Symposium 2023! Registration is Open!

Iowa Deafblind Project Summer Symposium 2023

Let’s Work Together to Communicate!

When: June 7-9, 2023

Zoom Session on June 7, 2023, from 9am-12pm

In-Person Sessions June 8-9, 2023

Individuals wishing to receive a certification of completion, license renewal credit, or graduate credit, must attend ALL sessions. This includes the Zoom session. Additional out of class assignments will be required for graduate credit. 

Where: Heartland AEA – Ames Office, Aspen Business Park, 511 S 17th Street, Ames

Targeted Audience: IEP and IFSP teams of students who are deafblind and their parents. Teams are encouraged, but not required to attend together.  

Cost: $10 (Collected at time of registration, does not include cost of credit). 

Graduate credit and licensure renewal credit will be available. The Iowa Deafblind Project will offer tuition reimbursement to those who serve students on the Iowa Deafblind Registry. Requests for credit reimbursement will be limited.

To Register: 

Go to:  AEA Online Website

Search for the course via the activity number, instructor name or course title.

Course name: HL – Iowa Deafblind Symposium 2023: Let’s Work Together to Communicate! (Graduate Credit Optional)

Course #: 205173

Section #: 315510


June 7: Zoom Session

9am- 12pm: Hand Under Hand Facilitation for Improved Outcomes

Presented by Kate Beals, Occupational Therapist 

Learn how the use of the hand under hand technique leads to improved outcomes and how research supports the use of hand under hand facilitation.

June 8-9, 2023 8:30-4pm 

Lunch will be from 12pm-1pm each day. Lunch will be on your own. 

Session 1:  The APT Planning Tool and the Communication Matrix 

Presented by Jenna Pankow and Kathryn Ward, Heartland AEA Speech and Language Pathologists

Session 2: The Deafblind Toolbox

Presented by The Iowa Deafblind Technical Assistance Team

Session 3: AAC Consideration For Students Who Are Visually Impaired, Including Those Who Are Deafblind. 

Presented by Katy Ring, Iowa Deafblind Project Coordinator.

Session 4: Interprofessional Collaborative Teaming: Working Together to Plan for Communication and Accessibility.

Presented by Katy Ring, Iowa Deafblind Project Coordinator

Christine Auxier, TDHH

Jen Adams-Potter, SLP

Hotel information:

A small block of rooms have been set aside at the Best Western Plus University Park Inn and Suites Located at: 2500 University Boulevard, Ames. The room rate is $80.  Hotel reservations must be made by May 19th. Use the link below to make your reservation.

Questions? Contact Katy Ring at (712)310-4623 or