Workshops/Seminars for Teaching to Cross With No Stop Sign or Traffic Signal
Being able to teach visually impaired students to assess and cross streets with no traffic control requires a paradigm shift for many
Orientation and Mobility specialists.
An hour or two of feet-in-the-street exercises is not enough -- the only way I have been able to help O&M specialists achieve the necessary paradigm shift and be prepared to teach students to analyze and cross streets with no traffic control is to either attend a one-day seminar/workshop that includes the information from the Self-Study Guide or, better yet,
take the "Self-Study Guide: Preparing Visually Impaired Students to Assess and Cross Streets with No Stop Sign or Traffic Signal" and then attend a 3-hour hands-on workshop applying the skills. The first all-day workshop was held in Kansas City when intrepid O&M specialists got together to arrange such a seminar on Saturday, February 20, 2010 --
the Alphapointe Association for the Blind graciously allowed us to use their facilities.
At the end of the seminar, the participants took the quiz from the Self-Study Guide to earn their Certificate of Completion (pictured to the right) -- click here to watch their struggles and triumphs!
Pictures below are from the most recent workshops, which were offered only to those who had completed the Self-Study Guide -- details are below.
In 2010-2011, I did more than 30 workshops, and the Kansas City O&Mers were joined by hundreds of workshop participants who committed themselves as Early Adapters to
"incorporate (and/or develop!) teaching tools and strategies to prepare students to recognize situations of uncertainty for gap judgment, and analyze and cross streets with no traffic control."
These O&Mers were the Early Adopters of innovation in our profession.
They introduced ideas and advanced the teaching tools more in that year than I was able to do in the previous 10 years!
Following are just a few examples of the influence of these Early Adopters since February, 2010:
extensive checklists have been developed to facilitate our instruction of these skills and concepts;
strategies of scanning for cars were refined; and
teaching tools were adapted to introduce these concepts to people with brain injury and to young children -- click here to see it being taught to groups of children in New Brunswick, Canada.
My mind is blown when I think about how this can advance as more O&Mers join the Early Adopters and get working on it!
Past and Present Workshops
Below are some of the workshops held on this topic. Currently there are no workshops planned, if you are considering having a workshop in your area, you can contact Dona Sauerburger.
WORKSHOP: Hands-on application of skills
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 17-20, 2017
Listen for approaching vehicles and determine range of warning times
Judge whether there is a Situation of Uncertainty, using the newly-developed TMAD checklist
If it is a Situation of Uncertainty, use the Risk checklist to analyze the risks of crossing.
look for alternatives if the risk is not acceptable
Using vision, learn to judge when approaching vehicles are far/slow enough to give you time to cross
once you can do it well, see if you can do it when glancing
Using vision with restricted visual fields, learn the effects of scanning too quickly.
WORKSHOP: Teaching students to deal with uncontrolled crossings, Parts 1 and 2
Fort Worth, Texas November 3-5, 2016
After doing more than 100 presentations on this topic, I revised my workshop to premier a comprehensive yet streamlined two-part version of this workshop to offer as preconference and concurrent workshops at Southwest O&M Association conference!
NOTE: This workshop will have hands-on activities applying some of the concepts, but I do not know whether those activities will take place outside or in the classroom.
Part 1: Recognizing Situations of Uncertainty, analyzing risks and considering alternatives
Thursday afternoon, NOVEMBER 3, 2016 (preconference 3-hour workshop) Part 1 of the workshop will take you step-by-step through the process of teaching your students to: assess situations of crossings with no traffic control; determine if they have enough warning of approaching vehicles to know when it's clear to cross; analyze the risk of crossing; and consider alternatives when the risk is not acceptable.
Part 2: Listening or looking for approaching vehicles effectively
Friday afternoon NOVEMBER 4, 2016 (90-minute concurrent session)
At uncontrolled crossings where your students can hear or see approaching traffic with enough warning, you want to be sure they have the skills needed to determine when it is clear to cross! This session will cover the factors students need to consider when listening for "all clear" to cross, and the challenges and strategies for students with visual impairments to look for crossable gaps in traffic.
All-Day Workshops -- 2010-2011
The following information is from the workshops held in 2010-2011:
Workshops typically last for 6 hours PLUS time for lunch and breaks, and include the following, depending on time and circumstances:
What's going on here?
Situations of uncertainty -- what are they? How can you recognize them?
Research -- what did we learn from sitting in lawnchairs and listening for traffic?
What does "quiet" mean?
How does this change what we teach our students, and are you committed?
Teaching students to:
recognize Situations of Uncertainty
Analyze risks and make decisions; Alternatives
determine crossable gaps (when that is possible)
Practice makes perfect!
Outside, experience teaching tools at streets
Brainstorm goals for instruction
Scenarios and examples
Sites of former workshops:
Kansas City: February 20, 2010
Denver, Colorado (Colorado Department of Education): April 30 - May 1, 2010
Hines, Illinois (IAOMS / Illinois AER Chapter): June 5, 2010
Laguna Woods, California: August 16, 2010
Manhattan, New York: September 25, 2010
Kalamazoo, Michigan: October 14-15, 2010
Louisville, Kentucky: October 17, 2010
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: October 23, 2010
Columbia, Missouri (MO AER Chapter meeting): November 5, 2010
Phoenix, Arizona: November 11 and 14, 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah (Utah AER Chapter meeting): November 19, 2010
Yorktown Heights, New York (Guiding Eyes for the Blind with Guide Dog Foundation and The Seeing Eye): December 15, 2010
Corpus Christi, Texas (SWOMA conference): January 13, 2011
Tampa, Florida: February 12, 2011
Birmingham, Alabama (University of Alabama O&M program): February 19, 2011
Phoenix, Arizona: February 27, 2011
Greenville, South Carolina: March 5, 2011
San Francisco, California: March 20, 2011
Halifax, Nova Scotia (CNIB; APSEA; Dept of Ed in New Brunswick): March 29, 2011
Boston, Massachusetts (Assn of MA Educators of Students with VI): April 1, 2011
Portland, Maine (Maine Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired): April 5, 2011
Portland, Oregon (Oregon AER): April 11, 2011
Eugene, Oregon (Oregon AER): April 13, 2011
Ashland, Oregon (Oregon AER): April 16, 2011
Anchorage, Alaska (Alaska AER): April 20, 2011
Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State University O&M program): May 14, 2011
London, Ontario (Canadian National Institute for the Blind): June 14, 2011
Washington, DC (Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind): July 21, 2011
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: September 17, 2011
San Rafael, California (Guide Dogs for the Blind): September 27, 2011
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Centre de Readaptation InterVal): September 30, 2011
Kansas City, Missouri (Alphapointe Association for the Blind): October, 15, 2011
Seattle, Washington (State of Washington Dept. of Services for the Blind): November 7-8, 2011
Instructions to workshop registrants
Hi there! If you have registered for a street-crossing conference -- welcome, I'm excited that you're coming!
When you come ... what to bring?
Be prepared -- we MIGHT go outside for part of the workshop.
If possible, bring a stopwatch (your cell phone may have one that you can use).
Full participation in all the activities does NOT require a blindfold or a cane, but you can bring them if you prefer.
We will be covering a LOT of material during the workshop!
Many people who have attended said it is too much to process in one sitting, and they strongly recommend reading the Self-Study Guide before coming to the workshop.
Keep in mind, however, that I will be covering everything at the workshop, and one or two attendees were disappointed to have to sit through it all again, so use your judgment as to what would be best for you.
If you want to review the material ahead of time but your time is limited, you could read the following in descending order, as your time permits: