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Helping children who are deaf-blind become an integrated part of their communities and lead fulfilling lives.

Training

Process for Requesting Training

The Oregon Deafblind Project, housed at The Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University, provides team training on a first-come-first-served basis. The process will be as follows:

  • Working with your Regional Deafblind Consultant, make contact with the Project director, Carlie Rhoads: (503) 838-8328 or e-mail: rhoadsc@wou.edu
  • Request training for a specific child's team (include parents on the team). IMPORTANT: The child must be registered with the project. Your Regional Consultants will be able to verify this - or help you to fill out the child registry form if the child is new.
  • With your Regional Consultant and the Project director, determine the following:
    1. Looking at the child's current IEP, which modules/topics are relevant for this child's needs, and the sequence in which these would be most beneficial to the team
    2. (The frequency and duration of each session - including selecting dates and times
    3. Any child-specific aspects you would like included in the training (e.g., a brief overview of the child's etiology/functioning)
  • Meet with your administrators to ensure their support (include your building Principal in this meeting if training sessions are to be held in the building). Your Regional Consultant could be involved in this meeting if needed.
  • The Project director will draw up an agreement - including the schedule. See sample agreement/schedule attached. This agreement must be signed by the child's parent, your administrator(s), and the Regional Consulting teacher or lead teacher.
  • At the conclusion of the training, ALL participants will receive certificates of participation - which will contain a documentation of the number of hours spent in training. The Regional Consultant will ensure the district office sends in an invoice for reimbursement for the IA's unpaid time.
  • Your Regional Consultant and/or the Project director will be responsible for materials for the training.
  • Part of the training includes collection of child and team member outcome data - to ensure that the training is going in the right direction and having an impact. Your Regional Consultant and/or the Project director will be a part of this data-collection effort.