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2021 Texas Symposium on Deafblind Education: Teacher of Students who Are Deafblind: Navigating a New World

Early Registration thru January 7, 2021
• Professional – $35.00 USD
• Family Members/Paraprofessional – $20.00 USD

Registration Starting January 8, 2021
• Professional – $65.00 USD
• Family Members/Paraprofessional – $50.00 USD

To learn more about the Symposium go to https://txdeafblindproject.org/

NOTICE: PLEASE BE SURE TO CONTINUE YOUR REGISTRATION UNTIL YOU HAVE REACHED OUR THANK YOU PAGE. All session times are posted in Central Standard Time. You must register for all required sessions, including the asynchronous options. This allows you to view the asynchronous sessions on your timetable and our system to grant you continuing education credits.


Housekeeping and Welcome (Required)
(Monday, March 1, 2021 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM)
Session ID: 40089
Housekeeping & Welcome
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Fee: $35.00
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

You have the option of paying by check, purchase order, or credit card. Cash will not be accepted. Credit card payments will only be accepted online at the time of registration.

Your invoice will be sent via email immediately after registration to the primary email address listed in your user account. If your fee is being paid for by your school district or supporting agency, either with a check or a PO, then please be sure to forward your email to the appropriate person immediately so that payment may be processed.

Payment may be made in advance or received within 30 days of the event date. Instructions regarding where to send payment will be provided in your invoice/confirmation. If you are unable to supply a check or a PO number at the time of your registration, then you may simply enter "0000" and provide the number to us at a later time.


Day 1 - Welcome State of the State, Nation, and Hemisphere (Required)
(Monday, March 1, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Session ID: 40090
Welcome State of the State, Nation, and Hemisphere
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Representatives from DbI, NFADB, and the TX Deafblind Outreach Project


Day 1 - Teacher of Students who are Deafblind: How did we get here? (Required)
(Monday, March 1, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Session ID: 40091
Teacher of Students who are Deafblind: How did we get here?
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Chris Montgomery, Deafblind Specialist, and Cyral Miller, Outreach Consultant, Texas Deafblind Project


Day 1 - Panel Discussion with Cyral Miller and Chris Montgomery (Required)
(Monday, March 1, 2021 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM)
Session ID: 40092
Panel Discussion with Cyral Miller and Chris Montgomery
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Representatives from DbI, NFADB, and the TX Deafblind Outreach Project


Day 1 - Keynote: Family Stories (Required)
(Monday, March 1, 2021 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Session ID: 40093
Keynote: Family Stories
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

NFADB, DBMAT, Texas Chargers and DBMAT Representatives


Day 2 - Impact of COVID on Families, Students, Educators (Required)
(Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 40096
Impact of COVID on Families, Students, Educators
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Judy Cameron, Director of Outreach, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh


Day 2 - Panel discussion with Dr. Cameron (Required)
(Tuesday, March 2, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Session ID: 40097
Panel discussion with Dr. Cameron
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Representatives from DbI, NFADB, and the TX Deafblind Outreach Project


Day 3 - Understanding Working Memory in the Bodily-Tactile Modality: The Tactile Working Memory Scale (Required)
(Wednesday, March 3, 2021 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 40098
Understanding Working Memory in the Bodily-Tactile Modality: The Tactile Working Memory Scale
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Jude Nicholas, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Statped Vest Centre, Bergen, Norway


Day 3 - Panel Discussion with Dr. Nicholas (Required)
(Wednesday, March 3, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Session ID: 40099
Panel Discussion with Dr. Nicholas
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Representatives from DbI, NFADB, and the TX Deafblind Outreach Project


Day 4 - Getting in the Zone: Revealing the Exceptional in All of Us (Required)
(Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 40100
Getting in the Zone: Revealing the Exceptional in All of Us
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Paul Hart, Head of Research and Practice, Sense Scotland


Day 4 - Panel Discussion with Paul Hart (Required)
(Thursday, March 4, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Session ID: 40101
Panel Discussion with Paul Hart
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Representatives from DbI, NFADB, and the TX Deafblind Outreach Project


Day 5 - Family Advocacy Skills: Taking It to the Next Level (Required)
(Saturday, March 6, 2021 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM)
Session ID: 40103
Family Advocacy Skills: Taking It to the Next Level
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

NFADB Board


Day 5 - Family Advocacy Panel Discussion (Required)
(Saturday, March 6, 2021 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM)
Session ID: 40104
Family Advocacy Panel Discussion
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom
Day 5 - Families: Uniting Internationally (Families Only)
(Saturday, March 6, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
Session ID: 40105
Families: Uniting Internationally
Seats Filled: 48 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
This session is for family participants only.
Day 5 - Mary O’Donnell Memorial Family Social (Families Only)
(Saturday, March 6, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Session ID: 40106
Mary O’Donnell Memorial Family Social
Seats Filled: 32 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
This session is for family participants only.
Day 6 - Transitioning from Early Childhood Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education with a Student who is Deafblind (Required)
(Monday, March 8, 2021 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 40107
Transitioning from Early Childhood Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education with a Student who is Deafblind
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Katy ISD Team, Elaine Robertson, M.S., Instructional Officer for Deaf Education, Vision, and Assistive Technology, Kittrell R. Antalon, M.Ed., COMS and TVI, Carolyn J. Samson, M.Ed., COMS and TVI, Jennifer Magee, M.S., TDHH and Educational Diagnostician
Day 6 - Education of Students who are Deafblind in the Western Hemisphere (Required)
(Monday, March 8, 2021 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM)
Session ID: 40108
Education of Students who are Deafblind in the Western Hemisphere
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Carolyn Monaco, President, Canadian Deaf-Blind Association National, Gloria Rodriguez-Gil, Director for Latin American and the Caribbean, Perkins International, and Maria Vasquez, Professor in Special Education at the National University of Rio Cuarto and Consultant for Perkins International's Latin America Regional Office
Day 7 - The Impact of Cognitive Closure on Students who are Deafblind: Strategies for Reducing Stress, Identifying Motivators, and Increasing Active Engagement (Required)
(Monday, March 22, 2021 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 40109
The Impact of Cognitive Closure on Students who are Deafblind: Strategies for Reducing Stress, Identifying Motivators, and Increasing Active Engagement
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Maurice Belote, Project Coordinator, California Deaf-Blind Services
Day 7 - Panel discussion with Maurice Belote (Required)
(Monday, March 22, 2021 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM)
Session ID: 40110
Panel discussion with Maurice Belote
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Representatives from DbI, NFADB, and the TX Deafblind Outreach Project
Day 8 - Awards Ceremony & Celebrating Our History and Leaders (Required)
(Monday, March 29, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM)
Session ID: 40111
Awards Ceremony & Celebrating Our History and Leaders
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom
Day 8 - Where Are We Going and Who Will Lead Us There? (Required)
(Monday, March 29, 2021 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM)
Session ID: 40112
Where Are We Going and Who Will Lead Us There?
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Robbie Blaha, Deafblind Specialist, Texas Deafblind Project
Asynchronous Presentation 1 - Alternative tactile communication program for children with visual and multiple disabilities (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM)
Session ID: 40113
Alternative tactile communication program for children with visual and multiple disabilities
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Flavia Daniela dos Santos Moreira , Professor at the Benjamin Constant Institute, PhD in Education at the State University of Rio de Janeiro

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 2 - Pre-empolyment Strategies that Work for Individuals who are Deafblind (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Session ID: 40114
Pre-empolyment Strategies that Work for Individuals who are Deafblind
Seats Filled: 50 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Mike Fagbemi, Transition Initiative Lead, National Center for Deafblindness, HKNC, Sandspoint, NY

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 3 - Early Intervention Services in British Columbia, Canada for Children with Deafblindness and Their Families (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Session ID: 40115
Early Intervention Services in British Columbia, Canada for Children with Deafblindness and Their Families
Seats Filled: 50 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Sue Gawne, Program Director, Early Intervention Program, Canadian Deafblind Association – BC Chapter, New Westminster, British Columbia

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 4 - Breathing Through Remote Learning: For Families with Students who are DeafBlind and/or have Multiple Disabilities (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Session ID: 40116
Breathing Through Remote Learning: For Families with Students who are DeafBlind and/or have Multiple Disabilities
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Julie Lemman, TVI /TDB & Sarah Steele TVI / TDB

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 5 - Building Positive and Supportive Peer Relationships (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Session ID: 40117
Building Positive and Supportive Peer Relationships
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Julie Maier, Education Specialist, and Kayla Coburn, Education Specialist, California Deaf-Blind Services, San Francisco, CA

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 6 - Speed Coaching: A Method for Effective Collaborative Consultation (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
Session ID: 40118
Speed Coaching: A Method for Effective Collaborative Consultation
Seats Filled: 50 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Marina McCormick, Ed.D., Region 4 Regional Day School Program for the Deaf Coordinator, Houston, TX

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 7 - Reality of Deafblind Students Studying in Regular Schools With or Without in Inclusion Programs, in Four Regions of Chile (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Session ID: 40119
Reality of Deafblind Students Studying in Regular Schools With or Without in Inclusion Programs, in Four Regions of Chile
Seats Filled: 50 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Pamela Lattapiat Navarro, Teacher of Special Education with mention in Hearing and Language Disorders, Metropolitan University of Educational Sciences, Ñuñoa, Chile

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 8 - Project Pixan. A 10 Year Strategy to Increase Access to Quality Education of Children with Multiple Disabilities and Deafblindness (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Session ID: 40120
Project Pixan. A 10 Year Strategy to Increase Access to Quality Education of Children with Multiple Disabilities and Deafblindness
Seats Filled: 50 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Gloria Rodriguez-Gil, Director for Latin American and the Caribbean for Perkins International, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 9 - Charging Ahead: Adapting the Classroom for Students with CHARGE (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 40121
Charging Ahead: Adapting the Classroom for Students with CHARGE
Seats Filled: 50 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Erin Shadwick, TVI/TDB, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 10 - Supporting Children and Youth with Deafblindness Using Virtual Platforms: The Silver Lining (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Session ID: 40122
Supporting Children and Youth with Deafblindness Using Virtual Platforms: The Silver Lining
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Theresa Tancock, Family Services Coordinator, Canadian Deafblind Association – British Columbia Chapter, New Westminster, B.C.

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 11 - TBD Connecting the Dots: Creating Meaningful Connections and Strategies in work with Students with DeafBlindness (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
Session ID: 40123
TBD Connecting the Dots: Creating Meaningful Connections and Strategies in work with Students with DeafBlindness
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Julie Unatin, TVI/COMS/TDB, Oakland Schools, Oakland, Michigan

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 12 - Research as a Work Strategy and Follow-up in the Development of Educational Projects in Latin America (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Session ID: 40124
Research as a Work Strategy and Follow-up in the Development of Educational Projects in Latin America
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:
Maria Antonia Vazquez, Consultant for Perkins International Latin America, Córdoba, Argentina

Note: Please disregard the posted time. Asynchronous sessions can be viewed at any time.


Asynchronous Presentation 13 - Deafblind Orientation and Mobility (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Session ID: 40137
Deafblind Orientation and Mobility
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Dr. Eugene Bourquin


Asynchronous Presentation 14 - O&M Strategies when Working with Students with Deafblindness (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Session ID: 40138
O&M Strategies when Working with Students with Deafblindness
Seats Filled: 50 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Carolina Gonzalez, TSBVI COMS


Asynchronous Presentation 15 - Deafblind Orientation and Mobility (Required)
(Friday, February 26, 2021 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Session ID: 40139
Deafblind Orientation and Mobility
Seats Filled: 51 / 1000
Location:TSBVI, Zoom

Important Breakout Information:

Dr. Eugene Bourquin




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