Seminar Series

Kimberly Avila is an experienced teacher and guest presenter.  All seminars are customized to meet the needs of participants and all sessions are inter-active with multiple forms of media; tactile, auditory, visual (when appropriate).


Braille Babies (Parent and Service Provider Edition)

Population: parents, caregivers, family members, service providers, teachers and administrators

Children with visual impairments benefit from accessing literacy with innovative methods.  This seminar is designed to introduce participants to the basics of braille and tactile learning.  Then, unique approaches are presented to help children ready themselves for pre-braille literacy.  Participants learn about using braille in everyday life and how to find braille literacy-enhancing materials for children at local stores or how to make them from common household items.   

This seminar is also great for those who have children who may not be future braille readers, as tactile stimulation helps children become well-rounded learners and assist in developing compensatory skills for accessing education when a visual impairment is present.


Precious Preemies!

Populations: Parents, caregivers, teachers, service providers and administrators.

Infants born prematurely are extraordinary gifts that require specialized care from the day they are born.  Kimberly Avila has extensive first hand experience in the level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and early intervention for preemies who need support after leaving the NICU. 

Participants will learn about unique challenges facing infants born prematurely and how to make appropriate interventions.  Special emphasis is placed on caring for medically fragile children and supporting healthy growth from a well-rounded perspective while promoting development. 

Precious Preemie seminars are customized to meet the needs of the audience.  Service providers learn about working with families who have been touched by the birth of a child born prematurely and how to modify and adapt their professional responsibilities to best serve families and children.  Parents learn about accessing crucial services to help maximize their child’s potential while receiving the support they need through one of the most difficult challenges parents can face when raising children.      


Raising a Child who is Blind or Visually Impaired – General Overview

Population: parents, caregivers, family members, service providers, teachers and administrators

Parents of children who are blind or visually impaired have unique perspectives and concerns for raising their children.   Many opportunities exist and a plethora of information is available to these families and parents benefit from having specific instruction on what to expect and how to handle their exceptional children.

This seminar can be customized to meet the needs of participants, but the following is a sample of topics that can be included:

--  Medical aspects and working with physicians/health care providers

-- Understanding "functional" vision

-- Bonding with a child who is visually impaired

-- Stimulating and playing with your child

-- Adaptive and non-adaptive learning experiences and equipment

-- Child development for children with visual impairments

-- Literacy development

-- Using Orientation and Mobility in daily life

-- Services and service providers for children with visual impairments

-- Advocating for your child's needs

-- Finding and utilizing resources

-- Dealing with emotions and redefining normal

-- Accessing early intervention, school/education and rehabilitation services

-- Identifying and working with children who have multiple disabilities and/or medical needs

-- Strategies for using the Expanded Core Curriculum in daily life and how parents are the most important teachers of this crucial component of their child’s functioning

-- Preparing for the future

Equal Access to Education

Population: parents, caregivers, family members, students and adults with visual impairments, service providers, rehabilitation professionals teachers and administrators

This seminar acquaints participants with federal laws that mandate equal access to education.  Attention is focused on the Individual’s with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Accessing early intervention, referring procedures, IFSP’s/IEP’s/504 plans, terminology, accommodations and modifications and a variety of other topics are covered in this seminar. 


Adaptive Technology

Option 1 – Parents, caregivers, family members, students and adults with visual impairments, service providers, teachers, administrators

Advancements in technology have empowered persons with visual impairments and leveled the playing field.  Countless hi-tech, low-tech and no-tech devices exist, but choosing the right software or device can be challenging and understanding how to use it correctly can be overwhelming.  This seminar provides an overview of simple measures one can take to make technology more accessible and specialized programs, hardware and software designed to meet the needs of persons with visual impairments. 

Option 2 -- Companies, programmers, webmasters, IT professionals, technical personnel, lawyers, government agencies and contractors

Accessible programming and web development is an important component of technology and web page management.  Participants will learn basic principles of adaptive technology, technical accessibility and how their software/hardware/websites can empower and meet the needs of persons with visual impairments.  Basic information pertaining Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act will be presented as well.       


EXPLORE the Possibilities: Facilitating a Smooth Transition to College

Population:  parents, caregivers, family members, students and adults with visual impairments, service providers, rehabilitation counselors, teachers and administrators

Persons who are blind or visually impaired can have a successful and fulfilling college experience, but need to make certain adaptations and provisions.  This seminar and curriculum helps participants prepare themselves/students/clients for a smooth transition to the college environment.   

Teacher Training

Population: College/graduate students, teachers, specialists, psychologists, service providers, administrators

Working with children and students who have visual impairments is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for professionals.  Teachers and service providers can best serve their prospective or current students with visual impairments by learning basic strategies, methods, terminology, accommodations and modifications to optimize learning experiences for this population.   This seminar introduces participants to teaching and working with children and students who have visual impairments. 

This seminar covers early intervention, preschool, elementary/middle and high school, college and adults.  The scope of this workshop can be focused on any particular age or a couple of stages of life, depending on the needs of the audience.

Contact Kimberly  for further information and current contract pricing.