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December 2017 News!

Family Engagement

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Here are some Family Engagement opportunities we wanted to share with you all…

1) FREE On-Line Training for Families -

The Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules are a free online national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who are deaf-blind and being served in educational and community settings. The Mississippi Hearing and Vision Project is hosting an Open Hands Open Access Modules Cohort just for families. Families can sign up for whatever modules they prefer and it is free of charge! The schedule for the modules is:
• Dec. 1 - Jan. 20: Module 23: Behavior & Environmental Supports
• Feb. 1 - March 15: Module 5: Availability for Learning
• April 15 - May 30: Module 9: Routines for Participation & Learning
For more information, please download the following flyer:

2) Did you catch the webinar entitled “Educational Considerations for Students with Usher Syndrome”? -

The Usher Syndrome Coalition estimates that there are more than 7,000 children with Usher syndrome in the United States. Yet in 2015, the state deaf-blind projects reported that roughly 300 children with Usher syndrome were served. Where are these students being educated? And are their educational needs being adequately met?
In this 90-minute presentation Family Engagement Coordinators Carly Fredericks and Patti McGowan, both parents of children with Usher syndrome, along with Nancy O’Donnell, Director of the USH Trust Registry, shared strategies and resources to help families of children with Usher Syndrome. Here’s a link to the recording:

3) 2-Part Communication Webinar Series - Save the Dates! -

NCDB is excited to announce that we will be offering a FREE 2-Part Webinar series related to communication development for children with combined vision and hearing loss. Dr. Susan Bashinski, Graduate Program Coordinator and Associate Professor at Missouri Western University will be sharing her expertise. More details will be coming soon, but here are the dates and times:
• Wednesday, February 28 at 12 PT - Part 1 - "Laying the Foundation for Communication Exchange - How to Start"
• Wednesday, March 21 at 12 PT - Part 2 - "Laying the Foundation for Communication Exchange - Strategies"
This will be a great training for teachers, service providers and families. Practical useful strategies will be shared. Watch the NCDB website for log-in information coming in the weeks ahead.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!

Megan Cote

Posted 4 Mo. Ago by Megan Cote

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Comments (5)

Great information - I will share it today.

Lisa  Lawter

Posted 4 Mo. Ago by Lisa Lawter

Thanks, Megan! This is great and I will share it with my CHARGE families.

Sheri Stanger

Posted 4 Mo. Ago by Sheri Stanger

Some great information, thanks, Megan!


Posted 4 Mo. Ago by SHERRI NELSON

All the best to all of you during this fantastic and happy season!

Elizabeth Lee

Posted 4 Mo. Ago by Elizabeth Lee

Thanks, Megan! Holiday season is indeed upon us, happily!

Cyral Miller

Posted 4 Mo. Ago by Cyral Miller

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