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Perceived Needs of Teachers of Students Who are Deafblind: Implications for Training Programs

Interveners and Qualified Personnel

Posted by Gail Leslie, Feb 17, 2017


Date:  March 8, 2017
Time: Noon PST, 1 MST, 2 CST, 3 EST


Often times, professionals working with students who are deafblind face challenges for which they may not be prepared. The challenge of teaching students with deafblindness is exacerbated by the unique needs of this population and the skills required to address these needs. A review of the literature indicates that not many teacher preparation programs address this population. The webinar will report on their study to identify the training needs of educators of students who are deafblind.  A survey instrument that included a combination of forced-choice items, 4-point Likert rating items, and open-ended questions was developed by the presenters and emailed to state and national teacher of the deaf and teacher of the visually impaired (TVIs) list serves. Participants were asked to answer questions that identify educational practices and needs when teaching students who are deafblind. In this presentation, results of this study will be shared along with strategies educators could use to better serve the needs of students with deafblindness and their families.


Dr. Silvia Correa-Torres is an Associate Professor at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Correa-Torres is originally from Puerto Rico, where she received her undergraduate degree in special education and provided services to individuals with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities and deafblindness. Dr. Correa-Torres has been working in the field of blindness and deafblindness, in different capacities, for over 20 years. She has taught in a variety of settings and in different cultures, and presented in international conferences around the world. Her research interests include: communication issues among students with deafblindness, personnel preparation, needs of students with visual impairment who are from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families; orientation and mobility; services for individuals with disabilities at the international level; and inclusion.

Dr. Sandy Bowen is a Professor at the University of Northern Colorado. Her area of emphasis is in the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dr. Bowen has worked with infants, children and youth who are deaf/hard of hearing in Utah, Texas, Arizona and Colorado for 23 years. Dr. Bowen received a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Arizona. She has a Masters degree in Deaf Education and a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education. Dr. Bowen’s research interests include: Hispanic deaf/hard of hearing students and families, multicultural issues in deafness early intervention, teacher preparation, literacy development, early intervention, co-enrolled classrooms, and deafblindness.

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