What is the UPBC?

The purpose of the organization is to create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home, school and society; to provide information and support to parents of blind children; to facilitate the sharing of experiences and concerns among parents of blind children; to develop and expand resources available to parents and their blind children; to help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults; and to function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children in their ongoing efforts to eliminate discrimination and prejudice against the blind and to achieve for the blind security, equality and opportunity.

The membership is open to parents of blind children, educators of blind children and others interested in promoting the purposes of this organization.

We are a division of the National Federation of the Blind which is the largest organization of the blind in the country. Refer to: http://www.nfb.org/

Utah Parents of Blind Children is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Sunday, September 9, 2012

IEP Workshop

Utah Parents of Blind Children
IEP Workshop

Saturday, September 29, 2012
9:30am – 3:00pm
LOCATION:  Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DSBVI)
  250 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City
Child Care will be provided!
For registration please complete and return the Registration form by Friday, September 21, 2012.

Completed forms may be returned to:



477 E. Truman Avenue
South Salt Lake, UT 84115

Special Guests:
Carlton Anne Cook Walker works as a Teacher of Students with Blindness/Visual Impairment in four school districts, holds National Certification Literary Braille (NCLB), and lives in Boiling Springs, PA.  She is also a licensed attorney who maintains a small solo practice and provides legal representation for several local governments.
Carlton has made presentations on special education advocacy for blind children to parents, educator sand attorneys since 2007 in seven states.  She has also provided one-on one help to parents with IEP-related questions and has contributed to the development of national publications in the areas of law and education.
Carlton serves as President of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), as a Volunteer Field Representative for the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and as a Board member for the Pennsylvania Parents of Blind Children (PaPOBC), for the National Captioning Institute (NCI) Advisory Group, and for the Advisory Committee for the Blind of Pennsylvania (ACBP).

Carlton and her husband, Steve, are the parents of 11 year old Anna Catherine, a braille reader and cane user.  They have two adult children, Ken and Stephanie.
Rebecca Turley has been a Parent Consultant and Trainer for the Utah Parent Center since 2007.  She helps parents who have children of ALL disabilities find information, resources and supports in their communities.  Rebecca presents workshops for the Utah Parent Center including IEP, Transition, Section 504 and Positive Behavioral Supports.  Rebecca also serves as the Statewide Volunteer Coordinator for the IEP Coach Program, and the Family to Family Support Group Network. Rebecca understands the importance of systems change and currently serves on several committees including the Utah Special Education Advisory Panel and the Disability Support Council for the LDS church. Rebecca is married with two children and has a 17 year old daughter with several severe disabilities.  Her husband Mark is legally blind and is the Salt Lake Chapter President for the National Federation of the Blind.
Hollie Murdock: Director, Educational Resource Center/USIMAC Programs at the
Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

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