June Monthly Update
Save the Date!
Please save June 28 at 3 p.m. ET for a webinar for state deaf-blind projects. Presenters will include Susan Weigert, Center to Improve Project Performance (CIPP) staff, and NCDB staff. This will be the first in a series of events with CIPP and will be related to content that will be shared at the Program Area Meeting during the OSEP Project Directors’ Conference in July.
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Utah Teacher Profiles
Join us in celebrating Utah’s teachers of the deaf-blind (TDBs)! We have added two more teachers—Gretel Sampson and Rosalee Pearson—to the Utah Teachers of the Deaf-Blind page. In their profiles, they share their experiences and how the TDB training has impacted their practice and professional life.
University of Kentucky DeafBlind Graduate Certificate
The University of Kentucky offers a DeafBlind Graduate Certificate that provides advanced training for early intervention providers, preschool teachers, special education teachers, teachers of the visually impaired, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, and rehabilitation counselors. This fully online certificate includes synchronous and asynchronous instruction and is accessible to professionals in other states.
Deadline for Fall 2023 registration is July 17. See this website for more details.
New Article on Digital Equity for Deaf-Blind Learners
The Covid-19 pandemic impacted nearly everyone, but perhaps none more so than those who are deaf-blind. Ava Bullis, now a 17-year-old with Usher syndrome, looks back on the early days of Covid in her article “Covid-19 and Digital Equity for Deaf-Blind Learners: My Experience and the Importance of Self-Advocacy.” Find out how she navigated this difficult time in her life and how it has shaped the person she is today.
Professional Development Series for Educators and Related Service Providers
An exciting opportunity is being offered by the University of South Dakota for all certified educators serving children and young adults, birth to 21! Each course consists of a 14-week semester, approximately 3 hours of online work per week, and synchronous online meetings. The cost is $450 per 3-credit course for continuing education credits. Registration is now open with limited spaces available. Deadline is July 31.
For more information, see this announcement.
The World Federation of the Deafblind recently published the Second Global Report on the Situation of Persons with Deafblindness. This is a follow-up to a report published in 2018 and is filled with interesting and useful information based on research from across the world.
New Magazine Issues
The Spring 2023 issue of TX SenseAbilities is available for free on the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired website. It's featured article is "Trust through Touch: Creating Positive Interactions."
The Spring 2023 Convention Issue of the Visual Impairment and Deafblind Education Quarterly includes articles about presentations given at the 2023 CEC Convention.