Perkins is now offering online workshops for teachers and parents of kids who are visually impaired. These workshops are sort of like “mini” online courses that offer a more in-depth learning experience with a cohort of professionals with similar needs and interests. Workshops are asynchronous, meaning that they can be done at any time that is convenient for you.
The first online workshop will begin in January 2013 on the topic of Individualized Education Programs for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Including Those with Additional Disabilities. They are also planning future workshops on the following topics:
Working with Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairments (Spring 2013)
Social Skills for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired (Summer 2013)
These workshops will cost money and teachers will be able to earn continuing education credits for taking them. The first workshop on IEPs will cost $250 and teachers can earn 35 continuing education credits.
If you're a parent and you are looking for free online workshops, you might want to check out the Hadley Family Education Program. These courses are free, but don't offer any credits for teachers. They also don't have any courses on IEPs or autism, two very important topics.