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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



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 Armstrong: 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 Armstrong: or call 402-873-5513. Please RSVP by April 6, 2018. Click here to download a flyer for this workshop.


Sizzlin' Summer Camp

June 21 – 24, 2018 at Camp Catron, Nebraska City

All school-aged students with visual impairments are welcome to attend. Students will participate in instructional lessons, enjoy the great outdoors, and partake in summer fun activities. This year’s summer camp theme will be No Limits because truly the only limits in life are the ones you make...but with hard work, there are no limits. Click here to download the registration form packet for Sizzlin' Summer Camp 2018.