Training In-Person

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Interpreting

WSDS is pleased to offer a professional learning opportunity presented by NTID Regional STEM Center.  This workshop will allow educational interpreters the opportunity to explore best practices in the provision of interpreting service in STEM disciplines. Beginning with overall approaches to preparation and progressing toward discipline specific content, interpreters will have opportunity to ask questions, present scenarios and discover new approaches to providing interpreting services in the STEM classroom.

These 5 instructors, who specialize in interpreting Chemistry, Math, Physics and Biology will engage participants in discussion and hands on work with content. They will also touch on the importance of Incidental learning. This is not a workshop on STEM vocabulary, but a hands on opportunity to practice interpreting STEM content areas in a safe environment.

We hope you will participate in this unique and valuable professional development opportunity!

August 22, 9 am – 4 pm
August 23, 9 am – 12:30 pm

Madison Early Learning Center
3101 South 43rd Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

Cost: $25

Registration Deadline:
August 12, 2019

Download a copy of the flier for registration and/or more information

2019 Western Region Early Intervention Conference (WREIC)

September 11 – 13, 2019
Denver, Colorado


The Western Region Early Intervention Conference (WREIC) is designed to support professionals working with, and families of, children birth to five years old who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. WREIC has been in place for over 30 years, making it one of the longest ongoing early intervention conferences in the country.

This conference will be hosted by:
-A Shared Vision
-Anchor Center for Blind Children
-Colorado Department of Education
-Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss Project
-Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
-Hands and Voices

Visit the conference website for more information and registration –

2019 Spring Family Camp

WSDS in collaboration with The Center on Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss (CDHL), sponsors an annual weekend for families with children and teens who are deaf/hard of hearing. Families stay in cabins at the Lazy F Ranch outside of Ellensburg, attend workshops, and have a great time.

May 3-5, 2019

Lazy F Campground
Ellensburg, WA

To view the event schedule, costs or  register –  download a copy of the flier (PDF)

Driving directions to Lazy F in Spanish (PDF)

For additional information or questions contact:
Christy Camarata, Program Coordinator
509-963-1670 V/TTY

Infant and Early Childhood Conference (IECC)

Save the Dates – May 1 – 3, 2019

The Infant and Early Childhood Conference is a two-day conference that attracts nearly 2,000 participants and offers a blend of national keynote speakers, more than 100 breakout sessions, and extensive exhibits.  Visit the Conference website for more information

Who Should Attend:
– Parents
– Special Educators
– Paraprofessionals
– Service providers in developmental and neuro-developmental centers
– Head Start and Early Head Start staff
– Agency Administrators
– Case Managers
– Health Care Professionals
– Child care providers

Save the Date:
May 1, 2019/Pre-Conference
May 2 & 3, 2019/Conference

Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA

Early Childhood Visual Impairment Workshop

WSSB is pleased to offer a one day workshop for TVIs and O&M specialists who serve children ages birth to 5?  Topics covered include:

1) Babies Count: Using a national database to identify and define a population of young children with BVI.  What is our role here in WA?
2) Introduction to Infant Mental Health, Trauma Exposure Responses, and Implicit Biases: Recognizing them in ourselves and others
3) The Art of Home Visiting: Keys to working with families of young children with BVI
4) Active Learning: Implementing approaches into classroom settings, home visits, and family routines

Workshop Details:
Friday, June 14, 2019
9am to 3pm
WSSB-Fries Auditorium

Cost: $40, includes lunch and snacks
5 CEUs will be available through ESD 112
Target audience: TVIs and O&M who serve birth to 5

For information or registration contact DeEtte Snyder, Washington State School for the Blind at (360)947-3305 or email

2019 Deaf Fiesta

Come and enjoy a day of fun and learning for Spanish-speaking parents of deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children. Child care & activities are available for all ages.


⇒  Opportunities for Spanish-speaking parents to network with other parents.
⇒  Learn about community resources and attend workshops with Spanish-speaking and Deaf presenters.
⇒  Activities available for children of all ages, DHH children’s hearing siblings are welcome. There will be activities for ages 0 to 8; and children 9 and up can enjoy the rock climbing wall or outdoor challenge course.
⇒  Lunch will be provided.


Free for families

Date and Time:
Saturday, April 6, 2019
9am – 4pm

Download the flier for information and registration:

English Version (PDF)

Spanish Version (PDF)


For questions, please contact Julia Petersen, Fiesta Coordinator at

March – Professional Learning Opportunities from CDHL

Strategies for Teaching Reading in Your Classroom

Research shows that a child’s language and vocabulary has a critical impact on their literacy skills. Using conceptually accurate ASL signs to express multiple meaning words helps children develop richer vocabularies and increased literacy.

Presented by Cathy Corrado and Shawn Broderick

Workshop Details:

Date: March 15, 2019

Time: 9am – 3pm

Bellingham School District, Room 205
1306 Dupont Street
Bellingham, WA  98225

Cost: $20

For more information and how to register download the flier (PDF)

Working Memory and Language of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

CDHL is pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity with Dr. Kimberly Peters.  This workshop will provide a definition and description of working memory (WM); an overview of the research on WM differences and background knowledge gaps in children who are DHH; specific examples of how auditory WM deficits and background knowledge gaps manifest academically; and suggestions for parent and professionals for creating activities that integrate auditory WM, oral and written language, and background knowledge for school age children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Workshop Details:

March 20, 2019

Noon to 3pm

Madison Early Learning Center
3101 S 43rd St.
Tacoma, WA  98409

Download the flier(PDF) for more information or to register (RSVP requested), contact Christy Camarata at