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Based on the success of the self-advocacy curriculum developed for the HKNC on-site course, HKNC has developed a series of seven online multi-media courses. Designed for consumers, family members and providers, this fully accessible 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. All of the presenters in this class are DeafBlind and not only share their professional experience but their personal experiences as well.

This course has been designed to give you an introduction to the ADBW class.  We will define what advocacy means in the DeafBlind community and will provide a brief overview of the following six courses in this class.  This class is led by all DeafBlind trainers/presenters who share their personal experiences as well as their professional expertise.  Each course includes resources such as; sample scripts, accommodations checklists, applicable laws, tips for filing a complaint, names and contacts for agencies that can be of support and more.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the format, course objectives, and expectations of students involved in this 7-Module Course, ADBW
  • Explain how self-advocacy can positively impact the life of a DeafBlind person.
  • List and describe at least six strategies commonly used to effectively advocate for access in a variety of settings.
  • List and briefly describe two laws that protect the rights of DeafBlind individuals.
  • Define the terms “reasonable accommodations” and “undue hardship” as they pertain to the laws protecting the rights of individuals with a disability.