ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-09-081

Date Created : 12/11/2008


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals
Special Ed Teachers
Vision Consultants/Teachers
Related Services Staff

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Yes
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Diana Julian, Deputy Commissioner
Special Ed Programs: Assistive Technology Hardware/Software for the Blind & VI

Regulatory Authority:
IDEA 20 U.S.C.A. 1400, et seq.

Contact Person:
Dawn Wilkinson, Easter Seals AR

Phone Number:


The Easter Seals Arkansas Technology and Curriculum Access Center in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) will be offering professional development in the form of two, 2-hour teleconferences addressing teaching transition skills to high school students with low vision or blindness during the spring semester of the 2008-2009 school year. The dates for the teleconferences are May 19, 2009, 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon and May 21, 2009, 12:30 - 2:30 PM. These teleconferences are intended for special education teachers, vision teachers, related services providers, paraprofessionals, and administrators.

The goal of this professional development is to discuss the optimal technology setup to enhance educational opportunity and performance and address student readiness for transition situations by providing attendees with an overview of transition resources and how to facilitate this online process facilitation. E-mail addresses will be required upon registration so that call-in information and handouts can be sent to facilitate the conference call. Evaluations and questionnaires and evaluations will also be e-mailed to all teleconference attendees. These MUST be completed before receipt of attendance certificate.

Cost of the teleconferences is $25 per person. Upon receipt of registration and payment, the toll-free phone number and conference access code will be e-mailed to each participant.

For further information, contact Dawn Wilkinson, Assistive Technology Consultant with the Technology & Curriculum Access Center (TCC) at Easter Seals Arkansas by phone 501-227-3604, fax: 501-227-3601, toll-free: 877-533-3600, or e-mail, Registration materials are available on-line at or in the attachment. The Technology and Curriculum Access Center is a program operated by Easter Seals Arkansas in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit.


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