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The 2019 Project Reach Illinois Summer Institute is being held in collaboration with the Wisconsin Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Project. This Institute is for educational staff serving children and youth, age birth – 21, who are DeafBlind. Due to the restricted attendance, preference will be given to participants currently serving children and youth on the Project Reach child count. Illinois Educator Professional Development hours (CPDUs) are available, and RID hours are being provided by WisRID.

Topic: Touch Signals for Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind

“Touch Signals provide visual and environmental information using various methods of touch on the body. These signals do not interrupt formal spoken or signed communication. Touch Signals are discreet and in real-time; allowing the deaf-blind person greater awareness of what is occurring in their surroundings. This 2 ½ day training will teach attendees the purpose of touch signals, and how to perform touch signals for individuals who are deaf-blind.

Presenter: Ryan Odlong

When: August 14 – 16, 2019

Where: Chula Vista Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Project Reach can support the attendance of up to ten educational staff serving Illinois children and youth who are DeafBlind. Project Reach can provide registration fees (which includes most meals except dinners), 3 nights in the conference center hotel (August 13 – 15), and a partial mileage reimbursement* to/from the conference center. Participants would be responsible for all other food, and any travel costs beyond the partial travel reimbursement.

*Partial participant mileage reimbursement based on location driver leaves from in Illinois (north of 90 = $50; between 90 and 80 = $100; between 80 and 72/74 = $200; Between 72/74 and 70 = $250; south of 70 = $300 (Request map from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

If you are interested in attending, please complete the survey monkey interest form (the link is below) by JUNE 15 so that we can be sure to contact you over the summer. Thank you! For more information contact Michelle Clyne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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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