Teacher Support Program for Students with Deafblindness


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Dr. Sandra Warren
Associate Chair
107A Rivers Building

Do you see children or adolescents who:

  • react to ringing bells or flashing lights differently than other children?
  • use their vision or hearing inconsistently or ineffectively?
  • have vision or hearing loss, or severe or multiple impairments?
If so, East Carolina University can assist you with services for these students.

Do you want to be more effective in teaching children and adolescents with deafblindness?

The Teacher Support Program at East Carolina University offers services to families, teachers, administrators, and other professionals working with eastern North Carolina students with deafblindness.  First-year teachers, lateral-entry teachers, veteran teachers, certified or noncertified teachers, related service specialists, special educators, traditional classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel and administrators, families and physicians are invited to contact the program for services and assistance.

The ECU Teacher Support Program for Students with deafblindness provides technical assistance and support to include the following services:

The program also provides professional development on topics driven by identified regional needs. These can include:

  • Implementing communication-based positive support and intervention
  • Facilitating communication development
  • Using adaptive technology
  • Designing evidence-based individualized instructional approaches
  • Integrating academic and functional curricula
  • Developing IFSP, IEP, and Transition plans
  • Improving functional vision, hearing, and sensory integration
  • Facilitating inclusion
  • Engaging in assessment and person-centered planning
Irene Howell Assistive Technology Center

The AT Center offers a variety of services and resources that are useful for teachers serving students with deafblindness. One of their many services includes technology loans so you can determine if a device or software might be useful for your student. The resources are extensive, ranging from vibrating and other sensory stimulation objects to kits such as the APH Lightbox, to various communication devices, to literacy software, among other things. In the AT center you can also explore access software such as JAWS and other resources to increase your student's ability to use the computer. Directions, contact information and other information is available on the AT Center website.

Please go to http://www.perkins.org/resources/webcasts/ to see excellent webcasts on CHARGE Syndrome, Communication Portfolio, and Early Literacy. These webcasts are captioned and include descriptive video.