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CBSS Save the Date Events

2016-2017 CBSS Mini-Grants
Recipients announced  here…
 General information here… 

CBSS Advisory Committee Meeting
Spring Meeting: Friday May 12, 2017
Location & Time TBD
CBSS AC main page HERE…
Detailed info on Spring 2017 AC Meeting HERE…
Meeting will include presentations by
the 2016-2017 mini-grant recipients,
as well as presentations by family members
and the co-author of the Cogswell Macy Act.

Annual Family Day at the Farm
Spring 2017 (date will be in June)
Information to be posted soon…

Summer Institute 2017
CVI —  Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy
June 19-23, 2017
9:00 am – 4:oo pm daily

Summer Institute main page HERE..
Details about the 2017 SI & REGISTRATION LINK HERE… 

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Current & Upcoming Events & Training


  • American Conference on 
    Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment
    Friday, June 9 – Saturday, June 10, 2017
    Omaha, NE
  • What: The American Conference on Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment brings together occupational therapists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, teachers of the visually impaired, neurologists, pediatric intensivists, physiatrists and parents to increase interdisciplinary understanding of cortical visual impairment in children.
  • Why: 
    • Discuss the challenges and successes experiences by professionals and families as they support a child with CVI from birth through Phase III.
    • Describe a province-based CVI reporting system in Canada.
    • Define literacy and how it applies to the CVI population and discuss strategies for improving literacy in children with CVI.
    • Identify Zika Virus as a new cause of CVI.
    • Assess two-dimensional image recognition in children with CVI, determine appropriate visual learning media, and provide direct instruction in salient features through use of a case study.
    • Recognize changes in vision following removal of half of the brain cortex.
    • Discuss the principles of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) and Bimanual Therapy.
    • Describe the effect of a high functioning patient with CVI on parents and teachers.
    • Define CVI interventions for children in Phase III of the Roman CVI Range.
    • Discuss the use of telehealth as a vehicle for improving access to care for children with CVI.
    • Describe a method by which eye care providers can incorporate CVI assessment in clinical practice
    • Describe a current study underway to validate the Roman CVI Range.
    • Engage attendees in the design of research initiatives in PCVI.
    • Discuss barriers and success strategies for achieiving educational goals for a child with CVI.
    • Describe advocacy techniques for specialized intervention.
    • Review pearls for changing practice and identify opportunities for future education.
  • Who: Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, ophthalmologists, pediatric ophthalmologists, neuroophthalmologists, neuro-optometrists, optometrists, teachers of the visually impaired, pediatric neurologists, pediatric intensivists, pediatric physiatrists, physical therapists, orientation and mobility specialists, and parents.
  • Where:
    Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
    8200 Dodge Street
    Omaha, NE 68114
  • Cost: Registration costs are for both days. Registrants are invited to attend as many sessions as they can. Prorated registration for single-day attendance will not be permitted.
    Physicians, optometrists: $160
    Occupational therapist: $150
    Teachers and others: $125
    Residents/students/parents: $75
  • Other information:Please do not bring any children to the conference.
    • A block of rooms has been reserved at Marriott Regency at a rate of $109 per night.
    • For reservations, call 402.399.9000 and mention the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center vision conference.
    • Dress in layers for your comfort.Emergency contact during the conference: 402.888.8321.
    • With questions regarding research forum, registration, special dietary needs or other accommodations contact 402.955.6070.
    • Free on-site parking available at the hotel. Shuttle transportation provided to and from conference.
  • Registration: Space is limited — register soon.
    Registration deadline — June 2, 2017
    Register online at (click here…)
    –> Click here to view the conference brochure…


  • 5th Deafblind Shabbaton / Sabbath Retreat
    Building a Jewish Community
    Fri, June 16 (10 am) through Sun, June 18 (12 noon)
  • What & Who: A fully accessible opportunity  for Jews of all backgrounds living with dual hearing and vision loss to experience  Shabbat (Sabbath) together during a weekend retreat.
  • Age: Targeted to individuals ages 14 and up.
  • Miscellaneous Information:
    • Delicious OU certified-Kosher meals
    • Interactive workshops
    • Hands-on activities
    • SSPs and interpreters for all Jewish Deafblind participants
    • Braille and large print materials
    • Spouses welcome
    • Transportation from the Deafblind Camp of Maryland on Friday available upon request
    • Thursday night accommodations available upon request
    • VIEW THE EVENT FLYER HERE –> Deafblind Shabbaton Flyer 2017
  • When: Friday, June 16 at 10:00 am through  Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 12 noon
  • Where: Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD
  • Registration Information: 
    • Early Bird Registration: $175 per person  until February 15
    • After February 15: $225 per person
    • Scholarships for registration and transportation are available via registration form
    • Online registration available:
  • Contact: Sheryl Cooper Email:
    Voice: 410-­484-­5377
    Videophone: 443-­687­-7504


  • Deafblindness and the Role of K-12 Interveners
    ASL-English Interpretation Program
    Thursdays, April 20 – June 15, 2017
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    AND 4 online self-pace modules
  • What: Deafblindness and the Role of K-12 Interveners, an ASL-English Interpretation Program hosted by LaGuardia Community College.
  • Why: Explore the emerging field of intervention for DeafBlind individuals and learn strategies that will enhance your practice. You will focus on how DeafBlind students access information and how interveners facilitate that process as part of the educational team (teacher, related service provider). You’ll discuss the critical aspect of building trusting relationships with students in order to provide successful intervention, ultimately leading to positive self-image.
  • Lead Instructor: Susanne Morrow, MA, CI, CT
    • DeafBlind Specialist and nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter
    • Developer of educational manuals and multi-media training materials on best practices on DeafBlind interpreting strategies
    • Lead developer of Introduction to Sign Language and Braille module, part of the Open Hands, Open Access intervener module series developed by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness
    • Former Chairperson of RID Deaf-Blind Member Section & co-founder of the National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting (NTFDBI)
    • Project Director of New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC) & founder of Deaf-Blind Training, Interpreting & Professional Development (DB-TIP)
  • Who: This course is open to interpreting students, working interpreters, paraprofessionals, related service providers, educators, and related service providers.
  • Cost:  $445*
    *Stipends of $250 each are available through the New York DeafBlind Collaborative upon full completion of the course requirements.
  • Course Dates & Times:
    Thursdays , April 20 – June 15, 2017
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    4/20, 5/4, 5/18 , 6/1, 6/15
    4 online modules (self-paced biweekly)

  • Registration: 
    Vanessa Watson at (718) 482-5313
    – email
    Register online at
    Registration Deadline – April 10, 2017




  • OHOA logoIntervener Training —
    OHOA Modules 2016-2017

    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
    – 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
  • 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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