Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 13: Calendars

Schoology Online Course

Session Dates

Tuesday November 01, 2022 - Schoology Online Course
Sunday January 15, 2023 - Schoology Online Course

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

This course explores the many kinds of “time pieces” (e.g., clocks and calendars)—also known as "time tools"—to keep us on track and oriented in the world. Time pieces are also extremely important for students who are deaf-blind. We will cover the use of customized calendars being a key educational strategy for students with deaf-blindness. Calendars help a student learn time concepts and time vocabulary, provide a way for her to understand and have some control over her schedule, and support conversations about everyday life activities. The goal of this course is to begin to give you some insights into how a child with deaf-blindness has different experiences of everyday situations. By understanding some of the impacts of deaf-blindness, an intervener or communication partner can begin to interpret a child´s responses to the environment in new ways and provide supports to the child based on that understanding/p>


Participants will:

  • Explain why a student with deaf-blindness might have difficulty learning time concepts, time vocabulary, and understanding traditional timepieces.
  • List the continuum of time frames in calendar systems and identify several student characteristics that are prerequisites for each.
  • Identify ways that calendar systems are individualized for students with deaf-blindness.
  • Describe strategies to depict the past events for each time frame.
  • Describe how calendars move from concrete to abstract across the time frames to teach vocabulary about the future.
  • List example of how calendars support communication for students with deaf-blindness.
  • Summarize the crucial role that calendars play in supporting and clarifying genuine conversational interactions.

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


Patti McGowan, Krista Lewis

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.