National Deaf-Blind Educator Network

A Community of Practice for Educators who Work with Students who are Deaf-Blind 
Purpose: To create online communities where professionals who serve students who are deaf-blind exchange ideas and best practices, problem solve, and provide support to one another using a variety of learning, communication, and networking strategies.
Target Audience: Any certified educator who serves children who are deaf-blind. For example:
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Teachers of the Deaf
  • Teachers of the Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Teachers of the Deaf-Blind
  • Teachers of Students with Severe-Profound or Multiple Disabilities
  • Related Service Professionals
    • Adaptive PE Teachers
    • Orientation & Mobility Specialists
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Physical Therapists
    • Speech/Language Pathologists
Communities of practice (CoPs) are groups of people with common interests who interact on an ongoing basis to increase their knowledge and expertise. A nationwide CoP is typically a group of professionals who interact using online forums, email lists, webinars, conference calls, and other forms of distance communication.
Topics and Activities
Examples of topics the National Deaf-Blind Educator Network might cover include:
  • Literacy
  • Syndromes & Conditions (e.g., CVI)
  • Effective instructional practices
  • Working with paraeducators/interveners
  • Appropriate educational services
  • Legislation
They can also provide career information, such as professional development and employment opportunities.
If you are interested in joining, please complete the interest survey.
This is a national group and is not organized/ran by Iowa Deafblind project.