Past Events

Webinar

This session will address end-of-year procedures, including returning materials to FIMC-VI and ordering textbooks for the next school year. FIMC-VI updates will also shared, such as the 2021-2022 training calendar.

FIMC-VI Info and Updates 3

Virtual Conference

This annual conference provided by the Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida is free this year and open to all attendees.

2021 VAVF Conference

Student and Family Event

Dreamwork Makes the Team Word at the 2021 Florida Regional Braille Challenge!

2021 Florida Regional Braille Challenge

Student and Family

Liz Anderson provides an overview of the Prebraille activities for this year's Florida Regional Braille Challenge.

Prebraille Training - FRBC 2021

Webinar

Join Kathy Kremplewski for an in-depth discussion of changes, preparing your students and what materials you need when testing begins.

FSAA Updates

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Virtual Training

Join Sue Glaser to dream in braille and learn about important information regarding being a proctor for the Florida Regional Braille Challenge.

Proctor Training - Florida Regional Braille Challenge

Webinar

Join Kathy Kremplewski for an in-depth discussion of changes, preparing your students and what materials you need when testing begins.

Florida Standards Assessment Update

Webinar

This session will address the Annual Census, including why it is conducted, how to authorize staff, how it is completed, and deadlines for completion.  Every student with visual impairments in Florida must participate in the Annual Census every year.

FIMC-VI Info and Updates 2

Family & Student Event

2020 Florida Festival of Families & Florida Cane Quest Videos and Handouts. 

2020 Family & Student Events

Webinar

Join Cheri Hart and Alicia Wolfe of Hillsborough County Public Schools to learn about strategies for virtual assessment.

Virtual Water Cooler - Virtual Assessments

Virtual Workshop

Ancient City Brailler Repair reviews how to keep your brailler running smoothly by cleaning all the major areas of the brailler. 

Keep Your Brailler Clean Webinar Series

Virtual Workshop

This week-long virtual workshop will address all things braille: curricula, assistive technology, emergent literacy, efficient reading strategies, and more!

Brailling with the Experts - Literacy for All

Virtual Meeting

This meeting is designed for district Vision Contacts to network and learn from each other.

2020-21 District Vision Contacts

Webinar

New district and agency staff (and veterans!) will want to join this webinar to learn about the services offered by FIMC-VI, as well as updates to FIMC-VI's website and the Online System.

FIMC-VI Info and Updates 1

Webinar

Come join Kim Roberts and Tanoi Quraishi as they discuss new resources and reminders from the Florida Low Vision Initiative.

Florida Low Vision Initiative 2020

Webinar

Learn about successful virtual techniques that have been implemented within Duval County Schools for their students with a visual impairment.

Virtual Water Cooler - Virtual Learning

Webinar

Need help making tactile graphics for daily classroom materials on the fly or the night before the lesson? Join Lucia Hasty to discuss creating tactile consumable materials, supplements and reference lists, templates, audio-tactile materials and immediate graphics.

Producing Daily Classroom Materials

Webinar

Learn about the formatting requirements for math and science transcription in UEB.

UEB Math + Formats = Success

Webinar

Join William Freeman from the American Printing House for the Blind to learn about math in BrailleBlaster, a free braille transcription program.

Using BrailleBlaster for Math

Webinar

This session will provide a basic understanding of decision-making, planning, and editing tactile graphics.

Designing and Planning a Tactile Graphic

Webinar

This session will cover the basics of using BrailleBlaster, which is a free braille transcription program. Come prepared to follow along on your own computer.

Intro to BrailleBlaster

Virtual Workshop

This collaborative session features the participants' favorite accessible apps and extensions.

App/Extension Smackdown

Virtual Workshop

This session addresses questions related to implementing assistive technology instruction from a distance, using technology to teach a variety of skills, and troubleshooting devices.

Virtual Water Cooler-Let's Talk Tech

Virtual Workshop

Learn about the many built-in (and free) accessibility features available across a variety of platforms, such as Narrator, VoiceOver, TalkBack, ChromeVox, etc.

Built-in Accessibility Features

Virtual Workshop

An overview of basic keyboard commands will be provided with opportunities to practice.

Screen Readers & Keyboard Commands on Windows

Virtual Workshop

Learn how voice assistants, such as Google Home, Amazon Echo, Siri, dictation and other features can be used to support student independence, promote access to information and be used for productivity.

Voice Assistants and Dictation Features

Virtual Water Cooler

This first virtual water cooler session introduces FIMC-VI's Canvas Learning Management System resource site and strategies teachers are using during virtual learning.

Brainstorming at the Virtual Water Cooler

Webinar

This session addresses strategies for providing instruction virtually to students and clients.

Virtual Instruction

Workshop

This two day workshop on Unified English Braille (UEB) for math and science related materials is presented by Dr. Frances Mary D'Andrea.

Working with the Experts: Braille for Math and Science

Vision Contacts

This meeting is specifically for district contacts responsible for programs for students who are deaf/hard of hearing and programs for students who are visually impaired.

2019-20 Florida VI and DHH Joint Contacts Meeting

Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of Florida’s Standardized Statewide Assessment Programs, the 2019-2020 Braille Code Updates, and the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) braille formatting of practice tests.

Braille Formatting of the Florida Standardized Assessments

Workshop

Dr. Penny Rosenblum addresses this updated and revised orientation and mobility (O&M) curriculum, focusing on the wide array of skills needed for O&M, such as technology, safety, and using rideshare services.

Finding Wheels

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Webinar

Sheri Davis presents an overview of strategies to use for young children with visual impairments who demonstrate overactive or underactive systems and how to bring them to a calm/alert state to benefit from educational and social settings.

Get Your Wiggles Out, Calming and Alerting the Child with Visual Impairment

Webinar

Lindsey Moore presents on how to integrate literacy into orientation and mobility lessons.

O&M and Literacy

Webinar

Gather around the virtual water cooler to share information about current technology and apps, and to learn about up and coming technology for students with visual impairments.

FIMC-VI Tech Tips

Webinar

Learn about the services provided by FIMC-VI and the Resource Materials Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

Florida Students with Sensory Impairments

Webinar

Join Rona Pogrund and Shannon Darst to learn about the O&M Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas (O&M VISSIT) that was developed to guide itinerant O&M specialists in determining the type and amount of service to recommend for their students.

O&M VISSIT

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Webinar

Learn about statewide services for people who are blind and visually impaired in Florida.

Florida Services Webinar

Webinar

Session focuses on why eye medicals are important and how to obtain them for your students.

The Importance of Eye Medicals

Webinar

Three separate open-forum sessions where teachers share their tips, favorite apps, and experiences regarding the use of assistive technology with students who are visually impaired.

Tech Help Thursday Series

Webinar

Andrea Wallace reviews Apps for Access to the Expanded Core Curriculum and how technology can be integrated into the ECC.

Apps for Access

Webinar

Andrea Wallace reviews accessible calculators that are available through the FIMC-VI Loan Library. 

Accessible Calculators

Webinar

Sheri Davis presents on how to teach cooking strategies in a school environment where typical kitchen appliances and resources are not available.

Cooking Without a Kitchen

Webinar

Join Sue Glaser to learn more about the different contest levels and the expectations of contestants at the Florida Regional Braille Challenge events. Get answers to your questions about completing the Student Application form. 

Ready, Set, Braille Challenge!

Webinar

Creator of the Geometro system, Aniceta Skowron, shares strategies for using this tool to teach various concepts.

It's Not Just an Octagon! The Many Uses of the Geometro

Webinar

Learn basic keyboard commands for producing and editing with common word processing software.

Screen Readers (JAWS)

Webinar

This session provides a review for how parents can help develop a quality Individual Education Plan (IEP) for their children with visual impairments.

Navigating the IEP for Parents

Webinar

This three-part webinar series covered FIMC-VI's current knowledge about UEB's impact on Nemeth Code in technical materials and how these changes affect students who read braille.

Just the Facts! Math with UEB and Nemeth

Webinar

This three-part webinar series addresses the transition to UEB, changes to the code, and instructional strategies.

UEB Instructional Practices

Webinar

This three-part webinar series discusses how to connect the Florida Standards and the Expanded Core Competencies (ECC) with IEP goals for students with visual impairments.

Florida Standards and the ECC

Webinar

This two-part webinar series is a follow-up to the series on assessments of functional vision and learning media, and includes various tools to help TVIs develop quality IEPs and provide appropriate instruction.

Determining Type, Time and Intensity of Services

Webinar

This three-part webinar series discusses how to conduct assessments of functional vision, learning media, and the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) that meet the standards of both IDEA and the Florida State Board of Education rule AND result in appropriate instruction.

Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment

Webinar

This three part webinar series provides information and strategies for classroom teachers to implement when they have a student who is visually impaired.

What? I Have a Student with a Visual Impairment in My Class this Year?

Webinar

A review of the most common eye conditions and how that condition affects a student’s ability to function in the classroom.

Eye Conditions and the Implications for Learning

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FIMC-VI is funded by the Florida Department of Education, Division of Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Student Education, through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B.

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