Braille Challenge Finals – Webinars Week
Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24
BrailleNote Touch Plus
Date: Monday, July 20
Time: 11:00 a.m. PDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT
Workshop Description: The BrailleNote Touch Plus is an intuitive, efficient and modern device that students can use to complete classroom assignments as well as a myriad of other tasks. As a fully Google certified Braille tablet, classroom advantages include access to Google Apps for Education, access to apps in the Google Play Store and efficient ways to share classroom content. In addition, the BrailleNote Touch Plus provides the user with applications designed specifically with a Braille user in mind for not only creating and consuming content in documents books and webpages, but also accessing math content in a Braille-first way to further promote participation within the math classroom. Join us in an in-depth look at how the BrailleNote Touch Plus is used to promote Braille Literacy across all facets of daily life. Register here.
Workshop Presenters: Humanware
Successful Outcomes Start with Braille Literacy
Date: Tuesday, July 21
Time: 12:00 p.m. PDT / 3:00 p.m. EDT
Workshop Description: The journey that ends with successful outcomes in the classroom and workplace begins with the mastery of the braille code. Please join members of the APH team for an insightful discussion on how braille and braille technology positively impacted their education and careers. Greg Stilson, Joe Hodge, and APH’s own Braille Challenge winner Jessica Minneci, will highlight braille’s importance throughout their journeys, with moderator Paul Ferrara leading the discussion. Register here.
Workshop Presenters: Members of the APH team that include: Paul Ferrara, Jessica Minneci, Greg Stilson, and Joe Hodge.
Access Technology for Blind and Low Vision Accessibility
Date: Wednesday, July 22
Time: 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT
Workshop Description: This webinar, led by author and San Francisco State University Professor, Dr. Yue-Ting Siu, will introduce participants to how technology can advance opportunities for independence, leadership, and timely access to information for students who are blind or visually impaired. Participants will learn a variety of strategies about how to support and advocate for digital multimedia accessibility in the classroom, and how to scale up students’ digital literacy skills. Register here.
Workshop Presenter Bio: Ting is a Teacher of Blind and Low Vision Students (TVI) and coordinates the Program in Visual Impairments at San Francisco State University. She has worked with students of all ages with visual impairments and additional disabilities including deafblindness. Her research focuses on enhancing TVIs’ proficiency with access technology, social media for ongoing professional development, and innovations in multimedia accessibility. Ting’s mission is to align technology initiatives with universal design and empower learners with equitable access to information.
Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @TVI_ting (www.tplus.education)
Braille Challenge Alumni Panel
Date: Thursday, July 23
Time: 12:00 p.m. PDT / 3:00 p.m. EDT
Workshop Description: So what’s next? Wondering how to get there from here? Join us for a Braille Challenge Alumni panel to hear from those who have been in your shoes and can give insider tips for success as you approach transitions and next steps in life. Topics will include higher education, employment, independence, and preparing for success. After an overview by each panelist, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Sound great? Join us! Register here.
Workshop Presenter Bios:
Desmond Delgadillo competed in the Braille Challenge from 2004-2009, when he took top honors. In 2012 Desmond returned to the Braille Challenge finals to speak in front of the finalists and their parents. Since then, Desmond has made inroads in the entertainment industry as a standup comedian, radio personality, and music critic.
In 2016, Desmond earned his journalism BA from the University of La Verne.
Today, Desmond enjoys his independence to the fullest as a self-employed freelance copywriter.
Some of Des’s fondest memories of Braille Challenge include dreading graphs and charts every single time, getting to meet American Idol’s Scott McIntyre in 2009, and, of course, the long-lasting relationships cultivated with so many fellow finalists, parents, and staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make Braille Challenge so special for so many people.
Desmond invites any finalists, alumni, and parents to reach out with any questions, concerns, or calls for mentorship. He can be reached directly at email@example.com.
Caitlin Hernandez participated in the first-ever Los Angeles Braille Challenge in 1999 when she was nine years old. She competed sporadically until 2008, placing first at the Varsity level in 2006 and 2008.
Caitlin earned her BA in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her master’s degree in special education and teaching credential from San Francisco State University. A full-time special education teacher, she currently teaches sighted elementary schoolers with various reading, learning, and behavioral disabilities.
Caitlin is a two-time fellow of Lambda Literary’s writing retreat for emerging LGBTQQIA voices. Her young-adult fiction and nonfiction prose appear online and in several anthologies. A hardcore ice cream enthusiast, she loves reading, singing a cappella and karaoke, and going on adventures with friends. You’ll never find Caitlin without her BrailleNote, with its pin-festooned strap, and her rainbow-colored cane.
Caitlin’s favorite Braille Challenge memory is from nationals in the early 2000s. Contestants played in the hotel pool until after dark, while their parents ordered pizza. The game everyone liked best was seeing who could hold their breath longest, and who was best at guessing songs their friends hummed underwater.
You can e-mail Caitlin any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Facebook at http://facebook.com/amordemialma .
Miso participated in the Braille Challenge from 2009-2013. One of her favorite Braille Challenge memories is competing with slate and stylus, including the speed and accuracy portion of the competition.
She currently works at the Human Services Research Institute, supporting the work of making disability and aging policies and services to be more person-centered.
Miso holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about making educational opportunities more accessible for students with disabilities.
You can reach her via email at email@example.com.
Claire Stanley is the Advocacy and Outreach Specialist for the American Council of the Blind. She regularly visits congressional staff members to lobby for laws to benefit the blind and visually impaired community. Before her position at ACB, Claire was the Training Specialist at the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center where she educated populations on the intricacies of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Before that, she was a public interest fellow at Disability Rights D.C. She graduated from law school at the University of Irvine in 2015, and undergrad at the University of California Davis in 2011. Claire is an arts and crafts enthusiast, and sings at her church. She has a yellow lab guide dog named Tulane.