Friday   Saturday   Sunday

FRIDAY, July 10

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Pre-Conference Sessions at Chicago Marriott Medical District Hotel


2:00 – 4:00 pm
Mothers’ Support Group

2:00 – 4:00 pm
NAPVI Affiliate Parent Leaders’ Seminar & FamilyConnect


12:00 pm – 7:00 pm              
Registration at Chicago Marriott Medical District Hotel


5:00 – 7:00 pm
Dinner on your own


7:00 – 9:00 pm                      
Welcome Reception at Chicago Marriott Medical District Hotel
Opening Plenary Session


7:30 – 8:30 am               
Breakfast at Chicago Marriott Medical District Hotel


7:30 – 9:30 am                
Registration at The Chicago Lighthouse


8:00 am – 5:00 pm                      
Exhibit Hall opens at The Chicago Lighthouse    


8:15 – 8:45 am                                       
Childcare Check-in opens at The Chicago Lighthouse
Adaptive Sports 5+


9:00 – 10:00 am                   

Welcome Plenary Session


10:15 – 11:30 am                 
Eye Condition Sessions


11:45 am -12:45 pm                   

Onsite Childcare closes for Lunch


11:45 – 12:45 pm                 
Lunch and Eye Condition Networking at The Chicago Lighthouse


1:00 – 5:15 pm                      

Onsite Childcare is open


1:00 – 2:15 pm
First Breakout Session
A-1  Unified English Braille: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

A-2  Adaptive Sports: Skills for Success On and Beyond the Playing Field

A-3  Insider’s Scoop: Obtaining the Best Kindergarten Program for Your Child

A-4  New Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired Made Easy

A-5  Life After Graduation from School for Young Adults with Severe Multi-Handicapping Conditions

A-6  Communication Strategies for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind

A-7  Getting into the Community: Orientation and Mobility (O&M) for School-Age Children


2:30 – 3:45 pm
Second Breakout Session
B-1  Social Skills: A Key to Life Success

B-2  Navigating the Individual Education Plan (IEP) for Parents

B-3  An Occupational Therapist’s Perspective on Early Literacy Learning for Students with Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities

B-4  Early Literacy Strategies: How to Read Aloud to Your Child Who is Blind

B-5  Preparation for Life After High School

B-6  Parents Have the Power to Make an Impact: Creating New Services for Our Children

B-7  Vision Development and the Impact on Learning in Infants and Preschool Children


4:00 – 5:15 pm                
Third Breakout Session


C-1  Practical Tips for Advocating for Your Child at School, in Recreational Programs and Anywhere Else

C-2  Communication Skill Building for Learners with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities

C-3  The College Financial Aid Process and College Scholarships for Students Who Are Blind

C-4  Dealing with Negative Comments from the Inside-Out

C-5  Technology Session: New Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired Made Easy

C-6  Resources for Parents of Children Who Are Visually Impaired


5:00 pm                               
Exhibit Hall closes


5:15 pm                                 
Childcare closes


5:15 – 6 pm                          
Frozen Yogurt – Everyone please come!


6:30 pm                                 
Dinner on your own or in groups to Italian District
After Dinner Reception and Entertainment at the Hotel
Dad’s Drop-In Support Group Meeting at the Hotel


SUNDAY, July 12

7:30 – 8:30 am                      
Breakfast at the Hotel


8:30 am – 12:00 pm                          
Childcare opens


9:15 – 10:30 am               
Fourth Breakout Session

D-1  What Is the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC)? Easy Ways to Teach Skills to Kids Who Are Visually Impaired

D-2  Psychological Aspects for Adapting to Being Blind

D-3  Digital Books: What’s New and Improved and Is it Really Possible to Get Textbooks on Demand?

D-4  Orientation and Mobility Strategies for Infants and Toddlers Who Have Visual Impairments

D-5  Building on Daily Routines to Create Multifaceted Learning Experience for Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities: Two Case Studies

D-6  After School Sports and Recreation for Everyone

D-7  Fun in the Kitchen, Skills for a Lifetime: How to Teach Children Who Are Blind to Safely Help Out!


10:30 – 11:45 am              
Closing Plenary Session


12:00 pm                       
Program ends
Childcare closes