Deafblind Portal


Establishing a “professional home” for Deafblindness in DVI

Bringing together university/college personnel prep program instructors and students, technical assistance project personnel, teachers and interveners, and families for partnership in professional development and advocacy.

  • A natural follow-up to the housing of DB teacher and intervener competencies under the umbrella of CEC-DVI.
  • An opportunity for collaborative planning in professional development
  • A vehicle to reflect, collectively, recommendations for IDEA reauthorization – i.e. advocacy efforts for formalizing teacher and intervener roles in the field

Special Opportunities for Professionals in Deafblindness at the

2014 CEC Conference –


April 10, 2014 DVI General Business meeting (6:15 – 8:15 p.m.) IMPORTANT – one action item that will be voted on is the name change from Division on Visual Impairment (DVI) to Division on Visual Impairment & Deafblindness (DVI DB). Please come support the new name.

April 10, 2014 DVI Social (8:30 – 10:30 p.m.)

Highlighting Deafblindness through Posters and Publications

Opportunity for showing current efforts and innovations in deafblindness (personnel prep, technical assistance, and direct service practices) – evidences of what the field of deafblindness is doing to build the profession. For more information on sharing a poster please contact:

Dr. Amy Parker

Dr.Nicole Johnson (Helen Keller Fellow, Cohort #1)


April 11, 2014 The "DVI Deafblind Committee Community Forum" (1:00 - 3:30 p.m.)

  • Review of Deafblind professional development current situation, with a mindset on future collaborative models
    • Existing personnel prep efforts for teachers and interveners
    • Existing professional development and technical assistance efforts for teachers and interveners
    • Existing resources and potential models for sustaining professional development efforts - personnel prep and technical assistance
    • Existing and potential partnerships with families, consumers, teachers, interveners and local support providers
  • Development of Deafblind focused research agenda (expanding on the work of the NCDB Personnel Prep Task Force) – furthering the immediate opportunity in CEC-DVI for brief articles with Deafblind focus for publication in DVIQ
  • Planning for needed, collective, advocacy for building capacity of Deafblind service delivery