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

(if needed, copy and paste in browser)

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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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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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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Register Now online tutorials VSDB Outreach & Perkins Spring, 2020

Register now for Courses 1, 2, &/or 3 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 six online, self-paced tutorials (90 minutes to 10 weeks), and made four of them available Fall, 2019.  We are now offering 4 more for Spring, 2020, free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are blind or visually impaired.* These courses were developed at the Perkins School for the Blind.  Those who register before the given deadline for each will be sent a code that will allow access for varying periods of time, depending on length of tutorial (dates are specified) 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.” People may take one course, or as many as they want. Registration is now open for courses 1, 2, and 3!

We hope you can join us!   Debbie

REGISTER NOW for Course #1, Spring, 2020 (some may need to copy & paste links)

Effective and Accurate FVEs and LMAs for All Students with Visual Impairments that Help Drive Instruction Programming (3 Credits, ACVREP or CEU)

https://forms.gle/oBogb6uGPdBwcbuz5

Registration for this course ends at 4:00 pm, Jan 24, 2020. Course access is Jan. 25 – Mar. 25, 2020

Learning Objectives    Participants will be able to:

  • describe the purpose of Functional Vision Assessment and Learning Media Assessment;
  • identify the components of FVA and LMA;
  • design a rubric that ensures a quality assessment and report;
  • explain the differences between FVA for ocular and neurological visual impairment;
  • compare visual function and functional vision;
  • explain the relationship between FVAs and LMAs;
  • explain impact of additional disabilities on the ed development of children with VI;
  • identify key components of a LMA for children who have CVI; and
  • describe some cautions in using LMAs with children who have CVI.

Participants will earn 3.0 ACVREP, CTLE, Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz. By registering for ACVREP, CTLE, or Continuing Education credits, you will be provided with a self-paced tutorial using video clips and other resources related to this topic, as well as an online test to assess your knowledge.

Target Audience:  This workshop will be beneficial for both veteran and new Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVIs) O & M Specialists, Teachers of students with Deaf-Blindness or blindness and additional disabilities, & related service providers.   (cont’d.


REGISTER NOW for Course #2, Spring, 2020

Recognizing and Building Abstract Thinking

in the Child with Visual Impairment (1.5 Credits)

https://forms.gle/wbh9nazNqpcB6v5P6

Registration for this course ends at 4:00 pm on Jan. 24, 2020. Course access is Jan. 25 – Feb. 26, 2020

Learning Objectives   Participants will be able to:

  • distinguish between concrete and abstract thinking;
  • describe the value of abstract thinking in a child’s educational development; and
  • design learning activities that develop abstract thinking.

Participants will earn 1.5 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz. You will be provided with a self-paced tutorial using video clips and other resources related to this topic.

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


REGISTER NOW for Course #3, Spring, 2020 (Back by popular demand! TVI, please share this with SLPs who work with your students with CVI!)

 

Speech Pathologists and Cortical Visual Impairment: 

An Overview of the SLP’s Role in Working with Children with CVI  (1.5 Credits)

 

https://forms.gle/Fm1CNKYecsG65xWc7  

Registration for this course ends at 4:00 pm Jan. 24, 2020. Course access is Jan. 25 – Mar. 25, 2020.

 

Course Description:  This tutorial addresses Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) through the experience of a Speech and Language Pathologist by examining the characteristics of CVI that affect speech, language, and feeding. The tutorial also identifies modifications and supports for therapies and assessments when working with children who have CVI.

Participants will earn 1.5 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz. (ASHA credits are not available for this online tutorial.)  You will be provided with a self-paced tutorial using video clips and other resources related to this topic.

Target Audience:  SLPs, TVIs, O&Ms, Teachers of Students with Deaf-Blindness or with additional disabilities, 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 a specified time period, as detailed above.

Information regarding registration for and access to the next course being offered by VSDB Outreach Services Spring, 2020 follows. Registration info for course #4 will be sent later.

Name of Tutorial Period for Registration Period for Course Completion Number of Credits Perkins’ tutorials can be taken on your own, free of charge if you don’t need credits; Outreach has purchased state viewing for those who want credits for continuing education and/or ACVREP for each  of these titles.
Functional Curriculum Feb. 18 – 26, 2020 Feb 27 – Ap. 10, 2020 1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

 

A brief description of the next course being offered follows:

Functional Curriculum -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 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz.

 

*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.

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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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NEW! Online Self-Paced Tutorial from Perkins for Individuals Working with Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Register now for Courses #4, 2019-2020

VSDB Outreach Services purchased access to six online, self-paced tutorials (90 minutes to 10 weeks) and we are making them available this school year, 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 3 of the courses; below is registration for the final course for 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, with the fee waived.  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:   Dual Media Learners:  Instructional Strategies and Assessment (1.5 Cr.) 

https://forms.gle/YdcSNuSCi4syqERM9

Registration for this course with VSDB Outreach ends Nov. 4, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Course access is Nov. 5 – Dec. 3, 2019.

 

Course Description:  Dual Media Learners: Instructional Strategies and Assessment, presented by Anne Spitz.  Teaching children with visual impairments who are dual media learners presents challenges, but offers incredible rewards as they develop the literacy tools needed for success. This tutorial provides an overview of the characteristics of dual media learners, considerations in programming, as well as strategies for instruction and assessment. Participants will earn 1.5 ACVREP, CTLE credits, or Continuing Education credits by completing an online quiz.

Target Audience: This is a web-based, self-guided professional development activity for TVIs, VRTs, O&Ms, Parents, Teachers of the Deafblind or Severely Impaired, 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.

Proposed courses to be offered by VSDB Outreach through Perkins’ School, Spring, 2020 follow:

Name of Tutorial Period for Registration Period for Course Completion Number of Credits Perkins’ tutorials can be taken on your own, free of charge if you don’t need credits; Outreach has purchased state viewing for those who want credits for continuing education and/or ACVREP for each  of these titles.
Alternate Routes:  Adapting O&M Techniques  

Jan. 14-24, 2:00 pm, 2020

 

 

Jan. 25- Ap.10, 2020

 

10 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

Recognizing and Building Abstract Thinking  

Jan. 14-24, 2:00 pm, 2020

 

Jan. 25 – Feb. 26, 2020

 

1.5 credits

ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

Functional Curriculum Feb. 18 – 26, 2:00 pm, 2020

 

 

Feb 27 – Ap. 10, 2020

 

1.5 credits ACVREP, CTLE, or CEU

 

We hope you can join us!   Debbie

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