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Deaf-Blind Strategies: Professional Development Webinars

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness has a new series of webinars on instructional strategies for children and youth who are deaf-blind. These 90-minute webinars are designed for families, educators, state personnel, and any other individuals interested in deaf-blindness in children and youth.  

Establishing Routines at Home  

This webinar was presented by Susan Bruce and Tracy Evans Luiselli. It provides a framework for working with families to support the development and implementation of home-based routines for children who are deaf-blind. It also addresses how to use individualized daily schedules to represent activities and routines in the home setting and capture those activities in experience stories and books. See this webinar

Academic Standards for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities 

This webinar was presented by Sheryl Lazarus and Martha Thurlow from the National Center on Education Outcomes/TIES. This session clarifies the distinction between academic content standards and alternate academic achievement standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act. See this webinar

Early Literacy and Numeracy for Students who are Deaf-Blind 

This webinar was presented by Jessica Bowman and Gail Ghere from the National Center on Education Outcomes/TIES. In this session, you will learn the basic components of early literacy and numeracy, how they apply to students who are deaf-blind, and how they can be embedded into everyday routines and activities. See this webinar

Meeting the Needs of Proficient Communicators 

While the majority of the children and youth served by state deaf-blind projects are emerging communicators, there is a growing number who are “proficient communicators” being served in general education classrooms. In this webinar, Nancy O’Donnell, Robbie Blaha, and Deanna Peterson talk about how to identify proficient communicators. They share resources and strategies for proficient communicators who are congenitally deaf-blind or have Usher syndrome. See this webinar.

Accessing Grade Level General Education Curriculum 

In this webinar, presenters Jessica Bowman, Liz Hartmannm and Gail Ghere discuss key components for providing access and progress in the grade-level general education curriculum, with specific application for students who are deaf-blind. In addition, they share tips for planning and implementing effective academic instruction in the current environment of hybrid distance learning. See this webinar.