Professional Development: Concentration in Deaf-Blindness

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Professional Development Series for Educators and Related Service Providers. Concentration in Deaf-Blindness & High Intensity Support Needs

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An exciting professional development opportunity is available through a collaboration with the University of South Dakota (USD) Deaf-Blind Program and the National Center on Deaf-Blindness. This spring of 2021, we will be offering Courses 1 & 3.

Course 1: An Introduction to Deaf-Blindness

Instructor: Brandy Sebera

This first course will provide foundational knowledge of deaf-blindness and the impact of hearing and vision loss on learning and communication, as well as key evidence-based instructional strategies for supporting those with deaf-blindness. This course includes content from the following Open Hands, Open Access modules: Overview of Deaf-Blindness, The Sensory System, the Brain and Learning, Building Trusted Relationships, Touch for Connection and Learning, Maximizing Vision and Hearing, The Role of the Intervener and Intervener Strategies.

This course will be a combination of weekly online learning and 3 synchronous meetings. Meetings run from 5:00-6:00 PM CST on January 14th and 7:00-8:00 CST on February 18, & March 25

Course 3: Assessment and Instructional Planning for Learners who are Deaf-Blind

Participants wishing to access this course should have had foundational training in deaf-blindness such as Course 1: An Introduction to Deaf-Blindness, NCDB Open Hands Open Access Modules 1-4, or comparable training through your state deaf-blind project. Participants will be asked to provide documentation of training completed after enrollment.

Instructor: Maurice Belote

The course includes an overview of assessment strategies, assessment instruments, and the development of specific and measurable IEP goals based on authentic assessment data. In addition, the course includes content from the following Open Hands, Open Access modules: Availability for Learning, Routines for Participation and Learning, Behavior and Environmental Supports, and Introduction to Orientation and Mobility.

This course will be a combination of weekly online work and 7 synchronous meetings. All meetings run from 6:00-8:00 CST: January 14, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 18, April 1, April 15, & April 29

Each course takes place through a 15 week semester. Approximately 3 hours of online work will be expected per week including some synchronous online meetings during the course of the semester. Class size will be limited to the first 15 participants.

Cost is $200 per course with the option to add 3 USD graduate credits for an additional $120. The USD graduate credit links will be sent two weeks prior to the start of class.

All students will receive 45 continuing education hours upon successful completion of the course.

*In order to support professional relevance and immediate applicability, there are numerous options for course readings and reflections, and assignments are designed to be customizable depending on each participant’s unique situation. Theses courses include both asynchronous completion of OHOA module content and synchronous online class meetings to provide opportunities for collegial sharing and support.

We understand that many people have previously taken training in deaf-blindness through the Open Hands, Open Access modules. Please use the course descriptions to determine the appropriate course based on your previous trainings in deaf-blindness.

While these courses are not required to be completed sequentially, it will be beneficial to have foundational knowledge in the content areas included in each of the courses prior to enrolling in courses 2, 3, & 4.

Summer 2021 Anticipated Courses

Course 2: Communication Strategies. The key principle of this course is that all students communicate. This course includes content from the following Open Hands, Open Access modules: Touch for Connection and Communication, Understanding Communication Principles, Emergent Communication, Progressing from Non-symbolic to Symbolic Communication & Complex Language, Introduction to Sign Language & Braille, Concept Development and Responsive Environments and Calendars.

Course 4: Deaf-Blindness: Life Planning for Success. The course provides an overview of curricular options and instructional strategies to promote student success in school and beyond, and to ensure that all students successfully transition from school to adulthood. The course includes content from the following Open Hands, Open Access modules: Transition to Adulthood and Community Living, Self-Determination, Social Skills and Peer Relationships, Sexuality, and Collaborative Teaming and Family Partnerships. The course focuses on fully integrating the module content above to prepare students who are deafblind to be actively engaged in communities of their choice.

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