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Helen Keller National Center, Senior Adult Services, is pleased to announce the dates for the 2014 Confident Living Programs on

April 6-11, 2014. (Cut-off date to receive completed forms: Monday March 10.)

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October 19-24, 2014 (Cut-off date to receive completed forms: Monday, Sept. 15.)

These one-week programs are specially designed for Senior Adults (age 55 and better), who are hard of hearing and blind or visually impaired, and do not use sign language as their primary means of communication

Participants in this program will obtain information and an introduction to skills in:

• coping with hearing and vision loss
• enhancing independent living skills
• enhancing communication skills
• experiencing new technology
• self advocacy
• elder law
• emergency preparedness
• community integration
• developing community resources
• utilizing Support Service Providers (SSPs)
• leisure activity options
• sharing life experiences with others
• having FUN

Program Cost:
Tuition and Room and Board $900.00

Transportation
Arrival & Departure
Participants must arrive on Sunday before 3 p.m. and depart on Friday by 2:00 p.m.

SSP:  Support Service Provider
We strongly encourage consumers to bring their own support service provider to assist them during the training.  SSPs will be given free room and meals during the week.  SSPs must provide their own transportation, and must share a room with their consumer.  SSPs may be friends, family member, or a service provider.

Due to the intensity and one-to-one focus for many of the classes, we accept a total of six (6) participants in each program.  Participants whose completed applications are received by the cut-off date will be given priority.  You may request an application from your HKNC regional representative or admission’s coordinator.  We hope to see you either in the Spring or Fall of 2014.

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Children, teens and adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, their families, and professionals who support us are welcome to join us at Shelby Farms Park, Pine Lake Drive (Pavilion #2) - near Woodland Discovery Playground and Lake.  We will grill hot dogs, connect with each other, and enjoy the lake.

This event is FREE and sponsored by:  East Memphis, Quota International; PEARS; Deaf Family Literacy Mid-South; Family Voices of Tennessee; DeafConnect of the Mid-South, Inc.; and the Tennessee Dept. of Health.

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
ASL Interpreters Provided/Spoken Spanish Interpreters Provided

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

PRESENTERS:    Martha Veto and Alison Adcock

DESCRIPTION:
A look at the impact of CVI on young children and how  we can help families promote purposeful self-initiated movement and concept development

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation
REGISTER HERE: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1otmA_FeSZmk0T108gJejQ (South Carolina School for the Deaf & Blind)

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TIME:  6PM - 7PM CST; 7PM - 8PM EST

SPONSORED BY GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY REGIONAL CENTER SOUTH

As we all know, the pandemic has unfortunately reached new heights and has become widespread in every corner of the country. We have put together a panel of Deaf public health experts and epidemiologists who will be answering important questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming vaccine, and how we can stay safe and healthy. 

This webinar, the second in our Youth Programs Webinar Series, will be more appropriate for middle and high school students. However, elementary students are welcome to join with the understanding that we strongly encourage their parents to sit with them.

Please feel free to share this information with your students and their families. We encourage people to pre-register for this Zoom-based webinar. Students will be welcome to ask questions for the panelists through the Q+A feature on Zoom. ASL to voice interpreters will be provided along with a live transcription. If additional special accommodations are needed, please email me at jesse.saunders@gallaudet.edu.

REGISTER HERE:  https://gallaudet.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UuvhkBTfQPa9DB4wsZl41w

Thanks, and stay safe and healthy! 

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BridgesTN and BridgesWEST are proud to present a COVID-19 Conversation specifically for our D/deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing communities.

Please join us for the latest information about COVID-19 and the new vaccines. Both #ASL interpreting and #CART will be provided.

You can also submit questions in advance!  Submit questions to info@bridgesfordeafandhh.org by February 1, 2021

What You Need to Know about COVID-19 and the New Vaccines: a Conversation for our D/deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Communities

Register Here: https://hipaa.jotform.com/210247388688165 

About Dr. Talbot:

Dr. Keipp Talbot is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Talbot is a member of the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC' s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and a member of that committee's COVID-19 Work Group. Talbot also performs COVID-19 and influenza surveillance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
Tuesdays and Thursdays
(ASL Interpreting, Captioning & Spanish Interpreting Provided)
Sponsored by the Southeast State DeafBlind Projects

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

Children with multisensory impairments face many challenges related to the development of communication skills, however all children attempt to communicate in some way. It is vitally important that families and professionals believe in a child’s capacity and desire to communicate with others and encourage and support effective skill development in this area. This presenter will share suggestions for building communication rich environments that provide these children with many opportunities for and reasons to communicate and connect with others and offer ideas for practices and supports will increase the child’s skills and confidence in communicating with others in their environment.

PRESENTER:  Julie Maier, California DeafBlind Services Educational Specialist

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zUfQ_88gTyCjlEf-7Vk2Sg

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Start Times (by time zone):

12:00pm-1:00pm CT

1:00pm-2:00pm ET

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: https://usu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1BJCRrXcDL6ozsO

Captioning and ASL Interpreting will be provided at the site of the webinar

Description:

When parents and professionals view one another as equal partners, an authentic partnership can develop through true collaboration.  This is beneficial for everyone involved and can result in some amazing outcomes that would not be possible alone. Collaboration between Parent Leaders and EHDI professionals requires respect, trust, and a consistent and mindful effort to communicate. This results in opportunities for improving programs and systems together. These are important elements of partnership in the co-production of services that are designed to meet the unique needs of families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing from the diverse and cultural populations in your state or territory. Heidi and Lylis will discuss how Arizona EHDI has evolved, how parent partnerships are viewed, the level of parent leader involvement, and how parents have moved from a seat at the table to leading at the head of the table.

Responding to a global pandemic showed the entire EHDI system what the team was capable of accomplishing. This presentation will discuss how relationships and trust lead to a coordinated, comprehensive response in meeting the unique needs of diverse, cultural populations.

Primary Audience: Family leaders, family-based support organizations, Deaf-based organizations, EHDI program staff, EHDI systems stakeholders, and Pediatric Healthcare Professionals.

Presenters:

Heidi Klomhaus holds a Certificate in Deaf Studies, an AAS in Sign Language Interpretation and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies-Public Administration. She serves as Executive Director and Guide By Your Side Coordinator of Arizona Hands & Voices. Being Hard of Hearing herself, with severe hearing loss, led her to attending college and pursuing studies in the Deaf world. During that time, her youngest child was born Hard of Hearing, giving Heidi a new direction in life. Knowing there were opportunities to make a difference in her own daughter’s journey led her to Arizona Hands & Voices where she is now making a difference in the lives of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children and their families statewide.

Lylis Olsen is a pediatric audiologist with a master’s degree in public health.  She has worked with the EAR Foundation of Arizona for 22 years on implementing and improving newborn and early childhood hearing screening through various projects as the State Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Coordinator.  Lylis is also the program manager for HEAR for Kids, a grant and donation funded program to help families pay for evaluations, loaner, and permanent hearing aids.  She feels that her mission is to remove obstacles and clear the path for parents to help their children reach their potential.

 

This webinar is being provided by the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, National Technical Resource Center (EHDI NTRC) housed within the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University.  The work of the NTRC is funded in part by a cooperative agreement (U52MC04391) from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

 


 

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
Tuesdays and Thursdays
(ASL Interpreting, Captioning & Spanish Interpreting Provided)
Sponsored by the Southeast State DeafBlind Projects

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

Many educational teams struggle with how to begin communication programming for a learner who communicates in idiosyncratic, nonconventional ways—that is, primarily without the use of symbols. Through the development and implementation of a nonsymbolic expressive signal dictionary and an augmented input receptive dictionary for an individual learner, a family and educational team can build a solid foundation for future communication programming. Family and team members will learn how to consistently respond to identified elements of a learner’s communication attempts (i.e., signals and gestures), and provide information to the learner in a consistent manner through gestures and spoken words / manual signs. By implementing these strategies, the team is much more likely to facilitate successful communicative interactions and collectively move the learner’s skills in the direction of symbolic communication.

PRESENTER:  Dr. Susan M. Bashinski, Interim Dean, Graduate School at Missouri Western State University

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE:  https://uky.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QdM9mTgZQ1mM-V6fSR-x1g

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series

TIME:  2:30-4pm EASTERN time / 1:30-3pm CENTRAL time

ASL Interpreters Provided

Please register by NOON Eastern Time Day of Presentation

PRESENTER:  Emma Nelson

DESCRIPTION:
This presentation will highlight potential benefits of collaborations between the National Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Network, EHDI programs, and Hands & Voices State Chapters to address critical needs in the areas of early identification of infants and toddlers who are deaf-blind, referral to state deaf-blind projects, and appropriate intervention for infants and toddlers with deaf-blindness. The focus of the presentation will identify common risk factors and etiologies associated with deaf-blindness and highlight the necessity for statewide systems level collaboration between Deaf-Blind Projects, EHDI Programs, Family Organizations such as Hands & Voices State Chapters, and Part C Early Intervention to identify hearing and vision losses and refer for appropriate services as early as possible. Additionally, the presentation will provide examples of emerging state based solutions and present the opportunity for active discussion around possible additional solutions and partnerships to adequately meet the unique needs of this population.

Click Here to Register

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
ASL Interpreters Provided/Spoken Spanish Interpreters Provided

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

PRESENTER:  Emma Nelson

DESCRIPTION:
This presentation will highlight potential benefits of collaborations between the National Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Network, EHDI programs, and Hands & Voices State Chapters to address critical needs in the areas of early identification of infants and toddlers who are deaf-blind, referral to state deaf-blind projects, and appropriate intervention for infants and toddlers with deaf-blindness. The focus of the presentation will identify common risk factors and etiologies associated with deaf-blindness and highlight the necessity for statewide systems level collaboration between Deaf-Blind Projects, EHDI Programs, Family Organizations such as Hands & Voices State Chapters, and Part C Early Intervention to identify hearing and vision losses and refer for appropriate services as early as possible. Additionally, the presentation will provide examples of emerging state based solutions and present the opportunity for active discussion around possible additional solutions and partnerships to adequately meet the unique needs of this population.

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation
REGISTER HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rl2uPxFcT_qXWwpDhQvI7A  (South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind)