Topics in Deaf-Blindness: Critical Considerations for School Psychologists and Evaluators


Session Dates

Wednesday December 01, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Webinar
Wednesday January 05, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Webinar
Wednesday January 26, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Webinar
Wednesday April 06, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Webinar

This training will provide participants with an opportunity to consider the assessment of students who are deaf-blind and/or have significant cognitive disabilities. The limitations of testing measures will be discussed but the workshop series will capitalize on the evaluator’s own experiences and techniques to develop skills and resources that will strengthen report writing. While much of the content is couched in assessment of students with deaf-blindness, the limitations, skill development and resources are applicable to students who are considered to have significant cognitive disabilities. Throughout the series participants will work in small groups and will create a network of peers and mentors to aid with future evaluations. Additionally, they will establish resources applicable for the evaluation of students with special needs such as those individuals with deaf-blindness.


  • Participants can identify two medical diagnoses that affect vision and why they affect psychological assessment.
  • Participants will understand the difference between a Certified Hearing Interpreter and a Certified Deaf interpreter and will understand how they might be used for the assessment of deaf-blind students.
  • Participants will identify three resources that will aid with the evaluation of deaf-blind students.

Target Audience

School Psychologists; Teachers who work with students who are deaf-blind; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing

Topics Covered: Deaf-Blind

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: Richele Herigan, at 717-901-2240, or

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Tomina J. Schwenke, PhD, ABPP, CI, CT, QMHI

Event Contact:


Richele Herigan

Content Contact:

Sue Ann Houser

Additional Info

12/1/21 - Foundation in Deaf-Blindness for School Psychologists: Educational Impact and Considerations
1/5/22 - Collaboration and Resources: A Team Approach to the Assessment of Students who are Deaf-Blind
1/26/22 - Application and Integration of Knowledge of Deaf-Blindness: The Use of Case Studies and Examples
4/6/22 - Review, Evaluation, and Next Steps: Lessons Learned Along the Way and Future Directions