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What services do you provide?

Washington Deaf-Blind Project We provide a range of services including in-person and online trainings and individualized consultation.

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Technical Assistance and Consultation

Our educational consultants can help the family or school team:

  • Assess how the child is currently functioning and if there are classroom or home modifications that could help.
  • Develop IFSP outcomes or IEP goals and activities that are meaningful.
  • Establish an effective communication system, or improve an existing one.
  • Locate staff resources or materials.
  • Start planning for life after high school.

Training

WSDS offers local, regional, and state trainings throughout the year on topics relating to children and youths with deaf-blindness. The Combined Summer Institute on Special Education (CSI), held in July each year, is the place to participate in intensive training. See our Training Calendar.

New! Registration now open for OHOA Training this FALL!

Did you know WSDS is hosting a Washington State cohort of the nationally developed training called Open Hands, Open Access? This online training uses videos to share examples of intervention for students ages 3-21 who are deaf-blind. This training starts in November 2014! Questions? Go to the OHOA page for more information, as well as online registration.

Recorded Trainings

We are pleased to announce that we currently have seven online training series available that address the needs of children with multiple disabilities including combined vision and hearing loss.

  1. Catching the Vision
  2. Identifying and Supporting Young Children
  3. Person Centered Planning: It’s Worth It!
  4. Is It “Problem Behavior”?
  5. Active Learning
  6. Communication Matrix
  7. Planning for Their Success

Instructor: Kathee Scoggin and team

Instructions for Earning Clock Hours

You can earn clock hours for each of the training series on dual sensory disabilities that has clock hours available. The amount of clock hours available for each series are as follows:

  • 2-Part Series (3 hours total): 3 Clock Hours
  • 3-Part Series (4.5 hours total): 4.5 Clock Hours
  • 4-Part Series (6 hours total): 6 Clock Hours

To receive clock hours for a training series, please follow these easy steps:

  • Watch all parts to the recorded training series (~90 minutes each).
  • Complete questions included with each series “Clock Hour Instructions.” These can be found in the paragraph above each series.
  • Complete the Training Evaluation.
  • Email questions and evaluation to Mikaela O’Brien at mobrien@psesd.org and request clock hours.

Video Topics

Watch brief video clips of instructional strategies to use with deaf-blind children.

Parent Support

If you are a parent, you might simply want to talk with another parent on the phone, borrow some DVDs, videotapes or books, or be directed to some great websites.  You might want information on training opportunities, or state or national conferences.  Contact us or check our Resources section. Visit the Family Guide page of the Oregon DeafBlind Project for additional information on Coming to Terms, Getting the Support You Need, Teaching Your Child, Interveners, Typical Development, and more.