The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

November 16-18 | Columbus, OH

The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

November 16-18

Columbus, Ohio

Sensory Disabilities Summit

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Ohio Summit on Sensory Disabilities

8:00 am - 5:45 pm EST | Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Short North Ballrooms
The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness and the Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials Center at OCALI present the 2016 Ohio Summit on Sensory Disabilities, Wednesday, November 16, from 8:00 am - 5:45 pm.
The Summit targets Ohio educational professionals who teach or support individuals with sensory impairments – including visual impairments, blindness, hearing impairments, deafness, and those who have dual-sensory impairments. Explore statewide initiatives, network with regional partners, and contribute to future planning for all learners. Come be a part of this important initiative. Your input matters!
The Ohio Summit on Sensory Disabilities takes place in conjunction with OCALICON 2016 and is open to all OCALICON 2016 attendees.


A limited number of full-conference OCALICON 2016 registrations are available through a special scholarship opportunity for Ohio educators. Learn more about the scholarship opportunity.


8:00 am – 9:15 am

Meet and Greet
Welcome by Sue Zake, Ph.D., Director, Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children
Short North Ballrooms

9:15 am – 9:45 am


9:45 – 11:15 am

OCALICON Keynote Speaker: Zach Anner
Hall E – Keynote Stage

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Office for Exceptional Children Update: Wendy Stoica, Assistant Director
Supports and Services for Diverse Learners
Collaborative Regional Networking and Planning
Short North Ballrooms

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Energy Break
Hall E – Exhibit Hall

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Sensory Disabilities Keynote Speakers: aj granda and Jelica Nuccio
"Creating a Sustainable World through Culture, Language, and Community”
Short North Ballrooms

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm


4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Planning the Future: Collaboration for Access and Outreach in Ohio – Blindness, Visual Impairment, Deafness, and Hearing Impairment
Short North Ballrooms

Summit on Sensory Disabilities – Keynote Speakers

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Jelica Nuccio

Jelica’s life experience as a student, teacher, academic, presenter, and DeafBlind individual have come full circle with the establishment of Tactile Communications, LLC, in 2014. Jelica spent her early career in the biological sciences, before getting her master's in public health and going to work for Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and prevention providing health education to the Deaf community. She has extensive experience lobbying at the state and federal level for DeafBlind rights. Most recently, Jelica was in Washington DC to ask Congressional and House members to expand service options for DeafBlind individuals. Currently, in addition to being the director of TC, Jelica continues to provide Pro-Tactile trainings nationwide to DeafBlind people and service providers. 

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aj granda

aj is a teacher, social justice activist, textile artist, and a mom. She has held various positions with the DeafBlind Service Center and at the Lighthouse for the Blind as an advocate, teacher, and internationally renowned Seabeck DeafBlind camp director. aj is one of the contributors to the National Project for Training Support Service Providers and DeafBlind people curriculum – the first training guide of its kind. She has collaborated with Jelica to develop a new curriculum, providing trainings and contributing to emerging research in the area of Pro-Tactile.

Thursday and Friday Sessions

In addition to the 2016 Ohio Summit on Sensory Disabilities, OCALICON 2016 will host targeted breakout sessions on Thursday and Friday.