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:
- Syndromes & Conditions (e.g., CVI)
- Effective instructional practices
- Working with paraeducators/interveners
- Appropriate educational services
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.