Extraordinary Awards for an Extraordinary Student

The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) congratulates one of its 2020 graduates, Taode Ogden, for his high academic achievements during his tenure at VSDB!  During Taode’s  last two years at VSDB, in addition to his classes at VSDB, he also attended the regional Governor’s School for part of the day, where he excelled in his studies. Taode earned three additional academic seals for his hard work:
  • The Board of Education Seal
  • The Board of Education’s Seal for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • The Board of Education’s Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology.  

Taode has been accepted and plans to attend the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, New York.  Taode, best wishes and good luck!  VSDB is proud of YOU!

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Expanded Core Curriculum – Learning for Life!

Join us for a webinar –

Expanded Core Curriculum – Learning for Life!

for families of children with blindness or vision impairment, birth through elementary school

June 25, 2020, 4:00 – 5:15 pm

Register now at:    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7809095926273153805

(you may have to cut and paste this into your browser)

Registration deadline is noon, June 22, 2020. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Join us as we explore the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC).  Learn how your family can start early in sharing concepts and skills from the ECC with your children throughout normal, daily activities!

Some of the areas uniquely affected by impaired vision and included in the ECC are:

  • Sensory Efficiency: Using all senses to access information in an efficient manner;
  • Orientation & Mobility: Navigating independently and safely by knowing one’s position relative to other people, objects and places;
  • Social Interaction: Learning how to behave in social situations without the benefit of non-verbal cues;
  • Recreation & Leisure: Participating in physical activity and learning how to plan for and incorporate social and leisure time in one’s schedule; and
  • Independent Living: Taking care of oneself as independently as possible.

Target Audience:  Parents of children with blindness or vision impairments and professionals.  The focus is on children from birth through elementary school, but all are welcome.

This webinar is sponsored by Education Services of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired and Outreach Services of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

We hope you can join us!

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Resources for Educators Working Toward Continuity of Learning: Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

April 29, 2020

1:00 – 2:30

Supported by the VA Department of Education, the VA Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness, and VSDB Outreach Services

Please Register for this Webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2471477145755374091

(if needed, copy and paste in browser)  Deadline for registration is 10 am, Tuesday, Ap. 27, 2020.

PRESENTERS:        Wanda Council, Virginia Department of Education,

Ira Padhye, VA Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness, and

Debbie Pfeiffer, VSDB Outreach Services

OBJECTIVES:         To share information and resources that may be useful during this extraordinary time when educators are working from home and serving children and families who are in their homes.  1.5 contact hours of participation

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Educators and related service providers working with children, ages birth through grade 12, who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Registrants will see a confirmation as soon as they submit their registration, and will later receive an email from Global Gotowebinar with connection information.

VSDB Outreach Services are funded through a grant from the Virginia Department of Education.  Questions regarding this webinar should be directed to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at Debbie.Pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us

We hope you can join us! 

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Working Toward Continuity of Learning: Children with Blindness or Visual Impairment

Join us for a webinar!

Resources for Educators Working Toward Continuity of Learning:

Children with Blindness or Visual Impairment

 April 16th, 2020

3:00 – 4:30

 hosted by the VI Consortium, GMU

PRESENTERS:        Wanda Council, Virginia Department of Education;

Kim Avila, VI Consortium, GMU;

Caren Phipps, Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired; and

Debbie Pfeiffer, VSDB Outreach Services

Please Register for this Webinar at: https://forms.gle/eKUR2gQWXjAeVWFZ6

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OBJECTIVES:         To share information and resources that may be useful during this extraordinary time when teachers are working from home and serving children and families who are in their homes.  1.5 hours of participation CEUs

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Educators and related service providers working with children, ages birth through grade 12, with blindness or visual impairment.

Registrants will receive an email confirmation on April 16 with connection information for joining the webinar.

 This Webinar is sponsored by the VI Consortium at GMU; the VA Department of Education, the VA Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, and VSDB Outreach Services.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at Debbie.Pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us

We hope you can join us! 

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Passing of VSDB’s Former Superintendent

It is with great sadness that we share of the passing of VSDB former Superintendent, Sheldon Melton (1978-1991). Superintendent Melton was instrumental in VSDB’s 175th Anniversary, assisting in the opening of the time capsule that had been buried in front of Main Hall. He spoke at that time of his goal of trying to get the students home more often and shared a story of putting a toy “ET” doll in the time capsule to represent his efforts for the students to “go home” more often.

Superintendent Melton was a leader who is remembered fondly by VSDB for his dedication and commitment to the students, families, staff, and to the mission of VSDB. Please see the link below for visitation and funeral information. The visitation will be this Sunday from 2-4:00pm at Henry Funeral Home and the funeral will be Monday at 1:00pm.

https://www.henryfuneralhome.net/m/…/Sheldon-Melton/Memories

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Serve and Return Interactions: Serving Children with Hearing Loss

VSDB Outreach Services’ Wednesday Webinar Series presents

 Serve and Return Interactions: Serving Children with Hearing Loss

 March 18th, 2020

4:00 – 5:00

Please Register for this Webinar at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6667315770668017922  (if needed, copy and paste in browser)

 

BACKGROUND: Serve and Return interactions shape the development of a child’s brain. This session examines the research base underlying “serve and return” interactions, and is aimed at improving participants’ understanding of the impact of environment on development. Participants will learn strategies for “serve and return” to coach parents, help teachers, and use themselves in making interactions more meaningful and engaging for children with hearing loss.

 TARGET AUDIENCE:  Teachers of children who are deaf/hard of hearing, early intervention providers, early childhood educators, speech-language pathologists, regular education teachers serving, and others working to encourage language development in children with hearing loss.

PRESENTERS:

Judy Alonzi, MEd, is a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (TDHH) and Developmental Specialist in Early Intervention. She has worked at a school for the Deaf in Mississippi, and has extensive experience working in preschool – high school as a self-contained and itinerant teacher for children who use ASL as well as oral communication. She has also worked as an educational interpreter in the elementary and middle schools. Mrs. Alonzi currently serves on the Virginia EHDI Advisory Board, and is very active in legislative efforts in Virginia to help families of children with hearing loss.

Alison R. King, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Longwood University. Dr. King has worked in early intervention and the public schools as both an SLP and TDHH. She worked for 6 years on the cochlear implant team at VCU. Dr. King currently serves on the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and the Board of Health Professions.

This Webinar is sponsored by Outreach Services, Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at Debbie.Pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with connection information for joining the webinar.

We hope you can join us!  Debbie

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NEW! Online Self-Paced Tutorials from Perkins for Individuals

       Register now for Course 4, Spring, 2020

NEW! Online Self-Paced Tutorials from Perkins for Individuals  

Working with Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

VSDB Outreach Services purchased access to seven online, self-paced tutorials (90 minutes to 10 weeks) and we are making them available this semester free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are blind or visually impaired.* Registration has ended for 7 of the courses; registration below is for the 4th (and last) course offered this semester. These courses were developed at the Perkins School for the Blind.  Those registering before the given deadline will be sent a code that will allow access for the specified period of time, to complete that tutorial at their convenience, 24/7.  At the end of that tutorial, each participant will choose from “ACVREP” (includes their logo), “Continuing Education,” or “Professional Development.” Registration is now open for course #4 !

REGISTER NOW for Course #4:   Functional Assessment        (1.5 Credits)

https://forms.gle/iYCG18nPRmL281Az5  (if clicking does not bring you to the registration, cut and paste the URL address into your browser)

Registration for this course with VSDB Outreach ends at noon, Feb. 26, 2020. Course access is Feb. 27 – Ap. 10, 2020.

 

Course Description:  Functional Assessment. This tutorial addresses functional skills for independent living, through developmentally appropriate goals and activities that offer opportunities to practice such skills within the learning environment. Participants will earn 1.5 Professional Development Points, ACVREP, CTLE, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz.

Target Audience: This is a web-based, self-guided professional development activity for TVIs, O&Ms, Parents, Teachers of Students with Deaf-Blindness or with visual impairment and additional challenges, and Rehabilitation Specialists.

After the registration period ends, you will receive a voucher (coupon) code, and can then take the course at your convenience from any location, within the time period allotted.

*If you do not need credit or certificates of completion toward licensure, these courses can be accessed for free through Perkins without going through VSDB Outreach Services.

 

We hope you can join us!   Debbie

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