INSITE: In-Home Sensory Intervention Training and Education

When: July 11-15, 2022

Location: Missouri School for the Blind
3815 Magnolia Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110


A curriculum model of home intervention for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children who have a visual impairment and may have other multiple disabilities, including deaf-blind.  The INSITE model and training is for Parent Advisors for MoSPIN (Statewide Parent Involvement Network) home visits.  This curriculum includes the following areas: communication, hearing, vision, cognition, motor impairments, and developmental resources.

You Could Be A PA!


Melissa Moore

MoSPIN Coordinator/Lead Parent Advisor



FALL PD WEEK 2022 - Details Coming Soon!

Dates: October 3-7, 2022

Location: Missouri School for the Blind
3815 Magnolia Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110


Jane C. Herder

Director Outreach/Deaf-Blind Project



Hand In Hand: Understanding Deafblindness

Dates: Session 1 - October 26-28, 2022; Session 2 - November 16-18, 2022

Registration: Hand in Hand Training Registration

Registration Deadline: September 23, 2022

  • Requests for ADA Related Accommodations should be emailed to Natasha by September 23, 2022.

Location: Missouri School for the Blind
3815 Magnolia Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110


This course provides instructional strategies and practices specific to the education of students with dual sensory impairments. The course combines two instructional sessions, follow-up mentoring provided by a specialist in the field of deafblindness and the development of a student profile.
The target audience for this course is educators of a student with a combined vision and hearing loss (dual sensory impairments), the student’s parent(s), teachers, classroom paraprofessionals, therapists, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Interpreters and Interpreting students.

For more information, contact:

Natasha Baebler
DeafBlind Project Coordinator

Open Hands Open Access Training

The program, Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) is an online, work at your own pace training program that offers modules designed to increase knowledge and encourage the use of best practices for supporting children with combined vision and hearing loss. OHOA/ Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules are a national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students (ages 3 through 21) who are deaf-blind and being served in educational settings. If you are currently working with a student with dual sensory loss, you may be eligible for a stipend for every successful completion of modules and monthly consultation from our Deaf-Blind Project staff.
For more information, see

To register: OHOA Registration

For more information, contact:

Natasha Baebler
DeafBlind Project Coordinator


VIISA Course I: Infants and Toddlers with Vision Impairments in Home-Based Settings


Session 1: November 3-5, 2021

Session 2: April 13-15, 2022

Location: Missouri School for the Blind
3815 Magnolia Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110

VIISA 2021-2022 class is now full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Mandy Clayton at the contact information below.

For more information: VIISA Announcement

The purpose of this course is for participants to gain and develop skills in understanding the unique needs of infants and toddlers who are blind or visually impaired. This training will cover topics related to the unique needs of preschoolers with vision loss, including: observation, assessment, the IEP/IFSP process, intervention techniques, use of appropriate methods, curricula and materials in teaching skills in all developmental domains, developing the use of all senses, meeting the child's needs in the group setting, socialization, school readiness, early literacy and orientation and mobility. The course combines self-studies, homework assignments, and two three-day sessions with course instructors. See announcement (below) for more details. Course is free to education professionals in the state of Missouri.


Mandy Clayton

Deaf-Blind School Support Specialist



Location: Missouri School for the Blind
3815 Magnolia Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110

You may register for individual sessions or for the full week. All workshop sessions are provided free of charge. Working lunch will be provided each day. Transportation, lodging, and other meals will be the responsibility of the applicant (unless you are a MoSPIN Parent Advisor).

Come join us for five days:

  • Communication, Gestures and Literacy

    October 25-26

    Susan Bashinski

    This two-day session is premised on the belief that ALL individuals with deaf-blindness DO communicate—not that they all can learn to communicate. The workshop will focus on practical strategies that families and educational teams can implement to facilitate growth in the direction of conventional communication, including the incorporation of comprehension and expression with gestures. The presenter will provide communication partners with specific strategies to help enable a learner’s more active engagement in family and school activities and begin to focus instruction on emergent literacy skills.
    Susan M. Bashinski is a Professor of Special Education, Director of graduate programs in Education, and Interim Dean of the Graduate School at Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Missouri. She has more than 40 years’ experience working with learners who experience multiple disabilities, including deaf-blindness. The body of Susan’s work is grounded in educational practice. She not only has a passion, but believes also a professional responsibility, to conduct pragmatic research and to work diligently to try and translate research findings into effective everyday practice—and then share those through the classes she teaches and workshops she presents for families and professionals.


  •  Welcoming Students Who are Visually Impaired

    Welcoming Students who are Visually Impaired/Blind to your School

    October 27

    Jane Herder and Steve Nation

    Image of a cartoon teacher with the words "Welcome Back! School is fun!"This pesentation covers the basics of teaching students with a visual impairment/blindness. Accommodations, modifications, textbooks, low vision aids and Orientation and Mobility will be covered. An excellent course for those new to teaching the VI/B, special education administrators, related service providers, families and paraprofessionals.
    Jane Herder is the Director of Outreach and Project Director of the Missouri Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Project. Jane came to the Outreach Department of Missouri School for the Blind in August of 2017. Jane has 23 years as an Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist in Missouri, Colora do and New Mexico. She received her MA. Ed. degree in Severe Needs: Vision Impairments and Orientation and Mobility from the University of Northern Colorado and endorsement from the University of Northern Colorado in multiculturalism. She is a Library of Congress Certified Braille transcriber. Lastly, she has an additional MA Ed. degree in Technology in Schools from University of Missouri-St. Louis and she recently finished her graduate certificate in Deafblindness from Texas Tech University.

    Steve Nation is a Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired in Missouri. He taught special education for 10 years prior to becoming a TVI. He currently works with students with Visual Impairments in 8 school districts and also First Steps for early intervention. He volunteers with Southeast Kids In Action (SEKIA) which is a group promoting socialization and new experiences for children with Visual Impairments. He holds a B.S.Ed. with certification in Special Education K-12 and General Education 1-6, a MA Ed. in Teacher Leadership, a M.S.Ed. in Special Education with certification in Blindness/Low Vision Instruction B-12, and is working on his Orientation and Mobility Certification and National Library of Congress Braille Transcriber Certification. 


  • Comprehensive Literacy for Your Student with Multiple Disabilities/Dual Sensory Losses

    October 28

    Rubecca Wilson and Karen Carl

    Join us for this hands-on literacy workshop. All students can learn to read and write print. This session will be a practical guide with hands on activities for teaching students with significant disabilities. We will explain how to provide comprehensive literacy instruction addressing your students’  needs, whether they are emergent readers and writers or students acquiring conventional literacy skills. Audience: Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Teachers of the Deaf, special educators, general educators, speech-language pathologists, families and other professionals.

  • Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Interventions, Strategies and the CVI Range with Chris Russell

    October 29

    Chris Russell

    Christopher Russell is the Project Coordinator for the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative, and has experience as a classroom teacher and Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) working with children who have visual impairments and additional disabilities including deaf-blindness. Chris presents widely in NY and nationally on educational implications of deaf-blindness, cortical visual impairment, curriculum adaptations, and communication development for children with pre-symbolic communication. He has the Perkins-Roman CVI Range Endorsement and serves as co-instructor with Dr. Roman on the Perkins E-Learning CVI and CVI: Phase III courses.

For more information, please contact Jane Herder at or 314-633-1582.



Jane C. Herder

Director Outreach/Deaf-Blind Project


Unified English Braille Code

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Coursework Leading to Certification as Teacher of the Visually Impaired

TVI and OM programs breakdown

Training and Certification (undergraduate and graduate)


Considering a degree program?

The following college and university programs have successfully completed the accreditation process and have earned the distinction of “AER Accredited.” Each of these personnel preparation programs has demonstrated adherence to high quality standards that lead to a valuable academic experience; and the competencies needed for employment and certifications.


Training for a Rewarding Career - Generous Student Financial Assistance 

Teaching Children or Adults who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Providing Orientation and Mobility Services for Those Individuals, and/or Specializing in Assistive Technology for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired  

Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois) offers a nationally regarded program at the graduate level for individuals who wish to join a rewarding career in teaching children or adults who are blind or visually impaired as a teacher of students with visual impairments, orientation and mobility instructor, assistive technology specialist for children with visual impairments, or a vision rehabilitation therapist for adults who are visually impaired. There is an overwhelming need for professionals who specialize in instruction for people who are visually impaired. As a consequence, there are many job opportunities in all regions of the United States. Individuals who choose this career path can anticipate having no difficulty obtaining life-long employment with great job security! In addition to numerous job opportunities, good pay, and excellent job security, individuals who choose this career path experience a sense of fulfillment not commonly found in other careers. These professionals play a significant role in the lives of children who are visually impaired, adults who are visually impaired, and their families. 

Generous student financial assistance is available. We will pay all in-state or out-of-state tuition, all fees, health insurance, and a stipend of $9,500 per calendar year for qualified individuals who wish to come to Northern Illinois University to enroll in the Visual Disabilities Graduate Program. 
For more information, go to the following YouTube link: 
Please note there was a raise in the living stipend since the filming of this video clip and the living stipend is $9,500 per calendar year. 

And, the following webpage: 

Interested individuals can contact the Project Director, Stacy Kelly, at the following e-mail: 


Lighthouse for the Blind-St. Louis Tuition Reimbursement Program

The Tuition Reimbursement Program was developed for individuals who are specializing in the field of service to persons who are blind or legally blind. This program is for college students in their senior year in an undergraduate program, OR a graduate student OR a paraprofessional that is currently employed and working in the field.

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AER Accredited Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Programs


AER Accredited Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Programs


AER Accredited Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) Programs


Deafblindness Programs