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Joe GibsonPromoting the Use of the Outdoors with and for People who are DeafBlind for Leisure, Educational and Therapeutic Purposes.  

Dr. Joe Gibson, Outdoor Activities Coordinator, Sense Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland

Dr. Gibson was the opening keynote speaker at the Symposium.  He discussed developing an understanding of some of the theories relating to the beneficial use of the outdoor environment and how these might apply to people who are DeafBlind.  He shared practices of and opportunities for using the outdoors with people who are DeafBlind and different cultural ways of using and viewing the outdoor environment.  

Watch a video interview with Dr. Joe Gibson.

Dr. Judy Cameron with a poster of the developing brain of a child.Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience

Dr. Judy Cameron, Professor, University of Pittsburgh and member of the Harvard Center on Child Development, Pittsburg, PA

Science tells us that early childhood is a time of both great promise and considerable risk. Having responsive relationships with adults, growth-promoting experiences, and healthy environments for all young children helps build sturdy brain architecture and the foundations of resilience. The following key scientific concept areas and their impact on child development will also be discussed: toxic stress, serve and return interactions, executive function and self regulation. Dr. Cameron will discuss the developing brain and what research shows related to the impact of stress on this development.

Listen to the podcast of this presentation.

What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

Judy CameronDr. Judy Cameron, Professor,

University of Pittsburgh and member of the Harvard Center on Child Development,

Pittsburg, PA


Robbie BlahaRobbie Blaha, Deafblind Consultant,

Texas Deafblind Outreach,

Austin, TX

David BrownDavid Brown, Deafblind Consultant,

San Francisco, CA



Bernadette van den TillaartBernadette van den Tillaart, M.Ed., Deafblind Consultant,

Ohio State School for the Blind,

Columbus, OH


Suzanne ZeedykSuzane Zeedyk, Developmental Psychologist

Founder of the Organization connected baby,

Dundee, Scotland


Following Dr. Cameron's presentation deafblind experts Bernadette van den Tillaart, Suzanne Zeedyk, David Brown and Robbie Blaha joined in a plenary discussion about how this information relates to individuals with deafblindness and what it means for us in interacting with these individuals at school, home and in the community.

Listen to the podcast of this panel discussion.

Download an edited version of the transcript of this panel and Dr. Cameron's presentation.