Services are provided via each of the eight Regional programs, the Oregon School for the Deaf, and partner organizations such as the Commission for the Blind, and the Oregon Parent Training and Information Center. Each Regional program, and each of the special schools have a Regional Consulting Teacher working with the teams for children who are deafblind. Once children have been identified as Deafblind, a team is eligible for Team Training.
The project also provides support, consultation and assistance to families of students who are deafblind. Annually, the Project hosts at least one parent or family weekend for training and networking purposes.
Technical assistance includes on-site consultation, inservice training, workshops, and assistance with program development. The Technical Assistance offered by the project attempts to match what a child's educational or service provider team, a child's family, or the child NEEDS. It can include one or more of the following:
- Observational evaluation of the child and his/her environment
- Round table or brain-storming meetings with a child's family, team, or others who may be important to a child's future (e.g., a community organization or business that may provide work or occupation in future years)
- Planning and conducting the ODB Workshop Training Series
- Follow up assistance to teams who have completed the Workshop Series
- One-time visits to discuss a specific issue or conduct a topic-specific training that may be related to what a trained team has determined they need
- Adobe Connect or other online formats for training sessions
- Blended training that include some onsite (face-to-face) training sessions, topical online training/discussions, mentoring/tutoring, demonstration
- Phone calls and conferences
- E-mail conversations
- Specific information as requested
Technical assistance may be provided onsite and is scheduled to occur at times best suited to the family, service providers, and the district or organization.
- A child's team may need to learn some ways to help a child to communicate more efficiently, especially if the child is not likely to use conventional communication such as speech or sign language; OR
- Families may need information on how to make the environment in the home more friendly to their child - e.g., more focused lighting, highlighting stairs, contrasting eating equipment, creating a "leisure corner" OR
- The team may need someone to observe a child's daily routines, and help them to plan how best to modify these.
The project will provide training directly, or facilitate appropriate training. Training can be face-to-face or via distance media.
If funding is available, the Oregon Deafblind Project will assist parents/families to go to one or more conferences.
The project collaborates with pre-service programs run by universities and colleges - to provide their students with insight into the world of Deafblindness.
Annual Parent Learning Weekends
Each year, the Project will organize and host a Parent Learning Weekend. Planning will be done through the Parent Leader Committee - which meets two or three times between December and June of each year to determine location, topics and other logistics. The Parent Learning Weekends are usually held in summer as this is the most likely time for parents to be able to attend. The Project will arrange for contracts (e.g., hotel, interpreter, presenters). The Oregon Department of Education is financial co-sponsor of this annual event.
Other family events will also be organized - for purposes of recruitment as well as to create a stronger family network within Oregon.
For information about training or technical assistance, contact:
Jan Hearing, Director Oregon Deafblind Project
Oregon Deafblind Project
The Research Institute
345 N. Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, OR 97361