Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 12: Maximizing Vision and Hearing

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Friday November 25, 2022 - PaTTAN - Online Course
Saturday December 31, 2022 - PaTTAN - Online Course

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

In this course, you will review the many avenues to maximizing hearing and vision. This includes the use of medical devices like glasses and hearing aids, assistive technology devices, and individualized educational accommodations. You will review the foundation for determining the best devices and accommodations for a particular student is careful, thorough assessment. Much focus is upon the intervener who plays an essential role in helping a student use accommodations and devices and observing how well they work for him. Making the most of (maximizing) any vision or hearing that a student with deaf-blindness has, will help him be as successful as possible in school and life


Participants will:

  • Identify assistive technology used by students who are deaf-blind
  • List instructional modifications and strategies that maximize vision and hearing.
  • Explain when you need to adapt a vision or hearing device or strategy to accommodate both sensory needs
  • Describe how assessment is used to identify the most appropriate assistive technology for students
  • Review possible barriers to the student having full access to instruction due to vision deaf-blindness.

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.

Topics Covered: Deaf-Blind

Event Info

Event Type:

On-line Courses

Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


PaTTAN Educational Consultant

Event Contact:


Lorraine Byer

Content Contact:

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 periodically.  Please contact Patti McGowan or Lorraine Byer for more information about the OHOA modules.