Teacher of Students who are Deafblind:
Navigating a New World

Providing appropriate instruction for any student who is deafblind is challenging since each student’s access needs are truly unique. The 2021 Texas Symposium on Deafblind Education will dive deep to examine why it is so critical that students in Texas have access to trained teachers of students who are deafblind and interveners. Please join us as we explore the issues and answers to providing quality programming and support for individuals who are deafblind, their families and educational team members.

An International Collaboration

COVID has forced us to make this event “virtual”, and that has allowed us to partner with Deafblind International (DbI) Network of the Americas and the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB). This has given us the opportunity to include the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, Canadian Deafblind Association National, Perkins International, and other organizations from various places in the Western Hemisphere to make this an international event. This collaboration promises to make this year’s Symposium a truly spectacular event. As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

 

Registered participants will have the opportunity to access over 20 hours of content throughout March thru mid-April. The main Symposium “live events” take place March 1st – 4th and 6th with three bonus “March Madness Monday” events on March 8th, 22nd, and 29th. This year’s Symposium features both synchronous and asynchronous presentations. We will archive the live training events for later viewing by our registered participants and make them available thru mid-April so that you have the opportunity to view every available session. 

During the “live” portions, participants have the opportunity to hear from our presenters who have pre-recorded their sessions and simultaneously “chat” with them in Zoom. Following most of our presentations, our speakers will join a panel of experts in the field of deafblind education (parents and educators) for a discussion focused on their topic. Texas Deafblind Outreach staff will be monitoring the chat to share your comments and questions with the panelists. Our hope is that in this way you will feel you are fully a part of our fabulous community of practice.

Continuing Education Credits

Texas Deafblind Outreach is pleased to provide certificates of attendance to all participants. Additionally we have approved continuing education credits from ACVREP and the Texas State Board of Continuing Education. When you go to the registration site and set up your profile you will be notified to complete an evaluation at the end of the Symposium month. When you complete your evaluation and put in the codes for each session you attend, you will be able to download a certificate with the number of session hours you attended. This information will also be in our system for the next seven years so you can retrieve it at any time.

A Special Invitation to Families

We would like to extend a special invitation to all the families of children who are deafblind. In order to make this affordable for families during COVID, we are offering a special rate of $20 per family. You can register early and pay later. If that fee is still a bit much, you may request a stipend when you register. We will be able to provide stipends, hopefully for anyone who needs it, but it is important to register early and make your request. You are the most important of all our participants, so $20 dollars means only one person has to sign up for the entire family to be able to access the content. Of course, if each parent or caregiver wants to sign up individually so they will get their own certificate of completion they may do so and pay an additional fee.

Special Rate for Paraprofessionals

We also recognize the importance of having paraprofessionals (especially interveners) be a part of the Symposium. We are also offering you a special rate of $20 to attend.