Tennessee Visual Impairments Virtual Academy (TN VIVA)

Formerly known as the Unity Virtual Academy, TN VIVA is a professional development learning series for all school educators, community stakeholders, and families looking to learn about best practices, supports, and resources for students with visual impairments (blindness, low vision, and deafblindness). Attendees can earn ACVREP credits or a general certificate of attendance to use towards renewal of their teaching license.

TN VIVA is collaboratively coordinated by the Tennessee School for the Blind, Peabody College’s Program in Visual Disabilities, and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Target audience:

  • Teachers of students with visual impairments (TVI)
  • Orientation & mobility (O&M) specialists
  • Parents of a child with a visual impairment
  • Students with a visual impairment
  • Classroom teachers
  • Related service providers
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselors
  • Early intervention providers
  • School administrators
  • Medical professionals

Upcoming Meetings

A description of each session can be found on its registration page.

Sep. 20, 2022, 2-3 PM CST
Role of Low Vision Specialist for Students with VI

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Sept. 30, 2022, 12:30-2:30 PM CST
Tennessee Vision Educators Consortium Meeting (September 2022)

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Oct. 4, 2022, 10-11 AM CST
Inclusion is Belonging: Promoting Peer Engagement and Relationships for Students with Multiple Disabilities, Including Visual Impairment

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Oct. 21, 2022, 12:30-2:30 PM CST
Hindsight is 20/20: What We Wish We Knew Sooner & Lessons Learned from Experienced TVIs (Panel Discussion with Q&A)

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Nov 1, 2022, 2-3 PM CST
Vision Therapy: What It Is, and What It's Not

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Dec. 6, 2022, 2-3 PM CST
Best Practices & Resources for Assistive Technology Planning and Instruction

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Jan. 13, 2023, 12:30-2:30 p.m. CST
Tennessee Vision Educators Consortium Meeting (January 2023)

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Jan. 24, 2023, 10-11 AM CST
Preparing Students with Visual Impairments for Postsecondary Education or Employment

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Feb. 10, 2023, 12:30-2:30 PM CST
Assessment & Instruction Considerations for Students with Cortical Visual Impairment

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Feb. 23, 2023, 6-7:30 PM CST
Bioptic Driving – Adult Perspectives & Tennessee Requirements (Panel Discussion)

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Feb. 28, 2023, 2-3 PM CST
Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Orientation & Mobility Specialists, and Educational Interpreters: What Makes a Dynamic Team?

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March 7, 2023, 2-3 PM CST
Topic TBD

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May 5, 2023, 12:30-2:30 PM CST
Tennessee Vision Educators Consortium Meeting - May 2023

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Archived Webinars

Click here to view archived sessions from TN VIVA Series, formerly known as the Unity Virtual Academy Series.


For more information on the TN VIVA lecture series, contact Rachel Schles or Allen Huang.