Southern Conference for Illinois Parents of Children with Vision Loss
Participate in in-depth discussions and learn from experts in the field and fellow parents.
The Southern Illinois Vision Conference will take place March 3 at the Mt. Vernon Primary Center in Mt. Vernon. The event is for parents of children ages birth through 21 to join in-depth discussions of use topics and learn from experts in the field as well as from fellow parents. Children must be at least 12 years old to attend.
The conference program will include the following topics and sessions:
- Technology: Technology is forever changing as is Assistive Technology. Learn more about low tech and high tech supports for visual impairment.
- Social/Emotional: This session will discuss social/emotional issues specific to families and children with vision loss. It may include issues such as bullying, making friends, impact on families, acceptance of adaptive equipment, etc.
- Special Needs Planning: Come learn and discuss some issues that you might have questions on. What is Guardianship? Is it right for my child? What other issues might I need to think about as my child turns 18. (Parents of children of all ages should benefit from this discussion.)
- Panel of Parents: Several parents of children with visual impairments will be led by a moderator to discuss topics such as family dynamics, advocacy, social/emotional issues and/or things that work for their family and things that have not worked.
Service providers are also welcome to attend and will be able to earn professional credits.
The registration deadline is March 1. For more details, including how to register and funding opportunities available, click here.
If you have questions, contact Jason Crotchett, Office Coordinator, Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, at (217) 479-4436 or Jason.Crotchett@illinois.gov.