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March 2018 Update

Family Engagement

Happy March Everyone!

I wanted to share that the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) recently released a pilot series of podcasts full of great insights that are sure to inspire. You can listen to all of them on SoundCloud,, or iTunes (see links below). It’s free to sign up and listen. Here is information about each episode…

Season One (Pilot Season)

Episode 01

Clara Berg is the president of NFADB. She shares her experiences and journey with her son, Kenny, an individual who is DeafBlind. Clara served as a Family Specialist for the New York State DeafBlind Project.

Episode 02

Author and expert Robbie Blaha has worked with students who are DeafBlind for more than thirty years. She has been the teacher of the teacher, the voice of reason, and a leader in the field of miracles. I hope you enjoy our conversation.

Episode 03

Carly Fredericks is the mother of Ava. She discusses her experiences with raising an individual with Usher Syndrome. She shares how Ava continues to self advocate for educational services and in life.

Episode 04

Melanie Knapp is a force in the DeafBlind community. She is a retired RN and past president of DBMAT. She lives in the Houston area with her husband, Gary. In this podcast she shares her journey with her son Christian Knapp including great moments of joy, growth, and grief. She shares the legacy that continues from and for her son, the great motivator, Christian Knapp.

Episode 05

Guy and JoAnn Priddy share Brett's success story. Brett talks about building blocks that led to his business. Together they built a community outside of the school system. After listening to Brett, Guy, and JoAnn, you will understand how they were able to build a network of relationships.

Episode 06

Mother and entrepreneur extraordinaire, Sherry Kopaska is here to share her journey with her daughter, Jackie. Together they have launched Jackie K Bags, a success story of customized employment. Get your notepad ready. You will enjoy this conversation.

Episode 07

Vivecca Hartman lives in the Houston area with her family and has an active role in the DeafBlind community. She is the current president of DBMAT and a board member of the Touchbase Dayhab in Houston, Texas.

I’d also like to remind you about the FREE webinar on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 12 PST called “Laying the Foundation for Communication Exchange: Strategies”.  Details can be found here.

Happy listening and learning!

Megan Cote

Posted Mar 2, 2018 by Megan Cote

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Comments (3)

Thank you.

Marites Altuna

Posted Mar 7, 2018 by Marites Altuna

You bet! Anyone can create a profile on the NCDB website. Also, you are more than welcome to send her to the Family Learning Flyers that we create monthly, if you'd like. They are stored here:

Megan Cote

Posted Mar 6, 2018 by Megan Cote

Thank you, Megan!

Question: If we want a parent guide (Hands & Voices, WA State) to get these newsletters, can she create a profile on the NCDB site?

Katie  Humes

Posted Mar 5, 2018 by Katie Humes

NCDB : The Research Institute : Western Oregon University : 345 N. Monmouth Ave. : Monmouth, OR 97361
Contact Us: 800-438-9376 |

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