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CBSS Save the Date Events

2017-2018 CBSS Mini-Grants
Application information coming soon…
2016-2017 recipients announced  here…
 General information here…

CBSS Advisory Committee Meeting
Upcoming Meetings:
Fall Meeting: Friday, November 3, 2017
Spring Meeting: Friday, May 18, 2018

JH CTE, Columbia, MD
CBSS AC main page HERE…
DETAILS on 2017-2018 meetings coming soon…
Recent Meeting:
Detailed info on Spring 2017 AC Meeting HERE…
Meeting included presentations by
the 2016-2017 mini-grant recipients,
as well as presentations by family members
and the co-author of the Cogswell Macy Act.


CBSS Joint Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, December 31, 2017

JH CTE, Columbia, MD
Details to be posted soon…

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

2018 Summer Institute
June 20-22, 2018
9:00 am – 4:oo pm daily

Summer Institute main page HERE..
Details about the 2018 SI to be posted soon.

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Current & Upcoming Events & Training


  • Powerful Parents:  Pulling it All Togetherpowerful parents conference flyer
    Maryland School for the Deaf
    September 9, 2017 (9 am – 4 pm)
    Ellicott City, MD
  • What: Powerful Parents — Pulling it All Together… “A must for any family who coordinates care for a child with special needs! A FREE conference co-hosted by Family Support Services, Parent Connections, Connections Beyond Sight and Sound, Maryland School for the Deaf, and Parents’ Place of Maryland.
  • Who: This FREE event is a must for any family who coordinates care for a child with special needs. This free conference will help you identify key members of your child’s care team; communicate with providers; navigate challenges; organize records; find resources and cope with stress.
  • Why: Participants will be offered information on topics that include…
    • Identifying key members of the child’s care team
    • Communicating with providers
    • Navigating challenges
    • Organizing records
    • Finding resources
    • Coping wit stress
  • When & Where: 
    September 9, 2017 (9 am – 4 pm)

    Maryland School for the Deaf
    Denton Building – Multi Purpose Room
    8169 Old Montgomery Road
    Ellicott City, MD  21043
  • NOTE/Registration:
    This is a free event but you must register at 
    Space is limited so please register early!
  • NOTE: Childcare is NOT available.
  • More information:
    Cheri Dowling — or 443-277-8899
    or Donna Riccobono


  • Guiding the Journey: transition workshop flyer
    A Transition Training for Parents
    Parents’ Place of Maryland
    4 sessions – Sept 16, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, 2017
    Frederick, MD
  • What & Why: Parents’ Place of Maryland is hosting a 4-session workshop — Guiding the Journey: A Transition for Parents during fall, 2017.The transient from school to adulthood for children with special needs can be challenging. It can be difficult to know where to begin or what the priorities should be. The FREE series of training sessions, which includes the use of Lifecourse Tools, is offered to help parents navigate their process and develop a unique Transition Action Plan for/with their child.
  • Goals: During this training, parents will —
    • Gain an understanding of their changing role
    • Complete homework individualized to their child
    • Develop a customized Transition Action Plan
  • Who should apply: Parents of transition aged students (ages 14-21 years) who have an IEP or 505 plan.
  • NOTE: Participants must commit to attending ALL FOUR SESSIONS.
  • How to apply: Complete the online application by clicking on the registration link below or copying and pasting the link into your browser.
    August 18, 2017
  • When: (exact hours TBA)
    • Session 1 — Sept. 16, 2017 — Your Child and Transition
    • Session 2 — Oct. 7, 2017 — School and Transition
    • Session 3 — Nov. 4, 2017 — Postsecondary Options
    • Session 4 — Dec. 2, 2017 — Life in the Community
  • Where: All session located at the
    Maryland School for the Deaf — Frederick Campus
    Ely Building
    101 Clarke Place
    Frederick, MD 21705
  • Questions: Kelly Meissner at 


  • Outside the Box Annual Conference 2017 Save the Date - Professionals 2017
    Communication, Accessibility, Partnerships

    October 6 & 7, 2017 — Rehobeth Beach, DE
  • What: The annual “Outside the Box” conference — with the 2017 theme of “Communication, Accessibility, Partnerships.”
  • Presenters/Sessions include:
    • Dr. Gary Allison — Behavior Change and Support with Severe & Profound Disabilities
    • Philip Schweigert — Assessment Driven Communication Intervention
    • Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy — Cortical Visual Impairment
    • Cheryl Cotter — Autism Speaks
    • TBD — Assistive Technology
    • TBD — Delaware Specific IEPs
    • TBD — D/HH Speakers
  • When & Where: 
    • October 6 & 7, 2017
    • Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center
    • Rehobeth Beach, Delaware
  • Registration dates:
    • Early —  July 1- August 31 — $70 one day or $85 two days
    • Late —  Sept 1 – Sept 30  — $90 one day or $100 two days
    • REGISTRATION ENDS October 1, 2017
  • Registration link: –> CLICK HERE….
    or cut and paste this link –>
  • NOTE about accommodations: 
    • Attendees are responsible for meals and hotel accommodations
    • Please contact the hotel directly (1-800-422-0600)
    • Refer to BLOCK #8318 to make reservations
  • More information: 
    Karen Robinson – 302-454-2305
    email: Karen.Robinson@Christina.K12.DE.US 




  • OHOA logoIntervener Training —
    2017-2018 Schedule TBA

    Open Hands, Open Access:
    Deaf-blind Learning Modules

    (National Registered Participants)
  • Host: Representatives from the Maryland/DC, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia Deaf-Blind Projects. You will have opportunities to network with participants and hosts from other states.
  • 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 modules were developed by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and use an online management system called Moodle.
  • Who:  Paraprofessionals, Classroom Teachers, Teachers of the Blind & Visually Impaired, Teachers of the Deaf &Hard of Hearing, Related Service Personnel, SLP’s, Administrators, Interpreters
  • Fall 2016 Schedule
    — >
    Welcome Module (9/15-9/19)
    —— NOTE: MUST BE COMPLETED if first time in East Coast OHOA

    — > 1: Overview of Deaf-blindness (9/19-10/2)
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     2: The Sensory System, The Brain, and Learning (10/3-10/16)
    —— NOTE: Modules 1 and 2 are to be taken together
    —— NOTE: Modules 3, 4 and 5 are not offered this year
    — > 6: Understanding Communication Principles (10/17-10/30)
    — > 7: Emergent Communication (10/31-11/13)
    — > 8: Non-symbolic to Symbolic Communication (11/14-12/4)
    —— NOTE: Modules 6, 7, and 8 are to be taken together
  • Spring 2017 Schedule
    — > 14: Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for Interveners (1/9-1/22)
    — > 15: Orientation and Mobility in Everyday Routines
    —— NOTE: Modules 14 and 15 are to be taken together
    —— NOTE: Modules 10, 11 and 12 are not offered this year
    — > 9: Routines for Participation and Learning (2/6-2/19) 
    — > 13: Calendars (2/20-3/12)
    —— NOTE: Modules 9 and 13 are to be taken together
    — > 16: Social Skills (3/13-3/26)
    — >
     17: Self Determination (3/27-4/9)
    —— NOTE: Modules 16 and 17 are to be taken together
    —— NOTE: Modules 10, 11, and 12 are not offered this year
  • To enroll: Click here
     –> or go to:
  • Questions: Contact Lauri Triulzi at


  • SESAC Meetings 2016-2017
    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.
  • 2016-2017 Meeting Schedule:
    September 14, 2016 — 10 am – 1 pm
    October 19, 2016 –10 am – 1 pm
    Dec 14, 2016 — 10 am – 1 pm
    Jan 11, 2017 — 10 am – 1 pm
    April 12, 2016 — 10 am – 1 pm
    May 16, 2017 — 10 am – 1 pm
    June 14, 2017 — 10 am – 1 pm
  • 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 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 
  • SESAC needs input from families
    Request your application to join, 
    Contact Kelly Meissner at


  • LEADers Training Program 2016-2017
    Annual Family Leadership Training series
    2017-2018 Meeting Scheduled TBA
  • 2016-17 Family LEADers flyerWhat: CBSS Collaboration Partner — The Parents’ Place of Maryland  (PPMD) — is now accepting applications for their next LEADers Program class.
  • 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.
  • 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 2016-2017 sessions:
    • November 19, 2016  (9 am – 4 pm)
    • December 10, 2016  (9 am – 4 pm)
    • January 7, 2017  (9 am – 4 pm)
    • January 28, 2017  (9 am – 4 pm)
    • February 18, 2017  (9 am – 4 pm)
    • March 11, 2017 (9 am – 4 pm)
    • April 1, 2017 (9 am – 4 pm)
  • Location:
    Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Campus
    8169 Old Montgomery Road
    Columbia, MD 21044
  • For more information:
    Contact Kelly Meissner at
    To apply for the LEADers Program click 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: 



  • 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 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… 




  • 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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