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Next Webinar: Feb 6, 2018 @ 3:00 - 3:30 PM EST

"The Dual Sensory Challenge: The Many Sides of Deaf-Blindness"

( Q & A following the webinar at 3:30 - 3:45 PM )

About This Webianar:

Although the term “deaf-blind” implies the absence of hearing and sight, in reality, it refers to individuals with varying degrees of hearing and vision.  The key consideration, though, is that a dual sensory impairment causes access challenges to both auditory and visual information which significantly impact learning and communication. Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Recognize the range of individuals that meet this classification of deaf-blindness.
  • Describe the impact of dual sensory challenges for children with deaf-blindness.
  • Identify key principles and strategies for interacting with individuals with deaf-blindness.

About the Presenters:

Donna Casavant, MED, CAS earned a BS in Biology from Bates College, MED in Deaf Education from Smith College and CAS in Special Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maine, Orono.  She has also received additional training with students with dual vision/hearing issues and other multiple disabilities. She has worked in education for 30 years teaching biology, chemistry, earth science, and American Sign Language; in mainstream and residential settings with students who are deaf/hard of hearing from birth to high school; and in early intervention/early childhood special education. This is her fifth year in Public School Outreach with MECDHH (where she consults with K-12 schools in the mid-coast Maine area) and her second year as an educational consultant with the New England Consortium of DeafBlind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC).

Kristen Q. Shorey, M.Ed earned a BS in Early Childhood Regular & Special Education from Wheelock College, M.Ed in Special Education from Grand Canyon University and a Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate from Gallaudet University. Kristen is a certified Special Educator and Teacher of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. She has worked in the field of early intervention and special education for 24 years with a concentration in deaf education for the last eleven.  She also has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum, those that use augmentative communication, as well as children with multiple disabilities. Kristen currently works for MECDHH as an ECFS (Early Childhood and Family Services) Specialist where she consults with families, daycare & Part C providers, and preschool programs across Maine.  She is also an educational consultant with NEC.

Who should attend?

Target audience:  This webinar is designed for all family and school staff members who work with students with diagnosed or suspected vision and hearing losses including parents, administrators, teachers, special education teachers, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, teachers of the visually impaired, educational technicians/paraprofessionals, interveners, and occupational/physical/speech therapists.

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