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2021 Texas Symposium on Deafblind Education

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This year’s Texas Symposium on Deafblind Education will dive deep to examine why students in Texas need access to trained teachers of students who are deafblind and interveners. Please join us as we explore the issues and answers to providing quality programming for these individuals and support to educational teams including families and school staff.

Internal Collaboration

COVID has forced this event to be “virtual”, and that has allowed TSBVI to partner with Deafblind International (DbI) Network of the Americas and the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB). This has also given the opportunity to include the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, Canadian Deafblind Association National, Perkins International, and other organizations from various places in the Western Hemisphere to make this an international event. This collaboration promises to make this year’s Symposium a truly spectacular event. As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Over 20 Hours of Training

Registered participants will have the opportunity to access over 20 hours of content throughout the months of March and April. The main Symposium live events take place March 1st - 4th & 6th with three bonus “March Madness Monday” events on March 8th, 22nd, & 29th. As part of the partnership with the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) and Deafblind International (DbI) Network of the Americas, family leaders from across the Americas will host a special family event on Saturday, March 6th. This year’s Symposium features both synchronous and asynchronous training options, and the live training events will be archived for later viewing by registered participants. During the “live” portions, participants have the opportunity to hear from our presenters and chat with them on Zoom.

Presenters and Topics

Here are just a few of the proposed presenters and topics:

  • Robbie Blaha, Deafblind Specialist, Texas Deafblind Project – The Field of Deafblindness: Navigating the Future
  • Maurice Belote, Director California Deaf-Blind Services - The Impact of Cognitive Closure on Students who are Deafblind: Strategies for Reducing Stress, Identifying Motivators, and Increasing Active Engagement
  • Dr. Judy Cameron, Director of Outreach, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh - Impact of COVID on Families, Students, Educators
  • Sue Gawne, Deafblind Consultant at Canadian Deafblind Association - Early Intervention Services in Canada for Children who are Deafblind and their Families
  • Paul Hart, Head of Research and Practice, Sense Scotland - Communication Partnerships and Tactile Interaction
  • Patti McGowan, President, National Family Association for Deaf-Blind - Family Advocacy Skills
  • Katy ISD Team, Elaine Robertson, M.S., Instructional Officer for Deaf Education, Vision, and Assistive Technology, Kittrell R. Antalon, M.Ed., COMS and TVI, Carolyn J. Samson, M.Ed., COMS and TVI, Jennifer Magee, M.S., TDHH and Educational Diagnostician - The Role of Teacher of Deafblind as a Student Transitions from Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) to Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  • Carolyn Monaco, President of the Canadian Deafblind Association National Board of Directors and Instructor at George Brown College (Toronto, Ontario) in the Intervenor Program – Teacher of Students who are Deafblind in Canada
  • Chris Montgomery, Deafblind Specialist, and Cyral Miller, Outreach Consultant, Texas Deafblind Project – Teacher of Students who are Deafblind in Texas
  • Dr. Jude Nicholas, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Statped Norway - Tactile Working-Memory Scale
  • Gloria Rodrigeuz Gil, Regional Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean, Perkins International - Deaf-Blind Activities in Mexico
  • Maria Vasquez, Professor in Special Education at the National University of Rio Cuarto, and a Consultant for Perkins International's Latin America Regional Office - Providing Services in Latin America

Registration Details

Registered participants have exclusive access to over 20 hours of content thru both live and asynchronous presentations. Payment can be made by credit card, check, money order, or purchase order.

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Registration Fees

Early Registration will end on January 7, 2021, and late registration will start on January 8, 2021.

  • Professionals - $50.00 USD (Early) & $75.00 USD (Late)
  • Families & Paraprofessionals - $35.00 USD (Early) & $50.00 (Late)


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Event Date: 

Mar 01, 2021