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.


Testing your system:

Participants are encouraged to test your computers/devices prior to the date of the web conference using https://zoom.us/test, and to seek local assistance if you encounter difficulty.

Date/Time:  Monday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Wednesday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Email for Questions:  Please contact Molly Black via email at mblack@pattan.net or by phone at (412) 719-9370 or Patti McGowan via email at pmcgowan@pattan.net or by phone at (724) 864-2553 to schedule an appointment.
 
The link for Monday Zoom Office Hours: https://pattaneast.zoom.us/j/126951996
 
The link for Wednesday Zoom Office Hours: https://pattaneast.zoom.us/j/949651557
 
The goal for these office hours is to offer support/troubleshooting, idea sharing, and discussion opportunities, so please bring your questions and ideas.
 
For assistance outside of these hours, please contact your Deaf-Blind Education Consultants to schedule an appointment:
 
PaTTAN Pittsburgh: 
Jennifer Craig at
 jcraig@pattan.net
Greg Lazur at glazur@pattan.net
 
PaTTAN Harrisburg:
Sue Ann Houser at
 shouser@pattan.net
Doug Williams at dwilliams@pattan.net
 
PaTTAN East:
Tara Kelly at
 tkelly@pattan.net 
Jennifer Edgar at jedgar@pattan.net
 

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 
mblack@pattan.net
Patti McGowan at pmcgowan@pattan.net 
 
Education Consultants
PaTTAN Pittsburgh: 
Jennifer Craig at
 jcraig@pattan.net
Greg Lazur at glazur@pattan.net
 
PaTTAN Harrisburg:
Sue Ann Houser at
 shouser@pattan.net
Doug Williams at dwilliams@pattan.net
 
PaTTAN East:
Tara Kelly at
 tkelly@pattan.net 
Jennifer Edgar at jedgar@pattan.net
 
 

Pre-Recorded Trainings:

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Resources

Families can join the Deaf-Blind listserv to get ongoing updates regarding resources, training opportunities, etc.; please contact Molly Black at mblack@pattan.net or Patti McGowan at pmcgowan@pattan.net to be added to the listserv.
 
Families should connect with the Pennsylvania Partnership for the Deafblind’s website at www.papdb.org or Facebook page if they haven’t already. PPDB offers family supports, resource sharing, Facebook group with idea sharing, etc.

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

COVID-19 Social Story from Easterseals and IL Autism Partnership (Spanish)

QR Code Repository and links to ASL Stories that are signed, animated, and captioned in English
 
Paths to Literacy is 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

 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)
 
America Printing House for the Blind(APH)
 
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Fondation, Inc. (CdLS)

CHARGE Syndrome Foundation 
 
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)
 
Hune
 
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)

PA ABLE
 
Parent Education Advocacy & Leadership Training Center (PEAL) 
 
PA Family Network-Visions 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 Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
 
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