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Nebraska Deaf-Blind Summer Institute

Calendar When
May 01, 2020
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Map Pin Where
Sheridan Lutheran Church
70th & Old Cheney
Lincoln, NE
Person Icon Presenter
Dr. Susan M. Bashinski
Two Buildings Organization Agency
Nebrask Deptartment of Education

This three-day institute will present the argument that ALL individuals with deaf-blindness DO communicate—not that they all can learn to communicate, but the fact that they already do!

The presenter will bust the myth, which often paralyzes families/teams, that “they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” by discussing the criticality of “meeting the learner where she is” and consistently responding to her observable behaviors in a predictable, consistent way. Essential points for understanding a learner’s growth in the direction of conventional communication (i.e., from the starting point of non-symbolic, non-intentional communication) will be presented and discussed. During the session, participants will review specific steps for the development of materials for each of the five primary strategies associated with the Tri-Focus Framework (Siegel-Causey & Bashinski, 1997), along with suggestions for implementing these strategies through an interprofessional, collaborative model. There will be an opportunity for team sharing, networking, and learning from each other. In addition, future support will be provided by the DB Project for selected teams and/or participants to receive additional follow-up in the 2019-20 school year.

Additional Details


Registration is DUE by: May 31, 2019


The institute is open to individuals from other states. Additional details will be emails to participants.


Teresa Coons, Project Director

Teresa Coons, Project Coordinator

The institute is open to individuals from other states. Additional details will be emails to participants.

About Dr. Bashinski

Dr, Susan M. Bashinski is a Professor of Special Education at Missouri Western State Univ. She has over 40 years of experience working with learners who experiece multiple disablities, including deaf-blindness