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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

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

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

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

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

Description of OHOA Courses

(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

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:,  Brian Devereux:,
Julie Maier:,  or Stacy Aguilera:

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  • 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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