The purpose of this Institute is to provide public school personnel who are, or will be, working with a blind or visually impaired (BVI) child in their local school, with foundational knowledge, skills and experiences that will allow the participant to understand the impact of vision loss on learning. At the end of this unique, fun and fascinating Institute, participants realize that, under the direction of a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, they have the ability and confidence to provide appropriate instruction, assessment, strategies and interventions that will allow the VI/Blind student to thrive, blossom, achieve and succeed.

When: July 23-26, 2019

Where: WA State School for the Blind, Vancouver WA

Contact Information: Pam Parker at if you have questions.

Cost: $395. In addition to 3+ days of instruction, this fee also includes lodging, a great daily breakfast and lunch, snacks and a barbeque.

Scholarships: Five (5) $150 scholarships will be awarded. To apply, please fill out requested information on the Summer Institute registration form.

Lodging: Lodging is included in the registration fee. Participants stay in the air- conditioned cottages on campus that WSSB students reside in during the school year. Each cottage has a full kitchen, private bedrooms, community bathroom and living room. Men and women will have separate residences.

Who should attend: Any person who works with visually impaired or blind children in public school and has had limited experience or education in the field of blindness.

Typically participants include: teachers (classroom and special education), paraprofessionals, OT, PT and speech and language specialists, administrators, school psychologists and other related service personnel.

Institute Format: This institute is limited to 50 participants. We have five core staff and additional guest presenters. All instructors are highly experienced and educated in the field of visual impairment and blindness. We start each day as a large group with breakfast and some group instruction. Instruction includes some lecture but we believe that learning is best supported for participants by having as many hands-on, experiential learning opportunities as possible. Throughout the week we will also break into smaller groups so that your learning can be personalized to meet the needs of your particular student(s).

Clock hours: Clock hours will be available for purchase.

These are some of the topics that will be addressed:

Travel Skills – Orientation and Mobility The Eye & Vision Disorders Vision Loss & Learning

Adapting Environments & Materials Braille and other Literacy Media Physical Education

Daily Living and Self-help Skills Assistive Technology Your Role in the Classroom Social Skills & Vision Loss

Low Vision Aids Assessment

Special Notes

o Experience a night out for dinner at a local restaurant while under the sleep shade!

o Participate in a variety of activities under sleep shade while on campus.

o Meet and listen to panels of VI/blind adults talk about their experiences in both public and residential schools.

Link to Registration

Link to Materials (For registered participants only. Requires username and password)