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Working with Individuals who are DeafBlind: A Course for Vocational Counselors and Other Professionals

This course provides VR counselors and other related professionals
with information and resources that will help them support individuals
who are DeafBlind to find and maintain fulfilling employment that leads
to a high quality of life.

Although there are many references in this course to the vocational
rehabilitation field, other professionals working with individuals who
are DeafBlind can benefit from almost all of the information in this
course as it is primarily focused on specific supports and strategies
that can apply to a variety of situations.

This module will focus on the role of the VR counselor when working
with individuals who are DeafBlind.  A brief introduction to
communication, necessary accommodations and possible implications from
various hearing and visual conditions will be provided in this module.
However, HKNC highly recommends you consider the following courses to
best meet the needs of your DeafBlind customers.

  • Introduction to DeafBlindness and Etiologies
  • Communicating with Individuals who are DeafBlind
  • Remaining Current in the DeafBlind World 

Throughout this course, we use the term DeafBlind to refer to a
diverse population of individuals with varying degrees of combined
vision and hearing loss. Helen Keller National Center has historically
followed the guidelines that the consumer organization, American
Association of the DeafBlind (AADB) established by using the term
“DeafBlind”. Recently AADB changed its use of the term to “DeafBlind”.
For now, HKNC continues to use the term “DeafBlind” but is exploring
this with an advisory committee of individuals who are DeafBlind.
People who are DeafBlind may have their own preference about how they
are identified. Other terms that are commonly used are: combined vision
and hearing loss, blind and hard of hearing and dual sensory loss.

CRC CE Hours: 2.0
ACVREP CE Hours: 2.0

Modules Included

Introduction

Understanding Each Individual

Type of DeafBlindness and Etiology

Life Experiences

Academic and Employment Potential

Communication Preferences and Interpreting Needs

Accommodations

Help with the In-take Process for Vocational Rehabilitation

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Eliciting Confidence in the Person and Employer

Supporting the Person to Get and Maintain a Job

Vocational Assessments

Finding a Job

Identify the Team

Coordinate the Team

Share Information

Assessing Continued Support

Progressive Nature of DeafBlindness

Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination

Transition Students

VR Counselor Role in the Transition Process

Plan for Technology

Help with VR Process

Ensure Appropriate Teaming

Self-Advocacy and Person-Centered Planning

Utilize WIOA

Conclusion

Quiz!

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CRC CE Hours: 2.0
ACVREP CE Hours: 2.0