California Deafblind Services

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Update — March 17th, 2020


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.



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  • provided statewide, regionally, and locally based on individual needs
  • conducted in-person, using the Zoom meeting platform (provided at no cost by CDBS), and/or utlizing the Open Hands Open Access modules
  • intervener training in collaboration with San Diego State University
  • training on identification and effective practices for early intervention agencies
  • university guest lectures for VI, D/HH, ESN, ECSE, and O&M California credential programs
  • focused technical assistance using the Zoom meeting platform for basic issues 
  • onsite comprehensive technical assistance for educational teams (including family members)
  • determined by coordinated intake process
  • based on individual needs
  • provided in person and/or using the Zoom meeting platform
Provided in the cases of:
  • sudden and significant decrease in hearing and/or vision
  • significant and unexplainable changes in behavior
  • a newly identified child who is not yet receiving any local educational or support services



  • support provided in collaboration with local/regional family support agencies by volunteers of the CDBS Network of Family Support Providers
  • family-to-family support provided by telephone and/or email
  • training on deafblindness provided to state funded Family Resource Centers (FRCs) and Family Empowerment Centers (FECs), and federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs)


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