Online Courses


The Professional Learning Department will launch a series of online learning courses in early 2017. These multimedia courses are designed for professionals working with individuals who are deaf-blind.


Just Released:

Touch Signals: Using Touch to Convey Visual and Environmental Information to People who are Deaf-Blind
This online course provides an introductory level of training in touch signals focusing on the fundamentals of touch signals including definitions, history, practical implementation and specific signal formation and use. Touch signals is a method of providing visual and environmental information to an individual who is deaf-blind discreetly and in real time.  This information allows a person who is deaf-blind to make informed choices and decisions based on a more complete picture of their situation.  This comprehensive online video training series provides an introduction and overview of the various systems of touch signals being used around the world.  Haptic Communication is addressed in depth.  This course follows the format of our recently published Haptic Communication, the American Edition of the Original Title Haptisk Kommunikasjon. The signals found in the book are available in short videos demonstrating the functional use of touch signals in various situations.  In addition, there are videos with personal presentations by individuals who are deaf-blind showing various perspectives and how touch signals benefit them in everyday life.

The course consists of the following 5 modules

  • Definitions, Background and Personal Experiences
  • Direction, Level and Grading Signals
  • Reference, Food, Drink and Color Signals
  • Describing Rooms and People
  • Emotion Signals and Social Feedback

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Confident Living: A Course for People Supporting Older Adults with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

The course is packed with insights, strategies and resources that will support seniors who are deaf-blind in leading a fulfilling and high quality life.   Topics include: understanding vision and hearing loss, communication, orientation and mobility, independent living, leisure and recreation, self-advocacy and elder law.

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Working with Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind: A Course for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Other Professionals
This course provides VR counselors and other related professionals with information and resources that will guide them in supporting individuals who are deaf-blind to find and maintain fulfilling employment that leads to an increased quality of life.

Video Relay Service (VRS): Working with Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind
This course has been designed to increase the awareness and knowledge of Video Relay Service (VRS) interpreters on how to most effectively meet the needs of consumers who are deaf-blind.

In the coming months, HKNC will launch additional courses including:

Working With Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind: A Course for Mental Health Professionals
Provides strategies for handling counseling situations with people who are deaf-blind. 

Advocacy in the Deaf-Blind World (ADBW)
Designed for consumers, family members and providers, this web-based training series will increase awareness and knowledge of how to most effectively self-advocate for equal access to communication, transportation, mobility, print/media and technology application.

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