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San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
March 9-12, 2017

Hotel Information

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront

1800 Old Bayshore Highway

Burlingame, California 94010

tel: 650-692-9100

Toll Free Reservations: 1-888-236-2427


Hotel Room Conference Rate: $169.00 per night

Book early - quantities are limited.

Web Link - https://aws.passkey.com/e/15356895


Transportation to/from SFO airport:

Free 24-hour shuttle to/from the airport and BART station

Estimated taxi fare: $20.00 USD (one way)



Self-Parking: $12.00 overnight (must ask for spcial CTEBVI rate)

Valet Parking: $30.00 overnight (short term rates available)



Free wireless internet connectivity is available in the public areas.

Internet is available in guest rooms for $7.95 per day for limited access or $14.95 per day for premium access. Beautiful guest rooms have high-definition and flat-screen TVs. Many guest rooms have beautiful water views. 24-hour fitness room and pool and spa are open until 11 pm.

This hotel has a smoke-free policy.

ADA-accessible guest rooms are available.

Concierge Level offers upgraded amenities and services to guests.

Additional amenities include concierge, valet, dry cleaning and room service.

A dog relief area will be designated. Please ask for the location when you check in.


On-Site Car Rentals:

Hertz: 1-650-692-0536


On-Site Restaurants:

Hangar Steak - Breakfast and Lunch: 6 am– 2 pm; Dinner: 5—10 pm

Flights 101 Lobby Lounge Afternoon plates & dinner: 2–11 pm; Drinks & Cocktails: 2 pm-12 midnight

Starbucks Coffee - Open for breakfast and lunch


Down the street on Old Bayshore Highway:

Elephant Bar, Grand Harbor, Gulliver’s, Benihana, and Max’s Opera Café

Information on these and other restaurants is available at the hotel concierge desk.

General Conference Information

On-Site Registration

You may register at the Registration Desk. Please note that on-site registration is nonrefundable.  

(check-in for pre-conference workshops only)

Thursday, March 9 - 8:00 am - 9:30 am

(regular conference registration)

Thursday, March4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Friday, March 10 6:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, March 11 - 6:30 am - 5:00 pm


Continuing Education Units

CEUs are again being offered with an ACVREP fee of $35, payable in advance with registration fee. This fee will allow CEUs for an unlimited number of workshops. You will get instructions for receiving certificates after conference. Please provide an email address where you wish the instructions sent.


Silent Auction

All proceeds of the silent auction go to the Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship Fund. This event also provides you with the opportunity to take home some beautiful gifts.


Please consider donating an item for the Silent Auction. For more information, contact Dawn Gross at

dgross@atpc.net or

805-383-0187 x105.


Silent Auction items must be claimed and paid for by the end of the banquet unless other arrangements have been made. Items not claimed will be offered to the next highest bidder. GOOD LUCK!!!

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall attendance is free to everyone! CTEBVI’s Exhibit Hall offers a large number of vendors presenting the latest in assistive technology, braille jewelry, and really neat toys. Special times have been set aside exclusively for the Exhibit Hall that will be listed in the Conference program.


Announcement Board at Registration

Have an announcement or job opening? Please feel free to post it on the board that will be located near the Registration Desk.


Hospitality Suite

If you need a place to relax and rejuvenate, visit our Hospitality Suite for light snacks and
beverages, and browse through photo albums of conferences past.



We need your help at the Conference Registration Desk! Contact Team Manager, Vanessa Stenz. vstenz@sbcglobal.net (No tryout necessary.)

Conference Highlights

Thursday, March 9th


Pre-Conference Events

(registration in advance required, check-in is 8-9:00 am)

1. APH BrailleBlaster: An Innovative New Braille Translation Software
Presenters: Jayma Hawkins and William Freeman

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Waterfront Marriott—room TBD


BrailleBlaster is a revolutionary program that brings braille transcription into the 21st century. Using the data embedded in NIMAS files, BrailleBlaster does most of the work as soon as the file is opened. It then has all the tools you need to be efficient!


2. Making Google Applications Accessible with JAWS: Drive, Docs, Gmail & Classroom
Presenters: Veronica Gunn, Yurika Vu and Joe Vona

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

(includes break for lunch on your own)

Location: Waterfront Marriott—room TBD


Join the CSB Assistive Technology Team for a day of all things Google. This workshop will be a hands-on training where all participants will learn to use Drive, Docs, Gmail, and Classroom with JAWS. Many schools throughout California, including CSB, are using Google Education. Come learn how your students with visual impairments can partic­ipate in this exciting technology. CTEBVI will provide Wi-Fi for all participants during this workshop. This workshop is limited to 50 participants.

3. Getting the Ball Rolling: A presentation and open discussion regarding issues within the field of visual impairments, and beginning the revision of the VI guidelines and braille reading and math content standards Presenters: Dr. Sharon Sacks with Adrian Amandi,
Angela Martyn and Gina Ouelette

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Waterfront Marriott—room TBD


Join administrative staff from the California School for the Blind in an open discussion regarding some of the issues currently present in our field. We will lead a discussion regarding assessment practices, service recommendations, caseload analysis, and more. While we plan to share best practices throughout the day we want to create an open dialogue as well where input from the field is being taken into consideration in the important revisions under way with the guidelines and braille and math standards. Additionally we will share and seek advice on improving CSB’s programs and ways to meet the needs of students throughout the state.


4. Tour of the Lighthouse for the Blind

Time: TBA

Cost: Free

Location: Hotel Lobby meet at: TBA



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