Deafblind International Youth Network: Do You Have a Story to Tell?

Hello from the Deafblind International youth network. 

We are requesting young people to kindly share their ‘Covid Stories’ for our new publication. Approximately 500 words to describe the following:

  • How has the pandemic affected your own life and that of your family?
  • What has changed in your country as a result of the pandemic?
  • How have you had to adapt your education/ employment / social life?

There is an attached flyer giving more details and example of a story from Maiden who lives in India –what a remarkable and inspiration young person!

Please send your stories to the network coordinator

An e-voucher will be sent to all those who have a story published

The publication is to be launched through a webinar later this year with book contributors presenting their stories.

Thank You

DbI Youth Network


Supported Employment Deafblind Webinars Jan-Feb


SCD Job Opportunity in Florida VR

Hello, everyone!  Happy Holidays!  I am announcing a job opportunity to work with/and shadow current State Coordinator for the Deaf/HH/DB (SCD) in Florida VR since I am retiring in August 2021.   The official state job title is now Senior Management Analyst Supervisor.  Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested in this job and will live in the State of Florida.

The one to be selected and hired, will take over my role as SCD after I retire.  In the next several months, the current SCD will mentor and prepare the new SCD (in-training) for different roles, responsibilities, and functions of this position.  Also, introduce the new SCD (in-training) to other program staff and contracted staff members statewide. 

For more information about our VR state agency and its services, as well as our Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind program, go to

At present, due to COVID-19, all VR staff and administrators statewide mostly telework from homes with limited time spent in the offices.

Please visit this link:   Initial closing of this position announcement is January 29, 2021.


Cecil Bradley, VR Administrator
Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind Services
Bureau of Field Services, Division of VR, FLDOE
4070 Esplanade Way, 2nd Floor
Tallahassee, FL 32399-7016850-298-8818 VP, 850-245-3392 Fax


HKNC Announces: Free Online Courses for Professionals who are working with Individuals who are Deaf-Blind

Extended until Further Notice

This post is a follow-up to Helen Keller National Center Extends Deadline and Updates Database.

We at HKNC hope that you are well and staying safe. The COVID-19 virus has had an impact on how we live, provide services to consumers and continue to develop our skills as professionals.

As our partners, we would like to say thank you for all you have been doing and extend the opportunity to access our online courses free of charge until further notice.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered with many of our courses.

You can access our class catalogue by going to:

HKNC Available Classes

All courses are asynchronous and designed to learn at your own pace.

If you are interested in our online courses (codes), or have any questions, please contact the Region 6 Assistant, Brenda Baroncelli at

For other resources and other training tools

Professional Learning at HKNC

We hope you find these resources to be helpful in supporting

the needs of individuals who are deaf-blind.

Continue to learn from the comfort and safety of your home and continue to check out our website for new online courses

HKNC Web site

Brenda Baroncelli for Natasha Aymami


Deafblind Communicator: Using a Braillenote Touch Plus to Connect with Others

Because the public generally does not know braille or ASL, it can be a challenge for individuals who are deafblind to communicate.  Find out how this 11-year-old boy who is deafblind uses a Braillenote Touch Plus with a refreshable braille display to communicate with others.


Introducing the Deafblind International Youth Network

The Deafblind International Youth Network (DbIYN) is part of a
group of specialist networks that are recognised as one of the
core activities of Deafblind International The youth network
provides a global platform from which young deafblind people
can form peer group friendships through experiencing a range
of network events including holidays, short breaks, exchange
visits and participating in conferences.

Deafblind International has also published a pamphlet entitled A Glimpse of Our World: Inspiring Stories by Young Deafblind People.


SE Deafblind Webinar Series


Free Ticket to Virtual Graduate Open House at Gallaudet University

Warm Fall Greetings from the Graduate Admissions Office at Gallaudet University! 

We invite you to share this invite to our FREE Virtual Graduate School Open House on  Friday, November 6th. , from 4-6pm EST. 

Interested in learning more about The Graduate School at Gallaudet University or do you know someone who should attend? 

As a fellow alumni from the Graduate School at Gallaudet University, I am asking for your support by encouraging anyone you know, whether they are deaf, hard of hearing or hearing,  who may be interested in advancing their career to attend this FREE event.

This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about what we can offer, all from the comfort of their own home and laptop! 

If you have any questions about our Virtual Open House, please contact me at or text me at (202) 751-3131. 

To register for the Gallaudet Virtual Graduate School Open House Friday, November 6th, click HERE!

Please note that our on-campus Open Houses have been canceled due to the current pandemic. 

We look forward to seeing you online at our upcoming Virtual Graduate School Open House. 

Heidi Zornes-Foster, M.A., G-02′ 
Sr. Graduate Admissions Counselor 
(202) 751-3131 TEXT

Ready to apply?
We are ready to have YOU!


Autumn Science Opportunity in Louisiana

Who? Louisiana students in grades 3-12

What? A 3-hour STEM experience for which students will receive a box chocked full of hands-on instructional materials

When? October 17 or November 14, 2020 from 1:00-4:00PM Central time

Where? Everywhere! Via Zoom

How? Please visit the link below for additional information and to complete an application.

Autumn Science Information and Registration

For questions, please contact Eric Guillory, Director of Youth Services at Louisiana Center for the Blind at


Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Virtual Deaf Cultural Festival 2020

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is hosting its Deaf Cultural Festival, free, virtual, and on-demand.