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 1, Tuesday through Thursday, October 17-19, 2017

Session 2, Tuesday & Wednesday, January 23-24, 2018
Session 3, Wednesday & Thursday, April 11-12, 2018


8:30 am – 4:00 pm


Bartow Administrative Center
Blue Springs School District
1801 NW Vesper
Blue Springs. MO 64015

     Susan Bonner, Deafblind Project Director
     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

VIISA Course I: Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Vision Impairment and Their Families

November 8-10, 2017 & March 21-23, 2018
Chesterfield, MO

Applications are now being accepted for the course Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Vision Impairment and Their Families, with a registration deadline of October 27, 2017.

This course will cover topics related to the unique needs of infants and toddlers who are vision impaired, including: vision impairment and effects on learning and development; medical aspects of vision impairment; cortical visual impairment; functional vision assessment; working with families; motor development; orientation and mobility (O&M); use of touch and hearing; interaction with objects (play, cognition, concept development); premature/vulnerable infants; developing the IFSP; and transition from home to center-based preschool. 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 8 (half day), 9 & 10 (full days), 2017
March 22 (half day), 22 & 23 (full days), 2018

Serving Preschoolers Application

Course Announcement VIISA Course I


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)