Dare to Be Remarkable

A three-day national training conference for education and rehabilitation professionals who work with blind and low vision transition-aged students or adults.

Dates and Location

Monday, November 11, 8:00 a.m. – Wednesday, November 13, 2024, 5:00 p.m., Eastern.
Jernigan Institute 
200 East Wells Street 
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Who Should Attend

Professionals working in the field of blindness education and rehabilitation from across the country are invited to participate. There will be keynote presentations and plenary conference sessions where participants will hear and learn from experts in the field of education and rehabilitation for the blind.

An innovative programming feature of this conference is the facilitation of several different discipline-specific breakout meetings for:

  • Parents and teachers of blind and low vision students
  • Administrators and directors of training centers and blindness service programs
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselors, evaluators, and supervisors
  • Cane travel and O&M instructors
  • Braille and communications instructors
  • Access technology instructors
  • Home management, ADL, ILS, and related fields
  • Employment specialists and vocational coaches
  • Current vocational rehabilitation service consumers

We invite professionals in related fields to submit a proposal to present at this conference during one of the concurrent breakout sessions. Read below for more information about our call for presentations.

Agenda at a Glance

Coming soon!

Call for Proposals

We would like to invite you to submit a proposal to present during one of our concurrent 50-minute breakout sessions which will be scheduled on the afternoon of November 11, 12, and 13. Abstracts should be submitted on one of the following conference themes or another closely related track:

  • Structured Discovery methods and principles across the lifespan.
  • Successful integration of alternative blindness skills in the classroom
  • Braille Instruction for students who are blind or low vision
  • Educational technologies, policies, and practices for teachers of blind students.
  • Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) strategies and programs.
  • Strategies for successful transition from education to rehabilitation.
  • Teaching Structured Discovery methods and techniques in core subject areas (Cane Travel, Braille, etc.).
  • Rehabilitation methods, principles, and policies that effect instructors and administrators.
  • Successful strategies for competitive integrated employment 
  • Agency-wide philosophy and culture on blindness.

Proposal Details

Proposals should include:

  • Title of Presentation
  • Name and contact information for lead presenter
  • Name and contact information of additional presenters (If any).
  • Indicate whether you are willing to repeat the presentation.
  • Audio and video requirements (Note: you may be required to provide your own equipment)
  • Abstract that includes a description of the workshop and learning objectives. Proposals should not exceed 200 words in length.

All completed proposals should be email to [email protected] by September 2, 2024.

Selected presenters will be notified by October 2, 2024. Selected presenters will be provided a discounted registration rate of $300.

Questions about proposals can be directed to Edward Bell at [email protected], or 318-257-4554. 

Registration Fee

Early registration - 400 dollars until October 5. 
General registration - 500 dollars after October 6. 

More Information

Questions about the conference can be directed to Edward Bell, at [email protected] or 318-257-4554, or Anil Lewis, at [email protected]