KSSB Parent Weekend


November 22-23, 2013

Updated Schedule

Friday, November 22


4:30-5:30 pm          Registration in the KSSB Dining Hall

5:00-6:00 pm          Meal for children and adults in Dining Hall

6:15-6:30 pm          Families Together—What It’s All About

6:30-8:00 pm          Crafts, Physical activities and Playroom for children

Testimonials from various visually impaired and blind adults

Nancy Johnson—“A Blind Parent Raising a Sighted Child”

Kim Morrow—“The School Can’t Do it All”

Estin Telavera –“The Best of Both Worlds: My Story”

Helen Hahn—“Advances in Ocular Surgery; It’s Not Like it

Looks on TV”

8:00-8:30 pm          Snacks and socialization for parents and children in the Dining


8:30pm                    Return to dorm/home

Saturday, November 23

 7:15-8:15 am          Registration and Breakfast in Dining Room

8:15-12:00 pm       Child care and programmed activities provided by KSSB


8:30-10:45 am       A GPS Walk Through the Power and Light District with

Craig Phillips and Company. We are encouraging family

members to select one person to attend while the other

attends the other options.

8:30-9:45 am         Scott Truax from AFB, Kirby Hough from Alphapointe, and

Susan LaVenture the president from NAPVI—“Daily Living Skills

and Personal Management: Don’t Transition Without It”

Recommended for all ages and levels

10:00-10:45 am    Robert Beech, Assistive Technology Specialist from KCKCC,

and Cheryl Covell from KSSB—“College: It’s Not Just High School

Part 2.  Provides honest and factual information

about what it takes to be successful in post-secondary

education. Recommended for parents of students of all ages

who are considering their child for post-secondary education.

10:15-10:45am     Sherry Kopaska—“Transitioning Into the Real World.”

What it takes to be successful in transitioning

to pre-vocational and vocational employment, as well as

quality of life experiences. Recommended for parents whose

children have special needs that require prevocational/

vocational training opportunities.

11:00-12:00pm     Rand Hodgson, parent advocate and father of special needs

children: Title TBA. Recommended for all ages/abilities.

12:00-12:30pm     Lunch for children and adults, hand out information bags

12:30pm                Travel Home Safely

Sponsored by:

Kansas Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

Kansas Instructional Resource Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Kansas State Department of Education *Special Education Services* TASN Grant

Families Together

I have attached the registration form for the conference here:  2013 Parent Weekend Registration Final Draft with corrections

From Helen Hahn:

Please note that the November 15 deadline is rapidly approaching. If you would like to email your completed registration form, you may pay the $20 fee at the door. This year’s program is full of new information, and the child care activities are always exciting for the children. Please share this information with others. If you are not interested in staying in the dorm, the Hilton Garden Inn will be offering state rates of $83 for up to four in a room. In order to obtain this rate, please call Tim Ryan at 913-342-7900. You may have to leave a message and ask him to call you back. Please register soon, so that we may have time to plan the best family weekend yet!

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