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This self-paced training module offers a collection of introductory information, evidence-based strategies, and scenarios at home, school, and in the community. It is designed to build confidence and comfort for anyone communicating or connecting with people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired.

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 1/2 hours

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate how to approach a person who is blind or visually impaired in a social setting and offer assistance.
  • Recognize three strategies that can be used to communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Describe two considerations for making environments more accessible.


Christine Croyle, Ed.D., CCC-SLP provides leadership to the Outreach Center team as they work to build capacity of professionals, families, and community members who serve learners who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Blind/Visually Impaired. Christine has served as a school administrator for The Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities and as a speech language pathologist at The Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB). She has presented at state, national, and international conferences on topics including leading inclusive models of education, instructional strategies, and designing spaces with accessibility in mind.

Heather Herbster, Ph.D., has a background in supporting the needs of students, families, and educators using outreach supports. She is a licensed Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with experience in the areas of lifespan transitions, signed language modalities, and higher education instruction. She has had the opportunity to build partnerships utilizing both state and national initiatives focused on improving student outcomes with research interests that include the examination of evaluative practices for children with vision and/or hearing loss.

Module Content

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