OPEN HANDS, OPEN ACCESS (OHOA) – 2018 Fall Series

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
  • Interveners
  • 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

The Washington Cohort will focus on the following modules for the 2018 Fall series:

Welcome and Orientation (September 24 – 30)

Module 1: An Overview of Deaf-Blindness and Instructional Strategies (October 1 – 21)
Module 1 gives learners an overall sense of the population of students who are deaf-blind and describes approaches for teaching and interacting with students who are deaf-blind.

Module 2: The Sensory System, the Brain, and Learning (October 22 – November 11)
Module 2 gives learners an overview of the sensory systems and the ways that students access information in the world around them.

Module 3: The Role of Interveners in Educational Settings (November 12 – December 2)
Module 3 orients learners to the role of the intervener and the process of intervention.

Module 5: Availability for Learning (December 3 – 30)
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.

Download a schedule of the fall series for open and closing dates (PDF)

Registration for the fall series is now closed.  Please check back in December to register for the following 2019 Winter/Spring series:
⇒  Module 10: Concept Development and Responsive Environments
⇒  Module 11: Ientrvener Strategies
⇒  Module 17: Social Skills
⇒  Module 19: Accessing the Curriculum and Environment


Note: as with any educational resource, the modules alone do not constitute a formal training program. Completion of the modules in isolation from a training program does not result in one becoming a trained intervener.

Deaf-Blind Intervener Training:
Interested in completing a Deafblind Intervener Certificate Program? Please contact the Washington Deaf-Blind Project/WSDS at 800-572-7000, or email, wsds@psesd.org, for information about training programs and a coaching opportunity as a WA State resident.

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

To begin immediately and bypass registration, visit the NCDB website –  Click here to begin with NCDB

*Please note – the national modules do not offer Washington State clock hours and/or a module completion certificate.

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