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2019 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness: Resonance


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February 21-23, 2019

Austin Marriott North at La Frontera

The theme for the 2019 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness is “Resonance”.  Resonance is defined as being deep, full, and reverberating, as well as having the ability to evoke, suggest, or echo images, memories, and emotions. 

Resonance is an integral foundation of developing security and attachment for early communicators in the teaching methodologies of Dr. Jan van Dijk.  His resonance strategies lead students to interact with others emphasizing the importance of relationship building. 

The 2019 Symposium will include discussion of a variety of topics for an in-depth look at many issues affecting the education, support, and parenting of children and youth who are DeafBlind.  If you want to take full advantage of this experience, but you are new to DeafBlindness, consider attending the full-day 2019 Symposium Pre-Conference Event to get a basic foundation to build upon during the main Symposium sessions.

As always, the Texas DeafBlind Outreach Project will present four awards to individuals whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the field of DeafBlindness and/or who have contributed to improving the lives of Texans with DeafBlindness. We encourage you to submit your nominations for these awards.  Get more details about the Awards for Excellence in DeafBlindness.

The Austin Marriott North at La Frontera,  2600 La Frontera Boulevard  Round Rock  Texas  78681  USA  is the location for the Symposium. The Pre-Symposium will take place at the Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, James C. Durkel Conference Center, 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, TX. 


SymposiumLogoTinyPre-Symposium: The Basics of Understanding DeafBlindness in Children and Youth

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, James C. Durkel Conference Center

February 21, 2019

This event is designed for individuals who have little or no training in DeafBlindness. Since seating is limited we ask that individuals who have previous training in DeafBlindness basics refrain from registering so there is plenty of room for those really needing this basic information.

The staff from the Texas DeafBlind Project will present a one-day Pre-Symposium Workshop at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, James C. Durkel Conference Center (see the campus map and street directions). The content of this workshop will be a day of “DeafBlindness 101”, with information geared toward parents, educators, and associated professionals who are new to the world of DeafBlindness.

The Pre-Symposium workshop, “The Basics of Understanding DeafBlindness in Children and Youth,” will provide an overview of:

  • Terminology associated with the issues surrounding DeafBlindness;
  • The effects of DeafBlindness on information access and concept development;
  • Understanding and communicating with people who are DeafBlind;
  • Encouraging and supporting purposeful and confident movement;
  • Strategies to more effectively offer support and connect with people who are DeafBlind;
  • Developing successful and meaningful learning activities; and
  • Elements of effective intervention in a variety of settings.

Continuing Education Credits

The Symposium has been approved by ACVREP and SBEC for 5.25 hours of continuing education credits. Application has also been made to TSHA and BEI; approval is pending.

In order to receive CE credits or to receive a certificate of attendance, participants must be registered, sign-in for each session, complete our on-line evaluation, and submit specific codes that will be provided at the end of each session.  Evaluations MUST be completed within 60 days of the event in order to receive credit.

Registration Fee, Payment, Cancellation

You must register for the Pre-Symposium Workshop and the Symposium separately if you want to attend both events.  You may register for only the Pre-Symposium Workshop event if you prefer.

  • Early Bird Registration $25
  • Standard Registration (beginning February 1, 2019) $50

If paying by check or purchase order, you may register now and send payment later.  If registering by credit card you will be charged immediately for this fee.  Checks and purchase orders should include information about whose registration is covered by the check or purchase order and a note about which events are being paid for such as "Pre-Symposium Workshop AND Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness for Joe Smith".  Checks and purchase orders may be mailed to Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Business Office,  1100 West 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756.

You will register online using our trusted partner, ESC Works, and upon completion of your registration an invoice will "pop up".  You should save or print out a copy for yourself and/or your business office.

Late registration begins January 15th.  You may cancel your registration without charge before February 14, 2019.  After that date you are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

Registration and Travel Assistance for Families

Family members who would like to request registration and/or travel assistance will be given an opportunity to request this assistance during the registration process on our ESC Works registration site. Someone from our staff will contact you within a week after we receive your registration to work out the details of your request. If your child has a case currently open with HHSC or TWC, we ask that you contact them about any assistance they can provide before you register. This allows us to stretch available funds to meet the needs of all families wanting to attend this event and the Symposium. You may wish to share this agenda with your caseworker when contacting them for assistance.

REGISTER HERE


 

SymposiumLogoTiny2019 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness: Resonance

February 22-23, 2019

Austin Marriott North at La Frontera

Resonance is an integral foundation of developing security and attachment for early communicators in the teaching methodologies of Dr. Jan van Dijk.  His resonance strategies to lead students to interact with others emphasizes the importance of relationship building. Our theme for 2019 is Resonance and will focus on how the quality of our interactions with people who are DeafBlind affect them in their homes, schools and communities. Our speakers include among others:

  • Tanni Anthony, Colorado Services for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss Project
  • Maurice Belote, California DeafBlind Services for
  • Kaycee Bennett, Northwest ISD, Teacher of Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • David Brown, DeafBlind Consultant
  • Djenne-amal Morris, President of the national Hands and Voices
  • Carolyn Monaco, Board member of DeafBlind International
  • Mike Fagbemi, Consultant with National Center for DeafBlindness, Transition Initiative League
  • Susanne Morgan Morrow, Project Director for New York DeafBlind Collaborative
  • George Stern, Vice-President of DeafBlind Citizens in Action
  • Chris Ulmer, Founder and CEO of Special Books by Special Kids 
  • Bernadette van den Tillaart, DeafBlind Consultant
  • Heather Withrow, Family Leader 

Please consult the agenda for a detailed description of sessions and speakers.

Continuing Education Credits

The Symposium has been approved by ACVREP and SBEC for 10 hours of continuing education credits. Application has also been made to TSHA and BEI; approval is pending.

In order to receive CE credits or to receive a certificate of attendance, participants must be registered, sign-in for each session, complete our on-line evaluation, and submit specific codes that will be provided at the end of each session.  Evaluations MUST be completed within 60 days of the event in order to receive credit.

Registration Fee, Payment, Cancellation

You must register for the Pre-Symposium Workshop and the Symposium separately if you want to attend both events.  You may register for only the Pre-Symposium Workshop event or only for the Symposium if you prefer.  Late registration begins February 1st.

The following fee structure has been established for the Symposium:

  • Professionals and family members - Early Bird Registration $ 245 & Late Registration $295
  • Paraprofessionals and university students in a related field - Early Bird Registration $120 & Late Registration $170
  • Out-of-State participants - Early Bird Registration $275 & Late Registration $325

If paying by check or purchase order, you may register now and send payment later.  If registering by credit card you will be charged immediately for this fee. Checks and purchase orders should include information about whose registration is covered by the check or purchase order and a note about which events are being paid for such as "Pre-Symposium Workshop AND Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness for Joe Smith".  Checks and purchase orders may be mailed to Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756.

Late registration begins February 1st.  You may cancel your registration without charge before February 14, 2019.  After that date you are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

Registration and Travel Assistance for Families

Family members who would like to request registration and/or travel assistance will be given an opportunity to request this assistance during the registration process on our ESC Works registration site. Someone from our staff will contact you within a week after we receive your registration to workout the details of your request. If your child has a case currently open with HHSC or TWC, we ask that you contact them about any assistance they can provide before you register. This allows us to stretch available funds to meet the needs of all families wanting to attend this event and the Symposium. You may wish to share this agenda with your caseworker when contacting them for assistance.

REGISTER HERE

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Pre-Symposium Workshop or the Symposium, please contact Brian Sobeck at  or 512-206-9225.