The ever-expanding wave of technology coming at us sometimes poses
more questions than answers.
Are you an educator or an employer wondering what to do the next time
someone with a sensory disability wants to enroll or apply for a job?
Are you a parent or guidance counselor trying to advise a blind or
print-disabled teen about how he or she can become integrated,
productive, and fulfilled?
At the 2019 BEET Conference, you will:
- Jill Skehan of Indiana Works. Jill
will explain to us how careful planning can help you get and keep
employment while not jeopardizing Medicare, Medicaid, or Social
Security benefits that may be critical to your health and survival.
- Christopher Meyer, who until recently served as president of the
Indiana Association of Blind Students. Along with a degree from
Indiana University, Chris has substantial knowledge of public policy
in his own right, along with technical skill in specialty areas,
including 3D printing.
- Prof. Jeanette Shown, head of the Computing Science Program at Goshen College, will give us the sneak preview of a coding camp for blind teens and adults, intended for the summer of 2020. Using basic, low tech examples, we’ll get a hands-on introduction to the mindset that is most useful for computer programmers. Think you can do it? This will be a direct opportunity to test your natural aptitude for writing code.
- Christine Boone, blind attorney and former director of the Michigan
Commission for the Blind Training Center. In addition, Christine has
provided legal support for a multi-faceted non-profit Maryland
agency which included a large manufacturing operation, a comprehensive
training center serving blind persons from transition age to senior
citizens, and a series of base service stores operating at military
- Douglas Boone, who happens to be Christine’s spouse, most
recently served as head of the Division of Visual Services, a unit of
the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Along with
administrative expertise, Doug is accustomed to directly teaching
blind and visually impaired individuals to be brilliant at life
skills, having held the National Orientation & Mobility Certification
- Meet individuals from right here in Michiana engaged in developing
and marketing new cutting-edge tools that help us blind and
print-disabled people affordably and efficiently get information, lead
a household, have fun, and live the life we want.
For the blind and otherwise print-disabled, exceptional results aren’t
reserved for the few who got a lucky break. A successful outcome is
not reserved for a handful of sensational prodigies such as Helen
Keller, Ray Charles, or Stevie Wonder. That successful outcome is
available to many otherwise very “typical” blind men and women who
simply approach a challenge with the proper tools, training, and
tenacity and who faithfully carry out repeatable practices that
already have worked for many who came before them.
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