Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 24: Transition to Adulthood and Community Living

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Sunday January 01, 2023 - PaTTAN - Online Course
Saturday February 04, 2023 - PaTTAN - Online Course

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

This course addresses transition and the on-going and personalized process involved in transitioning. The transition process involves people in all areas of the student´s life, all of which are integral to a successful adult life. Additionally, content will explore other facets of life impacted by transition, such as forming relationships and pursuing goals outside of vocation are overlooked by the team. Content will examine how a person led program with full learner self-advocacy and cohesive outside partnerships pave the way for achieving successful transition and a meaningful adult life.


Participants will:

  • Describe transition for deaf-blind youth as moving towards personally meaningful adult lives with multiple possibilities.
  • Define transition as a life-process that takes place over time, and that preparing for transition needs to start well before transition actually occurs.
  • Identify the intervener’s role in supporting the voice of the student during the transition process.
  • Review need for a student to actively participate in the transition process through self-discovery, self-direction, and self-advocacy.
  • Reflect on one’s own values and the student’s values, and how these values impact choice-making.
  • Identify opportunities at school, at home, and in the community to facilitate a student’s vocational exploration and exposure to deaf-blind adults who lead meaningful lives.
  • List your student’s likes, dislikes, and aptitudes, including conditions leading toward success and barriers to success.
  • Describe how recreation and leisure activities are essential to providing a well-rounded life experience.

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 each year in January.  Please contact Patti McGowan or Lorraine Byer for more information about the OHOA modules.