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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 and 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:

    https://www.instagram.com/californiadeafblindservices
    https://www.facebook.com/California-Deafblind-Services-179838528705916/
    https://twitter.com/CADeafblind



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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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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2019 SoCal Family Workshop

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!

 
Please click on the image below to go to the page for this event and access the notes from Dr. Beth Foster's presentation.
 

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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 in San Jose!!!


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: 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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OHOA  (Open Hands Open Access)

(PAST HOSTED CLASSES — unhosted access to these modules is always available & free online!)

Description of OHOA Courses https://nationaldb.org/ohoa/modules

(1, 3, 6, & 8 available as hosted modules in April)                                                                                                                               


What is OHOA?  
OHOA stands for Open Hands Open Access, which is a series of online modules designed to train paraeducators in effective educational strategies for students with deaf-blindness, but the training can be helpful and informative to any team member or parent.
You can view a welcome video at https://moodle.nationaldb.org

Who should take these modules?   Any and all people working with students who have deaf-blindness: teachers, paraeducators, SLPs, O&M, PT, DHH, VI, Parents, etc.

What will I receive by taking these online modules?   You will gain valuable knowledge on strategies for teaching and working with individuals with deaf-blindness. You will also receive a Professional Development Certificate for each module completed that states the number of hours invested in each course.

How much time will it take?   
It should take no more than 2-3 hours per week of your time.

Can I take both classes at once?   
Please choose either Cohort 1 (Mods 1 & 3) or Cohort 2 (Mods 6 & 7 or 8). Other courses will be hosted later and open-access (unhosted) modules are available to enroll in directly through NCDB anytime.

How do I sign up?  
Email your California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS) contact person (listed below) and let them know the following information:
1)    Your first and last name,    
2)    City and state you live or work in
3)    Your role/position     
4)    Your email address for contact about the online modules.
 

TO ENROLL - Email the information above to one of the CDBS Staff:

Brian Devereux: devereux@sfsu.edu or Julie Maier: jmaier@sfsu.edu

 

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SAVE THE DATES

2016 Junior Blind - Beeper Egg Hunts

  • CENTRAL VALLEY: Saturday March 12 - Rowley Ranch, Visalia

  • BAY AREA: Saturday, March 19 - California School for the Blind, Fremont

https://juniorblind.org/web/index.php/news-events/central-and-northern-california-events/beeper-egg-hunt

 

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SAVE THE DATE
20th Annual Lowenfeld-Akeson Early Years Symposium

(Yes, 20 years! We'll have cake!)

Saturday, January 30, 2016 / 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
California School for the Blind, Fremont

20th Annual Lowenfeld-Akeson Brochure.pdf (822228)
20th Annual Lowenfeld-Akeson Reg Form.pdf (80794)

"Moving On Up: O&M for Young Children with Visual Impairments!"
Speaker: Tanni Anthony, Ph.D.

Dr. Tanni Anthony is the Director of the Access, Learning, and Literacy Team of the Exceptional Student Leadership Unit within the Colorado Department of Education. In this capacity she oversees the work of 14 disability-specific state specialists, including the preschool special education team. She also serves as the State Consultant on Visual Disabilities and the Project Director of the Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss. Dr. Anthony received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver in the area of Child and Family Studies. She is a certified teacher of students with visual impairments, low vision therapist, and orientation and mobility specialist. She has authored several chapters and articles in disability-specific books and journals.

This workshop will focus on early motor and concept development for young children with visual impairments, including children with additional disabilities. Registration materials will be available in mid-November. Dr. Anthony is a wonderfully engaging speaker and you will not want to miss this event.

Symposium Co-Sponsors:
 Blind Babies Foundation (BBF), a Program of Junior Blind; California Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (CAPVI); California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS); California School for the Blind (CSB); Northern California Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCAER).


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Coalition of Parents and Educators Deaf-Blind
In collaboration with
California Deaf-Blind Services

Invite you to the Upcoming COPE D-B
HOLIDAY POTLUCK

Fun, Food, Prizes, Music, Bingo - and time to share with other families and educators

Date: Sunday, December 27, 2015 Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Place: Commerce Senior Center Bristow Park
          1466 South McDonnell Ave.
           Commerce, CA 90040

COPE-DB will provide coffee and soft drinks.

Please bring a dish to share, enough to serve 10-12 people.

Please RSVP ASAP to Myrna @ 951-785-7898/ cell 323 363-7499

This year we will be having a White Elephant Gift Exchange, if you will like to participate, please bring a wrapped $5.00 gift.
No gift, no participate!!!!!

 

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New OHOA  (Open Hands Open Access) Classes starting online in January

Cohorts start Monday, January 11, 2016
PLEASE EMAIL US BY MID-DECEMBER TO ENROLL

Dates: January 11, 2016 – Approx March 28, 2016   

Cost? FREE

Two choices of classes with 2 modules in each class
A)  Modules 3 and 1   or     B)  Modules 6 and 8

CLASS CHOICE A
Module 3- The Role of the Intervener in Educational Settings
Module 1- An Overview of Deaf-Blindness and Instructional Strategies


CLASS CHOICE B
Module 6- Understanding Communication Principles
Module 8- Progressing from Non-Symbolic to Symbolic Communication and Complex Language

Description of OHOA Courses https://nationaldb.org/ohoa/modules

(1, 3, 6, & 8 available as hosted modules in January)                                                                                                                               

 

(Please see directions to sign-up for courses at bottom of this text, you will not be able to access the hosted modules if you try to sign up directly through NCDB site above)




What is OHOA?  
OHOA stands for Open Hands Open Access, which is a series of online modules designed to train paraeducators in effective educational strategies for students with deaf-blindness, but the training can be helpful and informative to any team member or parent.
You can view a welcome video at https://moodle.nationaldb.org

Who should take these modules?   Any and all people working with students who have deaf-blindness: teachers, paraeducators, SLPs, O&M, PT, DHH, VI, Parents, etc.

What will I receive by taking these online modules?   You will gain valuable knowledge on strategies for teaching and working with individuals with deaf-blindness. You will also receive a Professional Development Certificate for each module completed that states the number of hours invested in each course.

How much time will it take?   
It should take no more than 2-3 hours per week of your time.

Can I take both classes at once?   
Please choose either Cohort 1 (Mods 1 & 3) or Cohort 2 (Mods 6 & 7 or 8). Other courses will be hosted later and open-access (unhosted) modules are available to enroll in directly through NCDB anytime.

How do I sign up?  
Email your California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS) contact person (listed below) and let them know the following information:
1)    Your first and last name,    
2)    City and state you live or work in
3)    Your role/position     
4)    Your email address for contact about the online modules.

TO ENROLL - Email the information above to one of the CDBS Staff:

Maurice Belote: mbelote@sfsu.edu,  Brian Devereux: devereux@sfsu.edu,
Julie Maier: jmaier@sfsu.edu,  or Stacy Aguilera: stacya@sfsu.edu

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Reserve Estas Fechas! - Save these Dates!

Próximos Webinars para Familias de Habla Hispana

UPCOMING SPANISH-LANGUAGE WEBINARS for FAMILIES

  • Noviembre 7, 2015 - 3pm ET/12pm PT -  Un paseo por la Tierra de Oz: Las Veinte Mejores Estrategias de los Padres de Familia para Organizar la Vida / A trip to the Land of Oz: Parent’s Top Twenty Strategies for Managing Life 
  • Enero 23, 2016 - 3pm ET/12pm PT -  Comunicación  en la Familia y con Educadores / Communication with family and educators
  • Marzo 12, 2016 - 3pm ET/12pm PT -  Entrenamiento de Liderazgo, Es usted un Líder? / Leadership, Are you a Leader?
  • Mayo 14, 2016 - 3pm ET/12pm PT -  Planteamiento Personal del Futuro / Personal Future Planning
  • Septiembre 24,  2016 - 3pm ET/12pm PT -  Equipos Colaborativos entre Padres y Educadores / Parent/Professional Collaborative Teams

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