#PromotingAccess Module for Schools

Improving Access for a Better Quality of Life: New Training Module on Promoting Access for People Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind or Visually Impaired

Link to Promoting Access Module, with Image of a diverse family playing Jenga together

Information is everywhere we look—things like eye contact, body language, and environmental cues all contain information. And it’s everywhere we listen, through conversations, alerts, technology, and entertainment. Information shapes our experiences and our experiences shape us. However, when vision or hearing is affected, part of the information is missing, and this can create hurdles. To help parents, families, community members, and educators gain deeper insight into the factors that impact how a person receives information using sight, sound, and touch, the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI has created the Promoting Access for People Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, or Visually Impaired module.

This free, self-paced training module offers a collection of introductory information, evidence- based strategies, and scenarios at home, school, and in the community designed to build confidence and comfort for anyone communicating or connecting with people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. This video module can be used for individual or group- based professional learning and users can also earn a certificate of completion for 2.5 hours that can go toward professional development. To learn more and explore the free video module, visit https://deafandblindoutreach.org/promoting-access.

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