2020 HELIX Revisited
11. ADAMLS: Assessing Access to Sign and Fingerspelling
Sunday January 31, 2021 - 12:01 AM - Online
Sunday February 28, 2021 - 12:01 AM - Online
Sign language, fingerspelling and speechreading are visual by definition, and vision loss can greatly affect the ability of the child with deafblindness to access these modes of communication. Accommodations that allow access to sign and fingerspelling are typically not addressed in evaluations required by teachers of the visually impaired or deaf/hard of hearing. As a result, many qualified students may fail to progress or even be considered incapable of learning these language systems. This session will provide an overview of an assessment that leads to the development of appropriate accommodations to support access for students with deaflbindness.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the importance of assessing the student's current and future use of a manual communication system.
- Identify the necessary team members assembled to conduct the ADAMLS as presented.
- Identify appropriate modifications to manual communication to accommodate a student's visual loss.
Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Orientation and Mobility Specialists; Other (Paraprofessionals who serve as Interveners).
Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals
Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Annette Bauerlein, at 610-787-7211, or firstname.lastname@example.org.