Supports for Families

COVID19FamilySmall.jpg Supports for Families

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.
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: Link to PaTTAN Archived Webinars on Deaf-Blindness
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. 


Live Trainings:

HUNE is hosting Andy’s Café Virtual Meeting - information sharing session: Where to find COVID-19 information, Educational Resources and more in SPANISH!

When: Every Wednesday from April 1 to June 17, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm

Click here for registration

Flyer in English y en Español


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

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 Stories that are signed, animated, and captioned in English: Link to ASL Stories
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: Link to Paths to Literacy
Talking to Kids About the Hard Stuff: Adapted from the (California) Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health
  1. Identify what they already know – “What’s your take on this?”
  2. Be honest and clear – “This is hard, but we will get through this.
  3. Admit when you don’t know – “ I don’t know.  Let’s see what we can find out together.”
  4. Reassure them you’re available – “I’m here if you want to talk or vent.” 
Resources from Ohio Center for Deaf-Blind Education

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