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

 

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AUGUST 1st — SEPTEMBER 15th, 2019
We will be accepting new Comprehensive TA (Technical Assistance) requests between August 1 and September 15, 2019 (or until all available visits have been scheduled for the year). Because this type of assistance is a commitment of one year, we will accept new requests during this time period so that we can then spend the next school year working with these teams.

 

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 use 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. We will start new scheduling work on new Comprehensive TA requests from August 1, 2019 until September 15th, 2019 or until our schedule is filled (whichever comes first).

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


 

PLEASE NOTE: We are now providing THREE types of TA and using two forms to request it:

CDBS provides three types of technical assistance

 

 

Please read about the types of TA on our "How Does Technical Assistance Work?" page (http://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 Request form Accepting new requests August 1 — Sept 15, 2019 - Submit on or after 8/1/19

August 1st, 2019 begins requests for Fall 2019 school year - we will not accept applications for Comprehensive TA before this date
(click for downloadable pdf form)

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

 

 

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SDSU/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, details to come soon.

ENROLLMENT (PENDING)

(updated 7/24/19 - to allow for time for registration and preparation for these classes, the next Intervener Training Program courses will begin in Spring or Fall 2020 TBD. We will update this section as soon as you are able to sign-up)

 

San Diego State University (SDSU) 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 (in 2020) 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 SDSU 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 SDSU/CDBS Intervener Training Program.

 

Please visit the Intervener Training Program section of the SDSU website for more information and to begin enrollment now.

(updated 7/24/19 - to allow for time for registration and preparation for these classes, the next Intervener Training Program courses will begin in Spring or Fall 2020 TBD. We will update this section as soon as you are able to sign-up)
 

https://ces.sdsu.edu/education/deafblind-intervener-training-certificate

 

 

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 SDSU/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:

(When course dates are set) Register online at: https://ces.sdsu.edu/education/deafblind-intervener-training-certificate (on the SDSU website). The tuition pricing for the two semesters through San Diego State University is still pending confirmation.

 


 

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The annual COPE-DB Family Day In the Sun picnic will be on Saturday, August 24 at Wayfinder's Angeles Vista location in Los Angeles. Any interested families with children who would like to participate or have questions, please contact Myrna.

 

Coalition of Parents and Educators Deaf-Blind
In collaboration with California Deaf-Blind Services and Wayfinder Family Services Invite you to the upcoming Family Day in the Sun

Fun, Food, Swimming and time to network and share with other families and Educators. CDBS and Wayfinder program staff will be there to answer questions.

 

When:

 Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 10:00am – 3:00 pm

 

Where:

 Wayfinder (formerly Junior Blind) - 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd., Los Angeles, CA Tel: 323-295-4555

 

Directions: Eastbound 10 Santa Monica Freeway, take Crenshaw Blvd. exit, go south on Crenshaw, make a right on Vernon, and immediate left on Angeles Vista. Go ½ mile, JBA on left. If from the South on 405 San Diego Freeway, Slauson exit, left on Angeles vista, ½ mile, JBA on Left.

Please bring a dish to share with other families.

Note: Don’t forget your bathing suit and towel.

image of picnic blanket with plate of food and watermelon + textPlease RSVP with Myrna and join us in Los Angeles on Saturday August 24th (10AM-3PM) for this event.

Fun, food, activities & time to share with other families & educators at Wayfinder (formerly Junior Blind of America). For any questions or to RSVP, email or call Myrna Medina at 323-363-7499 /  myrnam@sfsu.edu

 
 
 

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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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2018/2019 Child Count in action

 

Annual Child Count of Students with Deafblindness

 

A very big THANK YOU to all of the teachers, staff, & administrators in all of the LEAs, SELPAs and districts in the state as well as the CA Dept of Education for all of your help collecting and verifying the information for the 2018/2019 Annual Child Count of Students with Deafblindness for California!

 

The deadline for the census was March 15th, 2019. The information has been shared with NCDB, our national partner, to compile the 2018 USA national report.

 

If any more packets are now received after the final report for CA has been submitted to NCDB, we will continue to update the information in our database, but note that the late information will not be a part of the 2018 school year national report.

 
 

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.

2018-2019 Child Count  - Pre-printed forms for counties and districts to verify were mailed on February 1 and needed to be returned before March 15th, 2019. The next 2019/2020 Child Count / Census forms will be mailed in early February, 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 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:

http://www.cadbs.org/census/

 

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Únase con CDBS y NFADB en sus muy amigables y confidenciales teleconferencias en Español dirigidas a familiares de individuos con sordoceguera.  Además, cada otro mes, estas llamadas tendrán un invitado especial para hablar de temas de interés.  Estas llamadas son cada 2ndo Martes del mes a las 6PM T/9PM ET.  La próxima llamada será: 

Julio 9

Por favor, Únase con nosotros para estas teleconferencias de 90 minutos, con el motivo de ayudar a proveer información y apoyo a las familias, se llevaran a cabo cada 2nd Martes de el mes a las 6 PM tiempo del Pacifico/9pm Tiempo del Este. Marque su calendario con las siguientes fechas:

Calendario de llamadas:

  • Septiembre 11, 2018  –  (Bienvenida)
  • Octubre 9,  2018  –  (Compartiendo tu historia)
  • Noviembre 13, 2018  –  (Sobresaliendo -coping)
  • Diciembre 11, 2018  –  (Recursos y sistemas)
  • Enero 8, 2019  –  (IEP)
  • Febrero 12, 2019  –  (Roles y Derechos de los Padres)
  • Marzo 12, 2019  –  (Colaboración en Equipo)
  • Abril 9, 2019  –  (Comunicacion)
  • Mayo 14, 2019  –  (Actividades recreativas)
  • Junio 11, 2019  –  (Tecnologia)  
  • Julio 9, 2019  –  (Lo que me llevo)

Para registrarse para las llamadas y obtener la información para accesar la llamada, porfavor de comunicarse con La Coordinadora de Familias de los Servicios de Sordociegos de California: Myrna Medina por email o por teléfono a:  myrnam@sfsu.edu / tel 951-785-7898

Picture of a phone and text over purple background describing info in tweet in Spanish. Únase con CDBS y NFADB en sus muy amigables y confidenciales teleconferencias en Español dirigidas a familiares de individuos con sordoceguera.  Además, cada otro mes, estas llamadas tendrán un invitado especial para hablar de temas de interés.  Estas lamadas son cada 2ndo Martes del mes a las 6PM T/9PM ET.

 

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 2nd Tues 6PM PT / 9PM ET. Next call: July 9, 2019 - 6PM Pacific Time (9PM EST).


Please join us for these 90 minute teleconferences that help provide information and support to families on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6PM Pacific Time /9PM Eastern Time

CALL TOPICS:

  • September 11, 2018  –  (Welcome)
  • October 9, 2018  –  (Sharing your story)
  • November 13, 2018  –  (Coping)
  • December 11, 2018  –  (Resources and Systems)
  • January 8, 2019  –  (IEP)
  • February 12, 2019  –  (Parent’s roles and responsibilities)
  • March 12, 2019  –  (Team collaboration)
  • April 9, 2019  –  (Communication)
  • May 14, 2019  –  (Recreational Activities)
  • June 11, 2019  –  (Technology)
  • July 9, 2019  –  (Take aways)



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
 

Picture of a phone and text over purple background describing info in tweet in Spanish. Únase con CDBS y NFADB en sus muy amigables y confidenciales teleconferencias en Español dirigidas a familiares de individuos con sordoceguera.  Además, cada otro mes, estas llamadas tendrán un invitado especial para hablar de temas de interés.  Estas lamadas son cada 2ndo Martes del mes a las 6PM T/9PM ET.

 

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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 2nd Tues at 6PM PT / 9PM 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: http://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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Enter a rewarding and exciting field with great people and many job prospects throughout the country. Find out about the Teacher Preparation Program in Visual Impairments at San Francisco State University.

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