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Promoting Access Module Resources

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You will get answers to common questions such as:

  • How do I approach a person who is blind or visually impaired in a social setting?
  • How do I communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing if I don’t know sign language?
  • What are some environmental considerations for making my classroom more accessible?
  • What specific strategies can I use today?

How Is The Information Organized?

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

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In this module, you will gain insight into factors that can impact how a person receives information using sight, sound and touch. You will also learn some simple and effective strategies to get you started with some basic supports.

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Chapter 1. Establishing Relationships

The relationships we form with one another are an important part of our social and emotional well-being. Understanding how we are similar and how we are different enriches our interactions and strengthens our bonds.

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Chapter 2. Understanding Supports

Supports can come in many forms. Supports might be people, they might be ways our environment is structured, or they might be tools that are used for access.

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Chapter 3. Access in Action

Observe these new strategies in real life scenarios at home, at school, and in the community.

The module contains an introduction and three chapters that are available anytime, anywhere. Review each section at your own pace. Chapter reflective questions allow you to apply the information on your own or with a group.

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