Hidden Disorders: Right In Front of Our Eyes

Hidden Disorders: Right In Front of Our Eyes

Did you know that a strugglingstudent who is clumsy, has poor handwriting and can’t sit still may, in fact besuffering from a vision disorder?  Didyou know that 64% of those who don’t graduate high school read at basic orbelow?  Research shows that 75% ofjuvenile delinquents suffer from vision disorders. Such disorders are notrelated to acuity (20/20 vision) and are often referred to as “The HiddenDisability”. Awareness of the relationship between vision disorders andlearning is becoming more widely recognized in the academic community; howeverthe symptoms are still almost unknown. It is important for educators inparticular and the public in general, to be aware of and alert to the multiplevague symptoms that together indicate a struggling student or athlete may havea vision or visual processing disorder. 

We are honored this year to have as Keynotespeaker Dr. David Damari, Dean of the Michigan College of Optometry and CVC’sFounding Director.  Dr. Glen Steele isone of the country’s foremost specialists in pediatric vision and will shareabout how to detect vision disorders in small children and infants.  Patricia Andrich is a leading authority on RetainedPrimitive Reflexes. And since the re-institution of penmanship into theMississippi curriculum begins with this school year, her discussion of therelationship between penmanship and brain development will be of particularvalue.  Dr. Miranda Maynard has recentlyopened a portion of her clinic dedicated to vision therapy in Pontotoc.  Keri Pickle is an Occupational Therapist witha local rehabilitation center who will provide hands-on instruction in makingtools that can be used for vision training in the classroom.

The U.S. Individuals with DisabilitiesEducation Act (IDEA) states that learning disabilities do NOT include learningproblems that are primarily due to visual, hearing or motor disabilities. Thatis because these disorders are treatable when discovered, and in most cases,correctable. Attendees at this conference will learn the relationship of visiondisorders to the learning process.

Targeted Audience: All Teachers and their stakeholders, especially schoolboard and parent organization members, school nurses, occupational therapists,psychologists, MDE, and the Legislature.

Date Time Session Instructor Faciliator Venue
Thu, Aug 16, 2018 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM All Day Session LuEllen Childress Susan Scott National Guard Old Armory
Special Accomodations
Disabilities If you have a disability that would need an accommodation (wheelchair, visual impairment, etc.), please contact us so that we can best accommodate you.

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