​​​​​​This Summer
Touch Art Tours

Location: Kalamazoo, MI
Register: Contact Michelle Stempien at 269.349.775 x3162 or email​ to schedule a tour
Registration Fee: Free
Presented By: The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 
More information: Click HERE. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has a fantastic program called Touch Art Tours for students of all ages with visual impairments. Take advantage of this free program, it is well worth your time!  For further information, please contact Michelle Stempien at 269.349.7775 x3162

Beginning Sunday, June 28, 2015
Bear Lake Summer Camps

Location: Lapeer, MI
Register:  Click HERE
Registration Fee:  $50
More information: Click HERE
Bear Lake Camp offers two separate one week sessions for blind and visually impaired youth.  The sessions are developed and coordinated by a teacher of the blind and visually impaired.  It focuses on having fun while developing self-concepts, relationship learning, independence with daily living skills and acquiring outdoor skills. Both sessions include: swimming, hiking, crafts, nature, archery, teambuilding course, rock wall and zip line.  Older campers have the option to  participate in leadership development activities.  

June 28 Noon - 3pm:  Bear Lake Camp Open House
June 26-28:  Deaf and Hard of Hearing Weekend Family Camp
July 5-11:  Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Sessions - Level One
July 19-25:  Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Sessions - Level Two

Beginning Sunday, June 28, 2015
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons - Summer Youth Programs

Location & Registration: Varies (see below)  
More information: Click HERE​ to view this summer's youth program opportunities for Transition Youth who are legally blind.  To take advantage of these summer programs, students must be a BSBP consumer.  Please contact BSBP at 800-292-4200 if you do not know who to contact to sign a student up for Vocational Rehabilitation Services with BSBP.

Fri. - Wed., June 26-July 3, 2015
Summer Experience Camp Application Time

Location:  Rochester Hills, MI
Register:  Click HERE. ​Registration applications due April 1, 2015
Registration Fee:  Free, including travel to/from Leader Dogs for the Blind
More information: Click HERE​.  Summer at Leader Dog means one great, loud, wonderfully exciting week of Summer Experience Camp with a large group of teenagers! In late June we’ll be hosting over 20 kids who will have one of the best week of their lives—kayaking, tandem biking, rock wall climbing, hanging with peers and learning more about what life might be like traveling with a Leader Dog. They also receive a free Humanware Trekker Breeze GPS and learn how to use it to expand their travel areas. Many of these kids hear about our Summer Experience program from you, the professionals that work with them throughout the year. So if you know a 16 or 17 year old who is visually impaired that might like to attend camp, have them check out our website.

July 5-August 14, 2015
The Holly Family Village Summer Camps

Location: Brooklyn, MI 
Register:  Email Debbie Mitre-Smith at or call 734.666.3071
More information: Click HERE​. Print the summer camp brochure HERE​.  Summer camps are as follows:

July 5-10, 2015:  Deaf Family Literacy Week
July 12-17, 2015:  Family Week One
July 19-24, 2015:  Family Week Two
July 26-31, 2015:  ASL Week
August 9-14, 2015:  Career Exploration/Development

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 
Real-Life Learning

Location: Online - Webinar
Register: Click HERE
Presented By:  Beth Kennedy, M.Ed.
More information: Click HERE​.  This one hour webinar will focus on real-life learning and strategies that can be used to capture the essence of an activity and extend learning into the future. The presentation will also include ways to share experiences between a student's home and school settings — an integral part of building skills and concepts. 

Sat., July 11, 2015
7th Annual Usher Syndrome Family Conference

Location: Downtown Marriot,  New Orleans, LA 
Register:  Click HERE.

More information:
 Click HERE. Join us to learn the latest about the causes, management and treatments of Usher syndrome, the most common cause of combined deafness and blindness. ​

July 30 - August 2, 2015
12th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference 

Location: Chicago, IL
Register:  Click HERE.​  Fees vary.

More information:
 Click HERE. A professional day precedes the full conference, followed by 2  ½ days of full conference, where more than 60 sessions will be presented in four topic areas: behavior, education, adult issues and medical issues. There are lots of fun evening events planned as well.​

Mon. - Fri., August 3-28, 2015
DB Central Online Parent Training: The Role of the Intervener in Educational Settings

Location: Online 
Register:  Click HERERegistration deadline is July 17, 2015.
Registration Fee: FREE
More information:
 Click HERE​.  Learn about the role of interveners, the principles of intervention, and how interveners function as members of students' educational team.

Mon. - Fri., August 3-28, 2015
DB Central Online Professional Training: The Role of the Intervener in Educational Settings

Location: Online 
Register:  Click HERE. Registration deadline is June 19, 2015.
Registration Fee: FREE OR $25 fee for .5 CEU's or 5 SCECH's. (Limited to 20 people)
More information:
 Click HERE​.  Learn about the role of interveners,; the principles of intervention, and how interveners function as members of students' educational team.

Mon. - Fri., August 3-28, 2015
DB Central Online Professional Training: Emergent Communication

Location: Online 
Register:  Click HERE. Registration deadline is June 19, 2015..
Registration Fee: FREE OR $25 fee for .5 CEU's or 5 SCECH's. (Limited to 20 people)
More information:
 Click HERE​​.  Learn about the role of the intervener as a communication partner; meeting the student where they are and progressing; strategies for creating shared meaning; strategies to develop gestures and expand communication; understand necessary steps for advancing to highter levels.

Mon. - Fri., August 10-14, 2015
Explore Our World Camp at Camp Tuhsmeheta

Location: Greenville, MI  
Register: Click HERE​Registration deadline is July 29, 2015.
Registration Fee: $10 per PERSON
More information:
 Click HERE. Camp Tuhsmeheta is a rugged, outdoor camp facility.  The camp trails, waterfront and activities are all designed to challenge, test and push campers beyond what they ever thought possible.

Thurs. & Fri., August 13 & 14, 2015
Active Learning Conference

Location: Fargo, ND  
Register: Click HERE
Registration Fee: $100 (Parents of children who have Complex Needs may attend for FREE)
Presented By: North Dakota Dual Sensory Project
More information:
 Click HEREGiven the opportunity, ANY child can learn! Active Learning is an approach that was developed over 25 years ago by Dr. Lilli Nielsen that focuses on establishing motivating learning environments for children with complex needs. Join the ND Dual Sensory Project in welcoming Ms. Patricia Obrzut, M.S., OTR/L, from the Penrickton Center for the Blind Children in Detroit, Michigan For further information see​

Wed., September 16, 2015
SAVE THE DATE: Michigan's 50th Anniversary of Newborn Screening 

Location: Lansing, Michigan 
Register: Details coming soon. Click HERE to view the flyer​
Registration Fee: Details coming soon.
Presented By: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
More information:
 Click HERE2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Michigan Newborn Screening Program. The screening panel began with one disorder in 1965, and has since expanded to include 54 disorders. Please join our colleagues in Newborn Screening to celebrate this occasion by attending the Michigan  Newborn Screening Symposium on September 16, 2015 ( see attached).  Events will start with a press conference at  the  Michigan State Capitol, followed by lunch and the symposium at the Capitol View Building.  A detailed agenda is being finalized. For more information on other anniversary activities, please visit

Wed. - Fri., September 16-18, 2015
Western Regional Early Intervention Conference-Traditions: Serving Families Today and Tomorrow

Location: Albuquerque, NM
Register:  Click HERE.

More information:
 Click HERE. During this presentation we will look at video samples of parent-child interactions, learn how analysis of the relationship in addition to communication assessments can enhance the services we provide to families and inform strategies we use to effectively coach and help families meet their communication goals.



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