Rehabilitation teachers and counselors, teachers of the visually impaired, low vision therapists, orientation and mobility instructors, and many others may earn continuing education credits at the 2020 ACB Virtual Conference and Convention. Individuals working in vision and other fields may also earn professional development hours during the conference and convention. Content will be delivered through the power of ACB Radio and the Zoom platform; participate from home or office - no need to travel. CEC's are recognized by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).
Topics covered during conference and convention week include employment, technology, health and leisure, orientation and mobility, self-advocacy, braille, low vision, and much more. Individual sessions are provided by ACB, its committees and special-interest affiliates, and leaders in the field of vision. Our new Flex Credits can be used for specific programs and presentations aired during general sessions and on the virtual exhibit channel, as well as for CE and PD sessions not included on the pre-registration form.
A list of sessions offering CEC's and PD hours is available at www.acbconvention.org. A list of additional presentations and sessions added since May 15 will be posted in late June; Flex Credits should be used for items on the June list.
ACB Conference and Convention dates are July 3 to July 10, 2020. Pre-registration is open until June 21, 2020, and includes the ability to register for continuing education credits and professional development hours. Registration will also be open during the convention.
Individuals registering for CE and PD opportunities have several responsibilities:
- Plan to arrive at each session a few minutes ahead of the scheduled start time, and stay for the complete session. A unique code will be announced at the beginning of each session, and another unique code will be announced at the end of each session. Make note of these codes, as they can only be obtained during the airing of the session. Re-plays of sessions will be available to accommodate various time zones.
- Following the conference and convention, you are responsible for completing a CE and PD report that will have been emailed to you prior to the convention; you must enter the codes from your sessions on this form. You must also complete a report and evaluation form for each session. This will provide feedback to the presenter and/or provider, and will help ACB improve its CE and PD offerings in the future. Return all forms to ACB NO LATER THAN Aug. 15, 2020.
- Upon receipt of your completed forms, ACB will issue your certificate, indicating the number of CE credits and/or PD hours earned with ACB. You are responsible for submitting your certificate to your employer for your PD hours or to ACVREP for your CEC's.
Please share this information with schools, agencies and private contractors in your state so that others may take advantage of this great opportunity. For more information, contact Carla Ruschival, continuing education chair, by phone at 1-877-630-7190, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.