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)  (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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Where the Wild Things Are!

March 14, 2020, 10:00 – 1:30

Sponsored by VSDB Outreach Services and the Wildlife Center of Virginia in collaboration with VA Department of the Blind and Vision Impaired, VA Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness, VA Hands & Voices, and the Center for Family Involvement


Join us as the Wildlife Center of Virginia showcases some of their rescued animals, while teaching us about mammals, birds, and reptiles!  Related fun, educational activities will precede the show, and lunch for all will follow.  This activity is open to students ages 4 through 18 who are deaf, hard of hearing,  vision impaired, blind, or deaf-blind and their immediate family members.

Please complete the registration form (linked) and submit it to register your child and family for “Where the Wild Things Are”, March 14, 2020.   The deadline for registration is Monday, Mar. 2, 2020.  All attendees must register in advance.

To REGISTER, go to:

This event will be held in Staunton, VA, at VSDB and limited to the first 20 students and their family members who are registered (maximum of 4 total family members, including student). Emails will be sent on or before Mar. 5 to let those who register know if they have been confirmed for the event, or if they will be on a waiting list. The deadline for receiving registrations is Monday, Mar.2, 2020. 

Questions should be sent to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at or call 540-414-5249.  Thanks!  We hope you can join us!



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Life Beyond High School, Early Planning = Successful Transitioning

VSDB Outreach Services presents:

Life Beyond High School

Early Planning = Successful Transitioning

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Join us as representatives from the Virginia Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) provide an overview of services they can offer to students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind.  DRS collaborates with high school students with disabilities, their families, schools and community service providers to support transition beginning at age 14.


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


TARGET AUDIENCE:  Teachers, related service providers, job coaches, transition specialists and all currently or preparing to work with students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or DeafBlind, and family members of students with hearing loss or dual sensory impairment.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE:  Participants who complete the follow-up survey will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1 hour.

PRESENTERS:   Mary Nunnally is the Statewide Program Manager for DRS’ Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services.  Mary is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and received her B.S.W. in Social Work and M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed the Virginia Collaborative Leaders Program through the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Traci Branch
is the Statewide Pre-Employment and Transition Counselor/Consultant for DRS’ Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services.  Traci is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and received her B. A. in Social Work from Gallaudet University, M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Graduate Certificate in Traumatic Brain Injury/Special Education from George Washington University.

Note:  You may also be aware of DRS being referred to as “DARS”, which is a division of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.  DARS is a statewide agency that has various divisions, with its mission to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.

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

We hope you can join us!      Debbie

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