The Midwest Transition Institute (MTI) – an opportunity that is new to OCDBE as of 2017 – allows parents and their child/children to learn and connect with other families.

The first MTI was hosted by the Indiana Deaf-Blind Services Project and brought together 10 families across six mid-western states: Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Ohio. The Institute was geared toward students who are deafblind, ages 16-22, and who are on track to attend college or transition directly into the workforce.

While students were learning about the importance of self-advocacy and identifying themselves as members of the deafblind community from adults with deafblindness, their parents were in another room learning about the transition process from high school to adulthood. Students also participated in a ropes course and a talent show.

The MTI will be held again next summer and will be hosted by the Wisconsin deafblind project, with assistance from the Helen Keller National Center and the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB).

Watch for updates on our website about opportunities to participate in the 2018 MTI!

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