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VHT020202: Tales from the field of Visual Disabilities: What I wish I knew before COVID-19

This session is only available for purchase as part of a Registration Package


During this interactive session, informal survey results will be shared from a variety of stakeholders about lessons they have learned from turning their teaching world virtually upside down and moving to an all virtual environment. We will explore technology standards, when technology instruction should begin, and solutions for adjusting to a variety of ways to connect, learn and teach. So, let's collaborate! Come share your experiences, ideas and perspectives.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Discuss at least three Florida Standards related to technology and how those standards relate to the Expanded Core Curriculum and Core Curriculum for students with visual impairments.
Second Learning Objective: Discuss two or more types of technology that students with visual impairments should be proficient in by graduation and when instruction should begin.
Third Learning Objective: Identify at least three solutions to barriers in providing virtual instruction to students and clients with visual impairments.

Primary Strand

Vision and Hearing Technologies

Secondary Strand

Education & Learning: Early Intervention – 12

Target Audience

  • AT Specialists
  • Educators
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Special Education Educators
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Visual Impairment Specialists

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed

Elementary - Secondary (K-12)

Content Area

Professional Area

Course Schedule

This course was included in the ATIA 2021: AT Connected virtual event education program.

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

This course is offered for the following CE Provider Credits:

For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.


Andrea Wallace, Certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, COMS

Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired, Statewide Educational Specialist for the Visually Impaired


Andrea Wallace works at the Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI) as a Statewide Educational Specialist for the Visually Impaired and part-time at Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind as a transition teacher. She has taught youth with visual impairments for over 10 years in a variety of settings. She started her career as an orientation and mobility specialist and Transition program coordinator at a Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired that served three counties. Her additional experience includes working as an itinerant teacher of students with visual impairments for Pinellas County Schools, as well as a transition and children’s program teacher at Pinellas Lighthouse. Andrea has also taught as an adjunct professor for the Florida State University Visual Disabilities Satellite Program. At FIMC-VI, Andrea provides technical assistance, educational workshops and trainings for parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, and anyone who works with children who are visually impaired.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Andrea Wallace receives a salary from the School District of Hillsborough County/Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired and is employed as a per diem employee at the Lighthouse for the Blind and Low Vision.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Andrea Wallace serves on the board of the Florida Association of the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (FAER) as a Committee Chair.