Spring Family Conference
Spring Family Conference (SFC) is an annual gathering hosted by IESBVI for the parents and families of students with visual impairments in Iowa. For parents, a variety of content-specific sessions are offered to provide you with strategies to support your child while navigating childhood and into adulthood. SFC is a great opportunity to network and get to know other parents and families in the state. For students with visual impairments, SFC is a place to connect with other students who share visual impairments. Often students are the only ones in their school with a visual impairment, and being around others who share this commonality can be encouraging. For their siblings, SFC provides opportunities for all children to interact, play games and have fun together!
FAQs About the Conference
“Attending the Spring Conference is the most helpful event we’ve attended in learning ways to support our son, Jude, who is legally blind due to optic nerve atrophy. I first thought we should wait to get a further diagnosis before attending, and I’m glad we did not wait! There are all kinds of kiddos and families who attend with at least one common item being a child who is blind or visually impaired. The connections we make to other families are priceless. Others have traveled these paths before us, and this conference gives us the tools to use their experience and those of each other to help our kids be successful. Don’t forget to also ask about the stipend–they pay you to attend. I hope to see you there!”
Sarah Corkery, Cedar Falls
“There are many reasons why our family attends the Spring Family conference. First, attendees and staff at the Spring Conference are not judgmental. All of the parents that come are from different backgrounds and have different needs for their children. Most of us have something in common more than just receiving services from IESBVI. Many of us have had to endure the general public not understanding the needs of our kids, and many of us struggle with educational needs in our schools. During the spring conference you will: make new friends, get educational ideas, find new resources, hear inspiring stories, have fun, play and laugh. You will come to realize that you are not alone in the struggles that you may face in dealing with vision loss and other disabilities. There are many families similar to yours across Iowa.”
Brook Nolin, Spencer