NMSBVI Vision Bee

2018 Vision Bee

Alternative and Augmentative Communication Strategies for Early Communicators with Visual Impairment: Practical Ideas for Daily Routines

Vision Bee 2018 Video

Video Link for the Vision Bee 2018.

A Vision Bee is dedicated to imparting the latest information regarding teaching students who have visual impairments. A Vision Bee is appropriate for parents, families, teachers, service providers, social workers and anyone who is interested in increasing their skills in regards to serving students with visual impairments. The Vision Bees take place during January of each year in Albuquerque and Alamogordo. Registration is free. CEUs are available. You may register using the documents found on this webpage.

Workshop Overview:

This workshop will highlight ways in which educators can develop and integrate lite- and lo-tech Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) systems for students who are blind/visually impaired with multiple disabilities, including deafblindness. The unique needs of a VI learner who is an early communicator will be considered in the context of classroom-based AAC interventions to increase engagement, support meaningful communication routines, and build early and age-appropriate literacy skills. Video, photo, and hard-copy examples will be provided as educators consider both receptive and expressive AAC forms in the context of engaging, early literacy and communication activities across the school day.


1. The Early Communication Needs of Students with Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities, including Deafblindness.

2. Choosing practical AAC goals and Targets.

3. Setting and Sharing AAC Topics.

4. Ideas at Work: Early Literacy and Communica-tion—Examples using Alternative Forms.

5. Prompt Independence: Fading Support for Early Communicators with VI.

About the Presenter

Megan Mogan

Megan is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind – Tucson Campus. Megan specializes in working with students who are blind and visually impaired with additional disabilities, including deafblindness.


To register please fill out the form below. There will be No Charge for this training. CEUs will be available for PT, OT, SLP, O&M(ACVREP), and Counseling Space is limited,“please register early”.


UNM Continuing Education Building

1634 University Blvd NE,

Classroom: B & C

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Simultaneous “Live Stream” At NMSBVI Alamogordo 1900 White Sands Blvd. Alamogordo, NM 88310.

For more information, please contact:

Angela Harris
1900 White Sands Blvd.
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone: (575) 439-4431
E-mail: AngelaHarris@nmsbvi.k12.nm.us

Sponsored By: NM School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, The Project for NM Children and Youth who are Deafblind and NM School for the Deaf.