Alexandra BezdikianCalifornia School for the Blind, Life Skills Classroom TeacherAlexandra is a teacher for Students with Visual Impairments at the California School for the Blind.Sonja BiggsPhD Education, Certification Courses for Special Education, TVI/COMSCalifornia State Education Specialist Visual Impairments, California Rehabilitation Specialist for Orientation & Mobility; Sonja Biggs Educational Services, Inc., Founder/CEOChildren who have visual impairments and who have visual impairments with other disabilities hold a special place in Sonja's heart. Her eldest son was born blind with Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). As a result, she became a Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired and an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. Sonja was already an elementary teacher when she discovered her son was blind. Going through the gamut of emotions associated
with having a child with a visual impairment provides her with special insight into the needs of children and parents. She holds a PhD in Advanced K-12 Teaching through Capella University and a Masters degree in School Counseling and Guidance. Sonja is also the founder of Sonja Biggs Educational Services, Inc, a company that contracts out all the components of a top quality VI program to counties, districts, and charter schools.Delores BillmanLiterary and Nemeth Certifications; Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Mountain View Braille Facility Plant ManagerMrs. Billman is the Plant Manger at the Mountain View Braille Facility. She has both Literary and Nemeth Certifications. She has worked in the correction field for 40 years. She has been studying braille and teaching for approximately 20 years at the Mountain View Braille Facility.Kim BlackwellEducation Specialist Instruction Credential (Teacher for the Visually Impaired), Multiple Subject BCLAD Teaching Credential, Master of Arts in Teaching Reading, Specialist Instruction Credential (Reading); Escondido Union School District Teacher for the Visually ImpairedKim is a reading Specialist and Teacher for the Visually Impaired, large print and tactual braille reader, and a curriculum writer for iBraille Challenge.Allison BurdettBS in Kinesiology and an MA in Special Education; Junior Blind Senior Director of ProgramsAllison has worked in the field of disability services for 10 years and currently serves as Senior Director of Programs at Junior Blind. Ms. Burdett oversees Junior Blind’s adult rehabilitation and training programs, the Special Education School, and the Group Homes program. Ms. Burdett holds a BS in Kinesiology and an MA in Special Education. She is certified through ACVREP as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. She is currentlythe President of the Southern California AER chapter.