INSITE: In-Home Sensory Intervention Training and Education

2021 Summer INSITE Training

Monday, July 26 through Friday, July 30, 2021



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 Network0 home visits.  This curriculum includes the following areas: communication, hearing, vision, cognition, motor impairments, and developmental resources.


You Could Be A PA:



Melissa Moore

Lead Parent Advisor/Family Engagement Coordinator



Intervener Training

Interveners—specially trained paraprofessionals who work one-on-one with students who are deaf-blind—are greatly needed in Missouri. Interveners help schools meet the challenge of providing students with deafblindness the access to information they are unable to gather via vision or hearing. An intervener works one-on-one with a student, facilitating communication and supporting concept development.


If you are interested in becoming an intervener, Missouri Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Project (MoDBTAP) offers distance learning training and coaching opportunities. MoDBTAP utilizes the Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Modules, combined with monthly online coaching, to help prepare paraprofessionals to become interveners. These 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) with deafblindness who are being served in educational settings. Topics covered include building a trusted relationship, concept development and active learning, self-determination, communication principles, and developing social skills. A $50/module stipend is available for paraprofessionals currently working with a student registered with the MoDBTAP Student Census.


Additionally, teachers, administrators, and other related staff working with a student with deafblindness may participate in “Deafblindness and Intervener Awareness Training,” a two-month, self-paced study of the basics of deafblindness and the role of an intervener. A stipend is available upon successful completion of the 4-module training.


For more information, please contact Mandy Clayton at or 314-633-1553.




Mandy Clayton

Deaf-Blind School Support Specialist




When:  October 25-29, 2021

Location: Missouri School for the Blind
Registration opens September 2021
Come join us for five days:


  • Communication, Gestures and Literacy

    This 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.


  •  Welcoming Students Who are Visually Impaired

    Welcoming Students who are Visually Impaired/Blind to your School

    Jane Herder

    Image of a cartoon teacher with the words "Welcome Back! School is fun!"This presentation 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, Colorado 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.


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

    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

    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

    When: Friday October 29, 2021

    Where: Missouri School for the Blind

    Time 9:00 am-3:30 pm


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



Jane C. Herder

Director Outreach/Deaf-Blind Project



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



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.


Dates: November 3-5, 2021 and April 13-15, 2022

Location: Missouri School for the Blind

3815 Magnolia Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63110



Mandy Clayton

Deaf-Blind School Support Specialist




Hand In Hand: Understanding Deafblindness for Education Teams



This course, totaling seven days throughout the academic year, provides instructional strategies and practices specific to the education of students with dual sensory loss. The course combines three 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 the educational team of a student with a combined vision and hearing loss (dual sensory loss), 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. 


Dates: Coming Soon!



Megan Burgess

Deaf-Blind Project Coordinator, Missouri Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance 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.


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.


Please see Lighthouse for the Blind Tuition Program


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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