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Deaf-Blind Perspectives Newsletter

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness puts out a newsletter called Deaf-Blind Perspectives twice a year with fabulous information.  This is a great way to hear about what is going on across the nation - and often enough describes Texas initiatives, too!  In this issue is a tribute to our own, much missed Jim Durkel.   The current issue of Deaf-Blind Perspectives is available online http://www.nationaldb.org/dbp/current.htm In This Issue  Moving Forward Together D. Jay Gense One Dad’s Nuts and Bolts of Advocacy on the State Level Jamey McVicker Improving Connections among Professionals in Deaf-Blind Education Jon Harding NCDB Plans for A New Nationaldb.org Website Gail Leslie Early Identification and Referral: Partnerships in Action Heather Herbster Reflections from the Field Kathee Scoggin Moving Forward with Intervener Services Recommendations Peggy Malloy “I Can Connect!” Betsy McGinnity Remembering Colleagues Who Passed Away in 2011–2012
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Southeast Family Deafblind Transition Institute

2012 SE Teens and Mentors with Motivational Speaker, Cody Colchado Purpose The southeast regional deafblind projects along with The National Consortium on Deafblindness and Helen Keller National Center partner to offer a unique opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders.  The annual weekend transition institutes support teens and young adults with deafblindness to plan for the future, develop friendships and community, and become self-advocates.  Youth 15 years of age through 22 years of age with both vision and hearing loss and a formal communication system,  who are on a career path to work, technical school, or college are invited to apply.  Presenters who are positive role models and young adult mentors with deafblindness address topics related to transition, technology, self-determination, social skills and self-advocacy.  Separate sessions are offered to the parents featuring transition issues and opportunities to share their experiences.  Youth Outcome Goals Increase self-awareness Develop more appropriate transition goals for post-secondary education...
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