There are many excellent resources and tools available online for parents and educators. We’ve compiled links to those we think may be most valuable to you, or a sample of some of the many resources from larger websites, in hopes that you’ll explore them more.
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- Virginia Department of Education resources
- Other resources and tools for families and professionals
- Transition resources
- State and national organizations
Resources from the Virginia Department of Education
Guidance on Evaluation and Eligibility for the Special Education Process Appendix A(Sample Forms) (Word)
Training & Technical Assistance Centers (T/TAC)– funded by VDOE, work to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities (birth – 22 years).
- Materials for professionals working with infants and young children with deafness/hearing loss, blindness/visual impairment, or deaf-blindness, provided by Outreach Services, VSDB 2014 and on loan from TTAC lending libraries
- Description of above materials
Virginia Family Special Education Connection: provides a one-stop shop for parents, families, and caregivers of children with special needs; provided by Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers.
Superintendent’s Memo #136-13, May 24, 2013 – regarding interveners and rights of child who is deaf or hard of hearing; see items under “Special Education” heading.
Special Education Frequently Asked Questions – Scroll down on the linked page to see:
- Orientation and Mobility Questions (024-12)
- Eligibility – Visual Impairment (028-12)
Other Resources and Tools for Families and Professionals
- Braille Tales – Participating families receive six free print/braille books per year up to the child’s 6th birthday.
- Information on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), a product of the CVI Synergy meetings, contributions from individuals and agencies across the United States and Canada, and APH staff
Center for Parent Information and Resources – provides a checklist of considerations for IEP teams who are working with a student with blindness/visual impairment
- CEC DVI Knowledge and Skills for Initial Special Educators Serving Students with Deafblindness
- CEC’s Deaf-Blind portal
- CEC’s Committee on Severe/Multiple Disabilities
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Videos – The Outreach Programs developed these videos of several young adults with deaf-blindness. Focuses on adult role models. (see menu on right for 9 more videos)
The Communication Matrix Community of Learners: an online community of support for professionals and family members of individuals with complex communication needs.
Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Sensory Impairments, by Ferrell, Bruce, & Luckner, published by University of Florida, 2014
Hadley School for the Blind offers:
I Can Connect allows every person with combined hearing and vision loss access to modern telecommunication tools and the training necessary to use them
National Center on Deaf-Blindness provides links to numerous resources (some also provided in Spanish) related to:
- communication (eg. Object communication, symbolic communication, sign language);
- learning and instruction (eg. Auditory training, calendar systems concept development, daily living skills);
- education (eg. IEP development);
- assistive technology (eg. iPads and much more); AND
- Open Hands, Open Access Intervener Training Modules online– For information on training opportunities/support related to this resource provided through the Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- “Family Matters” – providing resources and support to families
Perkins School for the Blind offers:
- downloadable Deaf-Blindness: Educational Service Guidelines (Tip: scroll down on their webpage to download chapters)
- Checklist to help parents of children with deaf-blindness prepare for an IEP (Scroll down their page for a free downloadable copy in English or Spanish.)
- Webcasts (free) and tutorials (taken for credit for a fee) on Deaf-blindness and Multiple Disabilities
State & National Organizations & Resources
Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals(ACVREP) – Certification agency for O & M specialists.
Accessible Instructional Materials Center of Virginia (AIM-VA) – accessible core instructional material.
Alexander Graham Bell Association – the world’s largest membership organization promoting the use of spoken language by children and adults with hearing loss.
American Society for Deaf Children – organization of parents who are advocates for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association – professional and consumer resources from ASHA; contains a career FAQ and a glossary of terms.
Boys Town Center for Hearing Loss in Children – Boys Town National Research Hospital’s resource for parents of babies who have just been diagnosed with a hearing loss or for families of any child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) – general information about children and youth with disabilities.
Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) – provides services designed to support equal educational opportunity and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.
Hands and Voices – established by parents of Colorado Home Intervention Program supporting all communication options for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia – Early Intervention (Part C, IDEA) services
National Association of the Deaf – provides services and support for deaf individuals and their families. Includes local chapter links and articles.
National Center on Deafblindness (formerly DeafBlind Link) – works collaboratively with families, federal, state and local agencies to provide technical assistance, information and personnel training. NCDB brings together the resources of three agencies with long histories of expertise in the field of deaf-blindness.
Training and Technical Assistance Centers of VDOE – A community linking people and resources to help children and youth with disabilities.
Virginia Early Hearing Detection and Intervention(EHDI) Family Support – links parents of children with hearing loss.
Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness – provides technical assistance, training, distance education and networking information to families, service providers and individuals who are deaf-blind/dual sensory impaired.
VA Relay – enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or speech disabled to communicate by TTY or another assistive telephone device with anyone who uses a standard phone.
VI Consortium – Virginia’s preparation program for teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired.