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Previous Monthly Update - May 2023

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2022 Impact Report

Each year, we ask state deaf-blind projects for input on our work and use the feedback to build on our strengths, address concerns, and inform and guide future activities. We are excited to share the NCDB 2022 Impact Report. It summarizes data collection methods and describes how our collaborative efforts led to significant progress and accomplishments.




Leadership Transition

Sam Morgan, NCDB Co-Director, will be retiring at the end of May. Sam has been an integral part of making NCDB what it is today. We are thankful for his efforts and wish him well in all his future endeavors. Julie Durando, currently NCDB Co-Director, will become NCDB's sole director on June 1. Julie has worked in the field of deaf-blindness for more than 20 years. Before her role as NCDB's Co-Director she was our Evaluation Coordinator. She also served as the principal investigator on multiple grants at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University.

CHARGE Conference Registration

The International CHARGE Syndrome Conference is the largest worldwide gathering of individuals with CHARGE, their families, professionals, and experts on CHARGE syndrome. Registration for the conference closes on June 1, 2023. Be sure to secure your spot for a wonderful conference in Orlando July 20-23!




Website Highlight: Access to the General Education Curriculum

Check out NCDB's webpage on Access to the General Education Curriculum. It includes an article by NCDB on foundational legal requirements and standards, a document listing academic content standards and assessments for each state, additional key documents, and recordings and associated materials for webinars conducted in March 2022.



Literacy Site Relocation

The Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss website has been moved to the NCDB site. It has all the same content, which has not been updated except to remove links to resources that are no longer available.

New Publications

[Article] Fundelius, E. et al. (2023). Universal design principles for multimodal representation in literacy activities for preschoolers. Inclusive Practices, 2(1)3-36.

[Article] Schles, R. A., & McCarthy T. (2023). Exploring states’ variations in prevalence and eligibility criteria for students with visual impairments including blindness. Remedial and Special Education, 44(2), 102-111.

[Book] Lieberman, L. J. (2023). The Camp Abilities story: The global evolution of sports camps for children who are visually impaired. SUNY Press.

Archived Monthly Updates

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