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Families roast marshmallows around the camp fire.The Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired offers a variety of support program for students and families throughout the year:

  • Skill Training
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Family Activities
  • Braille
  • Outdoor Education
  • Parent Training
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Sibling
  • Independent Living Music
  • Family Networking
  • Vocational Training
  • Sports
  • Assistive Technology
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Social Skills
  • Transitional Living




NCECBVI Student and Family Events Information



Registration for this event is now closed.

If you have questions, please contact Tanya Hilligoss: or call 402-873-5513.


Parent Workshop about Transition

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at NCECBVI


This workshop focuses on the transition needs of students who are blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities. Parents will spend time learning about a variety of transition resources and timelines from Leslie Wagner, Transition Specialist at NCECBVI. Also presenting will be Seamus Kelly, attorney, and parent of a child with special needs himself, focusing on guardianship.


Students are welcome to attend and will spend time doing recreation and leisure activities in the NCECBVI sensory room, gym, and wellness room.


The workshop will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. Click here to download a flyer for more information.


Adapting Toys and Games for Your Child who is Blind or Visually Impaired

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at NCECBVI


Need ideas for a birthday or holiday gift? Looking for specialized toys and games designed for a child who has a visual impairment? Would you like ideas for how to modify a toy or games from off the store shelf to make it accessible for your child?


Join us for this parent workshop on how to make toys or games accessible. There is no cost to attend and dinner will be provided. To RSVP for this event, please email Tanya Hilligoss: or call 402-873-5513. Click here to download a flyer for more information.


Audio Description Basics for Parents

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at NCECBVI


Parents describe the world around their child(ren) naturally. They provide the first “audio description” by providing details of the zoo, the grocery store, or just watching TV. This presentation will provide information to help hone parents’ skills in providing details of non‐verbal actions, still‐life, and everyday activities.


Our presenter is Donna Hultman. Donna has provided audio description (AD) along with a team of describers through Outlook Nebraska for the past year. ONI brought AD to Omaha in July of 2016. Donna has attended trainings in North Carolina and Reno, Nevada, and has provided training in Omaha as part of the ONI team. Theaters in Omaha now providing AD as a service include the Omaha Community Playhouse, Orpheum, Blue Barn, Circle Theater, Shakespeare on the Green, and Film Streams. The Lied Center in Lincoln will provide AD upon request.


The presentation begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to participate in the Braille Challenge opening ceremony and awards as part of your day! However, your child does not have to participate in Braille Challenge for you to participate in the workshop. To sign up to attend or for questions about the workshop, please email Tanya Hilligoss: or call 402-873-5513. Click here to download a flyer for this workshop. There is no cost to attend. Lunch will be provided. This is a great opportunity to network with other parents!


What Matters Most in Your Child's Education

Saturday March 24, 2018 at NCECBVI


Parents and caregivers of children with visual impairments travel a unique journey as they partner with educators to meet their child’s special needs for care and instruction in learning, living, and working in school, home, and community. This workshop provides insights about education and your child based on “key ideas” influencing the educational process. Ideas on foundational topics such as beliefs and expectations will be shared. What matters most in evaluation, an IEP, implementation, and understanding your child’s progress will be discussed. Information will include the varied contexts of children and families, such as low vision, blindness, young children, and older children. Time for specific questions and discussion will be integrated throughout the session.


Our presenter for this parent workshop is Donna McNear, M.A., COMS. Donna is an educational consultant providing technical assistance and training to agencies, organizations, governments, schools, and families internationally, nationally, state, and locally. Ms. McNear is an author, invited presenter, former member of the Braille Authority of North America, and principal investigator/co-principal investigator for OSEP funded research projects in braille assessment. She has served on standard setting committees including the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and is a past president of the Division on Visual Impairments, Council of Exceptional Children. In 2008, she received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council for Exceptional Children. Current interests include accessible learning and living, braille literacy, instructional coaching, mentorships, parent partnerships, and improving services to children with disabilities in the Pacific Region.


The workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. at NCECBVI. There is no cost to attend. Lunch is provided. RSVP to Tanya Hilligoss: or call 402-873-5513. Click here to download a flyer for this workshop.


Establishing Positive Social Relationships: Answering the Hard Questions

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at NCECBVI


Our presenter for this workshop will be Dr. Sharon Stacks, Superintendent of the California School for the Blind. The focus audience for this workshop will be for parents of students who are blind or visually impaired. However, all parents are welcome to attend. Information presented will be beneficial for parents of all students, ages birth‐21. The workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. at NCECBVI. There is no cost to attend this workshop. Lunch is provided. RSVP to Tanya Hilligoss: or call 402-873-5513. Please RSVP by April 6, 2018. Click here to download a flyer for this workshop.