The project will provide training directly, or facilitate appropriate training. Training can be face-to-face or via distance media.
Every year, six early intervention or school-based teams (which includes parents) can apply to participate in our Workshop Training Series or an alternate series appropriate for a specific child's team that meets the needs of the child and family. Depending on the number of hours for each training session, the series can take between 6-8 months (or one 3-day intensive session) to complete. Topics are chosen by looking at the IFSP/IEP and team requests. Activities are hands-on and child-specific, and everyone gets to actually use the techniques!
We also provide training and information to teams who are based in the 8 regions of the state, at the Oregon School for the Deaf, and the Oregon School for the Blind.
The project collaborates with pre-service programs run by universities and colleges - to provide their students with insight into the world of Deafblindness.
Process for Requesting and Receiving Training
The Oregon Deafblind Project, housed at Western Oregon University (the Teaching Research Institute - TRI), provides team training on a first-come-first-served basis. The project is set up to conduct up to six team trainings each year. The training includes a series of face-to-face classes and activities. The process for requesting and receiving training involves:
- Contact the Oregon Deafblind project director, Lyn Ayer.
- Request training for the team (including parents) of a specific child. IMPORTANT: The child must be registered with the Oregon Deafblind Project. Your Regional Consultants will be able to verify or help you to fill out the child registry form.
- Working in collaboration with your Regional Consultant and The Project, determine the following:
- Which modules or topics are relevant for this child's needs, and the sequence in which these would be most beneficial to the team
- The frequency and duration of each session, including selecting dates and times
- Which child specific aspects you would like included in the training (e.g., a brief overview of the child's etiology and implications).
- Meet with your administrators to ensure their support (include your building Principal in this meeting if training sessions are to be held in the building). Your Regional Consultant could be involved in this meeting.
- Lyn will draw up an agreement and schedule. This agreement must be signed by your administrator(s), the child's parent, and the Regional Consulting teacher.
- At the conclusion of the training, ALL participants will receive certificates of participation which will contain a documentation of the number of hours spent in training.
- Child and team member outcome data will be collected to ensure that the training is going in the right direction and having an impact.
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Western Oregon University (TRI)
Oregon Deafblind Project
345 N. Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, OR 97361