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In Memoriam: Dr. Jan van Dijk

On the passing of “Our Favorite Dutchman” and world-renowned expert in the deaf-blind community… Dr. Jan van Dijk It is with deep sadness that the team at Connections Beyond Sight and Sound shares information about the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Jan van Dijk, who died Tuesday, January 23, 2018, after a recent […]

Go Baby Go! Families Adapting Cars & Having Fun…

“Wow! We are mobile!” On a crisp fall day, four families served by Connections Beyond Sight and Sound joined CBSS staff and Advisory Committee members for an exciting afternoon of creative fun, adaptive productivity, and social networking. – The four-hour workshop offered parents and siblings the opportunity to customize a child-size car for the child with […]

Fantasy Flight 2017 — North Pole Adventure

CBSS Families Travel the Magic Reindeer Route On a Saturday morning early in December, dozens of children and family members from Connections Beyond Sight and Sound Tri-Area Family Group joined CBSS staff members and their families and more than 150 other excited children and family members who were gathering at Dulles International Airport to prepare for a “Fantasy Flight” to the […]

2017-2018 Joint Steering Committee

Annual Joint Steering Committee Meeting CHILD COUNT 2017-2018 Forms Due: March 7, 2018 2017-2018 Census Forms –> CLICK HERE <– – ABOUT WEATHER DECISIONS: For this meeting, CBSS will follow the  Howard County Public School system decision on school delays or closures since the meeting is located in that county.  If HCPS is  closed – meeting […]

CBSS Advisory Committee – Fall 2017 Meeting

Advisory Committee Meeting MINUTES & PHOTOS POSTED November 3, 2017 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Johns Hopkins University — Columbia, MD Center for Technology Education (CTE) Room 218/219 Information & Links Click on image to enlarge… —— View November 3, 2017 Printable Agenda (Brief) Agenda — CLICK HERE… – View November 3, 2017 AC Meeting Slides CBSS […]

CBSS Mini-Grant Program — Recipients announced!

CBSS Mini-Grant Program Recipients Announced… (in alpha order by location) – Colleen Donaldson Beth Ann Monn Carroll County Public Schools The Nifty Nook – Staci Forest Beth Cohen Regina Ajiboye Maryland School for the Blind Classroom-Based Multi-Sensory Studio – Lisa Gastelle Caitlin Blake Luke Fry Maryland School for the Deaf Accessing the Curriculum Using Adaptive […]

Year 5 — Your CBSS Team Offers a Look Forward

Message from the Team Dear Friends, – We hope this letter finds each of you well and off to a blissful start of the 2017-2018 school year! – As we enter Year 5 of our current 5-year grant cycle, we have much to be thankful for when look back at our first 4 years, and as […]

2017 Summer Institute on CVI (Phase III Learners)

Cortical Visual Impairment: A Focus on Phase III Learners PHOTOS POSTED BELOW Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23 9 am – 4 pm daily University of Maryland The Stamp Student Union Prince George’s Room 1121 3972 Campus Drive College Park, Maryland (Driving Directions & Map –> CLICK HERE…) REGISTRATION INFO LINK […]

Families Needed for “Experiences” Interviews during May

Opportunity for Families to Share Perceptions and Experiences   What: NCDB is asking state deaf-blind projects to invite family participation in an interview project. Why:  A group of researchers at the University of Northern Colorado are doing a study on parent perception and experience with previous or current educational teams.   When: They are hoping to […]

Informal Functional Hearing Evaluation (IFHE) — New Resource Now Available

Informal Functional Hearing Evaluation (IFHE) New Resource Released March, 2017 View or Download the new IFHE here… What & Why: Infomraiton from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) website —  A new resource has been developed at the Texas Deafblind Project of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) called the Informal […]