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Tomás and the Case of the Mysterious Missing Dog

Original webcast date: 5/9/2019
Description: Tomás and the Case of the Mysterious Missing Dog is a book for encouraging and empowering students with low vision. Inspired by the book, Monocular Mac created by Dr. Anne Corn in the 1970’s, this book is an illustrated story intended to inspire students with low vision to explore the many possibilities in which their equipment and strategies can be helpful, not only in the classroom, but in real-life situations as well. Intended for elementary readers, the tale relates the adventures of Tomás and his friends as they search for his beloved dog. The book will be available for free download in digital format, both in black and white. During this webinar, the book will be presented in its entirety, showing all illustrations and a dramatic reading.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Fun, Low Budget Activities for Teaching Kids to Use Monocular Telescopes

Original webcast date: 11/13/2017
Description: This webinar will propose the idea that monocular training can incorporate games and activities that are highly motivating to students with low vision in the elementary and early middle school grades. We will share our ideas and materials for engaging your students, and you! And, if YOU have a favorite activity, please share it with us during this webinar.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

What's a Bioptic? How can COMS support potential drivers?

Original webcast date: 10/4/2017
Description: “Can I be a driver?” is an emotion packed question for a teenager who has low vision. As part of travel skills, a COMS is likely to hear this question asked by a student or curious adults. What is the COMS role in regards to pre-driver training, use of the bioptic, or student driver instruction? The presenters will answer these questions in addition to previewing a one-day workshop that focuses on the driving question for students and parents.

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Optical Devices for Individuals with Low Vision

Students with low vision benefit greatly from the use of a wide range of optical devices that include monoculars, telescopes, bioptics, hand-held magnifiers, prisms and so forth.  A good low vision exam done by a low vision specialist is done to determine exactly how the individual can use his or her vision and what devices may work best for the individual.

You may also wish to download the following information sheets:

Optical Device Training Forms

Goals and Objectives for Magnifier Training (Word or PDF)

Goals and Objectives for Telescope Training (Word or PDF)

Information for General Education Teachers (Word or PDF)

Lesson Progression for Copying - Telescope (Word or PDF)

Magnifier Lessons (Word or PDF)

Optical Device Use, Part 1: Instruction in the Use of Optical Devices

Description: Chrissy Cowan, TVI, and Cynthia Bachofer, TVI, CLVT from the Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired give an overview of the range of optical devices typically prescribed in clinical setting and the skills needed to access near and distance targets. They discuss the specific skills needed to use magnifiers and monocular telescopes and strategies for teaching students, ages 3 through 21. This program was produced in collaboration with the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Kansas Lions, Kansas School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Optical Device Use, Part 1: Instruction in the Use of Optical Devices
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Optical Device Use, Part 2: Visual Access In a Range of Environments

Description: Chrissy Cowan, TVI, and Cynthia Bachofer, TVI, CLVT from the Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired give an overview of the range of optical devices typically prescribed in clinical setting and the skills needed to access near and distance targets. They discuss the specific skills needed to use magnifiers and monocular telescopes and strategies for teaching students, ages 3 through 21. This program was produced in collaboration with the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Kansas Lions, Kansas School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Optical Device Use, Part 2: Visual Access In a Range of Environments
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Optical Device Use, Part 3: Selling Optical Device Use to the Tough Customer

Description: Selling Optical Device Use to the Tough Customer is presented by Chrissy Cowan, TVI, and Cynthia Bachofer, TVI, CLVT from the Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired Outreach Program. This video addresses factors that lead to rejection of optical devices, hooks to capture student buy-in, and incorporating fun activities into both distance and near visual instruction. This program was produced in collaboration with the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Kansas Lions, Kansas School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Optical Device Use, Part 3: Selling Optical Device Use to the Tough Customer
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This page is under construction.  Soon we will have online courses you can take for credit.

For Credit Webinars and TETN video broadcasts are good for ACVREP and SBEC credit for a period of two years.  Below is a list of all current webinars and TETNs that have been archived for delayed viewing and can provide ACVREP or SBEC continuing education credit.  You must register for any of these you wish to receive credit for by using the link provided under each of the session descriptions.


Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme

Active Learning Study Group on Early Learning Step by Step 

Addressing Access to the Core and Expanded Core Curricula Using Active Learning Access to the Core and Expanded Core Curricula Using Active Learning For Credit

Addressing the Expanded Core CurriculumFor Credit

Braille Production Study Group February 2015 For Credit

Creating a Transition Action Group (TAG) For Credit

ECC Webinar Series

Functional Vision Assessment for VI Infants For Credit

Getting Started with UEB For Credit

O&M and Listening Devices For Credit

SLK Study Group 2014-15

SLK Study Group 2015-16

  • 2015-16 SLK Study Group #1 September
  • 2015-16 SLK Study Group #2 November

Using the 2013 Michigan Severity Scale for O&M For Credit

 

National

NAPVIJewishGuildNational Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

NAPVI is a national, non-profit, independent organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. NAPVI provides leadership, support, and training to assist parents in helping their children reach their full potential. NAPVI is dedicated to:
• Giving emotional support
• Parent education
• Initiating outreach programs
• Networking
• Advocating for the educational needs and welfare of children who are blind or visually impaired

NAPVI, 15 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
Susan LaVenture, Executive Director
Phone: 212-769-7819
Toll free: 800-562-6265
Email:
Website: http://www.lighthouseguild.org/napvi
Family Connect Website: http://www.familyconnect.org/parentsitehome.asp

NFADBNational Family Association for Deaf-Blind

The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) is a nonprofit 501(c) 3, volunteer-based organization that has served families since 1994. NFADB is the largest network of families focused on deaf-blindness. Originally started by and for families of individuals who are deaf-blind, our membership is now extended to any person or organization that desires to support individuals and families who are deafblind.

View a video from NAPVI.

We are all in this community together!
Visit us on the web at www.nfadb.org and on Facebook
For questions, please call Lori at 1-800-255-0411 or

PacerPACER Center

The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. http://www.pacer.org/parent/
Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. Today, PACER Center expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.
With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER's work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.

Visit the PACER Center on the web at www.pacer.org or on Facebook

Texas: General

PartnersResourceNetPartners Resource Network

Partners Resource Network (PRN) is a non-profit agency that operates the state wide network of federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) in Texas. The PTI Projects are:
PATH - http://www.partnerstx.org/path,
PEN - http://www.partnerstx.org/pen, and
TEAM - http://www.partnerstx.org/team.
The programs and services of PRN are based on the concept of parents helping parents. Our mission is to empower parents of children and youth with disabilities in their roles as parents, decision makers, and advocates for their children and to promote partnerships among parents and professionals.
Our web site is designed to provide timely information and to link the visitor with other resources in Texas and the nation. Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of infants, toddlers, children and young adults with disabilities and their families who live in the great State of Texas.

1090 Longfellow Drive, Suite B, Beaumont, TX 77706
Phone: 409-898-4684
Toll free TX Parents Only: 1-800-866-4726
Email:
Website: www.partnerstx.org/

Fam2FamNetFamily to Family Network / Texas Project First

The mission of Family to Family Network is to help families of children with disabilities by providing information, training, referral and support.

13150 FM 529, Suite 106 Houston, TX 77041
Phone: 713-466-6304
Email:
Website: www.familytofamilynetwork.org/

Family to Family Network (F2F) began in 1993 with a couple of moms who shared a vision for their young children who had just been diagnosed with a disability. Part of this vision was the dream that their children would grow up as fully participating members of their school and home communities with a brig

ht outlook for the future. F2F continues to be staffed primarily by parents who have “walked the walk”. In addition, we have added a Bilingual Assistant and an Information and Technology Specialist to extend our reach to even more families of children with disabilities. One way we do this is through monthly meetings that allow parents to network and learn best practices from leading speakers on disability topics. We also have an extensive lending library and resource center. Other projects include:

  • Family Friends, an intergenerational program that matches volunteers (50+) to children with disabilities and their families. The volunteers offer support to families by caring, becoming a mentor, listening, and providing practical assistance to meet the demands of daily living.
  • Disability Leadership Network of Houston, a leadership training program, in which participants learn about current disability issues, best practices, decision making processes at both the local and state levels, and how to impact public policies that affect people with disabilities.
  • Most recently, F2F was approached to serve as a neutral organization working on behalf of the Texas Continuous Improvement Process (TCIP) under the auspices of the Texas Education Agency and Region 9 Education Service Center to assist in fulfilling the goals of the State and of the Parent Training Committee.


TxProject1stTexas Project FIRST is a natural extension of Family to Family’s mission, which is to help families of children with disabilities by providing information, training, referral and support. In the first phase of Texas Project FIRST, F2F has developed this parent-friendly, Bobby-approved bilingual website to provide consistent, accurate information to help parents understand the complex special education issues and become more effective participants in their child’s education process.

Texas Project First Website: http://texasprojectfirst.org/index.html

TxP2PTexas Parent to Parent

Texas Parent to Parent is a state-wide non-profit organization that provides support to families of children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and other special health care needs by empowering their families to be advocates for them through peer support, resource referral and public awareness.

3710 Cedar Street, Box 12, Austin, Texas 78705
Phone: 512- 458-8600
Toll free phone: 866-896-6001
Website: www.txp2p.org

Texas: Visual Impairment

TAPVITexas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

TAPVI is an affiliate of NAPVI. We are a non-profit organization that provides support to the families of children who have blindness or visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities. TAPVI enables families to find information and resources, as well as connect and network with one another. We offer leadership, support, and training to assist families in helping children reach their full potential in school and in the community.

View a video from TAPVI.

Verónica Alvarez, President (Habla Español), Round Rock, TX
Phone: 972-984-0761
Email:
Website: www.tapvi.com
Check us out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FacesOfTAPVI

TXPBCTexas Parents Of Blind Children

Texas Parents Of Blind Children (TPOBC) is the state chapter of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), a division of the NFB of Texas, a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children.

View a video from Texas Parents of Blind Children.

Kim Cunningham, President, PO Box 125, Friendswood, TX 77549-0125
Phone: 713-501-9659
Email:
Website: www.tpobc.org/

Texas: Deafblind

DBMATDeaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas

The mission of DBMAT is to promote and improve the quality of life for all Texans who are deaf-blind multi-handicapped, deaf multi-handicapped, and blind multi-handicapped. We support the establishment of educational, rehabilitative, vocational and independent living opportunities.

View a video about DBMAT.

Melanie Knapp, President
Phone: (281) 302-5454
Email:

Website: www.dbmat-tx.org

TXChargersTexas Chargers, Inc.

The Texas Chargers, Inc. is a group of Texas families, friends, and professionals who are dedicated to helping children and young adults who live with Charge Syndrome. The primary function of our organization is to support the emotional and educational needs of the people with Charge Syndrome and the families and professionals working with them, to provide them with a better quality of life.

View a video from Texas Chargers.

Kathi Barksdale, President
Phone: 325-286-4230
Email:

Website: www.texaschargers.org

Texas: Deaf & Hard of Hearing

TXHandVoicesTexas Hands and Voices

Texas Hands & Voices is a chapter of the nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent-driven, parent/professional/community collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Our diverse membership includes those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing impaired and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. We exist to help our children reach their highest potential.

View a video from Texas Hands and Voices.

PO Box 2208, Cypress, TX 77410
Phone: 936-463-8948
Email:

Website: www.txhandsandvoices.org

Guide By Your Side Website: www.txgbys.org

Individuals with combined vision and hearing loss or DeafBlindness face unique challenges in learning and development.  The impact of this dual sensory impairment typically impacts all areas of learning.


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You must register for each event prior to submitting the Delayed Viewing Request in order to obtain continuing education credit.

Index

2017 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness

Edited Transcript

Download edited transcript from the Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience and What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

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Podcasts [Opening & Closing Keynotes and Panel discussion]

Select Video Interviews

 Deafblind Insights - David Brown

 Deafblind Insights - Joe Gibson

 Deafblind Insights - Suzanne Zeedyk

2015 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness

 Keynote Presentations

Please See Me as the Person I Am

Empowering a DeafBlind Community

 Family Experiences

Taking the Bull by the Horns

Trey's Recycling: Getting Involved in Community Life

Just Be Brave!

Special Interview

Tactile Reciprocal Interactions & BETs


Hearing Issues for Students with DeafBlindness

2016-2017

For Credit Hearing Issues for Students with DeafBlindness: Auditory Training for Students with MIVI

2015-2016

Hearing Issues for Students with DeafBlindness: Introduction

Hearing Issues for Students with DeafBlindness: Audiological Testing

Hearing Issues for Students with DeafBlindness: Listening Devices

Hearing Issues for Students with DeafBlindness: Functional Hearing Evaluation

Hearing Issues for Students with DeafBlindness: Auditory Training

Hearing Issues for Students with DeafBlindness: Learning Media Assessment

Other topics

Sexuality Education for the Student with DeafBlindness

Stories of Success after Graduation

Strategies to Help Young People with DeafBlindness and Behavior Issues


 2017 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness

Podcasts [Opening & Closing Keynotes and Panel discussion]

Outdoors with and for People who are DeafBlind

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: 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.

Downloads: Transcript (txt)

An Active Lifestyle - Two Experiences

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: George Stern and Andrew Cohen each talk about living active lives as individuals who have deafblindness.

Downloads: Transcript (txt)

Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: 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.

Edited Transcript

Download edited transcript from the Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience and What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

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What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

Original webcast date: 3/3/2017
Description: Dr. Judy Cameron, Professor, University of Pittsburgh and member of the Harvard Center on Child Development, Pittsburg, PA Suzanne Zeedyk, Developmental Psychologist, Founder of the Organization connected baby, Dundee, Scotland Bernadette van den Tillaart, M.Ed., Deafblind Consultant, Ohio State School for the Blind, Columbus, OH David Brown, Deafblind Consultant, San Francisco, CA Robbie Blaha, Deafblind Consultant, Texas Deafblind Outreach, Austin, TX 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.

Edited Transcript

Download edited transcript from the Impact of Stress on Brain Architecture and Resilience and What Harvard's Research Means for Children who are DeafBlind

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Emotional Connection for Human Health and Happiness

Original webcast date: 3/4/2017
Description: Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, Founder of the connected baby and Research Professor at the University of Dundee, Scotland. What does emotional connection during infancy look like, and why are early experiences so important to later human functioning? In this informal workshop, Suzanne will use video footage of DeafBlind and non-DeafBlind infants to illuminate patterns of emotional exchange, exploring the biological consequences these early patterns hold for later development. This platform will leave us well placed to think more deeply about how the early life experiences of DeafBlind people, usually unknown and unconsidered, go on to affect the way they relate to practitioners, care-givers and families later in childhood and adulthood.

Downloads: Transcript (txt)

Select Video Interviews

Deafblind Insights - David Brown

Description: interview with David Brown, Education Specialist, California Deaf-Blind Services.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Deafblind Insights - Joe Gibson

Description: Interview with Dr. Joe Gibson Outdoor Activities Coordinator; Sense Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Deafblind Insights - Suzanne Zeedyk

Description: Interview with Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, founder, Connected Baby.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

2015 DeafBlind Symposium in Austin, TX

Please See Me as the Person I Am

Description: Keynote by Bernadette van den Tillaart (Netherlands) & Gunnar Vege (Norway) at the 2015 DeafBlind Symposium in Austin, TX. Gunnar and Bernadette introduce the concepts of "co-presence" and Bodily Emotional Traces (BETs). Through role play and videos, they demonstrate how an active communication partner (parent, educator, caregiver, etc) can enter the tactual communication of a person with DeafBlindness and equally share in his/her experience of the world. When the communication partner comments on these shared experiences, using signs form the language of the culture, it both, affirms the person with DeafBlindness, and opens a cognitive door language development.

Please See Me as the Person I Am
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)


Empowering a Deafblind Community

Description: Keynote by disability rights lawyer, Haben Girma on developing and celebrating her identity as an individual who is DeafBlind. Haben describes how she has grown through connections with the DeafBlind community and the benefits she discovered in letting friends and co-workers know she is DeafBlind and prefers tactile communication.

Empowering a Deafblind Community
Downloads: Audio (mp3) Transcript (txt)


Take the Bull by the Horns

Description: Larry and Denise Sewell are parents of a child with DeafBlindness. Their son will be graduate from school soon and retun to his home community as a young adult. "Taking the Bull by the Horn," describes the determination and support the Sewell's needed to help make their transition plan a success. Recorded at the 2015 DeafBlind Symposium in Austin, TX.

Take the Bull by the Horns
Downloads: Audio (mp3) Transcript (txt)

Trey's Recycling: Getting Involved in Community Life

Description: Dinitra Rideaux describes how her son, Trey, is becoming more involved in his small country town, through his own recycling business, exercise routine, and other activities. Recorded at the 2015 DeafBlind Symposium in Austin, TX.

Trey's Recycling: Getting Involved in Community Life
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Just Be Brave!

Description: Rachel Allen yearned for friendship and found it in her high school drill team. Rachel and her mother, Catherine, share a glimpse of their fantastic, frustrating, high-energy, and sometimes heartbreaking journey. Recorded at the 2015 DeafBlind Symposium in Austin, TX.

Just Be Brave!
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Tactile Reciprocal Interactions & BETs

Original webcast date: 02/21/2015
Description: An interview with Bernadette Van Den Tillaart and Gunnar Vege, who both work with children with congenital DeafBlindness. Their experiences and research have led them to emphasis the need for educators to enter into the tactile world of the child with DeafBlindness, to mirror and affirm a child's experiences and emotions, from which a child becomes increasingly self-aware and better able to communicate and interact with the environment.

Tactile Reciprocal Interactions: BETs
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Hearing Issues for Students with DeafBlindness

2016-2017

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Auditory Training for Students with MIVI

Original webcast date: 10/19/2016
Description: This webinar will explore the connection between the auditory system and the development of sensory motor and language skills. We will examine the importance of creating active learning routines which focus on helping children who are blind, DeafBlind with multiple impairments learn to listen for sound cues in order to be able to move and interact with the people and objects in their environment more independently.

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Auditory Training for Students with MIVI

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2015-2016

 

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Introduction

Original webcast date: 09/18/2014
Description: This is the first video in a series of webinars about hearing issues for students with DeafBlindness. This program covers basic anatomy of the ear, terminology related to hearing impairments, and how dual sensory impairment affects educational performance. Facilitators are Chris Montgomery and Adam Graves, Educational Consultants for the DeafBlind Project at the Outreach department of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Introduction
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Audiological Testing

Description: This is the second video in a series of webinars about hearing issues for students with DeafBlindness. This program is a discussion with Educational Audiologist Lisa Sutherland about types of testing and how to educators and family members can help students with multiple impairments prepare for audiological testing. Facilitators are Chris Montgomery and Adam Graves, Educational Consultants for the DeafBlind Project at the Outreach department of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Audiological Testing
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Listening Devices

Original webcast date: 1/22/2015
Description: This is the third video in a series of webinars about hearing issues for students with DeafBlindness. This program is a discussion with Educational Audiologist Lisa Sutherland about medical devices, i.e. hearing aids and cochlear implants and the unique listening needs of students with DeafBlindness. Facilitators are Adam Graves and Chris Montgomery, Educational Consultants for the DeafBlind Project at the Outreach department of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Listening Devices
Downloads: Handout (pdf) Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness #4

Description: 03/26/2015 This is the fourth webinar about hearing issues for students with DeafBlindness. This program discusses the rationale and process for creating an Informal Functional Hearing Evaluation. Facilitators Adam Graves and Chris Montgomery, Educational Consultants for the DeafBlind Project at the Outreach department of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired are joined by TSBVI Teacher of the DeafBlind, Deanna Peterson.

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness #4
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Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Auditory Training

Description: 05/21/2015 This is the fourth webinar about hearing issues for students with DeafBlindness. This program discusses auditory training that addresses specific concerns for students who are DeafbBlind. Facilitators Adam Graves and Chris Montgomery, Educational Consultants for the DeafBlind Project at the Outreach department of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired are joined by Susie Tiggs, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Specialist for Region 11 ESC, and Kate Hurst, Statewide Staff Development Coordinator for TSBVI Outreach Programs.

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Auditory Training
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Learning Media Assessment

Original webcast date: 12/03/2015
Description: A documented hearing loss creates specific differences in assessing and interpreting data for learning media assessments for students with DeafBlindness. This webinar will discuss a collaboration process between the TVI and the TDHH to determine general and literacy media that includes a review of audiometric data and the functional impact of the hearing loss in instructional settings. This webinar expands on topics and information presented in the Hearing Issues Series from the previous year. Participants will need to have viewed the “Introduction to Hearing Loss” and “Audiological Testing” webinars prior to viewing this session.  Facilitated by Adam Graves, DeafbBlind Specialist with TSBVI Outreach Programs.

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Learning Media Assessment
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Sexuality Education for the Student with Deafblindness

Original webcast date: 02/27/2014
Description: TETN 20441, Sexuality Education for the Student with DeafBlindness presented by Robbie Blaha, M. Ed. The topic of this video is Issues in Sexuality and DeafBlindness: Modesty, Appropriate Touch, and Menstruation. These topics are taken from the IDEA/OSEP approved book Introduction to Sexuality Education for Individuals who are DeafBlind and Significantly Developmentally Delayed.

Sexuality Education for the Student with Deafblindness
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Stories of Success after Graduation

Original webcast date: 4/4/2014
Description: TETN 20443 Stories of Success after Graduation is presented by David Wiley, consultant with the Texas Deafblind Project. He shows four videos of adults who are DeafBlind and have additional disabilities; and how these persons live, years after leaving the familiar routines of school behind. David outlines some ways to measure "success" after graduation; i.e. active life, access to the community, social connections, support to pursue interests, and meaningful activities.

Stories of Success after Graduation
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Strategies to Help Young People with Deafblindness and Behavior Issues

Original webcast date: 01/15/2015
Description: TETN 32955 Strategies for Difficult Behavior in DB Students is presented by David Wiley, Transition Consultant with the Texas DeafBlind Project. He explores how the unique sensory impairments of DeafBlindness contribute to challenging behaviors and presents some strategies for supporting positive behavior.

Strategies to Help Young People with Deafblindness and Behavior Issues
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Individuals who are blind with additional disabilities frequently use communication forms such as object cues, object symbols, pictures and tactile symbols for receptive and/or expressive communication.  These can be incorporated into routines and calendar systems to enhance communication and concept development for student with visual impairments and deafblindness who are not able to use print or braille fluently.


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Index

Tactile Symbols for Individuals who are Blind

Tactile symbols are concrete representations developed for individuals who are totally blind or function as if they were totally blind and who have a practical need for a graphic language system. 

 Designing Routines - September 2017For Credit

Using Tactile Symbols to Enhance Communication

Tactile Symbols


Designing Routines - September 2017For Credit

Original webcast date: 9/26/2017
Description: Using video, webinar series participants will collaborate with one another throughout the school year in order to design effective and meaningful routines for their own students. Webinar moderators will present the first student (in September) and participants will volunteer for subsequent student videos. Participants will make suggestions for what will help the student within the routine. The staff who shares their student video will follow up in the next session with video and/or discussion of how the suggestions worked out for the student. This program is open-captioned.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Using Tactile Symbols to Enhance Communication

Description: David Wiley, Deafblind Consultant with Outreach Programs, shares basic information about static and dynamic forms of communication and how tactile symbols can enhance receptive and expressive communication for individuals who are blind, deafblind or have additional disabilities.

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Tactile Symbols

Description: Carol Bittinger, Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) discusses the use of Tactile Symbols in calendar, augmented communication, environmental awareness, Reading & Writing, Math, Science and games. Tactile Symbols give students structure and predictability by helping them to organize and document their thoughts and experiences. Click the Chapters button above to view individual segments: - Introduction - Calendar - Communication - Environmental Awareness - Reading & Writing part 1 - Reading & Writing part 2 - Mathematics - Science - Games - Concluding comments on importance of Tactile Symbols Click the Resources button for a transcript (txt) and/or audio recording (mp3).

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Successful transition to adulthood for students with visual impairments and deafblindness requires planning and is required by law beginning at age 16.  For students and parents this is a move from the school system where they are entitled to services into adult systems that are based on eligibility.  There is much to learn and even more to understand as the student and his/her family and educational team make this journey.

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Index

Creating a Transition Action Group (TAG)

Employment Challenges and Legal Options

TSBVI EXIT and Post Secondary: Overview and Comparison

EXIT and Post Secondary Programs at TSBVI

Key Things Professionals Should Share with Parents about Transition


Creating a Transition Action Group (TAG) 

Original broadcast date over the Texas Education Teleconference Network was on December 9, 2014

Parent and Texas Parent to Parent consultant, Rosemary Alexander, PhD. talks about Pathways to Adulthood and how to create a Transition Action Group to help parents and students transition from school to adulthood.

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Employment Challenges and Legal Options 

Original broadcast date over the Texas Education Teleconference Network was on December 12, 2013

Erin Lawler, Public Policy Specialist of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities and formerly with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, presents information highly relevant to TVIs and COMS helping prepare high school students to enter the workforce. Lawler covers rules regarding disclosure of a disability in the employment process, what employers can and cannot ask during an interview, what reasonable accommodations are and how to request them, as well as legal issues related to assistive technology.

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TSBVI EXIT and Post Secondary: Overview and Comparison For Credit

Original broadcast date: 11/12/2015

The EXIT and Post Secondary Programs at TSBVI serve 18-22 year olds who are blind or visually impaired. Assistant Principal for EXIT, Tad Doezema, and Post Secondary Coordinator, Linda Locke provide a side-by-side comparison of the two programs, in order to help professionals and family members determine which program is most appropriate for their student or child.

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EXIT and Post Secondary Programs at TSBVI 

Original broadcast date over the Texas Education Teleconference Network: 12/2014

A panel discussion with Kate Hurst, Tad Doezema, Carrie Clark, Laura Lindsey, Paula Willson, and Debra Sewell illustrating the differences between EXIT and the Post Secondary Program through TSBVI and Criss Cole. Four students' programs are examined.

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Key Things Professionals Should Share with Parents about Transition

Original broadcast date over the Texas Education Teleconference Network was on February 13, 2014

 Rosemary Alexander, Transition Coordinator at Texas Parent to Parent, shares information with professionals about how they can help students and families of transition-aged students to plan for successful transitions to adulthood. 

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