Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Illinois College of Optometruy

Dr. Arol Augsburger, President of the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO), recently sent these holiday greetings to many of us connected to the ICO. It truly represents what ICO and all of us who are a part of this organization believe to be important:

1.) Generosity in mind and heart
2.) Warmth and caring in the performance of all we do
3.) A deep concern for the welfare for those we serve
4.) and a never ending, strongly held belief in our mission statement to provide

              Excellence in Optometric Clinical Education

        I will also add my most heartfelt and joyous voice to the chorus wishing all a very

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!





Thursday, December 22, 2011

iPad Apps for AAC and Visual Strategies

Assistive Technology Unit (ATU)
Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD)
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

announces 2 Seminars  for January 2012...


Early Registration Deadline is January 4, 2012
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iPad Apps for AAC and Visual Strategies


January 16, 2011           9:00am-2:30pm

This seminar provides a brief demonstration and overview of more than 25 apps for augmentative communication and visual supports.  In addition information is provided about how to modify iPads for use as AAC systems.  This seminar is designed for speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, special educators and assistive technology specialists.Fees and Registration:    Register by January 4, 2012 for the early-bird rate of $100 per person or $90 per person for a group rate of three or more attendees from the same location. After January 4, 2012 the rate is $120 per person.  Space is limited for this course so please register early!

Payment will be accepted with credit card or check made payable to the “UIC Assistive Technology Unit” 
For more information on this seminar and enrollment:
visit http://www.idhd.org/ATUTrainings/aac1-16/index.htm
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AAC Assessment & Customizing 
iPad/iPods for Communication: 
Hands-on Training with Three AAC Apps  
January 18, 2012  
9:00-3:30

This seminar is designed for individuals involved in the identification, set up and training of AAC systems. The consideration of iPads/iPods in AAC Assessment will be discussed as well as strategies for app selection. Further, t
he afternoon session provides three one-hour break-out sessions for hands on training of three AAC apps: Proloquo2go, TouchChat and SonoFlex.  These sessions will include discussion on how to customize specific apps and AAC systems to meet individualized needs determined through assessment. All participants will have the opportunity to attend each break out session. Some 
iPads will be available for shared use (3 people to a station) during the hands-on training sessions.  Participants are also encouraged to bring their own iPads/iPods with Proloquo2go, TouchChat and/or SonoFlex/ SonoFlex Lite (SonoFlex Lite is a free app).  
Fees and Registration:    Register by January 4, 2012 for the early-bird rate of $130 per person or $120 per person for a group rate of three or more attendees from the same location. After January 4, 2012 the rate is $150 per person.  Space is limited for this course so please register early!

Payment will be accepted with credit card or check made payable to the “UIC Assistive Technology Unit” 
For more information on this seminar and enrollment,

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2011 Easy-On-the-Eyes Holiday Gift List


The 2011 Easy-On-The-Eyes Holiday Gift List


Concern about the impact of video games on visual health has led The Vision Therapy Center to create its 2011 Easy-On-the-Eyes Holiday Gift List.  It contains 65 gift ideas that can help kids avoid vision problems, including computer eye strain.
The list consists of toys and games that promote visual skills such as hand-eye coordination, visualization, and space perception.  “We created the list because so many children are spending too much time on video games and small electronic screens,” said Dr. Kellye Knueppel, developmental optometrist and owner of The Vision Therapy Center.  Click here to see the list.

Updated info:iPad Apps for AAC and Visual Strategies

Assistive Technology Unit (ATU)
Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD)
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

announces 2 Seminars  for January 2012...

Early Registration Deadline is January 4, 2012
******************************************************************

iPad Apps for AAC and Visual Strategies

January 16, 2012          9:00am-2:30pm

This seminar provides a brief demonstration and overview of more than 25 apps for augmentative communication and visual supports.  In addition information is provided about how to modify iPads for use as AAC systems.  This seminar is designed for speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, special educators and assistive technology specialists.
Fees and Registration:    Register by January 4, 2012 for the early-bird rate of $100 per person or $90 per person for a group rate of three or more attendees from the same location. After January 4, 2012 the rate is $120 per person.  Space is limited for this course so please register early!

Payment will be accepted with credit card or check made payable to the “UIC Assistive Technology Unit” 
For more information on this seminar and enrollment:
visit http://www.idhd.org/ATUTrainings/aac1-16/index.htm

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AAC Assessment & Customizing 
iPad/iPods for Communication: 
Hands-on Training with Three AAC Apps  
January 18, 2012  
9:00-3:30

This seminar is designed for individuals involved in the identification, set up and training of AAC systems. The morning session will focus on AAC Assessment and will include
will be discussed as well as strategies for selecting apps for augmentative communication. T
he afternoon session provides three one-hour break-out sessions for hands on training of three AAC apps: Proloquo2go, TouchChat and SonoFlex.  

These sessions will include discussion on how to customize specific apps and AAC systems to meet individualized needs determined through assessment. All participants will have the opportunity to attend each break out session. Some 
iPads will be available for shared use (3 people to a station) during the hands-on training sessions.  Participants are also encouraged to bring their own iPads/iPods with Proloquo2go, TouchChat and/or SonoFlex/ SonoFlex Lite (SonoFlex Lite is a free app).  

Fees and Registration:    Register by January 4, 2012 for the early-bird rate of $130 per person or $120 per person for a group rate of three or more attendees from the same location. After January 4, 2012 the rate is $150 per person.  Space is limited for this course so please register early!
Payment will be accepted with credit card or check made payable to the “UIC Assistive Technology Unit” 
For more information on this seminar and enrollment,

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Concussion in Sports

Heads Up Concussions in Football

Heads Up Concussion in high school sports. The Illinois Eye Institute is a part of the Chicago Concussion Coalition which wants to educate all involved in sports about how to minimize your concussion risk. For more information about concussion and sports click on the button to the left. For more information about the Illinois Eye Institute and the Chicago Concussion Coalition ...just click on the highlighted links.

Have questions about concussion and traumatic brain injury and the vision problems they can cause? Feel free to ask me. DM