OSEP Project Directors’ Conference
The 2012 OSEP Project Directors’ Conference was held July 23-25, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.
Special Education Project Directors’ from around the country were in the nation’s capital for the annual OSEP conference. In addition to highlighting the 35th Anniversary of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), attendees were exposed to a number of wonderful presentations and sessions highlighting innovative projects and research as well as all the great work being done by special education professionals all across the country.
In addition to addressing “best practices” in the classroom, the conference provided information about the importance of quality leisure time for persons with special needs. Newton Piper, a colleague who works with Renee Bradley, Conference Chair, OSEP introduced her to Meet Me At The Mountain, an interactive multi-sensory adventure. The MMATM-Education Project is the first of its kind book & DVD, produced in multiple formats, inviting persons with all types of special needs to share in the adventure. Newton and Renee thought the video would be appropriate to share during the conference. The Meet Me At The Mountain-DVD was shown twice during the conference while participants ate lunch, networked and socialized.
The beautifully illustrated children’s book (produced in watercolors by artist/illustrator, Barb Wallace) captures the unique abilities and indomitable spirit of the characters. On the interactive multi-sensory DVD, Dick Harrington and The Troublesome Creek String Band sing the story with a wonderful melody and engaging instrumental music, and Steven Collins brings the characters to life using creative, interactive computer graphics. The DVD also reaches out to deaf and hearing impaired individuals using a visual/interactive sign language format. The DVD also contains definitions to educate the reader about different terms used in the story.
Meet Me At The Mountain celebrates how individuals with differing abilities work together and go to great heights to achieve extraordinary feats. As you accompany Emerald Eagle—the spiritual leader and his six animal friends, Rossi Raccoon—blind, Jean-Claude Jack Rabbit—deaf, Fiona Fox—amputee, Big Max the Moose—multiple sclerosis (MS), Caitlin Cougar—cerebral palsy (CP), and Kodie Bear—spinal cord injury/paraplegic, you will go on an inspiring quest for adventure that changes their lives and most certainly will change yours! The reader will also learn the importance of friendship, courage, teamwork and perseverance in order to overcome life’s many challenges.
Produced in six different formats, this inspirational story will be enjoyed by everyone!
Interactive DVD – Music Version | Interactive DVD – Sign Language Version | Illustrated – Print Version | Standard Braille Version (custom made) | Illustrated Print/Braille Version (custom made) |
Recording for Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) National Library
According the Renee, the MMATM-Education Project was well received. “We are so glad you shared this project highlighting a creative way to present material in multiple formats.” Renee, commented that several professionals who work in the “sensory fields” were “very intrigued.”