Please start touching base with your students' schools to find out what texts they will be using for the next school year. There are a lot of new textbooks being released by publishers to align with the new BC curriculum and we are anticipating an extremely busy year for our alternate format production staff.
New titles for production need to be requested ASAP:
If we do not have the title or the alternate format your student needs, please submit a PRCVI Request Form for New Titles. A high school textbook can sometimes take 6 months or more to transcribe into braille and up to 2 months to produce in large print or digital accessible formats. The sooner we know a text is needed, this helps us to prioritize our production work-flow. All requests are subject to textbook availability, budget, staffing and time considerations. If a new production request does not come until September, we can't guarantee we will be able to do it.
Note: New braille materials will be transcribed in Unified English braille (UEB) format. Any new production requests for materials in English braille American Edition (EBAE) or Nemeth format, for students in grades 11-12, will be considered on an individual basis.
PRCVI has created a new TSVI workspace. This space, while also serving as a staff lunch room, is available to any of our colleagues who want to come for a visit to PRCVI, have a cup of tea, and check out new resources, write reports using professional resource materials in the library, or collaborate on project using PRCVI resources. If you wish to use the space, just let us know to expect you!
The PRCVI library has recently acquired several new resources:
The UBC O&M program is accepting applications for a summer 2018 start date. The application deadline is March 30. Application instructions are available online, or prospective applicants can contact Dr. Kim Zebehazy for more information.
Registration is currently open for the 2018 Seeing Beyond the Horizon conference in Edmonton, Alberta from May 3-5. PRCVI outreach staff will be making several presentations at the conference. Information about the sessions and registration can be found on the conference website.
The 2018 AEBC Conference, with a theme of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, is being held in Burnaby, BC from April 27-29, 2018. Friday will consist of workshops and exhibitors and is open to all attendees, while Saturday and Sunday will be the AEBC Annual General Meeting. More information about the conference, hotel, registration, and program can be found on the AEBC 2018 Conference website.
Hadley has a new series of iFocus videos focused on the Mac operating system.
They also have a library archiving all old seminars they have presented in the past, which covers topics from accessibility and technology, braille literacy, independent living, employment, professional development, and more.
Paths to Literacy has an article with ideas for time-savers and low-tech classroom materials.
PRCVI Connections is a bi-monthly newsletter designed to keep you up to date about events and resources for teachers of the visually impaired. If you have any items you think would be helpful to include in this newsletter please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.