What is Deafblindness

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children defines deafblindness as follows: “Deafblindness” means concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness” (Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities, July 1, 2014).

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Independent Study in Intervener Services for Ohio Parents

Dates: Individually arranged
Target Audience: Parents
Facilitator: Dr. Lyn Ayer
Contact hours upon completion of module(s) and webinar(s)
No cost

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Intervener Modules - Educators | Part 2

Instructional Techniques to Use with Children with Combined Vision-Hearing Loss and or Multiple Disabilities

Date: February – April 2020
Target Audience: Educators, Related Services Providers, and Paraprofessionals
Facilitator: Dr. Lyn Ayer
Contact hours upon completion of module(s) and webinar
No cost

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Classroom Strategies to Increase Competent Communication, Decrease Unwanted Behaviors and Better Understand Sensory Processing for Children who are Deafblind and/or have Low Incidence Disabilities


Target Audience: Educators, Related Services, Paraprofessionals
Date: June 1-5, 2020
Location: 1-day regional meeting in NW, NE, SW, and SE Ohio
Presenter: Dr. Melinda Wolford
More information to come

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