Friday, January 13, 2023

Friday, March 24, 2023

Friday, May 5, 2023

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day

(Zoom meetings open at 8:15 a.m. In-person session opens at 8 a.m.)





Registration will open in November 2022.

Join the Michigan Department of Education – Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) for a three-part workshop on assessing a student’s assistive technology (AT) needs. Michigan teachers of students who are visually impaired (TVIs) will learn how to identify devices and services that will improve students’ functional capabilities in the educational setting, home, and community. Participants will have an opportunity to observe a live component of the AT assessment process. Attendees are encouraged to become trainers for their district or region to help build capacity in the state.

This event will include two online sessions, on January 13 and March 24, followed by an in-person session on May 5 in Lansing.

Participants will:

  • identify three main areas to assess when determining AT to enhance a student’s interactions and learning
  • select specific checklists and evaluation forms to help with the AT assessment
  • identify up to three ways in which this information can be used to educate colleagues in how to conduct an AT assessment
  • observe a live component of an AT assessment

Please note: Attendees will be expected to participate in professional development assignments designed to increase their knowledge of conducting an AT assessment.

SCECHs are pending.


This workshop is for school personnel supporting students in Michigan who are Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI) and college students in Michigan studying a BVI-related field.


Ann McKay-Bacon is a retired teacher consultant of students who are BVI from Macomb Intermediate School District with more than 44 years in the field. She has degrees from Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Marygrove College in the areas of Visual Impairment and Emotionally Impaired, with Early Childhood Development certification. McKay-Bacon has been part of of MDE-LIO’s technology team for more than 18 years as a trainer, evaluator, and co-author on the Michigan Assistive Technology Guidelines for Teachers of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.

Nancy Ozinga has a master's degree from Western Michigan University in teaching students who are Blind/Visually Impaired as well as orientation and mobility. Ozinga has more than 15 years of experience teaching students who are BVI. Her skills and knowledge make her a valued member of MDE-LIO's technology team and independent living skills team.  

Required Technology

Two sessions of 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. Please review Zoom Tips and Shortcuts for Participants [PDF] before the event.

Online Event Expectations

Participants are expected to be respectful and courteous to others during this event. During the online portions, MDE-LIO reserves the right to mute, turn off video, and/or remove participants who do not adhere to this expectation.


Attendees must be able to log into and participate in the online portions of this workshop individually; it 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.

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