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2019 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness

The theme for the 2019 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness is “Resonance”. Resonance is defined as being deep, full, and reverberating, as well as having the ability to evoke, suggest, or echo images, memories, and emotions.

Resonance is an integral foundation of developing security and attachment for early communicators in the teaching methodologies of Dr. Jan van Dijk. His resonance strategies lead students to interact with others emphasizing the importance of relationship building.

The 2019 Symposium will include discussion on a variety of topics and offer an in-depth look at issues affecting the education, support, and parenting of children and youth who are DeafBlind. If you want to take full advantage of this experience, but you are new to DeafBlindness, consider attending the full-day, 2019 Symposium Pre-Conference Event to get a basic foundation to build upon during the main Symposium sessions.

For More information regarding this event, including a full agenda, please visit our TSBVI Event Website! Late registration will begin on January 15th.

SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION FEES:
• Professionals & Adult Family Members - $245.00 (Early) & $295.00 (Late)
• Paraprofessionals & Univ. Students - $120.00 (Early) & $170.00 (Late)
• Out of State Professionals - $270.00 (Early) & $320.00 (Late)


Housekeeping and Welcome (Required)
(Friday, February 22, 2019 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM)
Session ID: 39663
Housekeeping and Welcome
Seats Filled: 66 / 370
Fee: $270.00
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Atrium Terrace

Important Breakout Information:

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Please make and send all payments to: TSBVI c/o Cashier at 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756.

If your district or assisting agency is making payment on your behalf, then please forward your confirmation/invoice to them as soon as possible so that payment can be processed.


General Session I (Required)
(Friday, February 22, 2019 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM)
Session ID: 39665
What do We Mean by Resonance?
Seats Filled: 66 / 370
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:

Presenters: David Wiley, Outreach Transition Specialist and Heather Withrow, Parent

David Wiley and Heather Withrow reflect on the life of Dr. Jan van Dyke, his “resonance” approach, and why we chose “resonance” to be the theme for the 2019 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindness.


General Session II (Required)
(Friday, February 22, 2019 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM)
Session ID: 39666
Introduction to the DeafBlind Community
Seats Filled: 66 / 370
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Heather Withrow, Parent

Leaders within the DeafBlind Community will share cultural and communication considerations.


General Session III (Required)
(Friday, February 22, 2019 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM)
Session ID: 39667
State of State, Nation, & World in DeafBlindness
Seats Filled: 66 / 370
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:

State of the State: Vicki DuPontis, Texas DeafBlind Grant Project Director for TEA and Emily Coleman, Outreach Director for Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

TEA Vicki DuPontis and Outreach Director Emily Coleman share updates on issues and services in DeafBlind education in Texas.

State of the Nation: Linda McDowell, Director of the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

NCDB Director, Linda McDowell will share updates on national issues and resources in DeafBlind education.

State of the World: Carolyn Monaco, Strategic Plan Officer for DeafBlind International

DeafBlind International representative Carolyn Monaco shares the world-view on DeafBlindness.


General Session IV (Required)
(Friday, February 22, 2019 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM)
Session ID: 39668
From Resonance to Resilience: A Family's Journey
Seats Filled: 66 / 370
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Djenne-amal Morris, President, Hands & Voices

In every relationship, there exists the science of connection and interaction. What is the formula that families use to make this happen and sustainable when raising a child who is DeafBlind? This session will explore Dr. Jan van Dyke's ideology of resonance in developing family structure and quality of life. It will unpack challenging issues and offer strategies of resilience and empowerment for the child and family as a whole.


General Session V (Required)
(Friday, February 22, 2019 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM)
Session ID: 39669
Happiness & the Search for the Essence of Educational Success
Seats Filled: 66 / 370
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Maurice Belote, Director of California DeafBlind Services

Every child should have the opportunity to experience success and the keen anticipation and excitement that school can offer. This session will focus on happiness as the core for healthy, satisfying lives for all people and, particularly for students, as the basis for building trusted relationships and supporting self-determination. The presentation will include various theories of happiness and their relationships to raising and teaching children and young adults who are DeafBlind.


General Session VI (Required)
(Friday, February 22, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM)
Session ID: 39670
The Power of Acceptance & Positivity
Seats Filled: 66 / 370
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Chris Ulmer, Founder and CEO of Special Books by Special Kids

Chris has made it his life’s mission to normalize the diversity of the human condition by showcasing how understanding, positivity, and acceptance can make a better world for all. Together, we will explore these concepts and more through my experiences with the worldwide acceptance movement, SBSK (Special Books by Special Kids).


General Session VII (Required)
(Friday, February 22, 2019 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM)
Session ID: 39671
Bringing Resonance to Our Interactions
Seats Filled: 66 / 370
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:

Moderated Panel Discussion: David Brown, Djenne-amal Morris, Chris Ulmer, Bernadette van Den Tillaart, and David Wiley

Our panel of DeafBlindness experts reflect and discuss the ways we can support a more inclusive atmosphere in the lives of individuals with DeafBlindness.


General Session VIII (Required)
(Friday, February 22, 2019 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM)
Session ID: 39672
An Inclusive Life
Seats Filled: 66 / 370
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: George Stern, Vice-President of DeafBlind Citizens in Action

George discusses the importance of an inclusive life and how he has achieved it.


Family Social (Optional) (For Family Members ONLY)
(Friday, February 22, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Session ID: 39673
Family Social
Seats Filled: 4 / 200
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Atrium Terrace

Important Breakout Information:

Hosted by: DBMAT, Texas Chargers, and Texas Hands and Voices

Family members ONLY are invited to a come and go social where they can network with other family members and special guests before heading out for dinner.



How many non registered guests will be attending with you? Please enter a number between 0 to 9.


Breakout Session I - Select 1 Option
(Saturday, February 23, 2019 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM)
Session ID: 39674
Science of Young Brains: It is Never too Late to Become an Effective Communicator
Seats Filled: 15 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 1

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Maurice Belote, Director, California DeafBlind Services

The Critical Period Hypothesis is being used to deny speech and language services to younger and younger students because they are deemed to be too old to benefit from communication and language instruction. Brain research suggests that neuroplasticity and brain maturation allow for the learning of all skills well beyond childhood, including those skills specific to communication. It is critical that every young adult leaves school with an effective expressive and receptive communication system.


Session ID: 39675
Positive Touch Access: Increasing Access for Young Learners who are DeafBlind
Seats Filled: 13 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 2

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Susanne Morgan Morrow, New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative, Project Director

Research in the field of DeafBlind education has indicated for decades the critical aspect of touch in early cognitive and communication development; however, while current advances are happening in the adult DeafBlind community, this movement has gone on without much consideration for the way in which congenitally DeafBlind children have been educated. The presenter proposes a marrying of these practices and communication paradigms, shifting away from the often tension-laden political discourse and suggests an overarching approach, “Positive Touch Access” and will address the need for parent education.


Session ID: 39676
Building a DeafBlind Village: Panel on Training Qualified Interveners and Teachers of Students with DeafBlindness (TDB) to Work with Students in the Classroom
Seats Filled: 15 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 3

Important Breakout Information:

Presenters: Debbie Sanders, DeafBlind Teacher Specialist, Utah; Johanna Borg, Teacher of students with DeafBlindness, Texas; Vivecca Hartman, parent, Texas; & Adam Graves, Texas; Kristi Probst, Initiative Lead, Interveners & Qualified Personnel, NCDB; Carolyn Monaco, Strategic Plan Officer for DeafBlind International.

How can Texas get more trained interveners into classrooms to work with students who are DeafBlind? And who will be there to support them when they arrive? Where can we look for examples of Intervener/TDB partnerships that work? We ask a panel of parents, teachers and interveners to share their experiences in creating educational models for students who are DeafBlind from local, state, national and international perspectives.


Session ID: 39677
Kersten’s Story: Relationship-based Programming From Theory to Practice
Seats Filled: 6 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 4

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Matt Schultz, Education Consultant, Texas DeafBlind Outreach

This session explores the journey of one student who, as a result of her instructional team’s use of a relationship-based and child-led educational approach, experienced a breakthrough in her growth as a learner, a communicator and most importantly, as a person.


Session ID: 39678
Communication and Connection to Emerging Language from the Perspective of DeafBlindness
Seats Filled: 8 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 5

Important Breakout Information:

Presenters: Deanna Peterson, Early Childhood Consultant and Chris Montgomery, Education Consultant, Texas DeafBlind Outreach

Have you ever considered how a person with DeafBlindness, establishes the concepts that you and I (as sighted hearing people) learn incidentally, through our distance senses… From observation? We will investigate how to initiate conversation and in-turn develop meaningful shared experiences.


Session ID: 39679
Sound Travels
Seats Filled: 8 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 6

Important Breakout Information:

Presenters: Kaycee Bennett, Auditory Impairment Specialist and a Teacher of Students with DeafBlindness and Chris Tabb, Orientation and Mobility Consultant, Texas DeafBlind Outreach

This session presents a collection of tools and strategies that Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) can use in the evaluation and development of their student’s auditory skills. We’ll examine ways to build strong working relationships with the student's audiologist, specialist for the auditory impaired and the speech and language pathologist (SLP) as we work to better understand the environmental hearing needs of our students and clients with a dual sensory loss.


Breakout Session II - Select 1 Option
(Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM)
Session ID: 39680
Early Emergent Literacy Skills for Infants and Toddlers with DeafBlindness
Seats Filled: 9 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 1

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Marina McCormick, Region 4 RDSPD Coordinator

Literacy begins with the first bedtime story for most children. However, for families who have infants or toddlers with deafblindness, reading and writing in the home may not come as naturally as it would for others. Marina McCormick discusses issues and shares research-based strategies in supporting families and their little ones with deafblindness in developing early literacy skills.


Session ID: 39681
Empowering our DeafBlind Community: The DeafBlind Camp of Texas Board
Seats Filled: 0 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 2

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: The DeafBlind Camp of Texas Board.

DeafBlind Camp of Texas began in September 2016 with a retreat for adults who are DeafBlind. DeafBlind Camp of Texas shares their experience of feeling empowered through the use of Support Service Providers (SSPs). DeafBlind Camp of Texas also empowers teens preparing to transition to adult life.


Session ID: 39682
Encouraging Learning Through Play with the Young Child with Deaf-Blindness
Seats Filled: 13 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 3

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Tanni Anthony, Director, Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss Project

Play is a primary avenue for learning with all children. Play development impacts every developmental domain. The stages of play involve a child’s self-discovery of the BROWN use of objects, taking turns, requesting continuation of an activity, social interaction, and expanding motor skills. Play scenarios that reflect an understanding of the child’s sensory abilities, preferences, and needs, active learning, volitional movement, and time for exploration are critical for early learning of a child with combined vision and hearing loss. This session will review the stages of play and 8 key strategies for families and early childhood professionals to work on together to support early play development.


Session ID: 39683
Preparing for Life after School
Seats Filled: 11 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 4

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: David Wiley, DeafBlind Transition Consultant, Texas DeafBlind Outreach

David Wiley shares information and ideas to help individuals with DeafBlindess make successful transition to life after school is completed.


Session ID: 39684
CHARGE Syndrome after 36 Years
Seats Filled: 21 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 5

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: David Brown, DeafBlind Consultant, California

CHARGE syndrome is the most complex and medically involved of all the conditions which cause congenital DeafBlindness, and is also becoming statistically more important. This session will consider current thinking about factors influencing the development and behavior of children with the syndrome, and will also focus on the assessment and teaching approaches that have been found most successful. The main focus will be on developmental, educational, and behavioral aspects of the syndrome, but there will also be some updates on current ideas from the medical field in areas like ENT/Audiology, immunology, and endocrinology.


Session ID: 39685
Using Sign Language and Touch Signals with Children and Teens who are DeafBlind
Seats Filled: 11 / 60
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Ballroom 6

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: Tara Brown-Ogilvie, University of Northern Colorado : Ph.D. Student (Emphasis in Deafblindness) and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Tara Brown-Ogilvie, a certified orientation and mobility specialist and former sign language interpreter, will discuss using sign language and touch signals to promote travel skills for children and teens who are deafblind. This presentation will cover simple signs and touch signals to promote choice making, environmental awareness, and safe travel techniques. Hands-on practice will be included along with a Q&A session open to parents, teachers, specialists, and anyone else interested in learning more about incorporating sign language and touch signals with children and teens who are deafblind.


Luncheon (Optional)
(Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM)
Session ID: 39686
Symposium Luncheon
Seats Filled: 54 / 370
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:

Please select this option if you plan on joining us for luncheon in the Ballroom. Attendance is optional. However, you must indicate if you are attending if you plan to take part.


General Session IX (Required)
(Saturday, February 23, 2019 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM)
Session ID: 39687
Being a Perceptive Reflective Detective: the art and science of assessment
Seats Filled: 66 / 370
Location:Austin Marriott North at La Frontera, Grand Ballroom

Important Breakout Information:

Presenter: David Brown, DeafBlind Consultant, California

This session will look back at the symposium and reflect common threads relating to assessment which have emerged. Consideration will be given to many aspects involved in this topic, such as looking for the right questions in order to get to the right answers, understanding why to assess, what to assess, how to assess, when to assess, and where to assess, and most importantly knowing how to interpret what you discover. The main emphasis will be on observational assessment and the ways that approach can be reconciled and melded with information from more structured or clinical approaches. Jan Van Dijk’s “Follow the Child” will be the guiding principle.




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