Last Wednesday, we volunteered at the Children's Vision Summit held at the Holiday Inn Express. It was a convention for the parents and teachers of blind and visually impaired children. Attendees were able to sit in on speakers about a variety of different topics concerning the visually impaired. For example, on the agenda were speakers on new instructional materials, ways of teaching mathematics to students with visual impairments, an overview of visual rehabilitation, and orientation and mobility skills training. Vendors came from all over to present new technology, books, and learning devices to those who attended the conference with their children.
Kelli Rogers (vp Foundation) contacted Steve Berman, who helped organize the summit, and he was very excited to have the help of Delta Gamma at the event. Kelli arrived with 10 girls at 8:00am to help set up booths for the vendors, carry in their products, and check guests in at the registration desk. Throughout the day, we had four different shifts of 8-10 girls come to help out. Steve had us sit at his booth with a variety of braille books so that we could interact with guests. We were also in charge of the door prize booth, where we picked winning numbers and got to present guests with gifts such as magnetic braille, talking mathematical tools, and braille books. It was really neat to speak with different organizations who came to the summit. Kelli had women come up to her from both the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired in Kansas City and the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments in St. Louis to say how much the Delta Gammas in those areas have helped them. I was glad we were there to represent Mizzou DG!