August Monthly Update
NCDB Position Announcement: Project Specialist - Writer
NCDB is in need of a talented writer to assist us in developing resources and products. Please disseminate this opportunity or encourage individuals who may be interested to apply.
Professional Development Series
The University of South Dakota is offering four online courses for certified educators beginning in Fall 2020: (1) An Introduction to Deaf-Blindness; (2) Deaf-Blindness—Communication Strategies; (3) Deaf-Blindness—Assessment & Instructional Planning; and (4) Life Planning for Success—Deaf-Blind Strategies. Learn more.
New Practice Guide
NCDB is pleased to announce the publication of Appropriate Assessment Strategies: NCDB Practice Guide. This is the second in a series of guides that outline essential components of instructional practices commonly used with children who are deaf-blind. To learn more, visit our Practice Guides web page.
DbI Network of the Americas
There is a newly formed network within Deafblind International (DbI) called the Network of the Americas. Its mission is to provide opportunities and platforms where members can share successes, challenges, and practices toward creating a barrier-free life to people with deafblindness. To learn more about the network and an opportunity to join DbI for free, see this announcement about the Network of the Americas.
OSEP COVID-19 Resources
Just a reminder that OSEP has two websites with guidance and resources about education during COVID-19:
You can keep track of these and other resources on NCDB's Resources for Providing TA During the COVID-19 Pandemic page.
Sensing Connections Grief Group
Enrollment for the Sensing Connections grief group is still open. The first session begins on September 9. The meetings will be held on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 PT/6:30 MT/7:30 CT/8:30 ET for 90 minutes.
Please share the Sensing Connections Flyer with families members who might benefit.
Transition Initiative Bulletin Board
Just a reminder to check out the Transition Initiative Bulletin Board! This is a place to share new resources, upcoming events, and other information from our partners both within and outside of the deaf-blind network.
Are you working with families at home that need technology devices? iCanConnect is a national program with local contacts that helps people with significant hearing and vision loss stay in touch with their family, friends, communities, and the world. For an overview, see 2018 National Webinar: iCanConnect - The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program.