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  • VIISA
    and the second focuses on working with preschoolers in center based settings Through both courses participants become familiar with intervention strategies and materials appropriate for use with this population of children in all areas of development and programming They also learn about the other agencies and service providers in their state that can be of help to them Both courses combine onsite sessions with home study assignments where participants apply what they learn with actual children on their current caseloads with vision loss Participants are provided with written feedback from the instructor Opportunities for follow up to training are offered later The project has developed an extensive resource manual which addresses programming needs in communication language motor and orientation mobility vision tactile braille readiness daily care social concept development and play assessment and program planning and psycho emotional support for families Instructor manuals and other materials have also been developed for use with each course A management manual for implementing states is also made available The VIISA Outreach Project assists states in putting together a team of state instructors who conduct VIISA training for their own state A national VIISA instructor who works for the Outreach Project works closely with

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  • Alaska Bike Run Riders
    with Neville Joffe my fellow Canadian Rider to fully plot and plan our journey with the Run to Alaska and home At this point we are planning on hooking up with you all at Saint Cloud Minnesota Will enjoy the outdoors and adventure riding on my cruiser Born and educated in Johannesburg in sunny South Africa and have spent the past 42 years in Toronto Canada otherwise known as the Great White North Father Grandfather and husband Life is beautiful I plan to celebrate the breathtaking scenery with my fellow riders I feel sure I saw some dinosaurs roaming those basins on the last trip Back to top Jon Abbey Ashburn Virginia Hi I m Jon Abbey from Ashburn VA and this is an opportunity of a lifetime I have always wanted to ride to Alaska and I was searching for some others with a similar desire and stumbled to the website After a quick OK from my wife I signed up I started riding in 1963 and still find I can t get off the thing I am retired from both US Airways and the Federal Government so every day is a Saturday for me Have ridden English bikes and a lot of Hondas including a Wing but over the last 15 years been riding Harleys Currently a FLHTK or limited Most every July I am riding with Roadrunner Magazine but I guess I will miss the 2015 weekend rally in Winston Salem for the opportunity to venture a little further In fact this will be my longest ride ever might even need to get tires at some local MC shop I am excited about the opportunity and the chance to do something for others Back to top Lyle Doverspike Polk Pennsylvania I am 68 years old live in Polk Pennsylvania and have been riding motorcycles since 1972 I now ride a 2012 Honda Gold Wing My 1977 Gold Wing had over 100 000 miles when I finally quit riding it Most of my riding has been with my wife or one of the kids seeing sights in the US and Canada My 2008 bike which I took to Alaska and Newfoundland had 87 000 miles on it when I traded it for the 2012 which has 53 000 miles on it currently My wife and I spent 4 weeks touring Colorado Arizona Utah Nevada and Wyoming in 2013 I attended the gl1800riders Daytona lunch run in March of this year I am now retired and have enjoyed the many miles that I have been able to put on the motorcycle I rode to Alaska in 2009 with Mike Tuccelli and Carl Haas I am looking forward to the camaraderie of the 2015 Alaska Bike Run I have not done the ride to Yellowknife NT yet Actually Carl suggested this ride and the more I read about this area I said I wanted to ride it We were looking to ride the return route on Mackenzie Hwy 1 west

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  • Alaska Bike Run Pledges
    The riders will approach potential sponsors and ask for pledges for their participation in the ride Anyone can pledge any amount to any of the riders 100 of these pledges will go to the SKI HI Institute If you would like to make a pledge to a specific rider shown on our Web site you can do that as well You can make a lump sum pledge such as I

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  • Alaska Bike Run
    this year Please check back next year T he Logan Motorcycle Mini Run that has been held in conjuction with the Annual Alaska Motorcycle Charity Run Florida to Alaska will NOT be held this year The route the Alaska riders is taking does not pass through Logan However if you would like to participate in the Alaska Motorcycle ride this year Florida to Alaska visit www alaskabikerun com for more

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  • Alaska Bike Run
    a Pledge Ways to Participate Logan Utah Mini Run Contact Us SKI HI Institute Contact Us SKI HI Institute 6500 Old Main Hill Logan UT 84322 6500 Fax Number 435 797 5580 Bess Dennison 435 797 5593 elizabeth dennison usu

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  • Training Tips
    the world and money was no problem where would you go If you won a 1 million lottery and had to spend it in six months what would you buy If you could trade places with an animal for one week which animal Why Idea adapted from Creative Training Techniques Newsletter December 2001 Volume 14 Number 12 page 8 Reprinted with permission from Online Learning News Bill Communications 50 South Ninth Street Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top Alphabet Ping Pong Icebreaker Try a new twist in your training by using this icebreaker Divide the participants into pairs Ask them to have a conversation back and forth with each other by beginning each new sentence with the next letter of the alphabet For example one partner might begin by saying Are you feeling happy today The other partner might say Believe it or not I am The conversation continues with lots of laughs The conversations can continue to the letter Z or the Trainer might want to spend a certain amount of time and ask the pairs what letter of the alphabet they ended on using the time allowed This activity could also be used around the room for all participants Idea presented by Carol Spaman at AHEAD Trainers Training Wayne County RESA Detroit MI Back to Top Movie Segments Try a new twist in your training by using a segment from a movie to make a point For example use the movie Babe to make a point on the importance of communication There is a wonderful segment on how poorly the sheepdogs and sheep communicate and how they overcome this Apollo 13 provides a wonderful example of partnership teamwork when making a special device to lower carbon dioxide levels The possibilities are endless as you re watching a movie think about how it may be used in training to emphasize a point or provide an inspirational message to your participants Back to Top TURN ME ON Click lights the ones with a big easy to find switch for use in closets and night stands can be used in a number of ways during training Use lights instead of noise makers for a review group game When a review question is read groups ring in by pushing down on the light to turn it on Use lights for a True and False game There is a True and False game on the ADA in the training section Bridging the Gap Delivering Services to Child Care Providers Who Care for Children with Special Needs Read statements to the groups Groups respond by turning their light on if the statement is true and leaving it off if the statement is false Take a number of lights to each training session that you conduct You never know when the power will go off Place these on the presenter table and participants tables You will be able to follow your notes and participants can take notes Lights are available through home supply and hardware stores and are very affordable Idea adapted from Creative Training Techniques Newsletter March 2002 Volume 15 No 3 p 1 Reprinted with permission from Online Learning News Bill Communications 50 South Ninth Street Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top B ecause it is time consuming to gather all of the materials that you need for each training that you conduct like Post it notes tape name tags scissors stapler markers use a toolbox or fishing tackle box to store your materials With several layers of expandable trays that stretch out like stairsteps you have plenty of space for all kinds of materials After the training simply refill the empty compartments and you re all set for your next training Idea from Creative Training Techniques Newsletter February 2002 Volume 15 Number 2 page 3 Reprinted with permission from Online Learning News Bill Communications 50 South Ninth Street Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top AHEAD PICTIONARY To review AHEAD training try a game of Pictionary Prepare a set of index cards with key words or brief phrases e g partnership at home and at daycare motherese turntaking family centered beforehand Divide your audience into two teams One team begins One member from the team looks at one of the index cards and conveys the word or phrase by drawing it on a flipchart The team has 30 seconds to guess the word or phrase As the team calls out individual words the artist writes these words on the flipchart A complete answer earns one point If the team doesn t guess the word or phrase after 30 seconds the opposing team has a chance to guess If they guess correctly they earn one point Teams take turns until all the cards are used or time is up or when everyone has had a chance to draw Idea from Creative Training Techniques Newsletter June 2002 Volume 15 Number 6 page 5 Reprinted with permission from Online Learning News Bill Communications 50 South Ninth Street Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top In your AHEAD Trainer s Manual Volume II Families as Partners section there is an activity called Partnership Soup in which training participants identify the ingredients traits that are needed for an effective partnership Here is an activity that you might like to try when you talk about teamwork Give participants a Ziploc bag with measured baking ingredients in it 1 cup of flour in one 1 2 cup of sugar in another 1 2 cup of chocolate chips in another bag etc Some ingredients can go to more than one person so that each participant gets something For example three people may receive flour Have the participants come forward and put their ingredients into a mixing bowl Then provide the message on teamwork Giving up what you have by sharing parts of a group can combine to create a desirable whole valuing the different contributions made by everyone involved the absence of skills knowledge talent may have poor results absence of a certain ingredient Explain that the ingredients are a metaphor for skills talents and knowledge At first the mixture is lumpy and hard to stir much like a new team working together They may be unsure of what the mixture will turn out to be and how they will function as a team The recipe may not always turn out perfectly every time sometimes the cookies burn Then we scrape off the bottoms and eat the good part The activity ends by handing out fresh cookies Idea from Creative Training Techniques Newsletter August 2002 Volume 15 Number 8 page 3 Reprinted with permission from On line Learning News Bill Communications 50 South Ninth Street Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top PowerPoint Housekeeping If you have the tools available you may like using a continuous PowerPoint loop that s playing as participants enter your training room It contains information that advances automatically and repeats indefinitely such as A welcome slide Locations of phones and restrooms A reminder to silence cell phones and pagers The emergency evacuation route Trivia inspirational quotes Photos of young children with special needs This might be a nice alternative rather than spending so much time on housekeeping matters at the beginning of training Information from Creative Training Newsletter August 2002 Volume 15 Number 8 page 7 Reprinted with permission from On line Learning News Bill Communications 50 South Ninth Street Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top Prior to training ask your participants to bring an idea for sharing It could be a favorite recipe a craft gift idea a useful resource tip in working effectively with families and child care providers etc These can be shared during training when transitioning from one training topic to another or used as energizers to revitalize people You might also want to photocopy the ideas and provide copies for all the participants as a farewell gift to remind them of what they can learn from others if they are willing to share and listen Idea from Creative Training Newsletter June 2001 page 3 Reprinted with permission from On line Learning News Bill Communications 50 South Ninth Street Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top You might like to weave a theme into your training Examples Give mock theater tickets to training participants that display Now Playing and the session s agenda Use excerpts from movies to emphasize different points e g Babe shows a nice example of developing a partnership between the sheep dogs and sheep When dividing into pairs or groups use names of movie stars or characters Serve popcorn as a training snack Try a cruise ship theme Give participants an itinerary announcing key training areas as Ports of Call Serve tropical punch and decorate room with paper flowers Use a suitcase as a training prop Use a day camp theme and ask people to dress accordingly Distribute an agenda which shows the hike training topics they will participate in Use tent place cards on table tops To add to the fun put a tent in the room with fake logs and orange cellophane for a campfire For energizers have participants share a ghost story or just a scary story Serve Smores for snack Other themes could be circus western rodeo space the seasons fall winter wonderland spring summer etc The ideas are endless Idea from Creative Training Techniques November 2002 Volume 15 Number 11 page 3 Reprinted with permission from On line Learning News Bill Communications 50 South Ninth St Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top Here is a new twist that you might want to try for the BINGO game found in the training section Introducion to AHEAD Volume II of the AHEAD Trainer s Manual Prepare the BINGO cards in advance so that everyone will get bingo simultaneously Some of the cards have the answers running in a diagonal others in a line left to right etc At the end of the game all participants are involved in a unified shout of BINGO It s good for lots of laughs Everyone wins so everyone gets a prize Idea from Creative Training Newsletter November 2002 Volume 15 Number 11 page 7 Reprinted with permission from On line Learning News Bill Communications 50 South Ninth St Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top Use a human board game to review the training material First create a board either a horse race board or a Candyland board For the horse race board put colorful tape on the floor to mark the steps on the track in front of each participant For the Candyland type board lay out a wide single line of squares which meanders about the room in any way you d like All you will need is a set of review questions and the biggest six sided die you can find Participants take turns answering the questions rolling the die and advancing the number of spaces the die shows Adaptation If you have too many people in your training adapt the game by forming teams and designating one person from each team to be the game piece on the board Members of each team collaborate together to come up with the right response and yell out the answer This way everyone has a chance to participate Adaptation To make the game even more interesting you may want to put post its on certain spaces which give instructions like Advance 2 spaces Go back 1 space Miss one turn Idea from Creative Training Newsletter January 2003 Volume 16 Number 1 Reprinted with permission from On line Learning News Bill Communications 50 South Ninth Street Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top As an AHEAD Trainer you might want your participants to present information to the rest of the group just to add some variety to the training This can be done by using certain topics selected from the AHEAD Resource Manual e g Language topics Play Social topics Feeding topics etc First divide the participants into groups and assign one language topic but a different one to each group Ask the participants to share key concepts from that topic with the rest of the group Give each group an index card which says newscast talk show game show or radio interview You could also assign specific shows if you like Letterman CNN Headline News Family Feud Participants prepare their shows present them to the entire group and everyone learns while they re enjoying themselves Idea from Creative Training Newsletter January 2003 Volume 16 Number 1 p 2 Reprinted with permission from On line Communications 50 South Ninth St Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top T ry this activity as an ice breaker or as an activity to go along with the problem solving information in the training section Meeting Families Immediate Needs The dilemma described below is from an actual job application form The person who got the job was selected because she gave a very insightful response to the dilemma Divide the participants into groups and give them the following dilemma You re driving along on a wild stormy night Rain is pounding on the windshield of your car You pass a bus stop and see three people waiting for the bus 1 An old lady who is ill possibly about to die She s obviously in great distress 2 An old friend who once saved your life You would enjoy spending time talking with him 3 Your soul mate a person you have been dreaming about all your life truly an answer to a lifelong prayer To which of these would you offer a ride on this awful night knowing that you have room for only one passenger in your car The successful job applicant s response I would give the car keys to my old friend and have him take the old lady to the hospital I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the person of my dreams Tell your training participants that we shouldn t limit ourselves There are many ways to solve a problem We can use creative problem solving in our work and in our personal lives too I dea from Creative Training Newsletter March 2003 Volume 16 Number 3 Reprinted with permission from On line Communications 50 South Ninth St Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top When using a problem solving or brainstorming activity in training try this easy technique to encourage participants to look at any problem challenge in a casual conversational way Use the following three questions Write down the first things that pop into your mind regarding the challenge no matter how outrageous Expand on each idea either with a brand new idea or variation Figure out why each idea would not work You will be surprised at how many doable ideas you come up with Idea from Creative Training Newsletter May 2003 Volume 16 Number 5 page 3 Reprinted with permission from On line Communications 50 South Ninth St Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top Life Stories If you re looking for an ice breaker or energizer use the cards in the board game Life Stories Ask participants to choose a card from the deck The questions are easy and encourage participants to share laugh and learn about each other Categories include Valuables Alternatives Etchings and Memories Some card examples follow Category Question Valuables Tell me about something you really like about where you live Alternatives Describe one of your favorite desserts Etchings Tell a story about a pet or animal Memories Recall a time when you got into trouble at school Life Stories is available from Femail Creations for 30 00 Check their Web site www femailcreations com Back to Top I f you d like an energizer for your training try this activity just for fun Ask participants to match the slogan with the company brand name The activity could be done using a multiple choice activity sheet or in teams where the slogan is read aloud by the trainer and the teams respond by giving the name of the company brand name The correct answers are in red 1 You deserve a break today a Mars b McDonalds c Twizzlers 2 Flick your a BIC b Coors c Marlboro 3 Tastes so good cats ask for it by name a Pedigree b Nine Lives c Meow Mix 4 I can t believe I ate the whole thing a Pepto Bismol b Alka Seltzer c Tums 5 If all the world were and whipped cream filled the sea then the only spoon from here to the moon would have to belong to me a Haagen Daaz b Jell O c Campbell s 6 I love what you do for me a Toyota b Honda c Ford 7 Finger lickin good a Dairy Queen b Kentucky Fried Chicken c Taco Time 8 Betcha can t eat one a Tositos b Pringles c Lay s Potato Chips 9 Our repairman are the loneliest in town a Maytag b Kenmore c GE 10 It keeps going and going and going a Nissan b Energizer c Tic Tac 11 If it feels good then just do it a Tostitos b Nike c Apple 12 I d walk a mile for a Snickers b Camel c Taco Bell Back to Top As a trainer you may want to use playdough especially for kinesthetic participants This way participants have the opportunity to use their creativity and use their hands while staying engaged with the training material Cut assorted colors of Playdough into slices like refrigerated cookie dough and put the pieces into snack size plastic bags Place a bag at each participant s spot You might want to have a display table available for anyone interested in displaying their creations Idea from Creative Training Newsletter July 2003 Volume 16 Number 7 page 8 Reprinted with permission from On line Communications 50 South Ninth Street Minneapolis MN 55402 Back to Top Silence Buster Have you ever asked a question during a training session

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  • About Us
    special needs Our principles are based on recognizing the family as the most vital element of a child s development and understanding the home as the most natural of learning environments Significantly our scope has expanded to reach outside the home into children s day care and other natural settings Our innovative family centered home based programs meet the unique needs of each child while providing valuable family support services SKI HI programs and educational materials are used by service providers families and parents early interventionists paraeducators teachers child care providers early childhood specialists related service personnel and others involved with young children who have special needs Resource materials include delightful user friendly program manuals videotapes assessments print materials and much more These materials are disseminated by HOPE Inc For more information on these materials see Resources Materials Many of the SKI HI Institute programs are implemented throughout the United States and Canada via trainings which are conducted by national and local trainers Training is available in the following program areas Deaf Hard of Hearing Projects SKI HI Deaf Mentor HELP PREPARE Blind Visually Impaired Projects VIISA USU Hadley Courses in Blindness Deafblind Projects FIPSE SPARKLE STRIPES Preservice Training Program in Deafblindness Multidisabled Sensory Impaired Project INSITE All Special Needs Projects AHEAD Child to Child SEED Paraeducation Projects USU Hadley Courses in Blindness STRIPES Preservice Training in Deafblindness Training Models Strategies Materials for Adult Learners Grandparents of Children with Special Needs HERITAGE More information about these and other projects can be found by selecting Projects Additional information can also be found by selecting Outreach and Training Testimonials from families and service providers supporting the effectiveness of the Institute s projects can be found by selecting Testimonials The effectiveness of SKI HI Institute trainings and materials are also evaluated Select Map

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  • The Giving Page
    Pearl Buck Sky high is a destination of hope and fulfillment for infants and young children with special needs and their families Limitless are the heights of human potential that early intervention and early childhood programming can foster in the home and other childcare environments Setting our sights high the sky s the limit for the SKI HI Institute s endeavors to reach a brighter tomorrow for children with differing abilities For nearly 30 years we have been dedicated to designing programs and providing training and materials for professionals who serve families of children with sensory impairments and other special needs ages birth to 5 and into the school years Each year the need for these programs continues to grow Today the SKI HI Institute is working to secure long term existence as we continue to achieve many important goals To this end we are developing partnerships with foundations businesses and individuals committed to strengthening families by helping children with special needs become contributing members of society The SKI HI Institute is a leader in the research and development of early intervention programs for use in children s natural environments such as the home and child care settings These programs

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