Reading with a child with sensory impairments

Michelle O’Neal
Julie Saum

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Join us as Michelle O’Neal, Media Specialist at VSDB, and Julie Saum, VSDB Family Engagement Specialist, lead us in strategies for reading aloud picture books to children with sensory disabilities. Julie and Michelle will offer tips and suggestions while showing how to use story boxes and manipulatives. This event is for all Virginia families and professionals serving and caring for children ages 2-21.

December 8, 2021

Deaf/Hard of Hearing 4:30-5:30

Visual Impairment and Blind 5:30-6:30

Deaf-Blindness 6:30-7:30

If you have any questions, please contact:

Robin Bliven, Director of VSDB Outreach Services, robin.bliven@vsdb.k12.va.us

REGISTER HERE

https://forms.gle/q23Vriio9TxnygME9

Outreach Services of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind are available through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

The Board of Visitors of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind will convene on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

VSDB Board of Visitors Member Packet – December 14, 2021

This meeting will be held in the Chapel at VSDB’s campus and is open to the public. Public comment will be accepted at the end of the regular meeting.

During this meeting, the Board will convene in a closed session to discuss and consider the assignment, appointment, promotion, performance, demotion, salaries, disciplining, or resignation of specific public offers, appointees, or employees §2.2-3711(A)(1). Upon certification, the Board will reconvene.

Please contact (540)332-9000 for more information.

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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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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:

https://forms.gle/PafNXRCM9qJ9P44d9

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 debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us or call 540-414-5249.  Thanks!  We hope you can join us!

Debbie

 

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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.

REGISTER NOW:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5509520130329510145

  • 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.  www.vadars.org

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

We hope you can join us!      Debbie

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VSDB Music Group to Honor Martin Luther King

VSDB’s music group, The Jammers, will be performing at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Celebration at First Presbyterian Church in Staunton on Monday, January 20th from 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

The program will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Our blind and visually impaired middle and high school students will be participating as part of the Community Gospel Choir.

We’d love to see you there!

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“’Twas the Night Before Christmas” Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA

Register nowVA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired, VA Hands & Voices,  VA Association of Parents of Students with Visual Impairments, VA Hands & Voices and VSDB Outreach Services co-host a theater event!

When?       Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:30 am – 1:30 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 from 9:30 – 1:30, and are welcome to bring up to three family members (for a maximum of 4 people total attending per family). Limit: 45 people.

What?        View the play, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” (not like the poem) with pre- and post-show sessions, and meet students from other school divisions.  Special features:  Audio description provided by Access Virginia 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; time to network and learn about state services and resources during lunch; career awareness session after, “Careers in Theater:  A Lot More Than Acting!”, designed for students 12 years and older and their families (younger students who are interested and their families may attend!)

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

Where?     Barter Theatre, Gilliam Stage, 127 West Main St, Abingdon, VA   24210 (free parking behind Stage II – more details will be sent to registrants later.)

How Do We Register? Complete registration form at:

https://forms.gle/KkgGEtEH9N2AzTkf9

(click on the link above, or you may need to cut and paste this into your browser line).  Deadline for registering is noon, Nov. 21, 2019.  Attendance is limited to the first 45 family members registered.  Registration does not guarantee attendance; emails will be sent letting you know if you are confirmed or on wait list.

 

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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Goalball team will travel to Austin, TX to participate in the USABA High School National Tournament.

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the Host School and games will begin Thursday evening at 5 PM.

Our Chiefs first match will be against the Washington Lions at 5:45 PM CST then at 7:15 PM CST we play Florida. Our third match will be at 1:30 PM CST , Friday against Arizona. The schedule after that will depend on the outcome of those 3 games.
Friday and Saturday games will be live-streamed at http://www.tsbvi.edu/live
Texas is 1 hour behind us so our match at 3:45 PM Friday will be 4:45 PM here in Staunton.
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VSDB Remembers 9/11

On 9/11, All VSDB students and staff honored the fallen and those who served: emergency personnel, military personnel, and the community. We also raised a new flag, The Freedom Flag, to honor our military who continue to fight for our freedom and serve our country. We took a moment of silence to remember and honor all of those who risked their lives on that fateful day, and all of those who continue to risk their lives for us everyday. 

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