​​​​​​​​​​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.​

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.​

Mon. - Sun., September 21 - November 15, 2015
Cortical Visual Impairment

Location: Online Course
Register:  Click HERE. Fees vary. Early bird deadline Sept. 7, 2015
Required Text:  Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention 
Presented By: Perkins eLearning
More information:
 Click HERE. The course provides an overview of the principles and practices of working with students who have CVI. Course participants will be provided information on the use of The CVI Range and will have the opportunity to score a video based CVI Range assessment. The course will also include information pertaining to the causes of CVI and program planning/interventions for individuals with CVI.​

Wed., September 23, 2015
Alerting Devices for People with Hearing Loss

Location: Online Webinar
Register:  Click HERE. Registration deadline is Sept. 16, 2015.
Registration Fee: Free
More information:
 Click HERE.  In this webinar, you will learn about various alerting devices which vibrate and/or flash lights to alert people who have hearing loss of events such as a baby crying, a phone ringing a knock on the door or an alarm or timer going off. Learn about things to consider to help you make a smart decision about what will work for you! The presenters, Tony Ferack and Liz Kobylak are both people who have been living with hearing loss for decades and are trained volunteer Hearing Technology Resource Specialists (HTRS) with Hearing Loss Association of America - Michigan Chapter (HLAA-MI).

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.​


Sun. - Sat., July 10-16, 2016
3rd Annual DeafBlind Cruise - We're going to Alaska!

Location: Alaska
Register:  Click HERE.
Registration Fee:  $1,236 per person (based on a double occupancy room).  $350 check deposit per person reserves your Stateroom. Cruise fare must be paid in-full by March 15, 2016 ($75 cancellation fee).  Prices include Stateroom, most meals and beverages, on-board enertainment and one DBC 2016 brailed t-shirt.
Presented By:  DNA Travels (Video Phone: 916.243.0936; Voice & Text: 808.557.1434;  Address: 17761 69th Place N. Maple Grove, MN  55311)
More information:
 Click HERE. Alaska cruise for deafblind, deaf, families and friends, for eight days and seven nights of fun and adventure!  Depart Seattle, WA on Sun., July 10; return to Seattle, WA on Sun. July 17, 2016. Princess Cruises - The Ruby Princess Ship. Seattle, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm FJord, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria, B.C.  Alaska - The Final Frontier, we want to share the beauty and adventure with the deafblind community, their families and friends. 



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