USEFUL LINKS  

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 West 45th St., Austin, TX 78756 - (512) 454-8631
http://www.tsbvi.edu/

 

Deafblind International 
We are an international not-for-profit membership organization focused on the needs of individuals who are deafblind, their families and the professionals who provide services.  We have a constitution and are managed by a volunteer Board from around the globe.  We are focused on bringing together individuals and organizations to share information such that they can develop and provide quality services in the regions of the world from which they come.
http://www.deafblindinternational.org/index.htm

 

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC)
Giving people who are deaf-blind the tools to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice.
https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc
George Brown College - Intervenor
The Intervenor for Deafblind Persons program provides an opportunity for students to learn how to work with people who have a combined loss of vision and hearing. Over the span of two years, students have the opportunity to learn how to guide, use assistive devices, and deal with the medical fragility that clients often present.
 
This Canadian program has great a GREAT < 3 minute video of information (please select the down arrow on "Full Program Description", the first gray bar midway down on the page):
http://www.georgebrown.ca/C108-2015-2016/#op

 

Region 4 ESC
Contact person is Sheryl Sokoloski (713) 744-6315 sheryl.sokoloski@esc4.net
http://www.esc4.net/services/special-education-solutions/deafblind
Texas Deafblind Project - TSBVI
The Texas Deafblind Outreach Project is a federally funded (National Technical Assistance and Dissemination Center for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind CFDA No. 84.326T) technical assistance program focused on services for children and youth with deafblindness (birth thru 21).  The Project provides information, support and training for families, professionals, paraprofessionals, and community members in Texas.
http://www.tsbvi.edu/deaf-blind-project

 

National Center on Deaf-blindness - NCDB

As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families by:

  1. Creating visibility and direction for identified priorities through a range of practices, activities, supports and partnerships.

  2. Identifying and encouraging new innovations in local, state, and national practice and policy.

  3. Promoting opportunity for reflection, debate, and constructive dialogue around ideas and developing practice.

  4. Maintaining a rich repository of content, history, and knowledge, easily available and shared by all who are part of the community of deaf-blindness.

https://nationaldb.org/

 

Utah State University online

Much like Annie Sullivan did for Helen Keller, an intervener opens the world for a child who is deafblind. The Deafblind Intervener Training Program at Utah State University provides specialized training in deafblindness that prepares students to work as interveners with individuals who are deafblind in school, home, and community settings.  This coursework (available for undergraduate or graduate credit) is also useful for educators, parents, and others who work with children and youth who are deafblind, and can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.  Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate of completion of the program and can then apply for the National Intervener Credential through the National Resource Center for Paraeducators.  

https://online.usu.edu/degrees/deafblindness-cert

 

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. - APH
Tactile Connections Kit: Symbols for Communication
This kit helps teachers create a tactile card system that is individualized for visually impaired and blind learners who have additional disabilities and/or lack a formal means of communication or literacy. The tactile symbols are created when part of an object is mounted on a hand-sized card representing core vocabulary categories (e.g. people, places, actions, objects, etc.). This kit provides some of the essential components that assist in a system's construction and application
https://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Tactile%20Connections%20Kit:%20Symbols%20for%20Communication_1-08837-00P_10001_11051

 

Interveners and Children Who are Deafblind

http://intervener.org/

 

APH Request Materials Documentation Form

Federal quota funds are an annual appropriation shared proportionally among all public institutions for students who are blind or visually impaired in the United States. All states conduct an annual registration of students who are visually impaired on the first Monday in January each year to determine their share of these funds. Each state's share of these funds is held in escrow at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and, as orders for materials are processed, their cost is drawn against that account.

http://www.tsbvi.edu/aph

 

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