GSAP Training Opportunities 2019-20

For more information about GSAP trainings contact Martha Veto:

GSAP Winter Workshop, February 3-4, 2020

Active Learning Training –  Speaker: Patty Obrzut

Active Learning is an approach based on the work of Dr. Lilli Nielsen for instructing individuals with severe multiple disabilities.  It contains an assessment, a curriculum, specifically-designed equipment, and instructional strategies that support learners to be active participants in their surroundings. Patty Obrzut, Assistant Director of the Penrickton Center in Michigan will explain the approach and ways to implement it.

We will host 2 follow-up sessions via Zoom to discuss using the Functional Schemes and FIELA) and wrap up with a make & take.   More information on these events will be posted later.

On-Site Training for Educational Teams

GSAP will send a training team to schools or districts to conduct in-service training on topics listed below.  To discuss training options, contact Martha Veto,,  478-550-2367

  •  Deaf-Blindness 101 – The impact of deaf-blindness on development and learning and resources for educational teams.  2 hour training
  • Communication beyond words and signs – A look at communication strategies and resources for students with combined vision and hearing loss.  Assessment and planning for individual students.
  • Scoring the CVI Range  ( ½ day training)
  • Understanding the impact of CVI on your student  (1 hour presentation)
  • Using the Communication Matrix to develop communication goals and activities  (2 hour presentation)
  • Communication Portfolios  (1 hour presentation)
  • Understanding your student’s hearing using the Informal Functional Hearing Evaluation  (1 hour presentation)
  • Person-Centered Planning and other transition tools for students with deaf-blindness  (1 hour presentation)

Cortical Visual Impairment Study Group

GSAP and the Georgia Academy for the Blind are sponsoring the second CVI Endorsement Cohort through Perkins Elearning this year.  To support new professionals learning about CVI, we will host a monthly CVI study group. These 90 minute  meetings will be on specific topics, with guest speakers from Georgia and national experts, and participants will be encouraged to ask questions in the last 20 minutes of each session.

Study group sessions will meet with a face-to-face group and virtual audience in Zoom on the (usually) 2nd Friday of the month 2:00- 3:30.

Please register to join the study group if you are interested in attending any of the sessions.  Information about monthly sessions will be sent only to those who register.

  • September 13, 2019: Is it CVI? Screening tools, Cerebral vs Cortical….
  • October 11, 2019: Administering the CVI Range- panel of mentors talking about what has worked and not worked
  • November 8, 2019: CVI strategies across the day:  How do we describe our findings and recommendations?
  • January 10, 2020: Communication and CVI – Chris Russell- on zoom
  • February 14, 2020: Christine Roman-Lantzy on zoom: A Literacy Media Assessment for students with CVI
  • March 13, 2020: CVI Strategies across the day: The What’s the Complexity Framework –  Matt Tietjen – on zoom
  • April 3, 2020 Literacy and CVI – including Braille instruction   
  • May 8, 2020: ONH, Autism and CVI -Speaker TBD

Regional and conference training related to deaf-blindness: 

GVEST-  Georgia Vision Educators Statewide Training: October 16-18, 2019,  Robert Hatcher Coference Center at Middle Georgia State Unversity, Macon     Special guest speaker sponsored by GSAP – Jennifer White from Seattle, CEO of Able Opportunities, Inc.  Jennifer focuses on improving employment outcomes for people who are nonlinguistic.

IDEAS Conference – June 2020 –  Last year GSAP sponsored a Pre-Conference session focusing on Cortical Visual Impairment.  We hope to sponsor another pre-conference session at the next IDEAS Conference.  Announcements about IDEAS will be posted here by January, 2020.