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

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Course Description

This course provides VR counselors and other related professionals with information and resources that will help them support individuals who are deaf-blind to find and maintain fulfilling employment that leads to a high quality of life.

Although there are many references in this course to the vocational rehabilitation field, other professionals working with individuals who are deaf-blind can benefit from almost all of the information in this course as it is primarily focused on specific supports and strategies that can apply to a variety of situations.

The course is divided into 5 modules. It is recommended that the user complete all of the modules and that the modules be followed in the order listed on the platform. However, it is possible to complete individual modules if you feel you do not need the entire course. If you do purchase separate modules, please be aware that there may be references in the module you choose to materials that are contained in a different module. Please also note that you can change the order of the modules if you prefer or have specific content needs. Again, please note that some of the modules suggest that you refer to a different module for more information on that topic. The 5 modules include:

  • The Role of the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Introduction to Deaf-Blindness and Etiologies
  • Communicating with Individuals who are Deaf-Blind
  • Ensuring Equal Access and Participation
  • Remaining Current

Throughout this training series, we use the term deaf-blind to refer to a diverse population of individuals with varying degrees of combined vision and hearing loss. Helen Keller National Center has historically followed the guidelines that the consumer organization, American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) established by using the term “deaf-blind”. Recently AADB changed its use of the term to “Deaf-Blind”. For now, HKNC continues to use the term “deaf-blind” but is exploring this with an advisory committee of individuals who are deaf-blind. People who are deaf-blind may have their own preference about how they are identified. Other terms that are commonly used are: combined vision and hearing loss, blind and hard of hearing and dual sensory loss.

Price: $149.99

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