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 Fall 2022 (Vol. 27, No. 2) 


  • 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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Spring 2022 (Vol. 27, No. 1)

  • In Appreciation — Maurice Belote Retires

  • Tip of the Hat to Teachers of the Deafblind in California

  • How to Set Healthy Boundaries

  • Three Components That Build Trust and Why Trust is Crucial to Learning for a Student Who is Deafblind

  • What Does Equitable Access Look Like for Proficient Communicators?



Fall 2021 (Vol. 26, No. 1)

  • But What About Recess?

  • CDBS to Implement Improved Technical Assistance Model

  • An Intervener’s Perspective

  • Equity and Inclusion: Ensuring Meaningful Participation in General Education


Fall 2020 (Vol. 25, No. 2)

  • Modifications and Accommodations while Virtual Learning

  • CDBS Annual Teacher Symposium in Deafblindness: The Sigal Family Lecture Series

  • Three Simple Lessons Learned So Far During this Time of Distance Learning

  • Hand-Under-Hand Guidance

  • My Distance Learning Diary

  • Creating a Photo Story of Your Child to Share with the Educational Team


 Spring 2020 (Vol. 25, No. 1) 

  • Building Peer Partnerships through Information Provision

  • The Art of Persuasion and What We Can Learn from the World of Sales

  • Confidently Engaging Yourself into Your Community: Lessons from “The Feeling Through Experience”

  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder: The Hearing Equivalent of CVI Risk Factors, Features, and Strategies


Fall 2019 (Vo l. 24, No. 2) 

  • Movement, Inclusion, and Creativity: Themes of our annual teacher symposium

  • The Importance of Connections: A Parent Perspective

  • Beyond California: Connections at a National Level

  • CDBS Introduction: Kayla Coburn, CDBS Educational Specialist

  • Creating connections requires opportunities, informed peers, and facilitation


Summer 2019 (Vol. 24, No. 1)

  • The State of Interveners in the State of California: A 2019 Update
  • Network of Family Support Providers (FSP) 
  • The Teacher of the Deafblind in the State of California Today: Purpose, Role, Training, and Professional Supports 


Fall 2018 (Vol. 23, No. 1)

PLEASE NOTE: This issue was written during our prior grant cycle and references our prior grant number and Project Officer.

For information on our current grant and project officer, please see the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

  • Frequent Breaks: Fact Sheet
  • Tricia Houlihan: California’s First Credentialed Intervener
  • Preparing Teachers for the Field of Deafblindness...
  • Reflections from the Field
  • Articles by Interns in the SFSU-CDBS Specialization Program for Learners with Deafblindness
  •     Reflections on “Facilitating Inclusion...” - by Claire Pohle
  •     Moments from the DeafBlind Conference of the Americas - by Nicholas Leung
  •     Reflections on “Empowering the Deaf-Blind...” - by Tesha Henderson
  •     Beep! Beep! It’s the Annual Beeper Egg Hunt! - by Yasmir Navas
  •     Reflections on Parent-Teacher Relationships in the School Setting - by Mary Spaulding
  •     Reflections on Donna Snyder’s “Experiences of Families...” - by Adrian Adair
  •     Using technology to enhance engagement for all learners - by Charles Beavis
  •     Who is ‘Awesome Student’? - by Charli O’Malley
  •     Sammy’s Lessons - by Kayla Kenton, Special Education Teacher

Fall 2017 (Vol. 22, No. 1)

  • What Can CDBS Do For You?
  • Promoting Literacy for All: Thinking Beyond Just Reading & Writing  
  • Early Tactile Communication: Touch, Cues, and Signing     
  • Stories of Discovery and Advocacy: CDBS-SFSU 2017 Deafblindness Symposium
  • Juggling Life’s Demands and Finding Balance as a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

Fall 2016 (Vol. 21, No. 2)

  • Wow, That Sounds Familiar: Parent-Child Playgroups to Train, Support, & Build Connections
  • Gift of the Present - Attention: CDBS-SFSU 5th Annual Deafblindness Symposium
  • Moving Forward with the Transition to Preschool through Collaborative Planning
  • In Appreciation of Dr. Deborah Chen — and Best Wishes in Retirement!

Spring 2016 (Vol. 21, No. 1)

  • From deaf-blind to deafblind: Time for CDBS to make the change
  • The Power of Positive Interactions and Reinforcement with Children who are Deafblind
  • Letting go to let them Grow: Teaching Independence
  • It’s My Life! Considering the Student-directed IEP Process (Part 2 of 2)

Summer 2015 (Vol. 20, No. 1)

  • It’s My Life! Considering the Student-directed IEP Process (Part 1 of 2)
  • The Case for Wider Access to Braille in Schools
  • The Power of Connection
  • Student Reflections

  Fall 2014 (Vol.  19, No. 2)  

  • Fact Sheet: Planning Family Outings
  • Fact Sheet: Promoting Interactions with Siblings and Peers
  • Why Deaf-Blindness and Autism Can Look So Much Alike

Spring 2014 (Vol. 19, N o.  1)

  • What Does "Follow the Child" Mean?
  • Tablet Computers and Apps as Informal Assessment Tools
  • Capacity or Deficit? The Lens We Use to View Students Does
    Make a Difference

 Spring 2013 (Vol. 18 , No.   1) 

  • Self-Determination:  An Overview
  • “Why are children with CHARGE syndrome so lazy?”
    Reflections on caution, self-preservation, adaptive abilities, function, efficient use of energy, and self-awareness, and the way that these can be misinterpreted
  • Valerie's Personal Passport

Fall 2012 (Vol. 17 , No. 2)

  • Using the iPad and a Sequence of Apps for Young Children with Multiple Disabilities
  • Closing Ceremony 2012 “Student Reflections”
  • Observations and Reflections After Attending “Interpreting Strategies for Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind” at the Helen Keller National Center

Spring 2012 (Vol. 17, No . 1)

  • Beyond the Classroom and Into the School Community
  • "Mind the Gap":  A Reflection on Leaving the Public School System
  • Sensory Confusion
  • Fact Sheet #45:  10 Easy Steps for Making and Posting a Custom-Signed Communication Instructional Video

Fall 2011 (Vol. 16, No. 3)

  • Developing and Making Community Connections and Friendship
  • Leaving Home:  An Interview with Jackie Kenley
  • Deaf- Blindness, Self-Regulation, and Availability for Learning:  Some Thoughts on Educating Children with CHARGE Syndrome
  • Fact Sheet #44:  Integrating Your Child or Youth Who Is Deaf-Blind Into Groups:  Strategies for Families and Caregivers

Spring 2011 (Vol. 16, No. 2)

  • Fact Sheet #42:  The Intervener's Motto:  Do With, Not For
  • Self-Determination is for Babies, Too!
  • Making the Case for Social Skills
  • Fact Sheet #43:  Choosing and Using Tactile Name Cues

Winter 2011 (Vol. 16, No. 1)

  • Research Update:  Stress of Children who are Deaf-Blind
  • Stress - Good Cop or Bad Cop
  • Infant Massage for Babies with Sensory Impairments
  • Parent to Parent:  Understanding Stress and Strategies for Coping

Fall 2010 (Vol. 15, No. 2)

  • Routine-Based Learning
  • Growing With Your Child
  • Fact Sheet #41:  A Self-Evaluation Guide for Assessing the Quality of your Interactions with a Student who is Deaf-Blind
  • Interns' Reflections


Winter 2010 (Vol. 15, No. 1)

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Fall 2009 (Vol. 14, No. 3)

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Summer 2009 (Vol. 14, No. 2)

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Theme: Integrating Educational Practices to Family Life and the Classroom

Winter 2009 (Vol. 14, No. 1)

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Theme: Instructional Strategies

  • CDBS Receives 5-Year Funding Award
  • Rethinking Circle Time
  • Sharing Information to Improve Your Children's Learning Experiences at School
  • News & Events: CDBS Welcomes New Staff
  • News & Events: The Concept of Intervention: What is it? How does it work? Why is it important for youth who are deaf blind?

Spring 2008 (Vol. 13, No. 2)

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Theme: Communication-Rich Environments

  • Third Person and Prompt Dependency
  • Strategies for Creating Communication-Rich Environments for Children who are Deaf-Blind (fact sheet in English)
  • Estrategias para Crear un Ambiente Rico en Comunicación para Niños que son Sordo-Ciegos (fact sheet in Spanish)
  • What's New with the Network of Family Support Providers?
  • University-CDBS Partnership Project
  • News & Events: COPE-DB Family Picnics, Upcoming Spanish Workshop 

Fall 2007 (Vol. 13, No. 1)

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Theme: Transition to Adulthood

  • Perspectives on the Transition to Adulthood: An Interview with Cathy Kirsher, Regional Representative with Helen Keller National Center
  • Fanmanflavah’s Life is Good: An Interview with Jarrett Heartsmann and his Mom on Living on his Own
  • Creating Community for Adult Life: Planning an Effective and Exciting Transition
  • Thanks to our Advisory Committee
  • Save The Dates: COPE-DB Holiday Party, Lowenfeld-Akeson Symposium

Spring 2007 (Vol. 12, No. 5)

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Theme: Hearing and Assistive Technology

  • What’s New In Hearing
  • New Teacher Training Program Announcement
  • Useful Web Resources for Issues Related to Hearing, Cochlear Implants, and Bone Anchored Hearing Aids
  • News & Events: CHARGE Conference, COPE-DB Picnics, Spanish Workshop
  • Invitation to CDBS Suite at the CHARGE Conference

Winter 2007 (Vol. 12, No. 4)

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Theme: Annual Communication Issue

  • Communication: The Basic Tool for Independence
  • Communication Between Family and School: Creating a Communication Notebook that Works
  • The minute you walk in the door
  • Cochlear Implant Study
  • News & Events

Summer 2006 (Vol. 12, No. 3)

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Theme: Health and Family Perspectives

  • Time To Eat (On Overcoming Nearly Impossible Obstacles)
  • Living With Late-Onset Seizures
  • Some Considerations and Strategies When Working With Latino Families
  • Strategies for Successful Medical/Dental Appointments for Individuals who are Deaf-Blind (Spanish and English fact sheets)

Winter 2006 (Vol. 12, No. 2)

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Theme: Interveners and Natural Supports

  • The Intervener: Big Idea, Substantial Results
  • It's Only Natural: The Use of Interveners and Natural Supports for Learners with Deaf-blindness
  • Interveners Sharing Their Strategies: Amy Hernandez, Brian Oey, Casey Muehlig
  • Things to Remember When Requesting an Intervener for Your Child (English and Spanish fact sheets)
  • News and Events: Summer Intervener Training Institute

Fall 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 1)

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Theme: The Brain, The Senses and Cognition

  • Feeling the Pressure: The Forgotten Sense of Proprioception
  • Thinking Deep Thoughts
  • The Plastic Brain
  • Can Hearing Be Restored?
  • News and Events

Spring 2005 (Vol. 11, No. 5)

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Theme: Annual Communication Issue

  • Understanding Coactive and Tactile Signing
  • Name Cues
  • Getting Started with Object Communication
  • Tips for Improving the Accuracy of Signed Communication (English and Spanish fact sheets)
  • News and Events

Fall 2004 (Vol. 11, No. 4)

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Theme: Transitions Between Educational Programs

  • Knowing The Child’ — Personal Passports
  • Transitioning to High School
  • A Classroom Teacher’s Perspective
  • Successful Transitions Between Programs (English and Spanish fact sheets)
  • A Well Planned Move
  • COPE-DB Update

Summer 2004 (Vol. 11, No. 3)

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Theme: Personal Perspectives of Adult Issues

  • My Best Hearing with a Cochlear Implant
  • Conservatorship: What's It All About?
  • COPE-DB Summer Picnics; Intervener Training
  • Spanish Communication Workshop-Riverside (English and Spanish flyers)
  • Successful Transitions from School to Adulthood (English and Spanish fact sheets)

Spring 2004 (Vol. 11, No. 2)

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Theme: Communicating With All the Senses

  • The Powerful Sense of Smell
  • Becoming Aware Through Touch
  • Utilizing the Sense of Smell in Children and Youth with Deaf-Blindness (fact sheet)
  • Spanish Communication Workshop--Los Angeles (English and Spanish flyers)
  • e-distribution Update

Fall 2003 (Vol. 11, No. 1)

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Theme: CDBS Refunded

  • The Next Five Years
  • New Intervener Training Initiative; Meet the CDBS Staff
  • 2004 Family Events
  • Network of Family Support Providers
  • reSources moves to e-distribution (postcard)

Spring 2003 (Vol. 10, No. 15)

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Theme: Etiologies

  • Educational and Behavioral Implications of Missing Balance Sense in CHARGE Syndrome
  • Leading Causes of Deaf-Blindness
  • Etiologies (fact sheet)
  • Is Knowing My Son's Etiology Really That Important?
  • Two Excellent New Resources
  • Educational Assessments

Fall 2002 (Vol. 10, No. 14)

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Theme: Sibling Support

  • Gifts From My Sister
  • Satellite Training Registration: Sibling Support
  • "Brothers and Sisters" (fact sheet)
  • CDBS Lending Library: Resources on Sibling and Family Issues

Spring/Summer 2002 (Vol. 10, No. 13)

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Theme: Communication

  • Communication Systems to Last a Lifetime
  • Communication Resources - Project SALUTE website
  • Voice Output Communication Devices (fact sheet)
  • Report on State Deaf-Blind Conference, "California Coming Together"

Winter 2002 (Vol. 10, No. 12)

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Theme: One-on-Ones

  • Effective Use of One-on-Ones for Children who are Deaf-Blind
  • Interview with a One-on-One: Stories and Insights from the Field
  • The Use of Interveners (fact sheet)

Fall 2001 (Vol. 10, No. 11)

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Theme: Family Support

  • Juanito's Achievements: Improvement Through Team Work
  • A Parent's Coming to Terms with the Diagnosis of Deaf-Blindness
  • COPE D-B Picnics
  • Maintaining a Home-School Relationship (fact sheet)

Summer 2001 (Vol. 10, No. 10)

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Theme: Transition

  • Is There Life After Special Ed?
  • How to Create a Winning Video Resume (fact sheet)
  • Usher Syndrome workshops

Winter 2001 (Vol. 10, No. 9)

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Theme: Assessment

  • Follow the Child -- Approaches to Assessing the Functional Vision and Hearing of Young Children with Congenital Deaf-Blindness
  • The 2001 California Deaf-Blind Census: Answers To Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
  • Considerations When Assessing Children and Youth of Spanish Speaking Families (fact sheet)

Fall 2000 (Vol. 10, No. 8)

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Theme: Communication Systems

  • Developing Communication Systems That Meet Everyone's Needs
  • Creating Communication Rich Environments
  • How to Create a Communication Dictionary (fact sheet)

Winter 1999 (Vol. 10, No. 7)

PDF: English
Theme: Communication Trainings

  • CDBS Announces a New Model for Trainings in Communication Systems for Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind
  • Overview of Communication Training of Trainers Model

Fall 1999 (Vol. 10, No. 6)

PDF: English
Theme: Families

  • The Impact of Having a Child Who is Deafblind on the Family
  • Growing Together: Understanding the Emotional Impact of Disability
  • Mental Health Concerns for Families: Results of a Focus Group Study on Deafblindness
  • Family Camp 1999
  • Making Connections: Families Sharing Information and Experiences

Summer 1999 (Vol. 10, No. 5)

PDF:  English
Theme: Communication

  • Learning to Communicate: Strategies for Developing Communication with Infants Whose Multiple Disabilities Include Visual Impairment and Hearing Loss
  • Communicating with Bruno

Spring 1999 (Vol. 10, No. 4)

PDF: English
Theme: Siblings

  • The Kinship of My Kids: A Mom's Perspective
  • Strategies for Enhancing Relationships Among Siblings
  • Sibling Resources
  • Sisters and Brothers Speak Out
  • Summer Opportunities for Individuals who are Deaf-Blind

Fall 1998 (Vol. 10, No. 3)

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Theme: Living Options

  • James, Joe and Risa's House
  • Bayberry's Residential Transitional Service
  • The Manager's Role in Supported Living
  • A Typical Day in the Life of Joshua

Summer 1998 (Vol. 10, No. 2)

PDF:  English
Theme: Designing Educational Services

  • Designing Educational Services for Students who are Deaf-Blind in General Education Classrooms
  • CDBS Welcomes New Staff Members
  • Can My Child Play, Too?
  • Summer Opportunities for Individuals who are Deaf-Blind
  • A Real Circle

Winter 1998 (Vol. 10, No. 1)

PDF:  English
Theme: Changes at CDBS

  • Who's Who at CDBS
  • Positive New Approaches to Service Delivery
  • CDBS Mission Statement

Summer 1997 (Vol. 9, No. 3)

PDF:  English
Theme: Sexuality

  • Taking The Fear Out Of Sex Education
  • Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors
  • Puberty Again
  • Sexuality And The Deaf-Blind Child

Spring 1997 (Vol. 9, No. 2)

PDF:  English
Theme: Amplification and Technology

  • Some Thoughts From A Teacher
  • Me And My FM
  • Application Of FM Technology To Children
  • Hearing Aids: Love'em, Wear'em And Keep'em In
  • Tuning In With An AM/FM System
  • Hand In Hand With Technology
  • We're On The Web

Winter 1997 (Vol. 9, No. 1)

PDF:  English
Theme: Employment

  • Working Together for Angelica
  • Roots and Wings
  • "I Like Machines"
  • The Journey to Employment
  • Special, and Yet...
  • Transition Services

Fall 1996

PDF:  English
Theme: Team

  • Overview: Team Project
  • Becoming a Team for the Team
  • Sacramento County Team
  • Newport or Bust
  • Mark Twain Team
  • San Bernardino Schools' Team
  • Summer Team Training

Summer 1996

PDF:  English
Theme: Siblings

  • I Have a Sister. My Sister is Different: So What!
  • Adam's Our Little Brother
  • My Sister, My Friend
  • He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother
  • How My Deaf-Blind Sister Influenced My Life
  • My Helper
  • The Sibling Support Group

Spring 1996

PDF:  English
Theme: Consumers

  • Meet Some Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind
  • Growing Up Deaf-Blind
  • I'm an Adult In Transition
  • Sharing
  • Attitudes

Winter 1996

PDF:  English
Theme: State Conference

  • Dr. Jan van Dijk, Introduction by Maurice Belote
  • Marilyn Stack, Educational Specialist
  • Mary Maussang, Special Education Teacher
  • Jane Montgomery, Special Education Preschool Teacher
  • Antoinette (Toni) Anderson, Itinerant Teacher Visually Impaired
  • Connie Johnson, "Early Start" Infant Toddler Home Teacher
  • The Latest Research Findings
  • What is a Calendar Box
  • Some Gems of Wisdom

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