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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, and to seek local assistance if you encounter difficulty. 

Date/Time:  Mondays 11 am to 1 pm and Wednesdays 7 pm to 9 pm

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. 
For assistance outside of these hours, please contact your PaTTAN Education Consultants: Jennifer Craig at, Sue Ann Houser at, or Tara Kelly at to schedule an appointment. Deaf/Hard of Hearing Initiative Parent Coordinator Erin Campion is also available by appointment at 

Email for Questions:  Education Consultants Jennifer Craig at, Sue Ann Houser at, or Tara Kelly at Deaf/Hard of Hearing Initiative Parent Coordinator Erin Campion at 


Pre-Recorded Trainings:

Live Trainings:

Lincoln IU 12 - Webinar Series “Moving to Online Instruction” - see website for dates/times (will also be recorded)

The National Center on Accessible Materials is offering a series of webinars from March 30 through April 30 on making distance education accessible to a variety of learners. Click to register for upcoming webinars, and also view archived materials and recordings from previous webinars: Supporting Accessibility in Distance Education: Practices for Teachers
“Crip Camp” Film Screening & Discussion: On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Pennsylvania Inclusive Higher Education Consortium in partnership with Disability Equality in Education will be hosting a virtual conversation with one of the most influential disability rights activists in US history Judith Heumann who will introduce a virtual screening of the new disability rights film - Crip Camp. The movie screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion with Judith.

The lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people, will also share her newly published book “BEING HEUMANN An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist”. The book recounts Judy Heumann’s lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society and tells  about her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.
4:30 P.M. ET – Introduction by Judy Heumann.
Join Zoom Meeting at:
Meeting ID: 958 3318 8184
One tap mobile +13126266799,,95833188184# US (Chicago) +16465588656,,95833188184# US (New York)
5:15 P.M. ET Crip Camp Screening
You may screen the film independently during the event via Netflix or you can join our Netflix party at
7:00 – 8:00  P.M. ET Post screening discussion with Judy Heumann
Join Zoom Meeting at:
Meeting ID: 958 3318 8184
One tap mobile +13126266799,,95833188184# US (Chicago) +16465588656,,95833188184# US (New York)

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specific Resources 

Virtual Activities for Teachers & Families During COVID-19 features instructional resources, at-home activity ideas, virtual field trips, self-advocacy and accessibility resources and more.

Hands and Voices -Hands & Voices Resources 

​National Deaf Center COVID-19 Resources - A summary of the most frequent or important questions received by NDC's help team. For more information and tips during the COVID-19 crisis, visit COVID-19 Resources from NDC 

DO-IT – Creating Video and Multimedia Products that are Accessible for DHH 

Remote Student Access toolkit -EPIC Remote Access Toolkit 

Guidance from US Department of Education on IDEA Responsibilities During COVID-19 Outbreak - Q & A on Providing Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak PDF  

DHH Teaching During COVID-19 – Closed Facebook Group - Link to Join Facebook Group 

Educational Audiology Association -Link to Educational Audiology Homepage 

STEM Resources for DHH -Link to STEM Resources for DHH 

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) E-Learning Resources -Link to DCMP E-Learning Resources 

Minnesota Transition Guide for DHH -Link to Minnesota Transition Guide 

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Resources and “How to” Colonial IU 20 -Link to DHH Resources from Colonial IU 20 

Central Institute for the Deaf  -Link to CID Professional Resources 

Gallaudet Clerc Center -Link to Clerc Center Educational Resources 

Texas Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services Resources for SLPs - Resources for SLPs Working with DHH Students 

ASHA Special Interest Group 9 specifically provides resources to SLPs and audiologists working with students with hearing loss – Link to ASHA Special Interest Group 9 Resources 

The Communication Matrix is a free online assessment tool created to help professionals and family members support people with severe communication disorders in their journey toward greater self-expression - Communication Matrix Online 

American Society for Deaf Children - Links to Talking with Kids about COVID-19 - English and ASL Resources 

National Association of the Deaf - NAD Resources for Families and Educators 

National Science Teaching Association - DHH Specific Science Teaching Resources 

Edmonton Public Schools/Alberta Health Services (shared by Educational Audiology Association)

Home Based Activities for DHH Students  are non-tech based activities that can be completed at home with students with little preparation – Home Based Activities for DHH Students 

Family Connections to Language and Literacy Spring Newsletter– FCLL Newsletter – Spring 2020 



General Education Resources 

  • Webinar on Well-Being in Uncertain Times - Educators across the world are continuing to teach and support students during this unprecedented time. Many are teaching in new ways while navigating new worries. Gain access to a webinar featuring Nilufar Rezai, social-emotional learning (SEL) specialist for Chicago Public Schools; Meena Srinivasan, founding executive director of Transformative Educational Leadership and an expert in mindfulness and SEL; and Heather Lageman, executive director of organizational development in Baltimore County Public Schools and a frequent presenter on educator wellness and resilience here: Link to Registration for Webinar on Well-Being in Uncertain Times 

Learning Library - Learning Library Resources 

SERP – WordGen Weekly 
While schools across the country have been forced to close their doors, teachers and families have been tasked with creating new ways to educate and support students. If SERP resources can be of help during this difficult period, please remember that they are available as free downloads to all - teachers, families, and anyone else who is interested. We have highlighted a few below that we think may be particularly suitable for online platforms and for families working together at home - The SERP Team 


  • WordGen Weekly (Grades 6-8) five-part units available Uses a societal dilemma to frame brief activities to promote academic language development, argumentation, perspective-taking, and discussion. 

  • WordGen Elementary (Grades 4 & 5) 24 ten-part units available Develops academic language, argumentation, and perspective-taking skills through activities, reading, writing, discussion, and more. Each unit focuses on a discussable question and even includes a video newscast and a script for a reader’s theater! 


  • Focus 5 (all grades) A selection of deep breathing activities for calming and centering. Includes downloadable cards and audio recording of students leading the activities.