Webinar Sessions

Introducing Braille on November 23, 2022

January 20 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

How do you approach the topic of braille with your older adult consumers or clients? How does your own philosophy and attitude about braille have an impact on their interest and motivation? Join us as Dr. Natalie Martiniello, CVRT, and Polly Abbott, CVRT, share creative ways to present braille as a tool to help get things done rather than a stigma or just something to learn.

Improving Physical and Emotional Health Through Self-Care on October 17, 2022

November 18 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Self-care has become a trendy concept with a surge in research supporting the many benefits. Mainstream healthcare providers are promoting self-care practices as a path to improve physical and mental health of their patients. People living with blindness and visual impairments have higher rates of chronic health conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression, all of which are negatively impacted by high stress levels and positively impacted by healthy lifestyle changes incorporating better self-care. We will explore five important domains of self-care: healthy eating, physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, and social connection, providing tips and resources to help you get started on a self-care journey to greater wellness. Professionals will learn ways to promote a healthy lifestyle and support self-care goals of their consumers as well as ways to nurture their own mind, body, and spirit.

Orienting Rehabilitation Professionals to Options for O&M on September 15, 2022

October 21 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join our panel discussion with several O&M professionals to learn about: • the importance of certification for O&M professionals, • the 2 certification options for O&M professionals, and • how to talk with clients who are reluctant to use a white cane. Panelists include Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, COMS, and National Orientation and Mobility Certified, NOMC, professionals who will describe what attracted them to the field, what their training programs included, and how they describe their services to reluctant clients.

Accessible Phones on July 7, 2022

September 16 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

“I’m looking for a phone for blind people…” How many times have you heard this question or asked it yourself? The answer, of course, “It depends.” One size definitely does not fit all. It may be in your pocket with a smartphone. It could be as close as the local phone retailer or box store. Maybe one of the newer, more specialized phones, like the BlindShell or RealSam is a better fit? In this webinar, we’ll take a broad overview of some of the more accessible phones available, from flip phones to more specialized phones, how to choose one, and where to find more resources for each phone.

The Unified Model of Adjustment to Vision Loss on July 7, 2022

August 19 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Many vision rehabilitation professionals realize the importance of the process of adjustment for our clients. At times it may be apparent when a client is or is not well-adjusted, but for the most part, this is often more about our impression and less about our ability to notice and/or measure progress as clients move through the adjustment process. The Unified Model of Adjustment can be used to assist blindness professionals in identifying where in the process clients may be, as well as how to recognize movement through this process.

Strategies for Recruiting on College Campuses on June 14, 2022

July 15 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The OIB-TAC wants to support your effort to attract and retain qualified staff. Exploring the untapped resource of area colleges and universities when looking for viable candidates can be helpful. This webinar introduces three OIB-TAC resources that are currently in development and strategies for using them when recruiting on college campuses. It also covers tips for developing a campus recruiting plan, how to contact campus offices, and some commonly hosted college-to-career events that would raise awareness of career options in the field of blindness and low vision rehabilitation.

Meaningful Access program at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on May 18, 2022

June 17 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This webinar covers the Meaningful Access program at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), which distributes iBill currency readers and provides free mobile applications. The BEP provides currency readers, free of charge, to all eligible blind and visually impaired U.S. citizens and national residents.

Who is a Qualified Professional? on March 17, 2022

April 13 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

What is the difference between a vision rehabilitation therapist, a living skills instructor, a rehabilitation teacher, and an independent living specialist? During this webinar, you will meet several Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRTs) and one Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Teacher for the Blind (NCRTB). Join us to learn about the field of vision rehabilitation and the education and training required for qualified professionals.

Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind on February 10, 2022

March 18 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind is a comprehensive, home delivery pharmacy service specializing in the needs of people who are blind, DeafBlind, and have low vision. They are the only provider of their kind and the largest blind-owned healthcare company in the country. They provide free accessible support, home delivery, accessible packaging and accessible labeling, including braille & various technologies, and help patients manage their medication and diabetes.

Eldercare Locator and Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) on January 31, 2022

February 18 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

During this webinar, Sara Tribe Clark will discuss two national call centers, the Eldercare Locator and the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) and how they can be used for making appropriate and accurate referrals to both the aging and disability networks. The webinar will also cover key elements of the Aging Network and what callers can expect from referrals to our most frequently referred services and supports: Area Agencies on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, and Centers for Independent Living, among others!