ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-09-162

Date Created : 04/27/2009


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

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

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

Contact Person:
Ms. Dawn Wilkinson

Phone Number:


The Easter Seals Arkansas Technology and Curriculum Access Center (TCC), in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) will offer professional development on topics of Assistive Technology Hardware and Software for the blind and visually impaired during the summer of 2009. The workshops are intended for special education teachers, vision teachers, related services providers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. All workshops are designed to address student performance in classroom and assessment situations by providing attendees with adaptive strategies and tools to further accommodate students with visual impairments.

Topics include: “Reading Between the Lines: Teaching Tactile Graphics to Braille Readers,” “Notetakers in Action: Does My Braille Student Need One?” and “Teaching Location Literacy: Expanding Orientation and Mobility.”

The format for each workshop is hands-on application based, cooperative learning, and demonstration. Seating is limited. There is a $50 per person fee for the half-day trainings. Workshops will be held at the Outpatient Building, Easter Seals Arkansas, 3920 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, AR 72212.

For further information, contact Dawn Wilkinson, Assistive Technology Consultant with the TCC at Easter Seals Arkansas by phone 501-227-3604, fax: 501-227-3601, toll-free: 877-533-3600, or e-mail, Registration materials and detailed workshop descriptions are available on-line at or in the attachment.

The TCC is a program operated by Easter Seals Arkansas in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit.


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