The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI (deafblindoutreach.org) 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:

  1. Identifying unique needs of the learners
  2. Describing intervention strategies to support the learner’s needs
  3. Learning assessment strategies for identification and for instruction purposes
  4. 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.

Email: jennifer_govender@ocali.org or julie_stewart@ocali.org

Phone: 614.401.2969

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