Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Training Center

​Location: Kalamazoo
Dates: Year-round
Register: Contact your local vocational rehabilitation counselor
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Students are provided additional training in the area of independent living, travel skills, assistive technology and other life skills. Students work on pre-employment skills in a residential facility. Each student received individualized instruction based on his/her goals and abilities. Students participate in vocational exploration and potential work experiences while at the Training Center.

Michigan Alliance for Families Upcoming Training Schedule:

Benton Harbor Community Stakeholder Meeting

Location: Michigan Works, Benton Harbor
Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 1 pm - 3 pm
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Berrien Springs Community Stakeholder Meeting

Location: Berrien RESA
Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Transition: Planning for High School and Beyond with Sandee Koski

Location: Plymouth District Library
Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 8 pm
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IEP 101 with Regina Hilburn

Location: MI Department of Health and Human Services, 411 E. Genesee St, Saginaw
Date: November 2, 2017
Time: noon to 2:30 pm

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy with Jessie Morton

Location: Barryton Elementary
Date: November 6, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Positive Behavior Supports with Jessie Morton

Location: Big Rapids Community Library
Date: November 6, 2017
Time: 1 pm - 2:30 pm
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Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy with Jessie Morton

Location: Michigan Works in Reed City
Date: November 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 11 am
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Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating Life-Long Self Determination with Don Hoyle

Location: RESA Service Center in Portage
Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 5 pm - 8:30 pm
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Transition: Planning for High School and Beyond with Sandee Koski

Location: Park D. Hayes Educational Building in Hillsdale
Date: November 8, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 8 pm
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Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy with Kelly Orginski

Location: Detroit Public Library, Redford Branch
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 11 am - 1 pm
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Overview of Discipline for Students with Disabilities: Questions to Ask and When to Ask Them with Cheryl Lavine

Location: Maxfield Education Center in Farmington
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Transition: Planning for High School and Beyond with Sandee Koski

Location: I-TEC Center in Ortonville
Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
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IEP 101 with Clare Brick and Julia Hernandez (Spanish Interpreter)

Location: Lafayette Elementary School in Lincoln Park
Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 8:45 am - 10:45 am
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Learn and Grow Together, Tips for Effective Parent Advocacy with Clare Brick

Location: The Guidance Center in Southgate
Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Positive Behavior Supports with Kelly Orginski

Location: Macomb ISD in Clinton Township
Date: November 29, 2017
Time: 1 pm - 3:30 pm
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Rethinking Guardianship, Facilitating Life-Long Self Determination with Don Hoyle

Location: Multiple locations in the Upper Peninsula
Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 1 pm - 4:30 pm
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Transition: Planning for High School and Beyond with Sandee Koski

Location: Macomb ISD in Clinton Township
Date: December 6, 2017
Time: 1 pm - 3:30 pm
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Supporting the Educational Needs of Children & Youth with Mental Health Challenges and Those Who Have Experienced Trauma with Terri Henrizi

Location: Westland Library in Westland
Date: December 7, 2017
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
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Positive Behavior Supports and Discipline with Sandee Koski and Cheryl Levine

Location: Hampton Inn in Birch Run
Date: December 9, 2017
Time: 10 am - 3:30 pm
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BrailleNote Apex Fundamentals

Location: Michigan Library and Historical Center, Lansing
Date: November 30, 2017      
Source: Michigan Department of Education Low Incidence Outreach     

The BrailleNote AOEX is used widely in education by students to complete academic work.  Its intuitive user interface, powerful suite of applications and excellent online resources make it a dynamic product for use in the classroom.  This daylong hands-on workshop will cover the basic topics on KeySoft and uses of the BrailleNote in the classroom.

Creating Braille in the Classroom with Mountbatten Learning System    

Location: Michigan Library and Historical Center, Lansing    
Date: December 1, 2017     
Source: Michigan Department of Education Low Incidence Outreach   
In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore features of the Mountbatten Learning System students can use to write the literary braille code as well as math and music.     

Family Nature Club    

Source:  Michigan Department of Education Low Incidence Outreach   
The Camp T Family Nature Club is a group of people who are Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI) and their families who love to get outside and enjoy nature.  The group typically meets on the third weekend of each month at Camp T.  Previous Family Nature Club events included hiking, fishing, gardening, rock climbing, canoeing, dragon-boating, swimming, and socializing.  All individuals who are BVI and their families are welcome to attend!  Food and lodging are available.  Save the date for the following upcoming Family Nature Club Events:

Winter Snowshoeing

Location: Camp T
Date: January 20, 2018

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Location: Camp T
Date: February 16-18, 2018

Spring Equinox

Location: Camp T
Date: March 16-18, 2018

Family Backpacking Weekend

Location: TBD
Date: April 20-22, 2018

Family Paddling Event

Location: TBD
May 18-20, 2018 

Family Matters!

Location: Lansing Community College - West Campus
Date: March 10, 2018
Time: Registration starts at 8:30 am, event is from 9:30 am to 4 pm
A fun-filled, one-day workshop for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

DBI Network of the Americas Conference

Location: Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis - Cape Cod, MA
Date: April 15-18, 2018

Midwest Transition Institute - Save the Date

Date: June 28 - July 1, 2018