Message from the Team
We hope this letter finds each of you well and off to a blissful start of the 2016-2017 school year!
As we enter Year 4 of our current 5-year grant cycle, we have much to be thankful for when look back at our first 3 years, and as we look forward to the coming year.
We closed out Year 3 during September in collaboration with our partners at the Parents’ Place of Maryland for the annual Family Learning Weekend. This year’s event was focused on transition, and included a special advocacy dinner meeting that provided information and a feedback forum for HR 3535 – a resolution that when signed into law, includes legislation that positively impacts students with dual sensory impairment.
—–— For information and photos from the 2016 FLW and dinner, click here…
—–— For information about HR 3535, click here…–
And “a glance” at what we have to look forward to during Year 4…
- During September, two tiers of the East Coast Cohort OHOA Intervener Training Modules began (for beginners and for advanced participants). This training continues through the year, with modules scheduled at sequential intervals.
— For information about the East Coast Cohort 2016-2017 OHOA Intervener Training Modules schedule, click here…
— For general information about the OHOA Intervener Training Program, visit the NCDB website page by clicking here…–
- During October, the first of this year’s Advisory Committee meetings will take place. This group of multi-disciplined providers, policy-makers and administrators, and family members gather twice a year to share and gather information so that we can continue to improve outcomes for students with deaf-blindness.
— For information about the Fall 2016 AC meeting, click here…
— For information about CBSS AC in general, click here…
- During October and November, we will begin reviewing the 2016-2017 Mini-Grant applications. We are very excited that we will be making available two grants this year, of up to $1,000 each, for providers who are seeking financial support for innovated and field-initiated projects.
— For information and application forms for the 2016-2017 grants, click here…
— For information about our CBSS Mini-Grant Program, click here…
- During November, we will be hosting a Special Topics Workshop on communication, schedules, and literacy. The first day of the workshop will be open to all providers and family members. Day two will consist time slots for “student-centered teams” of providers and parents who are seeking to plan for a particular student.
— For information and to register for the November STW, click here…
— For information about CBSS STW activities in general, click here…
- Also during November, the 2016-2017 Family LEADers Training Program kicks off (registration closes during late October). CBSS has worked with PPMD on this annual, free training opportunity for families for a number of years. Families gather for seven sessions throughout the year to gather and share information that can improve the lives of children with disabilities.
— For the 2016-2017 Family LEADers Training dates and application form, click here…
— For information about the Family LEADers Training Program and to view photos from previous years, click here…
- During December, we will be having our annual Joint Steering Committee meeting. This activity has been scheduled later in the winter in previous years. We are hoping that the December date means we can avoid the inclement weather that sometimes results in postponing or canceling this important gathering – which includes the launch of the annual Child Count Census.
— For information about the 2016-2017 Joint Steering Committee meeting, click here (link coming soon)…
— For information about the CBSS Joint Steering Committee in general, click here…
— Information about the 2016-2017 Child Count Census will be posted soon.
- We are already working on Spring 2017 activities as well, including –
— Our annual Family Day at the Farm in partnership with PPMD (date TBD – information here…)
— Our annual Spring Advisory Committee meeting (May 12 – information here…)
— Our annual Summer Institute (June 19-23) – this year with a focus on Cortical Visual Impairment (information here…)
- In addition to the events and activities listed above, during the coming year, we will continue many ongoing activities, including:
— Technical Assistance activities – from targeted to intensive to universal universal, we work hard to provide TA information, training, and support to families and providers (information here…)
— Working with Delrey School on our newest Demonstration Project activities (information here…)
— Working with Mark Campano (of the Delaware Deaf-blind Project) to continue “How We All Learn” (communication and literacy) training sessions for providers and families in Maryland and DC (information here…)
— Additional workshops, webinars, and collaborative activities – including SSP and Transition training – that we will be planning, and that we will post to our Events & Training page (click here…) and to our News page (click here…)
As always, we encourage you to review the many Resources that we create or review and post on our website, including:
- New Referrals information page (click here…)
- National (here…) and Local (here…) resources
- Specific Condition resources (click here…)
- Special Topics resources (click here…)
- Recursos en Español (Spanish) (click here…)
- Factsheets & Policy Statements (click here…)
- CBSS Training Materials (click here..)
- Celebrating Families & Providers pages (click here…)
- Partnerships with local organizations (click here…)
- Collaboration with world-renowned experts (click here…)
- Photo & Video Galleries (information & inspiration) (click here…)
- Social media updates (click here…)
- CBSS General Information & weblinks page (click here…)
Finally, we are always encouraging and accepting donations to the Diane M. Kelly Memorial Fund.
- The Diane M. Kelly Memorial Fund was established in honor of former CBSS Project Director who passed away in 2012 due to cancer.
- The money raised gives us the means to provide additional supports to the families we serve –- including free participation in all of our training and workshop opportunities, and other essential logistic supports such as urgent respite care.
- During the 2015-2016 year, we raised almost $1000 that will go directly to families in need. Thank you to our supporters — past, and present, and future!
- To learn more, and to make a donation, please click here…
We are always open to your feedback, and to responding to your inquiries about our programs and activities, and our resources and Partnerships.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.
Donna, Sandy, and Jeni
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