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CBSS Grant Objective:

CBSS aims to increase the ability of SEAs, LEAs, LAs, and EIS providers to use evidence-based practices to improve outcomes, which includes ensuring children will graduate from high school ready for college and a career.

CBSS aims to increase the ability of SEAs, LEAs, LAs, and EIS providers to develop policies and practices that improve outcomes for children who are deaf-blind.

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What this means:

Improved practices lead to improved policies, and improved policies lead to improved practices —
and training and outreach activities are crucial for both of these grant priorities CBSS staff develops and offers training opportunities, resources, and other information about evidence-based practice — such as hand-under-hand techniques, interveners, and early identification – which are known to improve child outcomes.

Click on the headings and links below to learn more.
Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance is provided by CBSS to meet the identified needs of families, providers, and other stakeholders in the Maryland and DC area. Three levels of TA are offered — Targeted & Specialized TA (e.g., workshops for many individuals on a particular topic), Intensive & Specific TA (e..g, direct interaction specific to the needs of an individual child), and Universal & General TA (e.g., making information available and accessible through Factsheets or web-based training). Learn more about our Technical Assistance opportunities here…

Special Topics Workshops

Special Topics Workshops address specific, focused content relevant to educating students who are deaf-blind. Each one- to three-day STW offers a depth of knowledge, taking participants beyond an awareness level to the implementation level of learning, by focusing on a particular skills, strategy, condition, or topic. These workshops are open to family members, providers, regular and special educators, para-educators, interveners, related service providers, administrators, teachers of the visually impaired, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, and others who work directly or indirectly with students who have dual sensory impairments and/or severe disabilities. Participants may have the opportunity to earn CEUs. Learn more about our Special Topics Workshops here...

Summer Institute

The CBSS Summer Institute is an annual four- to five-day intensive training opportunity designed for multidisciplinary team members (family members, providers, regular and special educators, para-educators, interveners, related service providers, administrators, teachers of the visually impaired, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, and others who work directly or indirectly with students who have dual sensory impairments and/or severe disabilities). Participants learn about a particular topics, conditions, or strategies through a combination of lecture, observation, and hands-on training activities. Participants may have the opportunity to earn CEUs. Learn more about the CBSS Summer Institute here...

Demonstration Project (Delrey School)

CBSS is working with Delrey School in Baltimore, Maryland to support staff in learning about and providing evidence-based practices for children who have deaf-blindness and other disabilities. Similar to the Demonstration Classroom CBSS helped establish at the Maryland School for the Blind during the previous grant cycle, the Delrey School Project will become a role model of best-practice training and outreach for families and providers across Maryland and DC. For more information click here… 

Intervener Training Project

An intervener is a person with specialized training and skills related to deaf-blindness, and who works consistently one-to-one with an individual who is deaf-blind. Interveners connect individuals who are deaf-blind with the world around them. CBSS has been supporting Intervener Training for many years, and is currently participating in an Intervener Training Project. For more information, click here…

Family Education & Leadership Training

CBSS supports family engagement, family education, and family leadership training. Families served by CBSS are invited to participate in our training and outreach activities at no cost (fees are covered by CBSS or by Foundation Funds). We also encourage families to participate in training opportunities provided by many of our PartnersOpportunities to participate in Training & Outreach events and activities with experts in the field will be posted on our News & Events page, and offered through our Staying Connected e-mail list (Constant Contact).

Support Service Provider Training

With the goal of facilitating learning, employment, independent living, and overall quality of life, CBSS offers collaborative training for deaf-blind consumers and Support Service Providers (SSPs). This training focuses on students who are reaching transition-age, and who are heading to work or college and using an intervener or SSP to gain environmental information, facilitate communication, and continue to enhance social and emotional development. CBSS and our partner — Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind — provide collaborative training for individuals interested in becoming an SSP for a youth or young adult who is deaf-blind. This is relevant and needed for youth and young adults who are deaf-blind learning to develop and use self-advocacy skills by requesting and working with an SSP.

SSP training provides the information and experience needed for those learning to support youth and young adults and enhance active and independent participation in community life.  One of the goals of the SSP program is to ensure that deaf-blind individuals maintain their independence in the community and their ability to make decisions in their life. Training will also be available for the deaf-blind consumer and their future SSP to work together to facilitate learning, employment and independent living towards creating and developing a better quality of life for the deaf-blind student.

Connecting with Experts

CBSS collaborates with world-wide experts to provide Training & Outreach opportunities for local families and providers working children and  young adults who have deaf-blindness. These experts have years of experience in research and practice related to specific conditions and/or special topics. Examples include:

  • Robbie Blaha (Calendar Systems & Family Engagement)
  • David Brown (CHARGE Syndrome & Sensory Processing)
  • Mark Campano (Communication Matrix & Emerging Literacy)
  • Marsha Dunn-Klein (Feeding & Eating)
  • Dr. Alan Lantzy (Neonatology & Brain Development)
  • Linda Mamer (Social Interactions & Communication)
  • Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy (Cortical Visual Impairment & Functional Vision Assessment)
  • Dr. Jan Van Dijk (Child-Guided Assessment & Emotional Development)

Opportunities to participate in Training & Outreach events and activities with experts in the field will be posted on our News & Events page, and offered through our Staying Connected e-mail list (Constant Contact).

CBSS Training Materials & Resources

CBSS offers materials and resources — including videos, factsheets, and guides — developed by the project across grant cycles, for use by parents and providers working with children who have deaf-blindness and/or cortical visual impairment.

Other Training & Outreach Opportunities

Additional Training & Outreach opportunities will be posted on our News & Events page. Topical or condition-specific events will also be listed on our Resource pages. Events specifically for Families or for Providers will be posted in those designated pages of our website.

Staying Connected — Sign Up for our E-mails

To receive e-mail updates about CBSS news and upcoming activities and events, please visit our Contact Us page and request to be added to our Constant Contact mailing list. (NOTE: We do not sell or share our e-mail mailing lists).

 

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