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Annual MCB Visions of Collaboration Conference 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Marlborough, 265 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA 01752

Overview of Annual MCB Visions of Collaboration Conference 2019

Focus on Skills for Success in Work and Life

Pre-Employment Transition Services for Students with Visual Impairments

Who Should Attend: 
TVIs, COMS, MCB Staff, Special Ed Directors, IEP Team Chairs, Guidance Counselors, Transition Professionals.

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No cost to attend. Space is limited. Registration required.

Registration Deadline Friday, March 8th by 5:00 pm:


7:30 AM - 8:00 AM       

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM      
Networking and Continental Breakfast

Regional Collaboration
Seating suggested by regional location. 

Question Box:
Participants can submit questions to be addressed during working lunch.

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM     
and Around the room introductions
MA Commission for the Blind (MCB)

Casey Hall, Director of Training

Opening Remarks

MCB Commissioner David D’Arcangelo

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM    
What Employers are looking for in an Employee: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Employer Panel Presentation

Moderator: John Oliveira, MCB Deputy Commissioner

Richard W. Curtis, Vice President | Workforce Development | Global Inclusion | State Street Corporation

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM 
MCB Partnerships for Pre-ETS Consumers

Joe Buizon, MCB Employee Services Supervisor

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 


Assistive Technology: How Much is Enough and How Much is Too Much

Rick Ely, PhD., TVI

William Hersh, M.Ed., MSLVR, CLVT, Low Vision Therapist/Assistive Technology Specialist



Being Ready for College

Panel Presentation

Moderator: Teri Turgeon, Director, Community Programs, Perkins School for the Blind

  1. What to expect for services

College Office for Disability

Paul Hastings, Director of Disability,

Boston University/Wheelock


  1. What are the Skills Needed for Success

Alan White, MCB Regional Director,

Vocational Rehabilitation

Meg Robertson, MCB Director, Orientation & Mobility

Carolyn Ovesen, MCB Supervisor, Rehabilitation Teaching

Alexander Pooler, MCB Director, Assistive Technology



Self-Advocacy & Buy-in

Panel Presentation

Moderator: Thomas Miller, Special Education & Training Consultant

Panel Representatives:

  • Tammy Reisman, M.Ed., C.A.E.S.

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments

Newton Public Schools

TVI Program Coordinator, UMass Boston

  • O & M
  • Lisa L. Fournier, EdD., Transition Specialist, South Coast Educational Collaborative
  • Mayanne MacDonald-Briggs, MCB, Transition Counselor

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  
Working Lunch

  • Moderator: Casey Hall, Director of Training
  • Table Hosts: Pre-ETS Program Providers, MCB Staff (AT, DBES, O & M, RDs)
  • Networking, Q & A & Opportunity to visit the resource tables.


12:45  PM – 1:00 PM
Q and A from question boxes

                        MCB Staff and Conference Committee Members


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM      
Our Stories: Challenges & Successes

Consumer Panel Presentation

Moderator: Alan White, MCB Regional Director, Metro West

  • Grace VanDyck, Senior, Dean College
  • Melisar Nambatya, Junior, UMass Boston

1:45 PM - 1:55 PM 
Cookies and drinks

1:55 PM – 2:45 PM      
Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)
Students with Visual Impairments

Moderator: Casey Hall, MCB Director of Training

MCB Pre-ETS Program Providers

Introduction to Pre-ETS Programs

  • What the programs have in common
  • How to apply/get in to any program

6 Program Providers

  • What is unique about their program
  • Where their program is located
  • When is their program offered

 (5 minutes to present, 5 minutes for Q & A)

Panel Members:

  • Carroll Center for the Blind

Dina Rosenbaum, M.Ed., Chief Program Officer

  • Lowell Association for the Blind

Elizabeth M. Cannon, Executive Director

  • Our Space, Our Place

Cheryl Cumings, Founder/Executive Director

  • Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Antonela Prifti, Mentoring Specialist

  • Perkins School for the Blind

Teri Turgeon, Education Director, Community Programs

  • The POLUS Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc.

Theresa E. Kane, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer


2:45PM - 3:00 PM     

Program Evaluation and CEU distribution

Casey Hall, MCB Director of Training



  • CRC
  • Certificate of Completion

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