Supports for Educators

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Office Hours:

Please note office hours are intended to provide real-time technical assistance to educators, caregivers, parents, and students. Technical assistance is not legal advice. Specific questions concerning a student’s special education program or the laws relating to the provision of services in a child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) should be directed to ConsultLine at 800-879-2301.

Contact Molly Black via email at or by phone at (412) 719-9370 or Patti McGowan via email at or by phone at (724) 864-2553 to schedule an appointment.
The goal for these office hours is to offer support/troubleshooting, idea sharing, and discussion opportunities, so please bring your questions and ideas. The goal for these office hours is to offer support/troubleshooting, idea sharing, and discussion opportunities, so please bring your questions and ideas.

Contacts for Questions: Please feel free to contact any member of the Deaf-Blind Initiative/PA Deaf-Blind Project with questions
Family Consultants
Molly Black at
Patti McGowan at 
Education Consultants
PaTTAN Pittsburgh: 
Jennifer Craig at
Greg Lazur at
PaTTAN Harrisburg:
Sue Ann Houser at

 PaTTAN East:
Tara Kelly at 
Jennifer Edgar at


Pre-Recorded Trainings:

Archived PaTTAN Trainings and Webinars on Deaf-Blindness

Open Hands, Open Access Modules (OHOA) – The Open Hands, Open Access (OHOA): Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules are a national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students (ages 3 through 21) who are deaf-blind and being served in educational settings. 

Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) is providing free online courses through the end of August 2020. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered with many of their courses. Contact your regional representative Cynthia L. Ingraham, EdD (  or Carrie Benson ( to obtain a coupon code for the course you would like to take. 


Educators can join the Deaf-Blind listserv to get ongoing updates regarding resources, training opportunities, etc.; please contact Molly Black atmblack@pattan.netor Patti McGowan at pmcgowan@pattan.netto be added to the listserv. 

NCDB Resources for Providing TA During COVID-19 

NCDB Ideas for Activities at Home During COVID-19 

At-Home Resources from CHARGE Syndrome Foundation 

National Association for the Deaf Medical Communication Access Information 

How Do I Talk With My Child With Deafblindness About COVID-19 (from the Philip Rock Center):How Do I Talk To My Child With Deafblindness About COVID-19 Document 
Resources to Teach Hand Washing to Children Who are DeafBlind (from the Philip Rock Center): Resources to Teach Hand Washing to Children Who are Deafblind Document  
COVID-19 Social Story from Easterseals and IL Autism Partnership (English): Link to COVID-19 Social Story in English 
COVID-19 Social Story from Easterseals and IL Autism Partnership (Spanish):Link to COVID-19 Social Story in Spanish (En Español) 

HUNE COVID-19 Information and Resources 

Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss: Link to Literacy Resources at NCDB 
QR Code Repository and links to ASL Storiesthat are signed, animated, and captioned in English:Link to ASL Stories 
Paths to Literacyis offering students with visual impairments who do not have full access to online curriculum, supplemental activities, or resources during the COVID-19 pandemic volunteer-based support for access. The idea of this project is to connect students and their families to volunteers who have the skills and desire to provide this support during this unprecedented time of need: Link to Paths to Literacy 

Resources from Ohio Center for Deaf-Blind Education 

Monterey Bay Aquarium has several live cams of their exhibits - sea otters, jellyfish, sharks, kelp forest, etc.; they are live from 7am-7pm PST every day. The exhibits are quite amazing; if students are able to access visually and enjoy ocean life, this can be a fun activity. 

Resources for Providing TA During the COVID-19 Pandemic -The purpose of this page is to organize useful, relevant resources from state deaf-blind projects, the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), and other sources to inform distance TA while schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Resource List from PA Deaf-Blind Project 

Pennsylvania Deaf-Blind Project  
Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)  
American Association of the DeafBlind (AADB)  
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)  
American Printing House for the Blind (APH)  
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation, Inc. (CdLS)  
CHARGE Syndrome Foundation  
IDEA Definition of Deaf-Blindness  
Family Connect  
Family Connections for Language and Learning  
Families to the Max: Pennsylvania Statewide Family Network  
Foundation Fighting Blindness 
Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders (GFPD)  
Hands and Voices  
Helen Keller National Center (HKNC)  
Intervener Website  
National Center Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)  
National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP)  
PA Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program  
National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB)  
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)  
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)  
Parent Education Advocacy & Leadership Training Center (PEAL)  
PA Family Network-Vision for Equality 
Parent to Parent  
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS)  
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Early Intervention Services 
Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program  
Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) 

 Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) 
Pennsylvania Partnership for the Deafblind (PPDB)  
Pennsylvania Secondary Transition Guide  
Perkins School for the Blind  
Perkins School for the Blind - Hayes Research Library  
Perkins Wonder Baby  
Special Kids Network  
Usher Syndrome Coalition  
Usher Syndrome Coalition Registry  
Usher Syndrome Society