Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) intervener training initiative - online course starting on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - SIGN-UP by May 19 *
Greetings from California Deaf-Blind Services. This is an open invitation to those of you who may be interested in taking time to learn more about deaf-blindness and intervener training.
This will be an online course covering four modules or areas of focus. We will run the class in the order listed below. (Please note that we will start with Module 3 and then go on to 1, 2, and 4.)
- Module 3: The Role of Interveners in Educational Settings
- Module 1: An Overview of Deaf-Blindness and Instructional Strategies
- Module 2: The Sensory System, The Brain, and Learning
- Module 4: Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image
There is not an assigned class "meeting" time online so you can work around your own schedule, but we do anticipate the class to take a time commitment of approximately 60-90 minutes of time per week for learning or completing class assignments.
We would like to start the 2015 Spring/Summer cohort on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 with the Welcome and Orientation Module. An important feature of the OHOA modules is that participation is asynchronous, meaning that there isn't a set day and time when everyone works together. You are free to log into OHOA and work whenever you have the time. We do ask, however, that participants work at approximately the same pace through each module so that you can interact online with other participants about what you are learning and experiencing.
Participation in OHOA is provided at no cost. However, we do offer university units through the University of Montana and the cost for one to four units is approximately $135. We offer one unit per module. Registering for university credit is optional. All participants will receive a certificate of completion for each module that is successfully completed, regardless of whether or not you choose to register for university credit.
Each module takes between about 4-5 weeks to complete so we expect this cohort to run until approximately September 30, 2015. We will spend about one month on each module, so the time commitment is about 60-90 minutes each week. Staff of California Deaf-Blind Services will provide coaching, either onsite or via distance technology, to support participants who successfully complete the first two modules of the series.
We think you'll find OHOA to be interesting, interactive, and relevant to the work you do, whether you are a paraeducator, teacher/specialist, family member, or someone just interested in learning more about deaf-blindness.
Please note that on the National Deaf-Blind Center website, universal versions of these OHOA modules are always available to anyone who is interested. If you would prefer to work at a different pace or skip around the first eight OHOA modules currently available, you can register with the National Center on Deaf-Blindness instead of joining our cohort. The benefit of joining us in this more-structured cohort or class is that because you will be studying the same modules in the same timeframe as others in the cohort, there will be more ability for discussion. At the end of our cohort, you will be awarded a certificate showing completion and the hours of coursework this represents, and there is the option of taking for university credit (see above).
If you want to join the California Spring/Summer 2015 cohort, please do not register with the National Center on Deaf-Blindness. Doing this will put you in the wrong modules. If you want to register for our cohort, please use our polldaddy signup link http://cdbs.polldaddy.com/s/ohoa2015signup to give the following information:
- First name
- Last name
- City where you live or work
- Your email address
- Your role (paraeducator, teacher, parent, etc.)
We will need this information by Tuesday, May 19th.
Each person who is registering for our Spring/Summer cohort must send a separate email or message. We do not have the authority to accept group registrations or accept sign-ups from 3rd parties (you can enroll for yourself, but not for someone else please - just share the information and they can enroll themselves too).
If you have any questions or need more information, please message anytime. We are happy to provide any information you or your program needs. You can also get information about OHOA, which includes an informational video, on the website of the National Center on Deaf-Blindness: https://n ationaldb.org/
ENROLL by entering needed information (listed above) at: