DC-MD AER 2023 Spring Conference

In Conjunction with State Steering Committee

ShAERing the Road: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Friday, March 10, 2023

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Maritime Conference Center  Linthicum Heights, MD

$85 for AER members       $125 non-members


Registration deadline March 1, 2023


8:30 – 9:30 AM – Concurrent Sessions 1

Ericka Tinsley TVI/COMS – Prince George’s County Public Schools


During this presentation, we will discuss ways to support students with multi-disabilities within the classroom environment. Modification of academic materials to allow access to the same curriculum that student’s peers are accessing. Collaborating with related service professionals including O&M, OT, PT, Speech, etc. allows for a combination of services that can enhance student learning and access.

Jacqueline Otwell TVI – Maryland School for the Blind

ShAERing the Road with Web 2.0 Tools and More

The focus of my presentation will be the utilization of Web 2.0 tools to foster collaboration amongst students, professionals, and families. Tools include curation sites like Diigo, video platforms like Flip, and a Book Creator. Examples of how the tools will be used will be provided. I will also discuss the value of social media sites and how that promotes collaboration as well.

9:45– 10:45 AM – Concurrent Sessions 2

 Al Kaufman COMS & Dr. Casey Fitzpatrick PT –Prince George’s County Schools

On the Move: PTs and O&Ms Collaborating

Attendees will learn how O&M Specialists and Physical Therapists can work together to help assess and serve students who require training in both areas.

Marc Angelier & Marie Oddoux – The LEGO Foundation, France

Developing pre-braille skills using LEGO Braille Bricks

In this session, attendees will discover how LEGO Braille Bricks enable Learning through Play teaching to blind/VI children, re-imagine learning that integrates a child’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative skills, explore and experience first-hand what are LEGO Braille Bricks Pre-braille or braille activities, learn to use LEGO Braille Bricks to encourage and motivate students through play-based pre-braille or braille activities, learn how to teach pre-braille in inclusive settings, share learnings and ideas, and invent and present new activities

11:00-12:00 PM – Concurrent Sessions 3

Paul Burden – Waymaps

Using the Waymap App Indoors, Outdoors, and on Metro

An overview of the functionality of the free Waymap App will be offered. The App is available for both Android and iOS. A demonstration will then be done, providing details on how Waymap is the most accurate Nav App in existence and the unique benefits provided to visually impaired users.

Marc Angelier & Marie Oddoux – The LEGO Foundation, France

Learning through play with LEGO Braille Bricks

Through interactive brick-based activities, participants will play and have fun whilst learning about the LEGO Foundation’s Learning through Play approach using LEGO Braille Bricks. Participants will explore and experience first-hand what is so special about play, and identify the different skills blind children develop during play activities.

12:00 – 2:00 PM – Lunch and Awards Ceremony

2:15 – 3:15 PM – Concurrent Sessions 4

Heather Connors – Certified Ophthalmic Technician

How Field Testing Reflects on Driving Goals

In this presentation, we will discuss visual field testing, types and results, and how this information reflects on driving goals.

Hannah Fritz TVI & Evelyn Daniels intervener/paraeducator – Maryland School for the Blind

Collaborating While Assessing a Student with Deafblindness

This program describes the methods, challenges and successes of adapting and delivering a standardized assessment to a student with deafblindness, with specific concentration of the collaborative efforts of the assessor and intervener.

3:30 – 4:30 PM – Concurrent Sessions 5

Jamie Austin TVI & Taylor Lahey TVI – Maryland School for the Blind

Stop, Collaborate, and Assess

In this session you will explore the benefits of collaborating with other team members, including the outreach department at the Maryland School for the Blind to ensure the most successful approaches to serve and support our students.

Jess Willson CAPE, Katie Wallace CAPE & Dena Zorbach TVI, O&M – Harford County Schools

Are You Seeing This!?

Most of our student population needs some sort of visual prompt, cue, or model to help them find success in adapted physical education. We also have a wide range of vision abilities that we serve during a class. Come check out how their collaboration with the vision specialists has increased the quality of resources and tools used to help all students be able to engage in an adapted physical education setting. Many of these instructional materials become utilized in other physical education programs throughout Harford County Public Schools.

4:30 – 5:00 PM – DC-MD Chapter Business Meeting

Open to all members