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SymposiumLogoHandouts for the Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness and the Pre-Symposium event will be posted to this page approximately one week prior to the event.  We ask that participants download any of the handouts they would like to have and bring to the Symposium.  Paper copies of the handouts will only be available if requested by email sent to Brian Sobeck at  prior to February 18, 2019. You should pick up your handouts at the registration desk when you arrive along with the Symposium Session Guide.

Please check back for handouts February 15, 2019.  We are currently in the process of preparing them for download in accessible versions.

If you would like to download the Session Guide so that you have an electronic version to review prior to attending the Symposium it is available in regular print Word and PDF versions linked below.  A paper version will be provided when you sign-in to the Symposium. The large print paper version of the Session Guide will be provided to those requesting this accommodation when they registered.  

 2019 Texas Symposium and Pre-Symposium Session Guide

(Regular print Word or PDF or Large Print Word or PDF or in Spanish PDF)

Thursday, February 21

Pre-Symposium Handout

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Friday, February 22

8:30-9:00 AM Welcome: What Do We Mean by Resonance?

Emily Coleman, Outreach Director, David Wiley, Outreach Transition Specialist and Heather Withrow, Family Leader

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9:00-9:30 AM Introduction to the DeafBlind Community

Andrew Cohen, Governor’s Committee on Disabilities, Kim Powers, Texas DeafBlind Association, and Heather Withrow, Family Leader

No handout is provided.

Leaders within the DeafBlind Community will share cultural and communication considerations.

9:30-9:40 AM State of the State in DeafBlindness

Vicki DePountis, Texas DeafBlind Grant Project Director for TEA

No handout is provided.

9:40-9:50 AM State of the Nation in DeafBlindness

Sam Morgan, Co-Director of the NCDB

No handout is provided.

9:50-10:00 AM State of the World from DeafBlind International

Carolyn Monaco, Strategic Plan Officer for DeafBlind International

No handout is provided.

10:45 - 11:15 From Resonance to Resilience: A Family's Journey

Djenne-amal Morris, Family Leader & Consultant

No handout is provided.

11:15-12:00 PM Happiness and My Search for the Essence Educational Success

Maurice Belote, Director of CDBS

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1:30-3:00 PM The Power of Acceptance and Positivity

Chris Ulmer, Founder-CEO of Special Books by Special Kids

No handout is provided.

3:30 – 4:15 PM Bringing Resonance to Our Interactions

Moderated Panel Discussion

No handout is provided.

4:15 – 5:00 PM An Inclusive Life

George Stern, Vice-President of DeafBlind Citizens in Action

No handout is provided.

Saturday, February 23

8:30-10:00 AM  First Breakout Sessions

Building a DeafBlind Village: Panel on Training Qualified Interveners and Teachers of Students with DeafBlindness (TDB) to Work with Students in the Classroom

Debbie Sanders, Project Specialist, Utah Deaf-Blind Project; Johanna Borg,TDB Vivecca Hartman, Family Leader  & Adam Graves, Education Consultant, Texas; Kristi Probst, Initiative Lead for NCDB; Carolyn Monaco, Strategic Plan Officer, DbI,

No handout is provided.

The Science of Young Adult Brains: Debunking the Myth That It Is Ever Too Late to Become an Effective Communicator

Maurice Belote, Director, California DeafBlind Services

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Positive Touch Access: Increasing Access for Young Learners who are DeafBlind

Susanne Morgan Morrow, Project Director, New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative

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 Kersten’s Story: Relationship-based Programming From Theory to Practice

Matt Schultz, Education Consultant, Texas DeafBlind Outreach

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Sound Travel

Kaycee Bennett, Auditory Impairment Specialist/TDB, and Chris Tabb, COMS. Texas DeafBlind Outreach

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Communication and Connection to Emerging Language from the Perspective of DeafBlindness

Deanna Peterson, Early Childhood Consultant, and Chris Montgomery, Education Consultant, Texas DeafBlind Outreach

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10:15-11:45 AM  Second Breakout Sessions

CHARGE Syndrome after 36 Years David Brown, DeafBlind Consultant, California

No handout is provided. 

Encouraging Learning Through Play with the Young Child with Deaf-Blindness

Tanni Anthony, Director, Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss Project

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Using Sign Language and Touch Signals with Children and Teens who are DeafBlind

Tara Brown-Ogilvie, Ph.D. student, University of Northern Colorado

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Empowering our DeafBlind Community: DeafBlind Camp of Texas

Jacqueline Izaguirre, President, and  DeafBlind Camp of Texas Board

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Preparing for Life after School

David Wiley, DeafBlind Transition Consultant, Texas DeafBlind Outreach

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Early Emergent Literacy Skills for Infants and Toddlers with DeafBlindness

Marina McCormick, Region 4 RDSPD Coordinator for DeafBlindness

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Marina McCormicks Note-taking Document (not accessible)

1:45-3:00 PM Being a Perceptive Reflective Detective: the art and science of assessment

David Brown, DeafBlind Consultant, California

No handout is provided.