Milestone for graduate following health battles

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LEAD Mongolia Visits VSDB

Leaders Advancing Democracy (LEAD) Mongolia is a program that has driven remarkable change in Mongolia. LEAD fellows, the country’s most promising leaders, visit the U.S. as part of their leadership training and skills. Recently a group of LEAD fellows visited Staunton and the VSDB campus. Read all about it on the World Learning medium.com website.

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Pinocchio! Virginia Voice, Virginia Repertory Theater; Register now!

A theater event co-sponsored by VSDB Outreach Services and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Pinocchio! in Richmond, Virginia

When?     Sunday, April 7, 2019,  11:30 am – 2:45 pm

Who?       For students grades 1 through 12 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired from any school in Virginia. Students must be accompanied by at least one parent/adult guardian from 11:30 – 2:45, and are welcome to bring up to three family members (for a maximum of 4 people total attending per family).

What?      View the play, “Pinocchio” with pre- and post-show sessions, and meet students from other school divisions who are also blind/vi or deaf/hh. Special features:  Audio description provided by Virginia Voice and ASL interpreters will make the play accessible to all; students will have the opportunity to explore the stage before the play, and ask actors questions after.

Cost?          Event and lunch provided free for all registrants who have been confirmed to attend.

Where?   The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn in “The Shops at Willow Lawn,” 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, VA  23230 (near Osh Kosh and Carters, see http://va-rep.org/ct_directions.html ). Parking is free in front of the Shops.

How Do We Register? Complete registration form at:  https://goo.gl/forms/0UxE0KfzjfGMWAw22 (click on the link or you may need to cut and paste it into your browser line).  Deadline for registering is Mar. 21, 2019.  Registration does not guarantee attendance; emails will be sent Mar. 22 letting you know if you are confirmed or on a wait list.

Thanks to Virginia Hands & Voices and to VAAPVI for their support!

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.

More specific details will be sent to registrants as the date of the event approaches. We hope to see you there!

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Spring 2019 Short Courses Through VSDB Outreach

VSDB Outreach Services presents

Online Short Courses from CID  for Individuals  Working with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

VSDB Outreach Services purchased access to four online, self-paced short courses (30 – 60 minutes each), and is making them available free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.* These courses were developed at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID).  Those who register before the given deadline for each will be sent a code that will allow access at no charge for approximately one month (dates are specified) to take that course at their convenience, 24/7.  At the end of that course, each participant must complete an assessment, a course evaluation, and a questionnaire, and will then be able to request .05 ASHA CEUs or .5 LSLS CEUs and/or a certificate of completion. People may take as many or few courses as they choose.

 

Name of CourseRegistration with VSDB OutreachDates when course is available through CID:
Pediatric Audiology: The Basics1/8/16 – 1/15/181/17/19 – 2/17/19
Because it was so popular last year… Developing IEP Goals for Students with Hearing Loss: Speech, Language and Auditory Development2/12/18-2/18/182/20/19 – 3/20/19

A brief description of the short course being offered next by VSDB Outreach Services follows:

Developing IEP Goals for Students with Hearing Loss: Speech, Language and Auditory Development

This half-hour, interactive course takes you through the process of writing IEP goals using SMART criteria for children with hearing loss. (SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Relevant, Realistic and Time-bound). The course explores example goals and benchmarks for children of various ages from 3 to 12 years. It ends with a case study challenging you to apply what you have learned.

*If you do not need ASHA or LSLS credit or certificates of completion toward licensure, these courses may be accessed for free through CID without going through Outreach Services.

We hope you can join us!   Debbie

NOTE:   Many of you completed coursework from CID through VSDB Outreach last school year that used the CID SPICE KIT as a tool for evaluation and remediation.  A SPICE Kit purchased by Outreach Services has been placed in each of the following TTAC Lending Libraries for Virginia educators to borrow, free of charge.  Contact information for each of these TTAC Lending Libraries follows:

George Mason University –    http://kihd.gmu.edu/library/

James Madison University –    http://www.ttacjmu.org/lending-library/

Virginia Commonwealth University –     http://www.ttac.vcu.edu/library/

Old Dominion University –     http://ttac.odu.edu/services/library/

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  –  http://www.ttac.vt.edu/Library/Library_GC.html

VSDB Outreach Services are available through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.

 

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

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Register now: Pediatric Audiology — The Basics

VSDB Outreach Services presents

Online Short Courses from CID  for Individuals  Working with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

VSDB Outreach Services purchased access to four online, self-paced short courses (30 – 60 minutes each), and is making them available free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.* These courses were developed at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID).  Those who register before the given deadline for each will be sent a code that will allow access at no charge for approximately one month (dates are specified) to take that course at their convenience, 24/7.  At the end of that course, each participant must complete an assessment, a course evaluation, and a questionnaire, and will then be able to request .05 ASHA CEUs or .5 LSLS CEUs and/or a certificate of completion. People may take as many or few courses as they choose.

REGISTER NOW for 2018-2019 Course #3,  Pediatric Audiology:  The Basics

https://goo.gl/forms/SbtYept4xi0jlPj23

Registration with VSDB Outreach for this course ends at 4:00 pm, Jan. 15, 2019. Course access is Jan. 17–Feb. 17, 2019.

Pediatric Audiology:  The Basics

Understanding the communication needs of a student with hearing loss starts with a basic knowledge of what he can and cannot hear.  This 38 minute course is a stand-alone audiology primer, essential for early intervention providers, teachers, pediatric speech-language pathologists and others who work on the educational team of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.  This short course covers how the ear works, how to read an audiogram, the kinds of testing used to measure hearing levels of children of different ages, hearing devices, and more.

Target Audience: Early intervention providers, educators (especially teachers, speech-language pathologists, instructional assistants) who work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and family members.

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

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Conducting Learning Media Assessments

VA Dept. of Education and VSDB Outreach Services present a live training,

Conducting Learning Media Assessments:  The Essential Groundwork for All Learning for students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities

Presenter:  Tom Miller, M.S.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 9:00 – 4:00

VA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Richmond, VA

Please register for this training at:

The deadline for registering is 1:00 pm, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

Training Description: Results obtained from a quality Learning Media Assessment (LMA) lay the groundwork for all subsequent teaching and learning when it comes to students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.  Tom Miller will review the importance of conducting LMAs, share best practice and strategies, and provide opportunities for participants to utilize forms from various assessments.   Training methods will include lecture with power point, videos, case scenarios, simulated testing, discussion, and other interactive activities.  This training is free of charge; lunch will be provided.  Participants will earn up to 6 hours of continuing education units (not ACVREP).

Presenter:  Tom Miller is a former teacher and administrator of students with blindness/visual impairment and with deaf-blindness at the Perkins School for the Blind.  He recently retired as Program Director of the Kevin O’Grady School of the Northshore Education Consortium in Beverly, Massachusetts, and is currently a private consultant in the fields of blindness and deaf-blindness.

Target Audience: Teachers of students with blindness/visual impairment including those with additional disabilities, and others who work on their teams.

This training is supported by grant funding by the Virginia Department of Education andVSDB Outreach Services, with facilitation by the VA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired and the VA Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at Debbie.Pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  .  Thank you!

We hope to see you at the training! 

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