2015 Texas Symposium on Deafblindness

Please See Me as the Person I Am with Bernadette van den Tillaart and Gunnar Vege

Description: Keynote by Bernadette van den Tillaart (Netherlands) & Gunnar Vege (Norway) at the 2015 DeafBlind Symposium in Austin, TX. Gunnar and Bernadette introduce the concepts of “co-presence” and Bodily Emotional Traces (BETs). Through role play and videos, they demonstrate how an active communication partner (parent, educator, caregiver, etc) can enter the tactual communication of a person with DeafBlindness and equally share in his/her experience of the world. When the communication partner comments on these shared experiences, using signs form the language of the culture, it both, affirms the person with DeafBlindness, and opens a cognitive door language development.

Please See Me as the Person I Am

Empowering a Deafblind Community with Haben Girma

Description: Keynote by disability rights lawyer, Haben Girma on developing and celebrating her identity as an individual who is DeafBlind. Haben describes how she has grown through connections with the DeafBlind community and the benefits she discovered in letting friends and co-workers know she is DeafBlind and prefers tactile communication.

Empowering a Deafblind Community

Take the Bull by the Horns with Larry and Denise Sewell

Description: Larry and Denise Sewell are parents of a child with DeafBlindness. Their son will be graduate from school soon and retun to his home community as a young adult. “Taking the Bull by the Horn,” describes the determination and support the Sewell’s needed to help make their transition plan a success. Recorded at the 2015 DeafBlind Symposium in Austin, TX.

Take the Bull by the Horns

Trey’s Recycling: Getting Involved in Community Life with Dinitra Rideaux

Description: Dinitra Rideaux describes how her son, Trey, is becoming more involved in his small country town, through his own recycling business, exercise routine, and other activities. Recorded at the 2015 DeafBlind Symposium in Austin, TX.

Trey's Recycling: Getting Involved in Community Life

Just Be Brave! with Rachel and Cathy Allen

Description: Rachel Allen yearned for friendship and found it in her high school drill team. Rachel and her mother, Catherine, share a glimpse of their fantastic, frustrating, high-energy, and sometimes heartbreaking journey. Recorded at the 2015 DeafBlind Symposium in Austin, TX.

Just Be Brave!