Working with Individuals who are Deaf-Blind: 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 deaf-blind 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 deaf-blind 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 deaf-blind. 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 deaf-blind customers.
- Introduction to Deaf-Blindness and Etiologies
- Communicating with Individuals who are Deaf-Blind
- Remaining Current in the Deaf-Blind World
Throughout this course, we use the term deaf-blind 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 Deaf-Blind (AADB) established by using the term “deaf-blind”. Recently AADB changed its use of the term to “Deaf-Blind”. For now, HKNC continues to use the term “deaf-blind” but is exploring this with an advisory committee of individuals who are deaf-blind. People who are deaf-blind 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