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Gloria: Great TED Lecture--Build a School in the Cloud--by Sugata Mitra on a different approach to education.

05/29/2013 10:15
This talk highlighted some of the practices that we have been already been thinking about for some time in working with students with deaf-blindness. Here are some of the highlights: 1) Children learning together. In Mr. Mitra’s presentation, we see videos of children teaching each other,...

Gloria: Less is More

04/03/2013 12:53
Over the past few months, I have found myself thinking of the phrase “less is more,” especially when I provide technical assistance for students who are deaf-blind in school and at home.  “Less is more” is a concept used in many fields like architecture, music and economics, but I believe it...

Gloria: A Couple of Tips for Using the iPad: Keyguards and Locking the iPad Cover

02/11/2013 12:46
Last Saturday Cristi Saylor and I presented at the Lowenfeld-Ackeson Symposium on the use of the iPad and apps with young children with sensory impairments and additional disabilities. As on many other occasions when we have presented on this topic many people in the audience shared their tips as...

David Brown's new webinar

01/18/2013 13:52
David's informative webinar on Vision Issues and People with CHARGE Syndrome has just been posted on the Perkins website:

Gloria: Long Distance Technology and Biscotti

01/14/2013 11:05
California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS) has been providing technical assistance throughout the state for over two decades.  Given our small staff size and the large area we have to cover, we are always looking for new ways to maximize our resources and increase our effectiveness.  Recently...

Gloria: More on Using the Ipad as an Assessment Tool

11/08/2012 13:50
This blog is a follow-up to my previous one about using the iPad for informal assessments with young children with multiple disabilities. Here I would like to describe in more detail the different behaviors that can be assessed formally or informally when using the iPad. Last week I attended a...

Gloria: The Ipad as an Informal Assessment Tool

10/29/2012 13:57
As an educational specialist I make school and home visits to provide technical assistance to families and service providers.  On many recent home visits I have brought along the iPad to help me get a better idea of the child's interests and needs. I have found the iPad is a great informal...

Gloria: Deaf-Blind Virtual Community

08/21/2012 13:19
In my last article “Beyond the Classroom and Into the School Community” I emphasized the need of viewing the school as much more than what is offered within the walls of each classroom and the limits of each role. Instead, it should be seen as a community where everyone supports the sense of...

Gloria: A Flexible Approach

06/07/2012 11:58
Recently I had the opportunity to observe an interesting session of a ten-year-old student with CHARGE Syndrome working at home with her speech and language therapist (SLT) and occupational therapist (OT). The purpose of this blog is to describe aspects of the session that reveal the therapists’...

Gloria: Planning for Transitions

05/22/2012 09:47
For students who are deaf-blind, transitions are as important as the activities themselves. This may be difficult to understand for those who work with this population and for their friends and family because typically we tend to focus on the activity that we want to do with them and less on how...