FIMC-VI Trainings and Events:
Parents and caregivers are always invited to participate in regional and statewide workshops and trainings provided by FIMC-VI. This includes all face-to-face workshops, webinars, and web-based trainings as well as the Florida Festival of Families. The Florida Festival of Families is a one-day event specifically for parents of children with visual impairments and provides both informational and hands-on sessions (activities geared toward school-aged children and their siblings are provided at Festival of Families). All FIMC-VI trainings and the Festival of Families are offered free of charge. Families are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.
Additionally, students and families are invited to participate in the annual Florida Regional Braille Challenge events and the Florida Cane Quest®. To learn more about FIMC-VI sponsored events, please visit www.fimcvi.org. If you would like to receive our newsletter or be notified about upcoming workshops and events, please join the mailing list at https://tinyurl.com/JoinFIMCVI .
FIMC-VI also offers a program for beginning braille readers (prek-1st grade). Parents can order Scholastic early reading books in print with braille overlays (twin vision books). For more information on the Scholastic Emergent Readers, please email Hayley Locker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Bookshare – for digital books and textbooks – Bookshare is free for qualified students with print disabilities, including visual impairments. The vast majority of Bookshare titles are available for students who are home-schooled. However, there is a small group of NIMAS-derived Bookshare titles which are restricted to students with IEPs. Bookshare titles are available as EPUBs, DAISY text, MS Word, Braille Ready Format (BRF) and others depending on the devices and reading platform the student needs.
2. Learning Ally – Free for students with a print disability and an active IEP; otherwise membership is required at $135.00 a year. Learning Ally has human-narrated audio books and digital format.
3. American Printing House for the Blind – Specialized curricula and instructional materials for students who are visually impaired.
Division of Blind Services – Provides the following children’s
Blind Babies Program: birth through 5 years of age
Children’s Program: 5 – 14 years of age
Transition Program: 14-22 years of age
5. Community agency programs such as Lighthouse for the Blind, etc. – To find the service provider in your area: http://dbs.myflorida.com/Service-Providers/index.html
8. Recommended Websites for Educational Resources and Information:
- Paths to Literacy (Perkins School for the Blind)
- Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- American Printing House for the Blind
- The Hadley School for the Blind
- National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation
- American Foundation for the Blind
- Exceptional Teaching, Inc.
- Seedlings Braille Books for Children
- Math Windows® Mathematics Teaching Tools for Blind and Visually Impaired Students
- National Braille Press
- Braille Institute and Braille Challenge
9. Professional and Consumer Organizations
- American Council for the Blind
- American Foundation for the Blind
- Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Council for Exceptional Children
- National Federation of the Blind
- Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida
10. Contact at the Florida Department of Education
Judith White, Senior Program Director, Bureau
of Exceptional Education and Student Services
325 W. Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL 23399 / 850-245-0475 / Judith.White@fldoe.org