CDBS serves individuals from birth through age 21 who have both hearing and vision problems, with or without additional disabilities.

 

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On Instagram, follow Californiadeafblindservices — or visit us at: https://www.instagram.com/californiadeafblindservices/?hl=en
 

 

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Update — March 18th, 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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Know of any California-based families who need ideas for activities for home or need new faces to talk to?

Two CDBS members will be live several times weekly through Zoom (free online video conferencing)!!

 

English Twice weekly Tues & Thurs 2-2:30pm

 

and Spanish 4-4:30pm M-F

with pending updates to dates after Fri 4/10


Do you want to join any of these drop-ins or know someone who does??

Email Myrna ( https://www.cadbs.org/our-team/ )  and we will send you the Zoom link!

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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

 

Communication

  • 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

 

Promoting Learning

  • Routines for Participation and Learning
  • Calendars
  • 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

  • Self-Determination
  • Transition to Adulthood and Community Living
  • Sexuality

 

Professionalism

  • 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 Maurice Belote at mbelote@sfsu.edu or leave a voicemail message at 415-405-7558.

 
 
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New area for online resources and ideas!

Check out our Wakelet page - this will be a quick way to find online resources about deafblindness, education, physical education, & more.
 

https://wakelet.com/@CaliforniaDeafblindServices

 
 

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UPDATE — April 8, 2020

The CDBS / SFSU
 
San Francisco State University (SFSU) and California Deafblind Services (CDBS) collaborate to provide a university-based intervener training program to prepare paraeducators to effectively serve learners who are deafblind. Interveners are paraeducators with specialized knowledge and skills in deafblindness. Trained interveners allow school districts and agencies to effectively meet the unique individualized support needs of students who benefit from intervention services.
 
For more information, visit the Intervener Training Program section of our website:
 
And the information / registration area for the course on the San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning (SFSU CEL) site:
 
 
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UPDATE — March 11, 2020

CDBS is open!

Please note that San Francisco State University (where our main offices are) is suspending in-person classes to help with health protections related to the coronavirus.

CDBS will still be open: assisting people across the state, and working with families, schools, and educational teams.

Because of these temporary restrictions, our ability to travel may be impacted and we may be working from outside our campus offices at some times.

What this means for you: currently, large planned gatherings are being cancelled or postponed (Beeper Egg Hunt, Literacy Training, etc. - see below and watch our Twitter / Instagram / Facebook pages for updates) and we will be doing more work through email, distance technology (Zoom video conferences). This may mean that it takes us longer to access and respond to faxes. For quickest answers, please email us any questions directly.


Our contact information is always at:
https://www.cadbs.org/our-team/


And news about our SFSU campus:
https://news.sfsu.edu/coronavirus


Information about events will be posted on our social media pages:



Thank you for your understanding and please stay healthy.


 

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UPDATE! The Literacy Training scheduled for April 25th has been POSTPONED until Fall 2020.

 

Unfortunately, due to public health concerns and protocol related to the coronavirus, the Braille Institute and CDBS have decided to postpone the planned Early Child Development Training in Riverside until the fall.
We will keep you updated on the new date and registration details. Thanks for your interest in this training.

 

 

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UPDATE! The 2020 Blind Babies Foundation Beeper Egg Hunt has sadly been cancelled.

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Due to public health concerns about the coronavirus and safety of the children and families attending this event is cancelled. Plans are in the works for an alternate virtual Beeper Egg Hunt, so stay tuned for more details in the upcoming days.
Stay safe out there and keep washing those hands.
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#beeperegghunt
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2019/2020 Child Count in action

 

Annual Child Count of Students with Deafblindness

 

We are required to conduct an annual child count to determine how many students in our state have both a vision and a hearing impairment. This census seeks to identify all such youth no matter what their IEP category is, as most students with deafblindness fall under a variety of designations. This information is very important as it influences what level of level of funding is made available for services. Thank you for your help.

 

2019-2020 Child Count  - Pre-printed forms for counties and districts to verify were mailed on February 1 and need to be returned before March 15th, 2020.

 
Please mail or fax completed census forms to:

 

Census Coordinator
California Deafblind Services
San Francisco State University
Department of Special Education
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132-4158

Fax: 415-338-2845

Questions? Please contact Brian Devereux at devereux@sfsu.edu

 

 
CDBS Child Count Materials

*If you have trouble printing the pdf of the Census Form on an Apple computer, try using Preview instead of Adobe Acrobat to open and print it.

 

A very special thank you again in advance to all of the teachers, administrators, LEAs, SELPAs and Districts in California as well as the California Department of Education for your help in completing this year's Annual Child Count Census!

 

For more information, please visit the Child Count section of our website:

https://www.cadbs.org/census/

 

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TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE   *   UPDATE FEBRUARY 19, 2020
Thank you to all of the families and school teams who have already scheduled Comprehensive Technical Assistance (TA) requests for the current 2020 calendar year. Our current schedule for on-site visits is now full. Please note - we are not currently accepting any new Comprehensive TA (Technical Assistance) requests. We will be revamping our TA processes during Fall 2020. Please stay tuned for more info as we approach the new school year in Fall 2020.

 

CDBS will continue to accept and work with teams on any new FOCUSED Technical Assistance (single issues, consulting by phone or webcam) and URGENT TA requests. Please read the information below and contact us immediately for URGENT TA and us the linked form for FOCUSED TA.

 

Comprehensive TA is an in-depth consultation with entire teams that usually involves a commitment of a year or longer to work towards goals for the child or student with deafblindness. Please note - we are not currently accepting any new Comprehensive TA (Technical Assistance) requests after Feb 18, 2020. We will be revamping our TA processes during Fall 2020. Please stay tuned for more info as we approach the new school year in Fall 2020.

https://www.cadbs.org/how-does-technical-assistance-work-/


 

PLEASE NOTE: We are now accepting new Focused and Urgent TA

Use the linked form to request Focused, please contact us ASAP for Urgent.

CDBS provides three types of technical assistance

 

  • Focused
  •    Comprehensive   
  • Urgent

 

Please read about the types of TA on our "How Does Technical Assistance Work?" page (https://www.cadbs.org/how-does-technical-assistance-work-/) and use the appropriate forms to request Focused or Comprehensive TA or call or email us immediately for Urgent TA information.
 

FOCUSED CDBS TA Request Form (available anytime)
(click for downloadable pdf  form)


 
COMPREHENSIVE CDBS TA — Please stay tuned as we revamp our Technical Assistance process for Fall 2020

 

For Urgent TA (please see definition in FAQ section), please call or email us immediately for more information.

 

 

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Our Fall 2019 issue of reSources newsletter is available online!

  • 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
directly download the pdf of the issue on the newsletter page (link above & in menu on left) or by using this link



 

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SFSU/CDBS Intervener Training Program 2020

Response to the SDSU/CDBS intervener training first-year pilot program was overwhelming.

 

We hope to begin the second year cohort of this program in 2020 with SFSU, details to come soon.

Please note that the second year will be partnering with San Francisco State University.
We thank San Diego State University for partnering with us for the first year of this program
 

 EN ROLLMENT (PENDING) 

(updated 12/16/19 - to allow for time for registration and preparation for these classes, the next Intervener Training Program courses will begin in Fall 2020 TBD. We will update this section as soon as you are able to sign-up)

 

San Francisco State University (SFSU) and California Deafblind Services (CDBS) collaborate to provide a university-based intervener training program to prepare paraeducators to effectively serve learners who are deafblind. Interveners are paraeducators with specialized knowledge and skills in deafblindness. Trained interveners allow school districts and agencies to effectively meet the unique individualized support needs of students who benefit from intervention services.

Over the course of two semesters, students will engage in an online course of study that includes the rigorous and nationally recognized Open Hands, Open Access deafblind intervener learning modules. Through self-guided study, students access the modules asynchronously (i.e., at days and times of their own choosing), with three synchronous class meetings each semester. Course instructors will be deafblind specialists from SFSU and CDBS.

District and LEA support of the participant’s efforts (e.g. release time, stipend) will increase the likelihood of successful completion of this training program. This is a non-credit bearing university program. Upon successful completion each participant will receive a university certificate of completion of the SFSU/CDBS Intervener Training Program.

 

(updated 12/16/19 - to allow for time for registration and preparation for these classes, the next Intervener Training Program courses will begin in Fall 2020 TBD. We will update this section as soon as you are able to sign-up)
 

 

 

Recruitment Criteria:
● Desire to work with and support individuals with deafblindness
● High school diploma (or equivalent)
● Commitment to 2.5 hours of module participation per week for the 2 semesters
● Basic internet skills, knowledge of computer functions, and ability to use online communication tools (email, video conferencing, and online learning platform)

Benefits of this training program include:
● High-quality professional development for the paraeducator
● Increased knowledge and skills for the paraeducator regarding the use of evidence-based practices for learners with deafblindness
● Support staff that meet Council for Exceptional Children paraeducator competencies in the area of deafblindness                                                                                     ● University certificate of completion of the SFSU/CDBS Intervener Training Program

Courses of Study:
The training utilizes 11 prescribed and one elective learning module from the Open Hands, Open Access Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules, which are aligned with all seven of the CEC standards for special education paraeducators intervener for individuals with deafblindness.

During the training, participants will receive:
● Feedback on all assignments
● Support and monitoring to ensure active engagement
● Opportunities for discussion with other participants via web conferencing
● Course materials (provided at no additional cost)

Semester One:
Overview of Deafblindness and Principles of Intervention

Semester Two:
Intervention Practices with Learners who are Deafblind

 

Testimonials from first year participants:

These modules are an invaluable tool when teaching deafblind students.                   — Michelle, California

This program is well organized and packed with helpful tools. I definitely feel more equipped to jump into the world of deafblindness. The instructors are so much more than your typical online program. Julie, Maurice and Christopher are true advocates for those that have a passion for this role. I truly believe their support will reach far beyond this course.   — Amber J., California

Taking this course really helped me better understand my student and her needs. The professors were there for support and help anytime I needed it. It didn’t matter if I needed help with my course work or my actual job, they were willing to help by giving suggestions or just being there to listen. This is a great way to understand your role as an intervener better.   — Amber R., California

 

 

Registration and Program Fees:

The tuition pricing for the two semesters through San Francisco State University is still pending confirmation.

 


 


 
 
 

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2019 SoCal Family Workshop - (June 1, 2019 COMPLETED)

Visit the event page for this workshop to download the notes from Dr. Beth Foster's presentation.

 

THANK YOU to everyone who participated this last weekend with our 2019 Southern CA Family Workshop. Was great visiting with families & professionals and look forward to meeting at future events anyone who missed this one!

 

Our 2019 SoCal Workshop Weekend for Families and Educators was Friday May 31st & Saturday June 1st in Long Beach.

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Our Summer 2019 issue of reSources newsletter is available online!

 

directly download the pdf of the issue on the newsletter page (link above & in menu on left) or by using this link


 

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Por favor únase a CDBS y NFADB en sus llamadas en Español y conversaciones amigables para miembros de familia de personas sordociegas que hablan Español. Estas llamadas son gratis, confidenciales y un lugar seguro donde las familias pueden apoyarse unas a otras compartiendo la sabiduría aprendida atreves de su travesía. Compartiendo éxitos, ideas, dificultades, y estar ahí para ofrecerse apoyo unos a otros y con otras familias.
Las llamadas son cada 3er Martes a las
5:30PM PT / 8:30PM ET.

 

La próxima llamada será: 

Septiembre 17

Marque su calendario para:
 

  • Septiembre 17, 2019
  • Octubre 15, 2019
  • Noviembre 19, 2019
  • Diciembre 17, 2019
  • Enero 21, 2020
  • Febrero 18, 2020
  • Marzo 17, 2020
  • Abril 21, 2020
  • Mayo 19, 2020
  • Junio 16, 2020

Para inscribirse a las llamadas y obtener la información de cómo ingresar a la llamada, Por favor comuníquese con Myrna Medina, Especialista en Familias de (CDBS) Servicios de Sordociegos de California, por correo electrónico a myrnam@sfsu.edu / ph 951-785-7898  / https://www.cadbs.org/products/myrna-medina/

 

A rose-colored frame outlines three smiling women. Please join CDBS & NFADB for the next series of free Spanish-language family-support calls on the 3rd Tues of every month. Contact Myrna https://www.cadbs.org/products/myrna-medina/ for more info & to register for the calls.A rose-colored frame outlines three smiling women. Please join CDBS & NFADB for the next series of free Spanish-language family-support calls on the 3rd Tues of every month. Contact Myrna https://www.cadbs.org/products/myrna-medina/ for more info & to register for the calls.

 

PLEASE JOIN CDBS & NFADB on monthly Spanish calls and friendly conversations for Spanish-speaking family members of individuals who are deafblind. These calls are free, confidential and a safe place where families can support each other by sharing their wisdom gained through their journey. Share successes, ideas, difficulties, and be there to offer support to each other with other families.


Calls are every 3rd Tues at 5:30PM PT / 8:30PM ET.

Mark your calendars for:

  • September 17, 2019
  • October 15, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • December 17, 2019
  • January 21, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 19, 2020
  • June 16, 2020



To register for the calls and obtain call-in information, please contact California Deafblind Services’ Family Engagement Specialist: Myrna Medina
by email or phone at myrnam@sfsu.edu / ph 951-785-7898
 

 

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT

REQUESTING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (TA)

PLEASE VISIT THE SERVICES SECTION OF OUR PAGE AT: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

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CDBS will be resuming  its monthly calls geared to Spanish-speaking families of children with deafblindness. 

These teleconferences are part of our outreach to help provide information and support to families.

Join CDBS and NFADB for friendly and confidential calls for Spanish-speaking family members of individuals who are deafblind. Every other month, these calls will also have a speaker on topics of interest. Calls are every 3rd Tues at 5:30PM PT / 8:30PM ET.

– please join us!

Please contact Family Engagement Coordinator Myrna Medina at myrnam@sfsu.edu to register for the call and obtain call-in information.

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Thanks to everyone who joined us in San Jose for our first Northern California CHARGE Syndrome Workshop with David Brown On September 7-8, 2018


Pictures and memories from the event are available on our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Deaf-Blind-Services/179838528705916

You can still visit our "events" page on this website to access presentation notes and articles in PDF format. Go to the "information" section of the page: https://www.cadbs.org/events/ncal-charge-workshop-2018/

 

CHARGE syndrome is the most complex and medically involved of all the conditions which cause congenital deafblindness, and is also becoming statistically more important. This session will consider current thinking about factors influencing the development and behavior of children with the syndrome, and will also focus on the assessment and teaching approaches which have been found most successful.

 

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Please see our Facebook page for pictures and information from our Southern California event in January.  

https://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Deaf-Blind-Services/179838528705916

 

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Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our first Southern California CHARGE Syndrome Workshop with David Brown On January 19-20, 2018 in Pomona!!!

 

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend and gave us great feedback for planning future events like this one. Please see our Facebook page for pictures and information from the event.  

https://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Deaf-Blind-Services/179838528705916

CHARGE syndrome is the most complex and medically involved of all the conditions which cause congenital deafblindness, and is also becoming statistically more important. This session will consider current thinking about factors influencing the development and behavior of children with the syndrome, and will also focus on the assessment and teaching approaches which have been found most successful.



 

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University-CDBS Specialization Program in Deaf-Blindness 2014-2018 

 

This  personnel preparation project represents a partnership between the San Francisco State University credential program in moderate/severe disabilities and the staff at California Deaf-Blind Services. The purpose of the personnel preparation project is to prepare teachers to serve students who are deaf-blind.

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There will be four courses specific to learners who are deaf-blind. Two of the four courses are graduate seminars in deaf-blindness taught by CDBS staff. While project participants are enrolled in the first seminar, they are also completing a fieldwork course, observing and interacting with students who are deaf-blind. The fieldwork provides them with the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through the seminar presentations and discussions, and other credential courses, to students in educational settings who are deaf-blind.

The final course is an internship with the staff from California Deaf-Blind Services, which begins while they are enrolled in the second graduate seminar and extends into the summer. During the internship they have a number of intern hours to complete. They do that by traveling with CDBS staff as they provide training and technical assistance. Through this rich internship experience, they not only gain additional information related to deaf-blindness and effective educational practices with this population of students, they also observe the talented and experienced CDBS staff provide effective technical assistance to families and educational team members and deliver training in a variety of contexts. Through their supported engagement in these activities, they develop skills in providing technical assistance to others.

 

To find out more about this innovative partnership, view San Francisco State University's article about the Specialization Program in Deaf-Blindness.

 

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CDBS LAUNCHES NEW TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROCESS

FOR 2013-2018 FUNDING CYCLE

For detailed information on technical assistance and to download a request form, please visit the Services section of our website.

 

The process for technical assistance has changed. CDBS now provides two types of technical assistance (TA) individualized for specific children/students:

  • Focused TA: Short-term assistance via distance technology for basic needs of a single team member and/or family.
  • Comprehensive TA: Intensive, sustained assistance designed to address multiple challenges faced by numerous educational team members, including family members.

Please note: The technical assistance request must come directly from the person(s) who will be receiving the service as we cannot accept referrals from third parties (i.e., you cannot request technical assistance for someone else).

If you have questions about what type of TA might be right for your specific situation, contact Maurice Belote, CDBS Project Coordinator, at mbelote@sfsu.edu or 415-405-7558.

 

Vea y descargue las versiones en Español de los dos documentos nuevos - Preguntas Frecuentes y Solicitud de Apoyo Técnico:

CDBS TA Preguntas Frecuentes 2014.pdf (204890)

CDBS TA Solicitud de Apoyo Técnico 2015.pdf

 CDBS serves individuals from birth through age 21 who have hearing and vision problems, with or without additional disabilities. 

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