Conferences & Member Webinars

Member Webinars

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AER is excited to announce our upcoming calendar of Member Webinars for Fall 2020! These are offered to members of AER. For information on AER membership please visit our membership page.

New Research Approaches to Measuring and Improving Ultra-Low and Prosthetic Vision

September 21, 2020 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern

The ultra-low vision lab at the Wilmer Eye Institute is engaged in research to benefit people with ultra-low vision and those whose vision has been partially restored with retinal (and soon cortical) implants. In this session, presented by Gislin Dagnelie, Arathy Kartha and Roksana Sadeghi, we will present four projects, using virtual reality, thermal imaging, and distance filtering to help us understand what our subjects are seeing, and how to make the world more visible to them.


TMAP: Building Environmental Literacy at a Distance

September 24, 2020 – 4:00 – 5:30 pm Eastern

This session extolls the virtues of Tactile Maps Automated Production (TMAP) – a project promoting independent travel and tactile map literacy for blind people, that has timely applications for O&M instruction in a time of distance learning. Participants will be able to briefly describe the history and development of TMAP software; know the steps to create a TMAP street map; identify implications for use of TMAP in O&M instruction (including route preview, environmental literacy and special awareness); and identify strategies to teach map-reading readiness skills.


Supporting Learners Who Are Blind in the ASL Classroom: Adaptations and Strategies

September 28, 2020 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern

American Sign Language (ASL) is currently the third most frequently chosen foreign language option on American college campuses after Spanish and French. With between one hundred and two hundred thousand enrollees every year, ASL has replaced German as the number three option. What considerations should be taken into account if a student who is blind wants to study ASL or major in Deaf Studies? This session, presented by Bradley Blair, discusses adaptations and strategies for supporting the prospective student with blindness whether they study ASL at the high school or college level. The characteristics of ASL are discussed, along with strategies for conveying this information successfully to the student. Hopefully, more students who are blind will consider ASL as a feasible foreign language option when they understand that it can be done with success.


Risk Assessment, Safety Supervision, and Liability (RASSL): Research-Based Pilot Module

This session is being offered twice! Select the time that is best for you:
September 30, 2020 – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern
October 1, 2020 – 3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern

Liability has been a concern for those providing orientation and mobility services, and the topic of many discussions. With the onset of COVID-19, coupled with critical and long-standing shortage of trained O&M Specialists, remote instruction via multiple technologies has raised new and serious questions about liability for the O&M Specialist. With learner safety as a prime responsibility of the O&M Specialist, this webinar, presented by Mary Tellefson, Sarah Moreau and William Koehler, will explore the tenets of risk assessment, safety supervision, and describe how scope of practice affects potential liability for that specialist. Ramifications for the O&M Specialist and the use of untested technology and devices will be discussed as well.