Session Guide and Resources
Are you ready for the 2021 Texas Symposium on Deafblind Education? To make sure you know what is happening each day and when sessions begin, you should download the Session Guide. It contains important information about all of the events, our speakers and sponsors, and how to get a certificate or continuing education credits. The guide is available in three languages in both Word and PDF formats.
Live Presentation Resources
There are no handouts for each specific session, however, some of the presenters have asked that we include a variety of resources you may want to explore for further information about their topic.
Day 3 – Dr. Jude Nicholas
This manual gives professionals tools to identify and assess tactile working memory in persons with deafblindness.
Working memory, or the ability to keep something in mind for a limited amount of time is a central function in cognition. For persons with congenital deafblindness we need a bodily-tactile perspective on working memory. This manual gives a theoretical overview and presents a scale that can be used by professionals to identify and assess tactile working memory in persons with deafblindness, and design tools and strategies to ensure that these persons can develop and make use of all their potentials, both cognitively and linguistically.
The Nordic countries have a shared history dating as far back as the 70’s when it comes to jointly producing, developing and disseminating knowledge in the deafblind area. This manual is a result of such efforts, through the networks of Nordic Welfare Center. The population of people with deafblindness is small in each country, therefore the Nordic benefit is great. By working across borders we have managed to developed knowledge that can benefit professionals internationally working with persons with deafblindness.
This manual is the result of a collaboration in The Nordic network on Cognition in Relation to Deafblindness . The authors, neuropsychologist Jude Nicholas from Statped in Norway, senior adviser Annika Maria Johannessen from Statped and psychologist and senior researcher Trees van Nunen at Royal Dutch Kentalis are all involved in the network.
Katy ISD – Transitioning from Early Childhood Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education with a Student who is Deafblind
No special resources are provided.
Asynchronous Presentation Resources
Dr. Eugene Bourquin, DHA, COMS, Manhattan, NY
Deafblind Travelers: Street Crossing and Communicating with the Uninitiated Public
Carolina Gonzalez, COMS, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX
O&M Strategies when Working with Students with Deafblindness