Deafblind Resources

DVDs and Videos

The first two DVDs are available from:
HOPE Inc.
1856 North 1200 East
North Logan, UT 84341
Phone/FAX: 435-245-2888
hope@hopepubl.com

1) Sensory Perspectives
This interactive 2-disk DVD set addresses sensory loss related to deafness, blindness, and deafblindness. The program includes information on sensory loss and simulations of different types of hearing, vision, and combined vision and hearing losses.
The Disk 1 section on vision loss includes:
• Introduction • Acuity Loss • Field Loss • Field and Acuity Loss • Contrast Sensitivity • Processing Problems • Oculomotor Problems • Quiz • Additional Information
The Disk 1 section on hearing loss includes:
• Introduction • Information • Simulations • Comparative Simulations • Environmental Issues • Quiz • Additional Information
The Disk 2 section on combined vision and hearing loss includes:
• Introduction • Deafblindness and Learning • Deafblindness and Communication • Deafblindness and Social and Emotional Development • Simulated Examples • Quiz • Additional Information. This disk allows the viewer to  input specific audiogram results  and visual acuities scores to demonstrate what a particular student’s abilities could be.

2) Deafblindness and the Intervener
This 17-minute DVD discusses the effective use of interveners with children who are deafblind. The impact of combined vision and hearing loss on the child is discussed. Interveners are shown working with children who are deafblind in home, school, and community settings.

The following three DVDs are available from:
SENSES FOUNDATION INC
11 Kitchener Ave, PO Box 143, Burswood WA 6100 Australia
admin@senses.asn.au 

1) ASSUME NOTHING: DEAFBLINDNESS – AN INTRODUCTION
The primary purpose of this video is for deafblind awareness - to be used for training and community
education. Highlighted are the unique situations of six individuals, aged from young children to adults,
and all with varying degrees of hearing and vision impairment. (22 minutes, open-captioned)

2) “WHERE DO I BEGIN?” DEVELOPING COMMUNICATION WITH CHILDREN BORN DEAFBLIND
Key strategies for effective communication development are highlighted, including the following:
making contact, building rapport, acknowledging communication efforts, touch cues and object symbols, tactile signing, routines and choice-making. Strategies are child-directed and demonstrated across various settings – home, school and community. (23 minutes, open-captioned)

3) “WE HAVE CONTACT!” INTERACTING EFFECTIVELY WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE DEAFBLIND.
This training video focuses on early interactions with children who are deafblind and have complex needs. Examples from Individual Communication Guides demonstrate principles used to acknowledge, reinforce, enjoy and expand each individual’s personalised communication system. Although the main focus is on children, these same strategies can be applied to adults as will be demonstrated. (27 minutes, open-captioned)

The following three DVDs are available from:
VISION ASSOCIATES
295 N.W. Commons Loop, Suite 115-312, Lake City, Florida 32055  Phone (407) 352-1200, Fax (386) 752-7839

1) CD-ROM Child-guided Strategies for Assessing Children who are Deafblind or have Multiple Disabilities Nelson, C; van Dijk, J.
Through the use of over 40 video clips, this interactive CD-ROM demonstrates strategies for determining how best to teach children who are deaf-blind or have multiple disabilities. Users are asked to answer several series of questions pertaining to the video clips. The answers are then discussed along with options for obtaining more information. Comprehensive assessments of two children follow the interactive overview. Using an interactive question and answer format, the viewer can design an individualized education program for the two children. The CD-ROM also contains an index of terms pertaining to deaf-blindness and multiple disabilities. Each term is defined, explained in depth, and illustrated by video clips. In addition to a comprehensive printed article detailing the assessment process, 12 full text articles by Dr. van Dijk and colleagues are included. The publications provide insight into how Dr. van Dijk views the assessment and education of children with deaf blindness and/or multiple disabilities

2) CD-ROM: Living with CHARGE  Assessment, Prevention, and Intervention of Challenging Behavior van Dijk, J., de Kort, A.  
The CD begins with a short video explaining the medical background of CHARGE.  The authors discuss 4 children with Chargers of different ages (15 months to 12 years) who exhibit stereotypical behavior, non-compliance, aggression and/or self-injury. The use of Cochlear Implants in order to prevent problem behaviors in some children with Charge is documented. Through the use of video clips, challenging behaviors are shown as well as the reactions of the service providers. By means of questions and answers, the viewer is taken through the process of analyzing these behaviors.

3) From Russia with Love and Care for Children with Multiple Disabilities and Challenging Behaviour van Dijk, J., Nelson, C., van der Neer, T.
The behaviours of 6 children are analyzed through video and observation of target behaviours.  The model demonstrated is based on the Attachment Theory and Positive Behaviour Support.  There is a short interactive course on Positive Behaviour Support included. 

The following video is available from:
Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness
10300 Seacote Road
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, V7A 4B2
jolson@sd38.bc.ca

The Heart of Intervention with children who are deafblind.
Learn about Intervention as Intervenors share their experiences and insights.