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Gloria: New Apps and Resources for iPad

04/10/2012 09:30
The use of the iPad is growing and the more we explore its use the more we find new, fun, and interesting apps (applications) and resources. I just had the opportunity to do a training for the Blind Childrens Center in Los Angeles, California about the iPad and its use for young children.  I...

Gloria: Apps and Resources for Young Children with Special Needs

03/06/2012 12:11
Cristi Saylor (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Itinerant teacher from the San Diego County Office of Education) and I attended the Cal Ed 2012 Conference this past weekend. Our presentation--Insights on Using the iPad for Students with Special Needs--was based on our experiences working with students...

Gloria: Jan van Dijk and Tapping into the Emotional Brain

02/07/2012 13:21
The second day of Jan van Dijk's presentation was about the critical role the emotional brain ought to have in our assessments and interventions. He discussed how our senses not only make us think about information (the cognitive element about perception processed mainly in the cortex) but also...

Gloria: Jan van Dijk's Child-Centered Assessment

02/06/2012 15:02
Jan van Dijk presented at the 16th Annual Lowenfeld-Akeson Early Years Symposium on his assessment approach with children with multiple disabilities. He has been working on this approach for years, and has been collaborating with Dr. Cathy Nelson from Utah State University to systematize it so...

Julie: CDBS has moved

01/18/2012 14:57
CDBS has moved a few blocks north onto the main San Francisco State University campus.  All phone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same.  Please visit our Contact our Team page for directions and more information.  Our new mailing address is below in the...

Gloria: Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Durango, Mexico

12/09/2011 11:05
Last week in Durango, Mexico (see map below) I was invited by the Department of Special Education of the Secretary of Education of that state to be a speaker at their celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Here is a link that explains this...

Gloria: The iPad and Apps for Children with CVI

11/07/2011 08:44
I had the opportunity to go to Junior Blind of America's professional development day and listen to Muriel Saunders, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor at the University of Kansas. She talked about her observations in working with several babies and toddlers with CVI, especially their positive...

Gloria: "We Can Do It" video

10/25/2011 15:29
Our former colleague Jackie Kenley sent us this fabulous video called “We Can Do It!” on the work the Arc of San Francisco does with adults with developmental disabilities. Her daughter, Laura, who is deaf-blind, is one of the featured adults in the video. The video gives some examples of their...

Gloria: Ideas and Resources On Ways to Raise Funds for an iPad

10/14/2011 09:13
Liz Lemmon, one of the students from our partnership  program with San Francisco State University, passed me these useful links that provide ideas on how to raise funds to get an iPad for children with special needs. Good luck if you are one of those people who are in this...

Julie: New website about interveners

09/19/2011 14:54
FYI: is a website that focusses solely on intervener skills, responsibilities, and training.  And don't forget our tutorial OLITI which is a great introduction to the field.