Families are integral members of the educational team of a child who is deafblind. They need to understand the various types of educational services that can be provided to their child and how they function. Connections Beyond Sight and Sound can provide families with knowledge and skills to increase their parental involvement in educational and transitional opportunities.
Connections Beyond Sight and Sound strives to improve content knowledge and skill in deafblindness for teachers, parents, service providers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and other educators working with students with dual sensory loss. We provide teams with professional development opportunities that are customized to meet their students’ needs. We offer training programs by combining online resources with on-site or distance coaching/consultation to promote the implementation of evidence-based practices. CBSS is a free resource and technical assistance project that is available to all school systems in Maryland and the District of Columbia. CBSS wants everyone on the education team to succeed. We demonstrate this by providing coaching to the educational team on evidence-based strategies. CBSS honors the process of building capacity and creating a school environment that becomes an effective and centered school team for the DeafBlind child.