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CBSS Save the Date Events

2017-2018 CBSS Mini-Grants
Information & Recipients
–> CLICK HERE…
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 General Mini-Grant information here…

CBSS Advisory Committee Meetings
Spring Meeting: Friday, May 18, 2018
(information will be posted early spring)
JH CTE, Columbia, MD
CBSS AC main page HERE…
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DETAILS on Fall 2017 meeting
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Nov 3, 2017 meeting included presentations by
the new PPMD Director and by a parent
working to secure an intervener for her child,
as well as a needs assessment group activity to
to help shape the CBSS 2018-2023 grant application.

CBSS Joint Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

JH CTE, Columbia, MD
Click here for details…

Family Learning Weekend
May 19-20, 2018 (all day)
Columbia, MD
Two full days of presentations & sessions
Details coming soon… 

Special Topics Workshop
Friday, May 4, 2018 (9 am – 4 pm)
with Marsha Dunn Klein (feeding expert)
JH CTE, Columbia, MD
Details coming soon…


Annual Family Day at the Farm
Spring/Summer 2018 date TBA
Event is FREE but must REGISTER

2018 Summer Institute
Monday-Wednesday, June 18-20, 2018
Facilator: Kathee Scoggin (emerging literacy)
CEU will be available.
Details about the 2018 SI to be posted soon.
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Summer Institute main page HERE..

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Current & Upcoming Events & Training

 

  • Assistive Technology Webinars
    Center on Technology and Disability
    Wednesday, January 10, 2017 (4 pm EST) – Transitions
    Wednesday, January 17, 2017 (4 pm EST) – Inclusive Classrooms
    Wednesday, January 24, 2017 (4 pm EST) – Young Children
  • What & Why: A series of three FREE webinars hosted by the Center on Technology and Disability — with the mission of supporting families and providers as they “Resolve to Get Assistive Technology Smart (or Smarter)” in 2018 with CTD’s free webinars!
    • Webinar 1 — January 10 — 4 pm EST
      What you need to know:
      Transitioning to Higher Ed for Students with Disabilities
      Featuring Alice Wershing, RESNA Certified ATP
      Getting ready to attend college is daunting for every student and their family. This webinar will focus on the differences between available accommodations in higher education versus those offered in K-12 settings via IEP’s or 504 plans. Learn what type of documentation is required, what to ask when exploring colleges and how to best locate resources to smooth the way toward that first semester, whether going away or attending school near home.
      –> RSVP here for this Webinar

    • Webinar 2 — January 17 — 4 pm EST
      Revisioning Inclusive Classroom Environments with AT
      Featuring Dr. Raymond Heipp
      This webinar demonstrates the path to integrating assistive technology (AT) in an inclusive classroom environment so that it becomes part of the whole classroom experience and not something relegated to a student or two. Create an environment where students who need to use a switch or an AAC device, for example, do not feel separated or as though they stand out in a negative way. After this webinar, teachers, therapists, administrators, and aides -from preschool classrooms to high school advanced placement courses- can feel confident to return to your classroom and create your own inclusive activities for your students.
      –> RSVP here for the Webinar

    • Webinar 3 — January 24 — 4 pm EST
      Making and Tinkering with AT: Helping Young Childen “Do”
      Featuring Susan Mistrett
      Did you know that the most frequent users of AT are babies? That’s right… infants and toddlers with disabilities use the widest variety of AT supports throughout each day to participate in routine activities. The Let’s Participate Project will share findings and trends, including tips for customizing ordinary items and applying DIY and Maker Movement resources to design AT supports for every young child. We know that all children develop and learn by doing… come and see how AT can help.
      -> RSVP here for the Webinar

  • More Information: Learn more about the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) here… 

 

  • Webinar / Seminario web
    In Spanish only (en español)
    Strategies for Coping and Maintaining Balance
    Mantener el balance y minimizar el estrés diario
    January 27, 2018
    27 de enero d 2018
    (12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30 pm EST)
    NCDB Family Engagement Initiative
  • What and who – English:
    • Note: This webinar is in Spanish only.]
    • The roles that we play as parents of children with deaf-blindness can seem endless at times. Trying to prioritize our demands might appear impossible because they are all important. Keeping balance and minimizing stress is a must in our daily lives. This webinar will help family members of children with deaf-blindness identify potential stressors and provide some strategies for coping and maintaining balance. Family members will learn how to create action plans that benefit the entire family.
    • This webinar will help family members of children with deaf-blindness identify potential stressors and provide some strategies for coping and maintaining balance. Family members will learn how to create action plans that benefit the entire family.
    • Presenter: Myrna Medina, Family Engagement Specialist
  • Qué y quien / español: 
    • Todos los roles que jugamos como padres de niños con sordo-ceguera, muchas veces pueden parecer que no tienen fin. Tratar de priorizar estas demandas podría aparentar imposible porque todas son igual de importantes. Mantener el balance y minimizar el estrés diario debería ser un hecho en nuestra vidas. Este webinar ayudara a los miembros de familia de niños con sordo-ceguera a identificar los estresores potenciales y proveerá algunas estrategias para salir adelante y mantener este balance. Los miembros de familia aprenderán como crear un plan de acción que beneficie a la familia entera.
    • Este webinar ayudara a los miembros de familia de niños con sordo-ceguera a identificar los estresores potenciales y proveerá algunas estrategias para salir adelante y mantener este balance. Los miembros de familia aprenderán como crear un plan de acción que beneficie a la familia entera.
    • Presentadora: Myrna Medina, Especialista en Compromiso Familiar
  • More / más: 
  • Details here/ detalles aquí:
    –> Más detalles del webinar
  • Antes de la reunión: Antes de la reunión, por favor probar su conexión a la reunión y siga cualquier instrucción como sea necesario.
  • El día de la reunión: 
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    • Una vez que Abra la pagina del webinar de NDBB, escoja la opción de), visitante (guest escriba su nombre, y marque el botón de entrar “Enter Room Button”.
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    • Para detalles de como participar solo por teléfono, por favor contacte a Robbin Bull..
  • Solución de problemas de conexión
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    • Este Webinar será grabado y subtitulado.
    • Si usted se pierde  este Webinar, usted lo puede encontrar  el los materiales grabados en nuestra lista de Webinar archivados (archived webinars).
  • ENGLISH —
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      • Phone connection information will be posted in the room.
      • For details on participating by phone only, contact Robbin Bull.
  • Connection Troubleshooting
    • If you fail to connect to the webinar using the link above, try one of two things: (a) use this alternate link or (b) try a different browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you still have trouble connecting, see our Adobe Connect Advanced Help page.
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  • Webinar Recording: This meeting will be recorded and captioned. If you miss the meeting you can find the recorded materials in our archived webinars list.

 

  • 2017-2018 NCDB National Webinars
  • What: A national webinar series hosted by NCDB. Topics, date and times listed below. As always, these sessions are free of charge. Simply log on and learn.
  • Who: Families and professionals.
  • Upcoming events for 2017-2018: 
    • Communication Development (Part 1 of 2)
        February 28, 2018
      Communication Development (Part 2 of 2)
        March 21, 2018
      Both webinars — 3-4 pm EDT
    • Description: These presentations are a two-part webinar on communication development for families and professionals.
      Part 1 (Feb 28)  —  will provide a rationale for the argument that all learners communicate—not that they can learn to communicate, but that they already do. The presenter will discuss the importance of meeting a child where he or she is and consistently responding to behavior in a predictable way.
      Part 2 (March 21) — will first introduce the Communication Matrix assessment as a way for teams to measure communication skills, and then present specific strategies to use at home and school to facilitate the development of conventional, intentional communication. The presenter will also discuss the inseparable relationship between communication and literacy.
    • Cost: The webinars are free and registration is not required.
    • Presenter: Susan M. Bashinski, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at Missouri Western State University
    • Learning Objectives:
      • (Part 1) Explain one way in which 3 or 4 of the key “Communication Reminders” discussed in the webinar can be part of one’s own daily life practice.
      • (Part 1) Describe elements of a routine that can make a critical contribution to a child’s ability to feel sufficiently safe and secure to reach out to those around her in a communicative manner.
      • (Part 1) Contrast the differences between (a) nonsymbolic and symbolic and (b) non-intentional and intentional communication.
      • (Part 2) Generate at least one example, regarding a familiar learner, of how development of different communication modes for receptive and expressive communication might be helpful.
      • (Part 2) Learn how to develop a pair of receptive and expressive nonsymbolic communication dictionaries for a child.
      • (Part 2) Learn how to appropriately adapt at least one emergent/early literacy book for a child.
    • Webinar Connection Information:
      • Prior to the meeting, please run this meeting test and follow any instructions as needed.
        • Once you land on the NCDB Webinar page, choose the Guest option, type your name, and click the Enter Room button.
        • Phone connection information will be posted in the room. The webinar will also be captioned.
        • For details on participating by phone only, contact Robbin Bull.On the day of the meeting:
    • Connection Troubleshooting:
      • If you fail to connect to the webinar using the link above, try one of two things: (a) use this alternate link or (b) try a different browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you still have trouble connecting, see our Adobe Connect Advanced Help page.
      • A pop-up box might prompt you to open and/or install an Adobe Connect Add-In. If you use a pop-up blocker in your browser, you might be prompted by your browser to allow the pop-up from Adobe Connect.
    • Recording: If you miss the webinar, you will be able to find the recording in our archived webinars listConnect your browser to http://hknc.adobeconnect.com/ncdb/

 

 

  • SESAC Meetings 2017-2018
    LOOKING FOR PARENTS FOR SESAC
    2017-2018 Meeting Scheduled TBA

    – Special Education State Advisory Committee
  • What: The Maryland Special Education State Advisory Committee (SESAC) is established in accordance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part B). The mission of the SESAC is to advise and assist the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services in administering, promoting, planning, coordinating, and improving the delivery of special education and related services to assure that all children with disabilities, three through 21 years of age, and their families have access to appropriate education and related services.
  • General Meetings: The SESAC will hold General Meetings from September 2016 through June 2017. General Meetings provide SESAC members, families, partners, and concerned citizens the opportunity to provide comment regarding Maryland’s system of early intervention and special education services. All General Meetings are open to the public.
  • Why: General Meetings provide SESAC members, families, partners, and concerned citizens the opportunity to provide comment regarding Maryland’s system of early intervention and special education services. All General Meetings are open to the public.
  • 2017-2018 Meeting Schedule:
    September 14, 201 — 10 am – 1 pm
     JHU/CTE, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive,
    Columbia, MD 21046
    Jan 11, 2018 — 10 am – 1 pm
    — MSDE, 200 West Baltimore Street
     Baltimore, MD 21201
    March 8, 2018 — 10 am – 1 pm
     JHU/CTE, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive,
    Columbia, MD 21046
    June 7, 2018 — 10 am – 1 pm
     JHU/CTE, 6740 Alexander Bell Drive,
    Columbia, MD 21046
  • Location: All meetings will be held at –>
    JHU Center for Technology in Education
    6740 Alexander Bell Drive
    Columbia, MD 21046
  • Additional Information: As with all Maryland committee meetings, visitors are welcome to attend and observe SESAC meetings at any time. Non- members of the SESAC may not participate in the session except when the SESAC expressly invites public testimony, comments, questions, or other public participation. Membership applications are available upon request.
  • Agenda: The agenda for each meeting will include a 30 minute public comment period. Those wishing to make public comment should contact Kelly Meissner at kelly@ppmd.org or (410) 768-9100 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Those wishing to make comment will be allotted 3 minutes.
  • Requests for special accommodations, including interpreters, must be made at least 10 business days before each meeting. You may contact Carmen A. Brown via email to carmen.brown1@maryland.gov 
  • SESAC needs input from families
    Request your application to join, 
    today!
    Contact Kelly Meissner at kelly@ppmd.org
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  • LEADers Training Program 2017-2018
    Annual Family Leadership Training series
    2017-2018 Training Sessions
    FOR parents of children in 
    Charles, Calvert, & St. Mary’s County 
  • 2016-17 Family LEADers flyerWhat: CBSS Collaboration Partner — The Parents’ Place of Maryland  (PPMD) — is now accepting applications for their next LEADers Program class.
  • NOTE: The 2017-2018 class is for families who have children with disabilities in Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s County. 
  • Who: Applicants must be family members of children with disabilities who want to develop a better understanding of special education advocacy and to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. The current class of for parents in Southern Maryland counties only.
  • Why: The LEADers Program provides parents with the information they need to be informed and active in special deception advocacy at the state and local levels. Parents are offered the tools they need to be an active voice for not only their own child, but also for other children with disabilites in their communities.
  • Topics: 
    • Special education law and regulations
    • Understanding tests and measurements
    • SMART standards-based IEPs
    • 504 plans
    • Dipute resolutions
    • Discipline under IDEA
    • Health and the IEP
    • Developing a leadership plan
  • Other information:
    • This program is FREE for family members of students receiving special education services.
    • Participants must attend all sessions.
    • Participants are required to provide feedback on their leadership activities after the training. Why? Because participants are committing to prove change using their newly learned skills.
    • Follow-up sessions will be offered after the program ends for interested participants.
  • Dates of 2017-2018 sessions: TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • For more information:
    Contact Kelly Meissner at Kelly@ppmd.org
    or 410-768-9100 ×107
  • REGISTRATION:
    To apply for the LEADers Program click here…
    APPLICATION DEADLINE — OCTOBER 24, 2016

 

  • DdI Network of the Americas Conference
    April 15-18, 2018
    Cape Cod, MA
    Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis
  • What & Why:  Deafblind International and Perkins School for the Blind are excited to host the first-ever Network of the Americas Conference. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network, learn and have fun with leaders in the field of deafblindness from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
       Partnerships for lifelong learning
    We’re all stronger when we work together. Our conference theme – Partnerships for lifelong learning – acknowledges the importance of teamwork. By partnering as educators, service providers, consumers, policymakers, advocates and family members, together we can offer a lifelong array of support for the deafblind community – spanning from early intervention and K-12 education to programs, services and products for adults.
  • Registration: CLICK HERE for the registration page… 

 

  • 2018 CMV Public Health and Policy Conference
    September 23-25, 2018
    Burlington, Vermont
  • What & Who: Clinicians, researchers, university faculty, childcare providers, parents, public health professionals, students, advocacy organizations, early intervention providers and policymakers. Learn how you can help reduce the number of babies born with CMV.
  • Information: Download the flyer here… 

 

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Ongoing or Recorded Events & Training

 

  • The PARCC Assessments and Students with Disabilities
    Free webinar recorded during 2014 — NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
  • Why: The PARCC Assessment will be replacing the MSAs for grades 3-8 in Math and English/Language Arts and several of the HSA tests beginning with the 2014-15 school year. This assessment is aligned with Maryland’s College and Career Ready Standards and will be given in a computerized format.
  • What: The speakers discuss the new PARCC Assessments going into effect for this school year and implications for students with disabilities. They offer information on allowable accommodations and built in accessibility features that are or may be available for all students.
  • How: This is a FREE Webinar for Parents — 
  • Speakers: 
    • Karla Marty, Section Chief, Specialized Instruction
    • Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, Maryland State Department of Education
    • Cecilia Roe, Director of Instructional Assessment and 
    • Professional Development, Maryland State Department of Education

 

  • Working with and Assessing Dual Media Learners
    Free webinar recorded during Fall 2014 — NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
  • Host:  Paths to Literacy through the Perkins School for the Blind
  • What & When:  TVI Anne Spitz will present a free webinar on Dual Media Learners: Instructional Strategies and Assessment on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Why: For some students with visual impairments, the decision around learning media is not as simple as choosing braille or print. These children may benefit from instruction in both braille and print (dual media). This presentation will provide an overview of the characteristics of dual media learners, considerations in programming, as well as strategies for instruction and assessment.
  • At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will learn to:
    • Identify the characteristics of dual media learners.
    • Design a plan to assess and monitor dual media learners.
    • Compare the challenges and benefits for dual media instruction.
    • Describe several strategies for instruction of children who are dual media learners.
  • To watch this webinar; Like all webinars through Perkins School for the Blind, this live presentation was recorded and archived on the website: http://www.perkins.org/resources/webinars/ 

 

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  • Parent Center Initiatives in Early Dispute Resolution
    WEBINAR (Recorded during January, 2015)
  • What & Who: The National Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) is hosting a FREE webinar, Parent Center Initiatives in Early Dispute Resolution with CADRE’s Associate Director, Philip Moses and four parent leaders from across the nation. Details about the webinar and how to register appear below as well as on the CADRE website. (If you’re unable to join, a recording will be available on the website at a later date.)
  • Registration Information: FREE webinar
  • Presenters: 
    • Philip Moses, Associate Director, CADRE, ModeratorTimothy Riveria, Staff Attorney, Advocates for Justice in Education (D.C), IEP Facilitation collaboration with their state educational agency.
    • Jody Manning, PTI Coordinator, PACER Center (MN), new dispute resolution project.
    • Jan Serak, Director, WI FACETS (WI), stakeholder involvement with their state’s dispute resolution system.
    • Ana Espada, Co-Director, Advocates for Families and Children (NY), collaboration with the New York Peace Institute and the provision of mediation services.
  • Additional Information:  View past CADRE webinar recordings
  • If interested, you may email cadre@directionservice.org and we will update you on upcoming CADRE webinars and provide you with an opportunity to give us feedback.

 

 

  • Early Identification & Referral Webinar Series
  • What & Who: The national EI&R initiative is launching a series of webinars beginning in October and continuing through the spring. At DB Summit 2015 state projects requested the opportunity to share and learn from one another’s efforts. State Deaf-Blind Projects who have spent time working within their state systems to enhance the identification and referral processes for children with combined vision and hearing loss will present.
  • Other Info: Participants are welcome to join in as many webinars as possible. Please come prepared to hear stories, ask questions, and share your own state specific ideas and struggles. Join the Early Identification and Referral Initiative Group on the NCDB site for details as they unfold (click here…).
  • Schedule:
    Self-Assessment Guide — from fall 2015
    Action Planning & Evidenced Based Practices — from fall 2015
    Part C — recored fall 2015
    Medical Community — recorded winter 2016
    EHDI — recorded winter 2016
    Community Programs — recorded winter 2016
  • Links to recordings –> HERE… 

 

  • OHOA logoIntervener Training
    Open Hands, Open Access:
    Deaf-blind Learning Modules
    (National Registered Participants)
  • What & Why: The Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Intervener Learning Modules are a  free, online, national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who have both a vision loss and a hearing loss and are being served in educational settings (ages 3 through 21).  The 27 modules were developed by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and are available for free online.
  • Who:  Paraprofessionals, Classroom Teachers, Teachers of the Blind & Visually Impaired, Teachers of the Deaf &Hard of Hearing, Related Service Personnel, SLP’s, Administrators, Interpreters
  • —> Welcome Module 
    –> 1: Overview of Deaf-blindness and Instructional Strategies
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     2: The Sensory System, The Brain, and Learning 
    —> 3: The Role of Interveners in Educational Settings
    —> 4: Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image 

    —> 5: Availability for Learning
    —> 6: Understanding Communication Principles 
    —> 7: Emergent Communication 
    —> 8: Non-symbolic to Symbolic Communication
    —> 9: Routines for Participation and Learning
    —> 10: Concept Development and. Active Learning
    —> 11: Intervener Strategies
    —> 12: Maximizing Vision and Hearing
    —> 13: Calendars
    —> 14: Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for Interveners
    —> 15: Orientation and Mobility in Everyday Routines (
    —> 16: Self-Determination
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     17: Social Skills
    —> 18: Collaborative Training and Family Partnerships
    —> 19: Accessing the curriculum and Environment
    —> 20: Values, Ethics, and Professionalism
    —> 21: Sexuality
    —> 22: An Introduction to Sign Language and Braille
    —> 23: Behavior and Environmental Supports
    —> 24: Transition to Adulthood and Community Living
    —> 25: Touch for Connecting and Learning
    —> 26: Touch for Connection and Communication
    —> 27: Putting It all Together 
  • To view the videos and learn from these modules,
    please visit the NCDB website “MOODLE” link HERE… 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Perkins School for the Blind e-Learning page
    Recorded Webinars — many different topics 
  • Some of the webinars come with possible education credits
  • Main webinar page: click here… 
  • Webinars cover topics such as:
    • Access to Appropriate Programs (30 min)
    • Accessible Books and Literacy (60 min)
    • Active Learning (5 part series)
    • Apps/iPad (2 part series)
    • Communication (60 min)
    • Deafblind Technology Solutions (30 min)
    • Effective Access to Communication (60 min)
    • Functional Curriculum (60 min)
    • Humanware Communication (30 min)
    • Literacy Adaptations (60 min)
    • Real-life Learning (60 min)
    • Sensory Activities (60 min)
    • Student-centered AAC Design (2 part series)
    • Supporting Available Learning (60 min)
    • Technology (60 min)
    • Working with Siblings (30 min) (available in Spanish)

 

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