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Want to learn about Deafblindness, Deaf-blind Intervention, AND earn FREE teacher Professional Development hours? Consider taking the OHOA Deaf-blind Intervener Modules!

WHAT ARE THE MODULES? The Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules are a national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who are deaf-blind and are being served in educational settings (ages 3 through 21). The module content was created by a diverse group of experts in the field of deaf-blindness including state and national deaf-blind project staff, parents of children who are deaf-blind, higher education faculty, teachers, educational interpreters, and interveners. Each includes a variety of accessible videos, photographs, slide presentations, and learning activities. ***As with any educational resource, the modules themselves do not constitute a formal training program, nor does completion of the modules independently and in isolation from a training program result in one becoming an intervener*** Each of the modules contains slideshows, and some assignments (written assignments, discussion boards, quizzes, videos, readings, etc.). To receive professional development, all required activities must be completed and submitted into the module platform, called Moodle. There is an additional module called Welcome, which will teach you how to use Moodle! (No credit provided for the Welcome Module). To see a list of all available modules and their descriptions, click here.

HOW CAN THE MODULES PROVIDE TEACHERS WITH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS? At the beginning of each module, download the timed agenda. Write in the date you start the work. At the end of the module, there is an embedded survey that will serve as the required ISBE survey. Complete that survey, and write the date you complete tat survey as the ending date on the timed agenda you downloaded at the beginning of the module. When Project Reach verifies that you completed all assignments within the module and the required survey, your certificate (ie: evidence of completion) will be emailed to you.

CAN ONLY TEACHERS TAKE THE MODULES? The modules are for anybody who wants to better understand an individual with deafblindness, but are specifically designed for persons who will provide one-to-one support for students with deafblindness. Teams of students may want to take the modules together, as may parents and families. All are welcome!


-You can work at your own pace, at any time you like (no scheduled time of day or night). The modules vary greatly (from about 4 hours to over 13 hours) in the time it takes to complete them.

-A staff person from Project Reach will be assigned to help you. This host can answer technical questions, or contect questions about deafblindness, sensory loss, and special education.

- You may take any module(s) you wish, but the modules were designed to build in knowledge. You may wish to take an earlier module of similar content knowledge before taking more advanced modules unless you already have background knowledge in that area. To see possible topic groupings of modules, please click here.

- The modules will remain open until September 1, 2017

To sign up to take the modules, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6ZDWKDL

After completing the survey you should receive sign-in directions in about 3-5 working days.

Any questions?  Contact your Deaf-Blind Specialist, or email Michelle Clyne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call her at 630-790-2474


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This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.

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