Woman at desk with computerWeekly Training Activities 2020

CDBS will provide weekly mini-training activities for California families and educational teams via the Zoom platform on issues specific to distance learning during the pandemic. Training activities are planned for Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 – 4:15 PM (Pacific Standard Time) and will run from mid-September through the first week of December. Each training will be recorded and made available on the CDBS website. Please see below for more details and links to trainings and recordings.

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Training activities for California families and educational teams

will begin September 22nd, 2020, and run on

Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 – 4:15 PM (Pacific Standard Time)


To get the meeting link to any of the the online activities,

please use the link below to enter your email address for the link to be sent to.

LINK to CDBS Tuesday Mini Trainings for CA


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



3:30 to 4:15 PM PT


(9/22) Learning from home during COVID: Let's start with routines
Participation in activities within daily home routine provides meaningful opportunities for individuals who are deafblind to learn new skills and concepts, including those included in student's IEP goals. We'll highlight ways families and educators can identify and prioritize potential home routines and activities and create meaningful, family-friendly instructional plans and guides to support this instruction.

Materials from this training: https://bit.ly/CDBS_Routines_Training_Resources

(9/29) What's happening today? Using object cues and calendar during distance learning
Whether learning at school or home it's important provide add structure and order and teach calendar-related concepts. You'll learn how to use object cues and easy-to-make calendar systems teach valuable both communication skills and concepts related to time and specific daily and weekly activities.

Because the video of Chris and Ray used during part of the presentation was missing captions, here is the link to a version with captions included:  https://youtu.be/Jrb7cfz_y1o

Materials from this training: https://bit.ly/CDBS_Training_Calendars_2020_Handout

(10/06) Assessment made simple in the time of COVID
Four basic questions, using just 16 words, will change the way you think about assessment. We’ll give you an easy way to determine your child's/student’s strengths and interests.


(10/13)   Behavior in the time of COVID
We’ll share a model of behavior assessment that focuses as much on you as it does on the child/student. It may give you a new perspective on what’s really important and what you can let go of.



(10/20)   Conversations to promote interactions
Connecting with children a build trusting relationships will open the door to meaningful interactions. These interactions will help children engage in fun learning activities, lessen isolation and feel part of a group.

Conversations to promote Interactions materials


(10/27)   Parent Panel
Parents will share with the group in an open and honest discussion of what has or hasn’t worked with virtual learning, how they are adapting to the new normal of distance learning, and experiences working through obstacles and added limitations to the instruction process.


(11/10)   Making Literacy Personal with Experience Books
Experience books are personalized books that use objects that are relevant to an individual to generate interest, promote concept-building, and provide opportunities for meaningful conversation.  We'll share examples of experience books and show you how to create and use experience books.

PowerPoint Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uUd30qPfV0yIaQVCU-sPj2enAVRC4Klh/view?usp=sharing

Resource List: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cQS0gr-IXy8_SwlJaNYaXbIXriAyg-qO/view?usp=sharing


(11/17)   Making Your Own Modifications and Accommodations while Virtual Learning
We will explain the difference between modifications and accommodations and how you can implement them during this time of COVID and virtual learning. We will share examples and give you tips on how to gain access to virtual lessons for your learner.

PDF of Presentation: Modifications and Accommodations



(11/24 NO ACTIVITIES TODAY — this Tuesday has no training planned)  


(12/01)   Promoting literacy skills building at home
All children, including those with emerging communication skills, can engage and find enjoyment in daily literacy activities with other family members. Come learn about ways to promote literacy and communication skills through participation in a variety of daily shared activities using engaging materials.

Promoting Literacy Resources (Word Document Format)
Resource Handout_Promoting Literacy at Home.docx


(12/08)   How to maintain social connections
During this time of COVID, social interactions are hard for everyone, and especially difficult for children who are deafblind.  Parents of children with deafblindness will share strategies they use to promote social interactions between peers and family members.



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