Input Requested on Initial Licensure Standards

Requested by November 1, 2016

TVI Specialty Set Draft 

We are currently soliciting input from the field for content. We cannot add standards after our validation survey is submitted.  For that reason, it is critical that we identify all the standards now and that we secure input from as many colleagues as possible. We will document the responses that we receive from you as evidence to support the proposed standards. 

Please provide suggestions/edits using track changes and send to Deborah Hatton at Deborah.Hatton@vanderbilt.edu before November 1, 2016.  The revision committee will review all suggestions.  We plan to share an updated version by Nov. 30, 2016.

Webinar #6

Assessment and Instruction of Students who are Deafblind:  What is the state of our evidence?

Presented by Dr. Susan Bruce on Dec. 14 at 12:00 Noon PST

Sponsored by DVIDB and National Center on Deaf-Blindness

This presentation will address the state of evidence for professional practices specific to deafblindness in these twelve topic areas: assessment, early identification and intervention, assistive technology, communication, literacy, social-emotional, mathematics, science, life skills (including orientation and mobility), transition, and placement/inclusion.  Findings from an analysis conducted by Ferrell, Bruce, and Luckner (2014) will be presented, along with an update (through 2015) on the topics of accommodations for statewide assessment, and communication.  After being oriented to how the researchers identified evidence as emerging, limited, moderate, or strong, the participants will learn the level of evidence for specific practices.  The session will conclude with recommendations for future research to strengthen the evidence for practices that the field may value. 



Webinar #5

Creating Systems Change Within Special Education: Transforming Instruction for Students with Deafblindness

Presented by Marina McCormick on December 1st 1:00 CST.

Sponsored by DVIDB and National Center on Deaf-Blindness

Creating change can be daunting, but not impossible!  Come to this webinar to learn about one model for systems change that can be applied to a special education issue that you are currently facing.  Explore a successful application of the model and how you can apply it to your identified challenge.  Learn how to communicate the importance of your issue and how your vision can drive the change process. 


The Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness is seeking nominations and applications for the 2017 awards. Award recipients will be honored at the CEC 2017 Convention and Expo to be held in Boston April 19-22, 2017. For nomination guidelines for each award click here.  Please submit complete application packets to Diane Pevsner at dpevsner@uab.edu

All nominations are due by January 2, 2017



New Employment Opportunities Portal

A new Employment Opportunities portal has been created in the Resources section. Job postings that are relevant to the DVIDB membership will be posted here. Check back often! If you would like an opportunity to appear in the portal, please see the requirements listed on the webpage.

DVIDB Elections

DVIDB will be accepting nominations for the following positions for the upcoming election cycle thru November 11, 2016:


4 Directors


If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone else for one of the following positions, please email a small bio for the ballot to Diane Pevsner at dpevsner@uab.edu

The powers and duties of the treasurer:

1. To serve as custodian of the funds of the Division;

2. To pay expenses approved by the Board of Directors and on authorization of the president;

3. To make an annual report of the financial status of the Division to the Board of Directors and at the annual business meeting;

4. To prepare and submit an annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors at the annual business meeting;

5. To transfer all money and records to the new treasurer within 30 days after installation.

6. To chair the Finance Committee;

7. To represent the Division at IDC meetings, upon request.

The powers and duties of the directors:

1. To serve on at least one standing committee as designated by the president.

2. To serve as an alternate representative when necessary.

 The powers and duties of the representative:

1. To represent the Division at meetings of the CEC Representative Assembly and to participate in balloting, and other activities necessary to the functioning of the CEC Representative Assembly. 

2. To report regularly to the Division's Board of Directors and general membership on activities of the Representative Assembly and CEC.

3. To communicate issues and concerns from the Division to the CEC Representative Assembly.

4. To inform the Division about the disposition of the Representative Assembly issues and advice forwarded to the CEC Board of Directors.

5. To represent the Division at IDC meetings, upon request.

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