Pennsylvania Department of Education

Session Dates

Supporting Young Children who are Deaf-Blind

This training is designed to share information about the uniqueness of children who are Deaf-Blind through greater knowledge of various diagnoses and syndromes that result in combined vision and hearing loss. The presenter will share information on the impact of Deaf-Blindness and strategies to improve communication among team members for successful collaboration between families and the agencies that support their children. This training will teach participants the importance of routines, touch, and wait time for young children who are Deaf-Blind. Current resources for families and professionals will be explored, including the EITA Portal.


Participants will:

  1. Describe various diagnoses and syndromes that effect or result in vision and hearing loss – raising awareness of the “at-risk” child.
  2. Describe the effect that vision loss, hearing loss and vision and hearing loss combined has on the development of the child.
  3. Demonstrate the communication skills necessary for the successful collaboration between families and agencies that support their children.
  4. List emerging information about the importance of routines, touch, and wait time.
  5. Describe recommended modifications for the home environment.
  6. Identify additional information about online resources for families and professionals, local, state and national organizations related to deaf-blindness, and Pennsylvania-specific resources.

Target Audience

This training is intended for early intervention service coordinators, providers, teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, teachers of the visually impaired, early childhood education teachers, speech and language therapists, audiologists, special health care needs consultants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and parents of infants and young children who are deaf-blind or at risk for deaf-blindness.

Individuals attending this course must watch the webinar in its entirety and complete a survey prior to April 8, 2016 in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Tom Wolf, Governor

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.


  • PaTTAN - Online Course

Event Type

  • On-line Courses

Credit Type

  • Act 48 (2 hours)
  • Infant/Toddler Staff Training Hours (2 hours)

Registration Contact

Linda Rhine,, 800-360-7282

Content Contact

Anne Gaspich,, 800-360-7282

Topics Covered

Early Intervention


  • EITA Consultant

Other Dates

  • Tuesday September 4th, 2018 12:00AM — 12:00AM
  • Friday September 28th, 2018 12:00AM — 12:00AM