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Assistive Technology

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April 13, 2022 | Discovering the Joys of Assistive Technology Making: A Hands-On "AT Makers" Workshop

This is a hands-on workshop co-sponsored by the Indiana Deaf-Blind Services Project and the PASS Project.  Our presenter will be Therese Willkomm, PhD, the director of New Hampshire's State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). This workshop will discuss, demonstrate and actually build skills in AT Making.  Participants will learn the latest in quick tips for working with everyday plastics, double-sided tapes, hook and loop, multipurpose fasteners and more for making solutions for students with multiple disabilities. Participants will receive $50.00 in supplies to make devices with, as well as Dr. Willkomm's newest book.

 

Family Events

 

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 April 20, 2022 - May 4, 2022 | Marvin's Farm Adventure Story Time

We have a great NEW opportunity for families of children who have combined vision and hearing loss. And it’s free! On Wednesdays, from April 20th - May 4th, you and your child can be a part of an online Family Story Time! Each of the story time sessions will include 45-minutes of story and songs, followed by a 15-minute craft session.  You will be sent all the supplies needed to participate in the story time craft, as well as a Marvin doll if you do not already have one from participating in a previous Marvin Storytime. Families who register by the deadline will receive an Indiana Deaf-Blind Families Together T-Shirt to wear during story time for free! Register at https://tinyurl.com/spring2022farmstorytime. Registration closes April 1, 2022. Please plan on joining us for Marvin's Farm Adventure Story Time!

 

Communication 

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Cortical Visual Impairment

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May 2, 2022 - June 6, 2022 | Assessment of Students with CVI: Reliable Scoring of The CVI Range

This course will provide an overview and additional practice in reliably scoring The CVI Range. Participants will need to have completed the introductory course on CVI prior to signing up for this course. The CVI Range is a functional vision assessment for children with cortical visual impairment (CVI) that determines the degree of effect of the visual and behavioral characteristics associated with CVI. Course participants will be provided with information about assessment materials and procedures, and will be provided with multiple opportunities to score The CVI Range. Participants will learn how to reliably score both sections of The CVI Range, i.e., Across-CVI Characteristics Assessment Method and Within-CVI Characteristics Assessment Method. Instruction will be focused on assessment for children in all three Phases of CVI.

All course fees will be paid by the Indiana Deaf-Blind Services Project AND the project will provide all participants, who do not already have it, with the required course text:  Roman Lantzy, C. A. (2018) Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention. New York: American Foundation for the Blind.

 

Early Intervention/Early Childhood

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Literacy

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Transition

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 January 25, 2022 - April 26, 2022 | Transition Planning Virtual Education Series with Gordon Homes

This is a virtual training series on transition planning by financial advisor and special care planner, Gordon Homes. There will be one workshop per month from January through April. These workshops focus on how families can overcome the legal, governmental and financial obstacles when planning for their child with special needs. The topics covered include: Medicaid, Waivers, Social Security, ABLE accounts, Special Needs Trusts, Letter of Intent, and importance of a Will.