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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



Parent Workshop on Transition

January 28, 2018- 1:30pm - 4:30pm at NCECBVI


This workshop will focus on parents of students who are considering going on to post-secondary education, obtaining gainful employment, and/or living independently after high school graduation. Students are invited to attend and will spend time participating in recreation and leisure activities while parents attend the workshop.


This workshop will build on information provided at the fall 2017 meeting. We will discuss more about transition and the IEP process, the Expanded Core Curriculum’s relationship to transition, independent living, adjusting to college for people with disabilities, accessing accommodations through disability services, and agencies available to provide assistance. Attendance at the fall 2017 meeting is not a requirement to attend this workshop. There is no cost to attend.


This workshop will be led by Leslie Wagner, M.Ed., Transition Specialist at NCECBVI. Leslie has more than ten years of experience working in the field of Special Education and Transition. She provides Outreach services to students who are blind or visually impaired, parents, and teachers across the state of Nebraska.


RSVP to Tanya Armstrong by January 15, 2018: or call 402-873-5513. Click here to download a flyer for this workshop.


2018 Braille Challenge

February 13, 2018 at NCECBVI


Registration Information: All information forms can be downloaded below. Registration materials are due by December 13, 2017. Materials need to be ordered prior to winter break in order to get them here in time for our contest. Braille Challenge is a national competition sponsored by the Braille Institute of America and contest materials are shipped from their offices in California.


Completed paperwork should be mailed to: Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired (NCECBVI), Attn: Carmen Bahr, 824 10th Avenue; P.O. Box 129, Nebraska City, NE, 68410. Please note: Registration forms have been emailed to the school staff only. It is the responsibility of the school district to provide information about the Braille Challenge to students and parents.


NCECBVI 2018 Braille Challenge Registration Form


2018 Nebraska Braille Challenge Permission Form


Parent Workshop Flyer and Parent Workshop Registration Form


2018 Braille Challenge T-Shirt Order Form


Questions? Please email Tanya Armstrong: or call 402-873-5513.


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 Armstrong: 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 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

Click here to download a flyer for Sizzlin' Summer Camp 2018. Registration information coming March 1st!