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.

Testing your system:

Participants are encouraged to test your computers/devices prior to the date of the web conference using, 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

These office hours are in addition to the ongoing family service and supports that are available from the PA Deaf-Blind Project Family Consultants. If these times do not work for families, they can 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 link for Monday Zoom Office Hours:
The link for Wednesday Zoom Office Hours:
The goal for these office hours is to offer support/troubleshooting, idea sharing, and discussion opportunities, so please bring your questions and ideas.
These office hours are in addition to the ongoing family service and support that are available from your PA Deaf-Blind Project Family Consultants, Molly Black and Patti McGowan. If these office hours do not work for your schedule, please 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.
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 
Education Consultants
PaTTAN Pittsburgh: 
Jennifer Craig at
Greg Lazur at
PaTTAN Harrisburg:
Sue Ann Houser at
Doug Williams at
PaTTAN East:
Tara Kelly at 
Jennifer Edgar at


Pre-Recorded Trainings:

Archived PaTTAN Trainings and Webinars on Deaf-Blindness

Live Trainings:

Planning Transition for Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities
Perkins School for the Blind is offering scholarships to parents, guardians and or families for this spring’s online course, Planning Transition for Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities. 
The course will begin on March 23rd and run for 5 weeks.

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Mary Zatta directly, or call: 617-972-7344


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.

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)
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-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