Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 16: Self-Determination

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Monday April 15, 2019
Tuesday May 14, 2019

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

This course reviews the sense of self and how it is a complicated, multifaceted set of layers that define an individual. Knowing how these layers interact, and what is required to make each layer within a child thrive, will increase the quality of interaction between the individual with deaf-blindness and the intervener.



Participants will

  • Describe four components of self-determination as they relate to the specific needs of students who are deaf-blind.
  • Define basic vocabulary, as it relates to self-determination.
  • Learners will identify opportunities for self-determination within video-based case studies.
  • Conduct environmental analyses to determine what opportunities there are for students with deaf-blindness to develop self-determination skills with partners in actual school settings.


Target Audience

Teams and Individuals working with and/or interested in professional development regarding students who are deaf-blind, such as parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and other service providers, including those who are not seeking to become interveners.

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Event Info

Event Type:

On-line Courses

Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Tina Hertzog and Patti McGowan

Event Contact:


Lorraine Byer


Patti McGowan

Additional Info

This module is part of the Open Hands Open Access Intervener Learning Modules (OHOA) series; you must be an OHOA cohort participant to register. The PA Deaf-Blind Project runs a training of the OHOA modules with a new cohort beginning each year in January.  Please contact Patti McGowan or Lorraine Byer for more information about the OHOA modules.