DVIDB Webinars

Webinar #6

Our sixth webinar will be presented by Dr. Susan Bruce on December 14 12:00 Noon PST.  

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

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. 


Susan M. Bruce, Ph.D., is a Professor of Special Education at Boston College, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Coordinator of the Masters Degree Program in Severe Disabilities with an optional specialization in deafblindness.  Susan’s research concentrations are in assessment, communication intervention for prelinguistic and early linguistic learners, and collaborative action research.  She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters with more than 30 being specific to deafblindness.  Much of her research has focused on learners who are congenitally deafblind.  Susan has more than 30 years experience teaching and consulting in school and universities (nationally and internationally) with a focus on children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities, including deafblindness.   


The webinar is free to everyone. For DVIDB members, Click here to sign up for free professional development documentation after attending. You will receive a certificate that documents your hours with DVIDB for your professional development goals.
For non-members, professional development certificates are available for $10.00. Click below to pay the fee and receive a certificate after the event.