California Deafblind Services
CDBS serves individuals from birth through age 21 who have combined hearing and vision problems, with or without additional disabilities.
Families and childcare providers: During these extraordinary times of school closures, CDBS staff is here to help. If you're struggling to find ways to engage your child in activities throughout the day, contact anyone at CDBS for tips, ideas, and strategies to support active engagement. Or if you just need someone to talk to. CDBS staff is committed to continuing all of our technical assistance activities, either by phone or Zoom.
TA / Technical Assistance for your child / student / school team
New Technical Assistance (TA) Model
Six Strategies for Meaningful Literacy Instruction for Emerging Communicators
Making Meaningful Connections to Grade Level Curriculum: An Approach to Adapting Core Curriculum
Moving from an IFSP to an IEP
CDBS Introduction: Charles Beavis, Educational Specialist
What’s the Difference? A Look at Tactile Sign Language, Haptics, and Protactile
Building Connections at CDBS Family Picnics
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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED US ON SAT JAN 30TH, 2021
for the Emergent Literacy Training Hosted by Braille Institute & California Deafblind Services
THE VIDEO OF THE TRAINING CAN BE VIEWIED ON OUR "Videos" PAGE
Looking for Training Activities During School Closures?
High Quality Professional Development Available at No Cost!
Attention paraeducators, administrators and other educational service providers: During this unprecedented time of California school closures, CDBS reminds you that the Open Hands Open Access intervener training modules are available for self-paced, customized professional development. While designed for intervener training, the Open Hands Open Access modules are also being used by teachers, related service personnel, family members, and university-based teacher training programs.
There are 26 web-based Open Hands Open Access modules grouped into five categories:
Impact of Deafblindness on Learning
- An Overview of Deaf-Blindness and Instructional Strategies
- The Sensory System, the Brain, and Learning
- Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image
- Availability for Learning
- Concept Development and Responsive Environments
- Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for Interveners
- Touch for Connecting and Learning
- Understanding Communication Principles
- Emergent Communication
- Progressing from Non-Symbolic to Symbolic Communication and Complex Language
- Touch for Connection and Communication
- An Introduction to Sign Language and Braille
- Routines for Participation and Learning
- Intervener Strategies
- Social Skills and Peer Relationships
- Maximizing Vision and Hearing
- Accessing the Curriculum and Environment
- Behavior and Environmental Supports
- Orientation and Mobility in Everyday Routines
Preparing for Adult Life
- Transition to Adulthood and Community Living
- The Role of the Intervener in Educational Settings
- Collaborative Teaming and Family Partnerships
- Values, Ethics and Professionalism
To access Open Hands Open Access, go to: https://www.nationaldb.org/products/modules/ohoa/
For more information, contact CDBS Project Coordinator Julie Maier at jmaier@ or leave a voicemail at 415-405-7558. sfsu.edu
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