th to May 12th, 2020
All materials will be online

Recruiting for a 6 Week Course for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Workingwith PreK-Grade 1 Braille Readers Learning the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts

Topics: Nemeth Code review, formatting materials, working as a team, teaching strategies, & ideas for families




Low Vision Conference 2020

May 1st, 2020
Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
“I do not feel even 80% competent in most of the technology my student uses.” Does this describe your feelings about assistive technology? This conference will cover such cutting-edge topics as using growth mindset approach, navigating your IT department, web access, current mainstream technology, practical application of technology for students, and psychosocial issues.



COSB 2020 Outreach Forum

April 13-17th
Muskogee, Oklahoma

The Annual Outreach Forum is attended by Directors, Staff, and Leadership from Outreach around the United States. Agenda items include updates from the field, highlights on innovative programming and curriculum, host school resources and tours,and national organization engagement. This event is connected to the Council of Schools and Services for the Blind and is the only conference specific to Outreach Services for children who are blind/visually impaired.



Vision Serve Alliance Academic Scholarship

Member staff seeking a degree or certification that serves people who are blind and visually impaired are welcome to apply. Scholarships will be awarded to an applicant who meets all requirements. Applications for the 2020 year are now being accepted and will be reviewed month by month until all funds have been awarded.