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Professional Development Opportunities

This page provides information about opportunities in the United States for teachers and related service providers to learn about deaf-blindness and instructional practices for children and youth who are deaf-blind. Available opportunities come in a variety of forms—online courses, webinars, and self-study modules. These are organized topically below. Some have opportunities to obtain CEUs or credits. Please note that NCDB does not host modules or offer CEUs or credits, so be sure to contact the relevant sponsoring agencies for more information. 

NCDB staff review professional development opportunities on an ongoing basis to keep this page up-to-date. You may also want to visit the following sites for other opportunities:

A woman and a young girl who is deaf-blind sit facing each other at a table on which there is an open book. The girl has her left hand on top of the woman's right hand.

Active Learning

Active Learning: Principles

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 12 Cost: Free
Organization: TSBVI

Active Learning: Functional Scheme

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 3 Cost: Free
Organization: TSBVI

Active Learning: Program Planning

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: Free
Organization: TSBVI

Active Learning: Implementation

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: Free
Organization: TSBVI

Active Learning: Documenting Progress

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs:Cost: Free
Organization: TSBVI

Active Learning: Equipment

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.75 Cost: Free
Organization: TSBVI

Active Learning: Materials

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs:Cost: Free
Organization: TSBVI

Active Learning Is More Than a Piece of Equipment! Tutorial

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

OHOA Module: Availability for Learning

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Assessment and Planning

Assessment of Students with CVI: Reliable Scoring of the CVI Range (Fall Term)

Type: Module CEs: 25 Cost: $325
Organization: Perkins

TVI: Effective Collaboration

Type: Webinar CEs: 1.5 Cost: unknown
Organization: Perkins

FVA for Students with Multiple Disabilities: A Collaborative Approach Across Disciplines

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

The Work of Dr. Jan van Dijk

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

Communication

OHOA Module: Understanding Communication Principles

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: Emergent Communication

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Piaget (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Gestural Development (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Developing a Communicative Intentionality (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Communication Mapping (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: Touch for Connection and Communication

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

AAC for Students with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 4 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

Early Intervention

Emotional Connection for Human Health and Happiness

Type: Podcast CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: TSBVI

Deaf-Blindness for Early Intervention Practitioners Course

Type: Module CEs: None Cost: Free 
Organization: Virginia Early Intervention eLearning Center

Early Orientation and Mobility: Birth to Three

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55 
Organization: Perkins

Expanded Core Curriculum

Applying the Expanded Core Curriculum

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 20 Cost: $45 no credit $175 for credits
Organization: Perkins

Expanded Core Curriculum: A Team Approach

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

Teaching the ECC to the 21st Century Learner Tutorial

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

Life Skills

Let's Get Cooking: Teaching Meal Preparation Skills to Students with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

Teaching Independent Living Skills (Keys 11)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 10 Cost: $45 no credit $125 10 credits
Organization: Perkins

OHOA Module: Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for Interveners

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: Orientation and Mobility in Everyday Routines

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: Social Skills and Peer Relationships

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: Self-Determination

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: Sexuality

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Literacy

Literacy for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind: Building a Foundation

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Literacy and CVI: Phases II and III

Type: Module CEs: 25 Cost: $325
Organization: Perkins

Overview on Deaf-Blindness

Introduction to Deaf-Blindness (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: An Overview of Deaf-Blindness and Instructional Strategies

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Deafblind Insights

Type: Video CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: TSBVI

OHOA Module: Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

CHARGE Syndrome

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 20 Cost: $45 no credit, $175 for credits Organization: Perkins

CHARGE Syndrome - Series #1: Characteristics and Implications

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

CHARGE Syndrome - Series #2: Behavior, Balance and Planning for the Future

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 2  Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

Routines and Calendars

Utilizing Routines (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: Routines for Participation and Learning

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Calendar Systems (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: Calendars

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Teaching Strategies

Teaching Strategies for Students Who are Blind/VI with Multiple Disabilities in the Sensorimotor Stage of Development

Type: Module CEs: 30 Cost: $350
Organization: Perkins

Teaching Strategies for Students Who Are Visually Impaired with Additional Disabilities Including Deafblindness

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 10 Cost: $125
Organization: Perkins

Supporting Availability for Learning: Student-Centered Assessment and Intervention

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

OHOA Module: Intervener Strategies

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: Concept Development and Responsive Environments

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Recognizing and Building Abstract Thinking in the Child with Visual Impairment

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

OHOA Module: Accessing the Curriculum and the Environment

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: Behavior and Environmental Supports

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Technology

Deaf-Blind Technology Solutions

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins, free webinar for no credit available

Leisure through Technology for Students with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55
Organization: Perkins

Touch

Interactions with Objects (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

OHOA Module: Touch for Connecting and Learning

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Interactions with Touch (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Hand-under-Hand (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Transition

The Top 5 Keys to Successful Transition for Deaf-Blind Youths; A Guide for Families

Type: Webcast CEs: .5 Cost: $29.99
Organization: HKNC

OHOA Module: Transition to Adulthood and Community Living

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Personal Futures Planning

Type: Webcast CEs: 1 Cost: $29.99
Organization: HKNC

Pre-Employment Transition Services

Type: Webinar CEs: 1 Cost: $19.99
Organization: HKNC

Remaining Current in the Deaf-Blind World

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 2 Cost: $29.99
Organization: HKNC

Vision and Hearing

The What's the Complexity Framework: Designing a visually accessible school day for the child with CVI

Type: Module CEs: 40 Cost: $425
Organization: Perkins

How to Help Your Child with CVI: A Self-Paced Tutorial for Parents and Professionals

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 35 Cost: Free, no credit $275 for credit Organization: Perkins

Hearing Issues for Students with Deafblindness: Auditory Training for Students with MIVI

Type: Video CEs: None Cost: Free Organization: TSBVI

OHOA Module: The Sensory System, the Brain and Learning

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Special Issues of CHARGE Syndrome: Sensory Processing and Vision

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55 Organization: Perkins

OHOA Module: Maximizing Vision and Hearing

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Introduction to Vision Loss (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Introduction to Hearing Loss (Foundational Knowledge in Deaf-Blindness Modules)

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Working with Families and Teams

Working with Siblings of People with Deafblindness or Multiple Disabilities (Spanish Only)

Type: Webinar CEs: None Cost: Free Organization: Perkins

OHOA Module: The Role of Interveners in Educational Settings

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB

Advocacy

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: 1.5 Cost: $55 Organization: Perkins

OHOA Module: Collaborative Teaming and Family Partnerships

Type: Self-Guided Module CEs: None Cost: Free
Organization: NCDB