GVEST 2018

Focus on Success

Ed Summers

2017 - Special Guest Presenter

Software Engineer & Accessibility Specialist - SAS

Ed Summers is a blind software engineer and an accessibility specialist. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and 20 years of professional experience as a software developer and a development manager. Ed's personal mission is to enable people with disabilities to realize their full potential in the classroom and the 21st century knowledge economy. Ed leads the accessibility team at SAS, the market leader in business analytics software and services that is used at more than 70,000 sites around the world. He is the Chairman of the North Carolina Commission for the Blind. He is also a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education Advisory Council for the Governor Morehead School for the Blind.

Mickey Damelio

2017 - Special Guest Presenter

Orientation and Mobility Coordinator - Florida State University

Mickey Damelio is the Orientation and Mobility Coordinator for the Florida State University Program in Visual Impairments where he manages and instructs in the graduate program preparing teachers of students with visual impairments. Additionally, he has worked as a teacher of the visually impaired, and orientation and mobility specialist for Leon County Schools in Tallahassee, Florida where he was awarded teacher of the year for the 2007-2008 school year.

He earned his Master’s degree in teaching students with visual impairments and orientation and mobility from Florida State University and is Chair of the Board of Directors for ACVREP the certifying body for orientation and mobility instructors in the United States and abroad.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Sandra Lewis will not be able to attend GVEST 2017. Please see the updated program and schedules on this website for session changes.

Ike Presley

2017 - Special Guest Presenter

Project Manager - American Foundation for the Blind

Ike Presley became a staff member of AFB's National Literacy Center in 1999. As a member of the Literacy Team, Presley helps develop resources and materials that can be used by service providers to improve the quality of their service. In addition, Presley presents and facilitates training workshops for service providers on issues related to literacy and the use of technology to develop literacy skills. 

For the previous five years, he was an assistive technology specialist at the Georgia Project for Assistive Technology, where he assessed students with visual impairments to determine the most appropriate assistive technology for their educational program. In addition, he helped educators purchase and install the assistive technology, and he provided instruction for the blind or visually impaired student users. 

For four years Presley served as a technology instructor at the Georgia Sensory Rehabilitation Center, where he trained adults with hearing impairments and/or visual impairments in the use of assistive technology for employment. For eleven years, in both itinerant and resource room settings, he served students in grades K-12 who were visually impaired or had additional disabilities.  

He earned his B.A. in Music Therapy/Psychology and his M.S. in Special Education-Visual Disabilities from Florida State University.

Cindy Bachofer

2017 - Featured Presenter

Low Vision Consultant - Texas School for the Blind

Cindy Bachofer, PhD, CLVT, is the low vision consultant at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin, TX. She completed her doctorate at Vanderbilt University in 2013. The title of her dissertation is Long-Term Use of Optical Devices by Young Adults with Low Vision. She is also a Certified Low Vision Therapist. Her teaching interests include use of optical devices, print reading strategies, and psychosocial issues for students with low vision. She previously served as a teacher of students with visual impairments and as a consultant with Project Providing Access to the Visual Environment (PAVE), from 2001-2008, at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Ms. Bachofer has also served as a literacy project leader with VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in Nashville and as an English instructor at both the secondary and post-secondary level in Kansas.

Sandra Lewis

2017 - Keynote Speaker and Special Guest Presenter

Coordinator of the Visual Disabilities Program - Florida State University

Sandra Lewis, a Professor in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University, currently is the Program Leader for the Visual Disabilities major. Dr. Lewis previously worked as an educator of individuals with visual impairments of all ages in a variety of educational, home, and community settings. Immediately before starting at FSU, she worked as a member of a team that conducted comprehensive assessments of students with visual impairments attending public schools in California, including students whose severe disabilities included visual impairment. Dr. Lewis is known for her publications and presentations that support quality services to meet the needs of adults and children with visual impairments and recently published a book on strategies for teaching the expanded core curriculum. She serves on numerous national, state, and local committees and was honored as the Mary K. Bauman award recipient—one of AER’s highest honors—in 2010. She is the director of a long-term state grant to support quality innovative services to students with low vision and has been awarded six OSEP-funded personnel preparation grants and several personnel preparation grants funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration.  She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness.

Diane Brauner

2017 - Featured Presenter

Educational Accessibility Consultant - Perkins School for the Blind

Diane Brauner is an educational accessibility consultant working with Perkins School for the Blind to create and manage the Paths to Technology website. Diane continues to collaborate with SAS on a variety of accessibility projects including iPad accessibility trainings. Diane has 25 years experience as a COMS, working primarily with preschool and school-age students. She holds degrees in Rehabilitation, Elementary Education, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments, and Orientation and Mobility.

​She has been an orientation and mobility specialist for the Greater Northwest Harris County Co-op in Texas, the Governor Morehead Preschool in North Carolina, Orientation and Mobility Services in North Carolina, and is currently self-employed as a private contract orientation and mobility specialist.