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Open Hands, Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules

The Open Hands, Open Access (OHOA): Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules are a national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students (ages 3 through 21) who are deaf-blind and being served in educational settings. 

They were designed to be used as part of comprehensive intervener training programs offered by qualified agencies or institutions. On their own they do not serve as an intervener training program. In addition to intervener training, many people have found the modules useful for other purposes, including:

  • Training about deaf-blindness offered by state deaf-blind projects for teachers, paraeducators, families, and related service providers 
  • Self-study

The modules are available in two formats.


Format 1: Moodle 

This format provides access to all 27 modules within a learning management system. It is useful to state deaf-blind projects or university programs that want to provide a hosted experience for users. Advantages include:

  • Ability to enroll users
  • Discussion boards
  • Quizzes
  • A mechanism for submitting assignments 

To use Moodle, you must register and receive login credentials. 

Format 2: NCDB Website 

This format, accessed using the links below, has the same content offered through Moodle, but does not have quizzes, discussion boards, or the ability to submit assignments. 

It does not require registration or login and provides an alternative for users who need easier access to individual elements (e.g., slide presentations, handouts) or who use the modules for self-study. This format is also ideal for university programs to obtain module elements to add to their own learning management systems.

Currently, ten modules are available in this format. To provide feedback, complete this short survey.    

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