Professional Development Opportunities
In response to the challenges posed by COVID-19, we have began transitioning to virtual presentations and are not currently providing face to face trainings. If your organization or team are interested in a training please reach out to our center through the information below.
On-Site Professional Development Opportunities
The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI also provides on-site professional development to educational professionals including school or support teams, school and agency leadership, and families. Topics are designed to build organizational capacity to meet the unique needs of these special populations, and to increase access and equity for students, families, and communities through connections, resources and supports.
Sessions are designed to be delivered in an interactive team-based format with hands on activities to demonstrate the concepts and processes. These professional development sessions can be customized to suit the needs of each individual audience. Sample topics include:
Introduction to Deafness and/or Blindness
Understand what a child who is blind/visually impaired or deaf/hard of hearing needs to fully participate at home, in school, and in the community.
Assessment for Educational Programming
Learn about how various assessment tools may be used to gather information about the learner in functional, developmental, and academic areas. Learn how to use that data to develop appropriate instructional programs matched to learner needs.
Instruction: Access and Equity
Discover specific evidence-based strategies and supports to increase access to learning, including educational and assistive technologies.
At the completion of each specific professional development, participants will build their capacity to support deaf/hard of hearing students or students who are blind/visually impaired, such as:
- Identifying unique needs of the learners
- Describing intervention strategies to support the learner’s needs
- Learning assessment strategies for identification and for instruction purposes
- Gaining valuable resources to support the learners through their educational journey
To request professional development on these topics, or to work with Outreach Center staff to customize your professional development needs, please contact The Outreach Center team.
BEST Professional Development
Preview professional development activities hosted by the BEST Grant and the AT and AEM Center.
The Basics: Preparing to Use Telepsychology as a Viable Option for Assessing All Learners
This session is designed to provide important considerations and information to move to a telepsychological assessment model, in lieu of traditional in-person assessment practices, and build the capacity to assess all learners, especially those related to access for D/HH and B/VI learners.
Protocols and Practices: Telepsychological Assessment
This session is designed to provide an overview of what to do and not do when administering cognitive testing (e.g., intelligence testing, academic achievement testing) via a telepsychological assessment model, and build the capacity to assess all learners, especially those related to access for D/HH and B/VI learners.
The Bridge Between ASL and English
Learn more about language and literacy development, with a focus on the areas of communication/oral language and phonological awareness for learners who are deaf or hard of hearing in this webinar: The Bridge Between ASL and English: A Focus on Phonological Awareness.
Learning Media Assessment: An Introduction
This introductory, one-hour webinar is designed to teach the basics of a learning media assessment, why it matters, the process, and resources to support teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs), families, administrators, related service providers, and general educators.
Administering Telepsychological Assessments
Explore and connect the areas of phonological awareness, phonics, writing, fluency, vocabulary, communication, language, and comprehension specifically for learners who are D/HH or B/VI.