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Southeast DeafBlind Webinar Series


January and February 2021


All webinars at 2:30-4:00 pm EASTERN time

Questions:  donna.carpenter@nulluky.edu




February 16, 2021 (Tuesday 2:30-4:00 ET)

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) and Augmentative Communication (Part 2)

This session focuses on practical knowledge and strategies for developing appropriate,

student-centered augmentative communication modes and systems for a range of students with CVI

Presenter:  Chris Russell, New York DeafBlind Project

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February 18, 2021 (Thursday 2:30-4:00 ET)

Supporting the Hearing, Speech, Comprehension, and Environmental Awareness in Students with Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)- the Auditory Equivalent of Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI)

It is said that CAPD is to hearing what CVI is to vision”. 

The ear may be functioning properly but sound is not reaching the brain in a way that is meaningful.  Many of the risk factors for CVI and CAPD are the same, therefore, some children with multiple disabilities who are diagnosed with CVI may also have CAPD.  Unfortunately, CAPD cannot be diagnosed in young children and CAPD assessments in older children require language acquisition.  This training will provide strategies that support students with CAPD but have also been proven effective for all students.

Presenters:  Maurice Belote – California DeafBlind Project

Central Auditory Processing Disorder Specialist

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February 23, 2021 HOLIDAY


February 25, 2021 (Thursday 2:30-4:00EST)

Social Emotional Learning for Students with Diverse Abilities

Including Sensory Loss in the General Education Setting

Key elements of a positive school climate are the development of social-emotional competencies and at the core of fostering empathy, social skill development and establishing positive social norms.  These skills are accomplished with clear communication in ways that everyone understands, structure positive environments, and establishing positive relationship between and among teachers/students/peers.

Presenters:  Rodger and Suzanne Dinwiddie, from the great state of Tennessee!

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2021) — The Human Development Institute (HDI) has developed a series of dynamic one-hour lecture and seminar style presentations available at the University of Kentucky. These presentations cover an array of topics that include foundational lectures on disability, advocacy, health, employment, universal design and assistive technology.

While the content is expansive, the common theme is around building inclusive communities. Presenters are people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities and other interdisciplinary experts.

Visit https://hdi.uky.edu/university-lecture-series to review the titles and descriptions of presentations included in the series. 

To schedule a presentation for your class in the 2021 Spring semester, contact Caroline Gooden at cjgood2@nulluky.edu.


Families and Professionals Series _

with Timothy Hartshorne 

Sponsored by the Ohio Center for DeafBlindness Education (OCDBE)


Guest Speaker: Dr. Hartshorne, a parent of a child with deafblindness and professor from Central Michigan University, is well known for his work and research with children who are deafblind and their families. His areas of interest and investigation include issues related to CHARGE Syndrome, and deafblindness including behavior, sleep, play, anxiety, mindful interventions, and how parents and families cope with a child with severe disabilities.

This series has a variety of topics of interest to educators and parents. The topic and description of each session is provided below. All sessions will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 pm ET. Participants may register for one or more of the sessions by clicking on the session’s registration link. One contact hour (1) is available for each session.

Target Audience: Parents, educators, related services providers, agency providers

Questions: Contact Kathy Richards via e-mail at kathryn.richards@nulluc.edu.


March 11, 2021

Session 3 – Diagnosis

Session Description: How do mental health diagnoses like autism help the child (do they)? It is not unusual for a child with deafblindness to acquire a number of different diagnoses including mental health diagnoses such as autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Tourette’s, and more. How do these diagnoses help, and how might they not help the child?

Learning Objectives: 1. What is the stated purpose of psychiatric diagnosis? 2. How are these diagnoses made? 3. How do these diagnoses lead to intervention/treatment? 4. What alternatives are there to psychiatric diagnosis?

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April 8, 2021

Session 4 – Counseling Parents: Issues Parents Face and What Counselors Miss

Session Description: We all know people who “get it” and many who do not “get it”what our lives as parents of children who are deafblind are like. And if we decide to seek counseling for some of the issues we are confronting, what is the chance that the counselor will have a clue. This presentation addresses what counselors should understand.

Learning Objectives: 1. Describe the issues that might lead parents to see a counselor. 2. List some of the objectives that might be useful in counseling.

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May 20, 2021

Session 5 – Siblings:  How Will They Do and What Are Their Issues?

Session Description: Some claim that the siblings of children who are deafblind will be just fine, while others insist they are inevitably messed up. The truth is that all outcomes are possible. But what do we know about these siblings? This presentation will discuss what we know.

Learning Objectives: 1. Describe in general how siblings do in their lives. 2. What is the attitude of siblings toward their brother or sister with disability? 3. How can we better support siblings?

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June 10, 2021

Session 6:  Taming the Wolves(and the Parent from Hell)

Session Description: Have you ever marched to the school to be the parent from hell when your child is not getting what they need? Is there any other choice at times like those? This presentation describes six situations that drive parents to be hellions. It also describes six actions that schools can take to avoid having to be tamed by parents.

Learning Objectives: 1. Describe how diagnosis, placement/services, communication, intimidation, predictions, and disability rights create conditions for parents to feel the need to tame the wolves. 2. Describe how teamwork, scheduling, communication, de-skilling, missing the child, and following the Individual Education Program (IEP) are issues that teachers can address to avoid being confronted by the parent from hell. 3. Describe the clash of worldviews that can create problems between parents and professionals. 4. List some advice for parents and advice for professionals to avoid conflicts.

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Access Academy (formerly #AtHomeWithAPH)

is the education professional’s one-stop resource for the training webinars you need to get the most out of American Printing House (APH) products and services. The majority of Access Academy webinars also provide Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) credit.

Session 5:  February 12, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Jungle Books: Unified English Braille (UEB) Math/Science & UEB with Nemeth (a braille code for encoding mathematical and scientific notation linearly using standard six-dot Braille cells for tactile reading for the visually impaired)

We will explore the beautiful and diverse mathematics and science jungles. As usual, we will explain a foundation of symbols and concepts, for BOTH Nemeth Code and UEB, and we will introduce resources for further study and reference. This is part of the five-part “Come back to me, braille!” series. 
Register Here
Session 6:  February 15, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST
Building Accessible Powerpoints

PowerPoints by Microsoft are one of the most popular tools used to organize lessons, meetings and presentations in the educational setting. They are even used to create handouts! This webinar will walk through the steps to make PowerPoint files more accessible for those participants with low or no vision.
Register Here

The APH Partner Showcase is part of Access Academy, but does not offer ACVREP credits. The Showcase is strictly informational/promotional, and highlights some of APH’s partner vendors in field, and their product(s).


February 8, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Dust off the Snow! It’s Time to Get Moving with HumanWare and Leader Dog

While it may be cold outside now, the days are getting longer and warmer weather is around the corner—what better time to prepare to get moving. Join APH, Leslie Hoskins of Leader Dog, and Peter Tucic of HumanWare to learn how technology like the Victor Reader Trek helps guide dog and cane users alike. You will also learn more about the ways Leader Dog incorporates technology into its guide dog training program. 
Register Here

For more information about Access Academy and upcoming Access Academy webinars, Questions: Contact Kathy Richards via e-mail at kathryn.richards@nulluc.eduplease visit the About Access Academy webpage.



United Partners in Kentucky (UP in KY) Virtual Conference for Youth, Families and Professionals

This Virtual Conference provides practical information and strategies to help children and youth with disabilities and their families to become successful at home, school, and in the community.



Mental Health On-line Modules
The Human Development Institute (HDI) at the University of Kentucky is part of the Mental Health and Developmental Disability National Training Center. We have 8 online modules on mental health and DD, around disability, autism, intellectual disability, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and mental health therapy.

They are free and available at: https://mhddcenter.org/learn-now/


Free from Kentucky Partnership for Families – Resource List Helpful for Everyone



Access Academy (formerly #AtHomeWithAPH) is the education professional’s one-stop resource for the training webinars you need to get the most out of APH products and services. The majority of Access Academy webinars also provide Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) credit.

 For more information about Access Academy and upcoming Access Academy webinars, please visit the About Access Academy webpage.


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Peroxisomal Disorders Conference 2021 (info to come)

Plan to attend the Global Foundation for 2021  More to come



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