Hand In Hand:

Understanding Deafblindness for Education Teams of Students Who Are Deafblind

This course, totaling seven days throughout the academic year, provides instruction on the theory and practice for the education of students with deafblindness.


Session 2, Tuesday & Wednesday, January 24 – 25, 2017
Session 3, Tuesday & Wednesday, April 4-5, 2017


8:30 am – 4:00 pm


Hampton Inn and Suites
#5 McBride and Sons Center Drive
Chesterfield, Missouri 63005
(636) 530-0770

     Susan Bonner, Deafblind Project Coordinator
     Missouri Deafblind Technical Assistance Project
     Missouri School for the Blind
     3815 Magnolia Avenue
     St. Louis, MO 63110
     (314) 633-1553 or susan.bonner@msb.dese.mo.gov

Serving Preschoolers (3-5) with Vision Impairment in Center-based Settings (VIISA)

March 22 (half day), 23 & 24 (full days), 2017
Chesterfield, MO

Applications are now being accepted for the course Serving Preschoolers (3-5) with Vision Impairment in Center-based Settings, with a registration deadline of October 14, 2016.

The course covers topics related to the unique needs of young children (ages 3-5) with visual impairment, including: interaction with others (language, social skills, play); literacy issues; determining reading medium; daily living skills; family involvement; cognition and concept development; orientation and mobility (O&M); preschoolers with additional impairments; assessment and the IEP; and choosing school placement and transition.  The course combines self-studies, homework assignments, and two face-to-face sessions with course instructors. The course is free of charge.

Course dates:      

November 2 (half day), 3 & 4 (full days), 2016

March 22 (half day), 23 & 24 (full days), 2017

Serving Preschoolers Application


Unified English Braille Code

To find more information on Unified English Braille Code, please visit http://www.brailleauthority.org/ueb.html


Coursework Leading to Certification as Teacher of the Visually Impaired: The Envision Program

To learn more about the Visually Impaired Program, please visit the website at:

Training and Certification (undergraduate and graduate)

  • Boston College (deafblindness)
  • California State University, Los Angeles (VI, O&M)
  • California State University, Northridge (deafblindness)
  • Columbia University (deafblindness)
  • Dominican College (VI)
  • Eastern Michigan University (VI)
  • Florida State University (VI, O&M)
  • Hunter College of the City University of New York (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • Illinois State University (VI)
  • State University (VI)
  • Massey University at Albany (O&M)
  • Missouri State University (VI, O&M)
  • Mohawk College (O&M)
  • North Carolina Central University (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • Northern Illinois University (VI, O&M)
  • Ohio State University (VI)
  • Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University (VI)
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry (VI)
  • Portland State University (VI)
  • San Diego State University (deafblindness)
  • San Francisco State University (VI, O&M)
  • South Carolina State University (O&M)
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (VI, O&M)
  • Teachers College, Columbia University (VI)
  • Texas Tech University (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (deafblindness, VI)
  • University of Arizona (deafblindness, VI)
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (VI, O&M)
  • University of Kansas (deafblindness)
  • University of Louisville (VI)
  • University of Massachusetts at Boston (VI)
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln (VI)
  • University of Northern Colorado (VI)
  • University of North Dakota (VI)
  • University of Northern Iowa (VI)
  • University of Pittsburgh (VI, O&M)
  • University of Toledo (VI)
  • Western Michigan University (VI, O&M)