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Update — August 17, 2020


Are you interested or know someone who may be interested in participating in a Spanish-Language online self-study course about deafblindness?

California Deafblind Services is offering a FREE Pilot Spanish-Language Online Self-study course for Families of Children who are Deafblind.

August 26: Orientation session to discuss details and answer questions about OHOA
September: An Overview of Deaf-Blindness and Instructional Strategies
October: The Role of the Intervener in Educational Settings
November: Understanding Communication Principles
Wednesdays September through November: 45-minute discussion sessions.
FREE Spanish-Language Online Course Study
Registration open now!

Please contact Myrna Medina, Family Engagement Specialist


INFORMACION ACTUALIZADA 17 de Agosto del 2020:

¿Esta usted interesado? ¿O conoce a alguien que pueda estar interesado en participar en un curso
de autoaprendizaje en línea sobre sordoceguera?
California Deafblind Services esta ofreciendo un curso de aprendizaje piloto GRATUITO en línea en Español para familias de sordociegos.

¡Ya esta abierta la inscripción para el curso de autoaprendizaje en línea sobre sordoceguera!

El curso utilizara tres módulos de aprendizaje de Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) por
los próximos tres meses (un modulo por mes) con sesiones de discusión semanales
(Miércoles). Lectura y tarea serán en su propio tiempo durante el mes asignado y se
reunirán una vez por semana con el resto del grupo para discutir los temas.

26 de Agosto: Sesión de orientación, preguntas y respuestas sobre OHOA

Septiembre: Una perspectiva general de la cordoceguera y estrategias de instrucción.

Octubre: La función del interventor en el entorno educativo.

Noviembre : Comprensión de los principios de comunicación.

Curso de aprendizaje Gratuito en línea Español

¡Y esta abierta la inscripción!

Please contact Myrna Medina, Family Engagement Specialist at myrnam@sfsu.edu or 323-363-7499

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Our Spring 2020 issue of reSources newsletter is available online!

  • Building Peer Partnerships through Information Provision
  • The Art of Persuasion and What We Can Learn from the World of Sales
  • Confidently Engaging Yourself into Your Community: Lessons from “The Feeling Through Experience”
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder: The Hearing Equivalent of CVI Risk Factors, Features, and Strategies
directly download the pdf of the issue on the newsletter page (link above & in menu on left) or by using this link


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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 Maurice Belote at mbelote@sfsu.edu or leave a voicemail message 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 — April 8, 2020

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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