New Cohorts of Family-to-Family Communities Project (F2FC) will be running Sept 2020 – May 2021
F2FC brings families together to connect, share information and resources, and offer support to one another in the journey of supporting their family member with deaf-blindness. Each F2FC is comprised of 8-10 family members; is guided by trained Facilitators; meets once per month for 90 minutes via video-conference or phone; topics are chosen by the group and include structured conversation and open sharing. Your regular participation is vital to the group! More information is available in these English F2FC6 and Spanish fliers.
F2FC Registration is now open until August 15, 2020!
Looking for general information about where to get help for your family for meals, childcare, immigration, or other issues? Links to information on these topics and others related to COVD 19 are on this flyer from ISBE called "COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) FAQ for Illinois Families WHERE TO GET HELP"
Virtual Family Meetup: Discovering Our Connections
Saturday, May 16 9 am - 12 noon Central time
In collaboration, the GFPD and Project Reach Illinois Deaf-Blind Services, are proud to present this free event for families who have a child with deafblindness.
Save your seat by registering here
During this event you will have the opportunity to connect with others and discover ways to encourage and connect your child with the world around them.
Join our event to discover:
- Active Learning: Ways to encourage independent exploration
- Active Learning Spaces: Learn how to create your own!
- How you can make a difference in your community
- Connecting with other families who “get it!”
- Available Resources
Beginning May 1, 2020 Project Reach will be posting Illinois specific information below. Previously posted information regarding initial COVID 19 posts, posts from March 2020 and from April 2020 have been archived and can be accessed by clicking these links: COVID 19 link, March 2020 link, April 2020 link. More resources regarding distance learning for students who are DeafBlind can be found at the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) Distance Learning for Proficient Communicators page. There is a special section of resources for families related to COVID 19 in the NCDB Key Topics for Familes page.
Illinois specific information is below for SCHOOL PERSONNEL and FAMILIES:
FREE PARAPROFESSIONAL TRAINING: Paraprofessionals! Do you want to learn more about supporting students with combined vision-hearing loss? You are invited to register for online classes called Open Hands, Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Intervener Training! The training is free, on an accessible online platform called Moodle, and provdes you with certificates of completion. Information about this online training program is here, and the registration form is here.
Support for Food for Children: Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP Benefits