Registration closes April 21, 2021

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Start time: 10 a.m.

End time: 12 p.m.

(Zoom meeting opens at 9:45 a.m.)


$15 for school personnel supporting students in Michigan who are BVI

$7.50 for college students in Michigan who are studying BVI-related fields and adult family members of students in Michigan who are BVI


With the Mantis Q40, users no longer need to choose between a keyboard and a braille device. While a student types on the Mantis, the refreshable braille below the keyboard provides a multimodal braille complement to the screen reader, making it easier to participate in, and succeed at, school or work. The Mantis Q40 can be used as a display and as a standalone device.

Combining a QWERTY keyboard with a refreshable braille display in one instructional tool is not a new concept, but its widespread use in K–12 environments is new. In this online learning opportunity, HumanWare and American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will examine how students can benefit from using the Mantis Q40, the outcomes one might expect, and practical considerations for initiating use with a braille student.

This event has been approved for ACVREP credits and 2.0 SCECHs.

Participants will learn:

  • Tools and classroom uses for the Mantis Q40
  • Assistive technology resources created for the Mantis Q40
  • How to configure the grade of braille output
  • How to switch between local mode and braille terminal mode


Peter Tucic graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a BA in history. Tucic is currently HumanWare’s brand ambassador of blindness products, which includes supporting teachers and students throughout the US and presenting at state and national conferences. Prior to working for HumanWare, Tucic ran The Chicago Lighthouse’s National Assistive Technology Help Desk, where he worked with individuals from across the country who were Blind/Visually Impaired and needed assistance interacting with both mainstream and blindness-specific assistive technology.

Jim Sullivan is the director of social enterprise at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Before joining APH, Sullivan worked for several assistive technology companies, including HumanWare, Optelec, Texthelp, and Kurzweil Education Systems. He holds a master’s degree in education in rehabilitation counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Required Technology

This workshop will be conducted online via Zoom; participants do not need to have Zoom, but they must have internet access and a computer with a camera. Instructions will be provided beforehand on how to access the workshop. Participants who have access to a Mantis Q40 device may use it during the workshop, but it is not required.


Attendees must be able to log into and participate in this workshop individually. This workshop is not conducive to group participation.


Please note: It is important for participants to request accommodations at least three weeks prior to the webinar. Outside agencies MDE-LIO contracts with to provide accommodations cannot guarantee services if requests are made in less than three weeks.

Available Credits


Cancellation Policy

Please contact Stacy Guthrie at as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Please note: For events that require payment, MDE-LIO will issue refunds only for cancellations received no less than three business days prior to the event.​

Contact Information

Stacy Guthrie