Open Hands, Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Learner Modules

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The OHOA Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules are a national online resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who are deaf-blind. Come join the Washington Cohort series which is tailored specifically for our State’s unique needs. These training modules are free, self-paced, and offer clock hours.

Who Should Participate:

  • Paraeducators
  • Teachers, TVIs and TODs
  • Special Education administrators who want to learn more about preparing paraeducators to work with children with complex needs, including vision and hearing loss
  • Preschool Transition Coordinators
  • Parents of children with complex needs, including vision and hearing loss
  • OTs, PTs, SLPs

2017 Winter/Spring Schedule:

Availability for Learning (January 17 – February 5, 2017):
Module 5 provides learners with ways to understand what may be impacting a student’s ability to engage in the environment and how to support the student’s successful participation in learning.

Routines for Participation and Learning (January 23 – February 12, 2017):
Module 9 unpacks the richness of routines as a framework for learning and participation.

Concept Development and Active Learning (February 13 – March 5, 2017):
In module 10 participants explore more about the role that active learning and exploration play for students who are deaf-blind – incorporating activities that support concept development for students every day.

Intervener Strategies (March 6 – March 26, 2017)
Within module 11, the learner delves deeper into the essential role and function of the intervener. Come learn how to refine your observational skills. Learn about the key principles of how to: “do with and not for”; “be a ‘bridge’ not a barrier” for students; use hand-under-hand techniques, and how to apply the techniques of wait time and pacing for processing.