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Families of children with deafblindness — please BRING THE FAMILY & JOIN CDBS on August 27, 2022 (from 11am — 3pm) at our Southern California Families Potluck Picnic! This will be at El Dorado Frontier Amusement Park in Long Beach: 7550 E. Spring St.
Meet the CDBS staff and enjoy the rides at El Dorado Frontier
General Admission is covered, but families are responsible for the parking fee of $ 8.00

This will be a potluck, please bring a dish to share.

To RSVP please use the link: https://sfsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Ao621cBKKBbjaS

Questions? Please contact Myrna Medina at:  323-363-7499  or email at myrnam@sfsu.edu



(Northern California Families — details on our next NorCal picnic to come soon!)


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NEW 2022 Family Training

Webinar Series

California FAMILIES Register Online



Apr 27


5PM to 6:30 PM

Family Social: Facilitated by Myrna Medina
(Family Engagement Specialist for California Deafblind Services)
Thank you for joining us!

May 25


5PM to 6:30 PM

Availability for Learning: Understanding a Child’s Biobehavioral States. Presenter: David Brown, former CDBS Educational Specialist Thank you for joining us!

June 22


5PM to 6:30 PM

Learning from Siblings: A Panel Discussion.
Facilitated by Janice Goldhaber, MFT
(Marriage and Family Therapist, Consultant to Partners For Pediatric Vision)
Thank you for joining us!

July 27


5PM to 6:30 PM

Transition Planning Using a Person-Centered Process.
Presenter: Maurice Belote, former CDBS Project Coordinator
to register online

Aug 24


 5PM to 6:30 PM

Virtual Stories: Sharing the Story of Your Child and Family with Educators. Presenter Donna Carpenter, Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project CLICK HERE
to register online

Sept 28


5PM to 6:30 PM

Active Learning: Principles and How to Encourage Active Learning for Your Child. Presenter: Patty Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R., Assistant Director, Penrickton Center for Blind Children CLICK HERE
to register online


Thank you for your interest! The webinars for families will be one hour (5-6 PM) with up to 30 minutes afterwards for Q&A / Discussion.
Captioning, Spanish language, and ASL interpretation will be provided.

Please note that you do need to register for each webinar in the series separately and each will have a unique link to access it online.

— Questions? Please email Myrna Medina at: myrnam@sfsu.edu

or Julie Maier at: jmaier@sfsu.edu


Want to share this information with other California Families?

Download PDF with links — Click Here

¿Quiere compartir esta información con otras familias de California?

Descargar PDF con enlaces - Haga clic aquí


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THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our weekly training series on Tuesdays Sept — Dec 2020 and the 2nd series from Feb 9th — April 27th!


Please visit the Weekly Training Activities page for links to recordings of the weekly training activities we did for 2020-2021.



LINK to CDBS Tuesday Mini Trainings for CA


For more information, please contact any member of our CDBS team:



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Looking for Training Activities During School Closures?

High Quality Professional Development Available at No Cost!

Attention paraeducators, administrators and other educational service providers: During this unprecedented time of California school closures, CDBS reminds you that the Open Hands Open Access intervener training modules are available for self-paced, customized professional development. While designed for intervener training, the Open Hands Open Access modules are also being used by teachers, related service personnel, family members, and university-based teacher training programs.

There are 26 web-based Open Hands Open Access modules grouped into five categories:


Impact of Deafblindness on Learning

  • An Overview of Deaf-Blindness and Instructional Strategies
  • The Sensory System, the Brain, and Learning
  • Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image
  • Availability for Learning
  • Concept Development and Responsive Environments
  • Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for Interveners
  • Touch for Connecting and Learning



  • Understanding Communication Principles
  • Emergent Communication
  • Progressing from Non-Symbolic to Symbolic Communication and Complex Language
  • Touch for Connection and Communication
  • An Introduction to Sign Language and Braille


Promoting Learning

  • Routines for Participation and Learning
  • Calendars
  • Intervener Strategies
  • Social Skills and Peer Relationships
  • Maximizing Vision and Hearing
  • Accessing the Curriculum and Environment
  • Behavior and Environmental Supports
  • Orientation and Mobility in Everyday Routines


Preparing for Adult Life

  • Self-Determination
  • Transition to Adulthood and Community Living
  • Sexuality



  • The Role of the Intervener in Educational Settings
  • Collaborative Teaming and Family Partnerships
  • Values, Ethics and Professionalism


To access Open Hands Open Access, go to: https://www.nationaldb.org/products/modules/ohoa/


For more information, contact CDBS Project Coordinator Julie Maier at   jmaier@sfsu.edu   or leave a voicemail at 415-405-7558.

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New area for online resources and ideas!

Check out our Wakelet page - this will be a quick way to find online resources about deafblindness, education, physical education, & more.



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UPDATE — Aug 2, 2021

San Francisco State University (SFSU) and California Deafblind Services (CDBS) collaborate to provide a university-based intervener training program to prepare paraeducators to effectively serve learners who are deafblind. Interveners are paraeducators with specialized knowledge and skills in deafblindness. Trained interveners allow school districts and agencies to effectively meet the unique individualized support needs of students who benefit from intervention services.
For more information, visit the Intervener Training Program section of our website:
And the information / registration area for the course on the San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning (SFSU CEL) site:


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Logo: Ideas that Work - US Office of Special Education ProgramThe contents of this website were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H326T180015. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.  Project Officer, Susan Weigert.

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