Open Hands Open Access: Introduction to Deafblindness (September – November, 2020)


September 19, 2020 – November 22, 2020

Course Description:

Do you work with a child who has a combined vision and hearing loss? This course utilizes the Open Hands Open Access modules created by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, to provide foundational information about the unique learning, sensory, communication, and access needs of students who are deafblind. Basic instructional and remedial strategies and materials will be discussed.

Two zoom sessions will take place on September 19th and November 7th, 2020.

This course will be offered for three (3) licensure renewal credits or three (3) graduate credits.

Please note that participants:

  • will be required to use the AEA Online Learning Moodle platform.
  • will respond to discussion boards and turn in assignments via the online platform.
  • will need to bring a computer to the onsite sessions.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain knowledge of the implications of the age of onset of vision and hearing loss, the
    types and degrees of loss, and the presence of additional disabilities on development and learning.
  • Participants will gain knowledge of the impact of deafblindness on communication and interaction.
  • Participants will understand the impact of deaf-blindness on bonding, attachment, and social interaction.
  • Participants will be able to facilitate direct learning experiences with individuals with deafblindness
    using techniques to increase anticipation, motivation, communication, and confirmation.
  • Participants will gain knowledge on how to facilitate language and literacy development for individuals
    with deafblindness.


Judy Gipson – Consultant for Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mississippi Bend AEA


  • Go to and log in/create an account: AEA Online Website
  • Search for the course via the activity number, instructor name, or course title.
  • Follow the steps to register.
  • Course number: 190290
  • Course Title: MB – Open Hands Open Access An Introduction to Deafblindness

Iowa’s Deafblind Project has financial support available for tuition reimbursement and travel costs for participants taking the course who work with a child on Iowa’s Deafblind Registry.

Questions about course content or financial support to take the course???
Contact: Katy Ring at 712-310-4623 or