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Estas llamadas son posibles gracias al apoyo de los Proyectos de Sordoceguera de los estados de California, Nueva York, Florida, Texas, Arizona y Nuevo México

 


 

This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Educaiton, Special Education Program (OSEP).  Opinions expressed here are the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Department of Education.

Expectations for achievement may not be appropriate

Cultural attitudes, lack of exposure to deafblind adults, limited information about causes of deafblindness - and many more beliefs and attitudes - affect the educational expectations for DB children. It is not uncommon for educators and paraprofessionals to underestimate the learning potentials of DB students. Make sure that you formulate your own perceptions about the student you work with, based on what you know about alternative intelligences. Thinking outside the box is crucial!

Isolation from peers in the classroom and in the larger school environment

Notice whether or not the DB student you work with is included in P.E., or eats lunch with peers, or has opportunities to participate actively with others. There are lots of ways that PT and OT can reduce the isolation of the DB student. Does your student have motor difficulties? Design activities for all of her classmates, and help the paraprofessionals do that motor group daily. Or, plan your PT session right before the student's lunch, then set up and facilitate a peer interaction at lunch.

Many service providers are involved

Check out Who's Who on the DB Team

Texas Deafblind Outreach is actively involved in the development of materials specifically addressing issues about deafblindness for families and professionals.  Among the many materials available through Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired Curriculum Department of special interest to staff serving individuals with deafblindness are these items:

Books and Pamphlets

Assessment Tools and Forms

Articles and Handouts

Transition Issues

Videotapes/DVD

Other materials

Newsletter

 A quarterly newsletter for families and professionals on visual impairments and deafblindness.

VER/OÍR Noticiero

Noticiero trimestral para familias y especialistas en incapacidades de la vista y sordo-ciegos.

  • VER/OÍR Edición Actual
  • Revistas Pasadas
  • Mailing List Application
  • Submissions/Comments

National Products on Deafblindness

 

General questions or concerns including requests for onsites, workshops, or materials.

Cyral Miller, Outreach Director
Email:  cyralmiller@tsbvi.edu
512-206-9242

 

Birth thru five year olds and information on INSITE training

Gigi Newton, INSITE Specialist
Statewide
giginewton@tsbvi.edu
(512) 206-9272

 

Six thru twenty-one year olds related to educational programming

Chris Montgomery, Education Specialist
Regions 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, TSBVI

(512) 206-9359

Jenny Lace, Education Specialist
Regions 2, 7, 9, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

(512) 206-9389

Holly Cooper, Education Specialist
Regions - 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, TSD

(512) 206-9217

Robbie Blaha, Education Specialist

(512) 206-9232

Ruth Ann Marsh, Orientation and Mobility Specialist

(512) 206-9203

Transition to adult and community services

David Wiley, Transition Specialist
Statewide
davidwiley@tsbvi.edu
(512) 206-9219

Family support including questions about support resources, parent and family training activities and workshops, deafblind specific information, and advocacy

Edgenie Bellah, Family Specialist
Statewide
edgeniebellah@tsbvi.edu
(512) 206-9423

Deafblind Census

Sue Enoch

(512) 206-9270

Another primary focus of the Texas Deafblind Outreach is to provide technical assistance support to schools and programs serving individuals with deafblindness or combined vision and hearing loss who are between the ages of birth and 21 years of age.

 

Onsite Consultation

Schools and other programs may request technical assistance from Texas Deafblind Outreach to aid them in developing quality programs for their students with deafblindness.  To make a request for an onsite consultation contact your Regional ESC Deafblind Specialist or Cyral Miller at 512-206-9242 or email cyralmiller@tsbvi.edu.  Both individual student consultation and theory-to-practice consultation are available.

Training for Educational Interveners

When a school program designates an intervener, they are eligible to receive training and support from the Texas Deafblind Project that includes training provided through annual training events (workshops and conferences), support to go to regional and local training events, training provided one-on-one through onsite consultation to the intervener and team, and information and support through distance education methods such as email and TETN.  Form more information contact Cyral Miller at 512-206-9242 or email cyralmiller@tsbvi.edu

Training to Adult Service Providers

Texas Deafblind Outreach offers four 14-hour trainings on deafblindness each year at various locations around the State for direct-care staff working with individuals who are deafblind in rehabilitative settings and adult group homes.  To learn more about these training opportunities contact David Wiley 512-206-9219 or email davidwiley@tsbvi.edu

Provide Presentations for Local and Regional Training

Texas Deafblind Outreach staff are available to provide short in-service trainings or longer training events at a local and regional level on a variety of topics related to working with students who are deafblind including communication, orientation and mobility, social issues, transition, grieving, INSITE and other curriculums, sexuality education, recreation and leisure.  A list of topical training  related to students with deafblindness may be downloaded or you may look through a list of events we are sponsoring or co-sponsoring this year.   To request their assistance with a workshop you are planning contact Cyral Miller at 512-206-9242 or email cyralmiller@tsbvi.edu

Supporting Regional ESC Deafblind Specialists

Texas Deafblind Outreach staff provide support to the Regional ESC Deafblind Specialist in working with programs serving students with deafblindness through ongoing training activities, collaboration on onsites, developing family training events and the completion of the Texas Deafblind Census.

Making a Difference: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Working with Deafblind (DB) Students

Are you an occupational or physical therapist working in the Texas public school system? Do you need more information about how to best contribute to the education of deafblind students?

If so, you're not alone.

Whether you're receiving your first referral for OT or PT evaluation and services for a deafblind student or your 50th, it's a fairly safe bet that you are not as prepared as you would like to be. This website is designed to give entry level and experienced therapists theoretical and practical assistance that will better equip them to be productive members of the educational teams for children with deafblindness. Because so little information about visual impairment, and specifically deafblindness, has found its way into pre-service curricula at the universities that offer OT and PT programs, many of us find ourselves wondering how best to translate what we know as clinicians into appropriate educational strategies for the DB student. OT and PT have much to offer the DB student when they work from a base of knowledge about the ways in which deafblindness impacts learning and social relationships.

This website will familiarize you with:

  • Basic information about the conditions that cause DB and how they impact learning
  • Available assessments, and how to use them
  • Theoretical frameworks that may help you interface meaningfully with the DB student you serve
  • The roles of other service providers often involved with DB students, and how you, as physical or occupational therapist, can collaborate with them
  • Strategies for communicating and teaching skills to the DB student
  • Basic Orientation and Mobility information
  • Developing and writing IEP goals for the DB student
  • Defining literacy for the DB student, and defining your potential contributions to literacy and communication
  • A glossary of terms associated with deafblindness
  • Resources and references for further reading, so that you can educate yourself on concepts and theoretical applications that are important to the education of the DB student

Last revision: 3/28/2007