​​​​​​​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

This Summer
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.​

July 26-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 26-31, 2015:  ASL Week
August 9-14, 2015:  Career Exploration/Development

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 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​

Tues., August 18, 2015
Accessible Educational Materials: Just in Time Basics for Families and Educators

Location: Webinar, 2pm - 3pm EST
Register: Click HERE
Registration Fee: Free
Presented By: National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
More information:
 Click HERE​. This webinar is for families and educators new to accessible educational materials. The first half of the session will include an overview of legal issues, the changing language of AEM, a decision-making process for determining which students need for AEM, and steps to take to address their needs. The second half of the session will be devoted to addressing questions and comments from participants. Follow-up resources will be shared. 

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.

Wed. - Fri., October 7-9, 2015
Division for Early Childhood's 31st Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families

Location: Hilton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA
Register:  Click HERE.

More information:
 Click HERE. We look forward to seeing you at the 31st Annual International DEC Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This year's conference theme, “The Time Is Always Right to Do What Is Right” (MLK, 1964) for Young Children and Families, features leading experts from around the world in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines. Our conference program is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of those who work with or on behalf of young children with special needs and their families.​



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