DeafBlind Immersion Experience


Kelly and Kay

DeafBlind Immersion Experience (DBIE)

An innovative assessment and training program for individuals who are DeafBlind and have intellectual disabilities (FOCUS person) and the STAFF who support them.

Length of Program: Five (5) Days - Monday through Friday

Each CONSUMER will:

  • Receive a lifestyle assessment through participation in preferred functional activities related to work, home, and leisure.
  • Develop an individualized communication system that may include object cues, object symbols, picture cues, and basic visual or tactile sign language. 
  • Receive functional assessments in Low Vision and Audiology.
  • Identify environmental modifications, such as tactual cues and markings, visual contrast, low vision adaptations, audiological cues, and vibrating alerting systems.

Each STAFF person will:

  • Receive a hands-on, in-the-moment staff training and mentoring with the consumer from 8am-8pm.
  • Receive training in alternative communication systems, basic sign language, touch signals, and conversational approach
  • Receive training in the use of tactual teaching techniques and adaptive strategies for vocational and daily living activities.
  • Receive training in person-centered planning and community participation.
  • Contribute to the creation of an activities/communication portfolio for the consumer for use at home.

A team of HKNC’s experienced staff will guide, train and model tactual techniques and personalized strategies to support the consumer to participate more fully in life.

Staff who would benefit from this training seminar include job coaches, habilitation specialists, program managers, behavior specialists and therapists. All participants need to provide a copy of their most recent PPD Skin Test (Tuberculosis Test)

The consumer and his/her STAFF person will reside in the HKNC Residence and join the Destiny Group Home program. Visiting staff will be responsible for the support and administration of medications for the consumer for the duration of the program.

DeafBlind Immersion Experience (DBIE)

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Deaf-Blind Immersion Experience (DBIE)

DeafBlind Immersion Experience

This video discusses the DeafBlind Immersion Experience.

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Overview DeafBlind Immersion Experience

Learn about DBIE from Coordinator, Michael Richards

Cost for consumer: $500 per day for 5 days for a total of $2,500 for the week

Cost for staff:  Room and board fee is $50/day for each staff member

For further information, please contact Laura Rocchio by email or by phone at 516-944-8900 x 304.