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I have a student who has combined hearing and vision loss, now what?

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You may find resources in the Teacher Packet from the National Center on Deaf-Blindness helpful.

If you’ve learned about your student joining your class or caseload during the summer months, please join us for our one-day workshop, offered in collaboration with Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District  “Understanding Deafblindness and the Role of the Intervener”. This unique training is offered in August every year to teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals and parents.  The workshop includes deafblind simulations, information about the impact of combined hearing and vision loss and the role of the intervener as well as networking opportunities to connect with other professionals and parents around the state of Minnesota. Go to our Online Registration "MyQuickReg" page to check for registration and to join us.

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness has created a unique peer learning community for teachers and related service providers to connect. Consider joining the National Deaf-Blind Educator Network.

I still need more ideas and support to get started, what does the Minnesota DeafBlind Project offer?

  1. Help in interpreting and understanding the impact of combined hearing and vision loss.
  2. Evidence-based practice strategies and resources.
  3. Connections for families with families and resources. Check out For Families tab to share with your student’s family.
  4. Support for teams to understand the role of the intervener.
  5. Connection to our Minnesota DeafBlind Community of Practice. Our statewide community of teacher representatives is available to support other teachers who are new to working with students with combined hearing and vision loss in their region.
  6. Follow-up onsite consultation services to tailor services and instruction to specific students.  These are called targeted services.

What about IEP goals, objectives, adaptations and services? I don’t have specific training in this area. Help!

The Minnesota DeafBlind Project is not an advocacy organization. However, we can provide guidance and suggestions for assisting with appropriate goal identification and adaptations through the lens of combined hearing and vision loss. Feel free to contact the Education Specialist, Ann Mayes.

Where can I access modules about deafblindness for my student who has combined hearing and vision loss? 

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness offers Open Hands, Open Access (OHOA): Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules in two formats. Decide which best fits your learning needs and schedule. Minnesota hosts two cohorts each year in the fall and spring.  Pre-registration is required.

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