South Dakota UCEDD Provides National Deaf-Blind Training for Educators
Monday, January 11, 2021
Through a collaboration with the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and the Center for Disabilities Deaf-Blind Program, an online 4-course training series has been developed titled, Concentration in Deaf-Blindness and High Intensity Support Needs. This series provides an incredible foundation in deaf-blindness, training in communication strategies, assessment and instructional planning and life planning for educators working with students with deaf-blindness and/or students who have high intensity support needs.
These courses are geared towards educational professionals including special education teachers, teachers of the visually impaired, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, occupational therapists, orientation and mobility specialists, administrators, physical therapists, and interpreters. Parent participation is also encouraged for enhanced understanding of the impact of deaf-blindness and to strengthen their role as advocates. Participants can take the courses for continuing education hours or graduate level university credit through the University of South Dakota. Fall of 2020 was the first successful semester of offering two courses and two more courses will begin this spring.