Online Learning Tools & Information

The Professional Learning Department offers online learning tools and information as a resource to DeafBlind individuals and the people who work with them.

Our online learning tools include:

Advocacy in the DeafBlind 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.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

This is a 7-part DeafBlind friendly, accessible video series which summarizes the Americans with Disabilities Act.

View the Americans Disabilities Act video series

Communications Technology for People who are Deaf-Blind 

This video provides an overview of options for accessing communications technology for people who are DeafBlind. This video has been designed to be accessible to as many people as possible. We have created two versions: one has closed captioning and descriptive visual information, and the other includes a sign language interpreter.

Communication Cards for Community Interactions

This webinar was provided by the Helen Keller National Center in partnership with Florida and Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative (FAVI).
Learn about communication cards and what they are, how to create effective communication cards, where you might use them and more. 

Click here to learn more about Communication Cards for Community Interactions

Haptics Video Series

Two women signing, the word "laugh" is written on the picture

Haptics Video Series

Series de Videos de hápticas en español

Series de Videos de hápticas en español

Human Guide Techniques

Video & Transcript

Human Guide Techniques

Human Guide Techniques

Working with Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind: A Course for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Other Professionals

Go to the Human Guide Techniques Video.

Signs of Technology: An ASL Resource

This resource is a self-directed reference guide of signs used to describe technology. Explore the full series of videos, which are organized by category and alphabetically, and are presented in American Sign Language, voice, text and with text transcripts of how to produce the signs.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SIGNS OF TECHNOLOGY: AN ASL RESOURCE

Support Service Provider (SSP) Information Video Series

This three-part instructional video series focuses on SSPs. Topics covered in this fully accessible video series include:

  • What is SSP?
  • The difference between a Personal SSP and a Professional SSP.
  • Advocating for SSPs.
VIEW THE SSPS VIDEO SERIES

Support Service Providers (SSP’s) are specially trained individuals who enable people who are DeafBlind to access their environments and make informed decisions by providing them with visual and environmental information, human guide services, and communication facilitation. 

FileView the HKNC SSP FACT SHEET.

Series de Videos SSP en Español

Esta series de videos instructivos de tres partes se enfoca en el Proveedor de Servicios de Soporte (SSP).

Series de Videos SSP en Español

Technology Assessment Video Series

This five-part instructional video series focuses on providing training and support to technology trainers who are working with people who are DeafBlind in an assessment or training situation. This project is in direct response to a critical need in the field of DeafBlindness for technology trainers who understand how to effectively assess and train individuals who are DeafBlind.

Topics covered in this fully accessible video series include:

  • Preparing for the Technology Assessment
  • The Interview 
  • The Assessment
  • Writing the Report
  • Using a Technology Support Service Provider
VIEW THE TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT VIDEO SERIES

Independent Living Video Resources

These functional video resources were created to demonstrate various tactual techniques, adaptive equipment and modifications that can be used to provide access for people who are DeafBlind and therefore increase independence in one's home. 

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Using Technology to Increase the Independence of Older Adults with Combined Hearing and Vision Loss

A screen shot with a woman is speaking in the upper right-hand corner. Below her is a sign language interpreter. To the left is a PPT with the heading Zoom and an image of the Zoom features on an iPhone. Bullets describe what zoom can be used for.

Using Technology to Increase the Independence of Older Adults with Combined Hearing and Vision Loss is a resource designed for people who provide support to older adults who have combined hearing and vision loss. This video series provides an introduction to adaptive technologies that can improve an older adult's ability to communicate with others and live independently. For more information about the Helen Keller National Center Older Adult Program, contact Meredith Chillemi: Meredith.Chillemi@hknc.org

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Haptic Communication To Facilitate Braille Instruction For DeafBlind Adults

Two individuals haptic signing.This presentation describes a research study designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of using Haptics during braille instruction.

Watch here

For additional information, contact PLD@hknc.org.