Sept. 18 ‐ Dec. 8, 2017
Registration Fee: $25 per module/additional fee for university credits
Registration Deadline: Sept. 8, 2017

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The Dakota Cohort Trainings in Deaf‐Blindness were developed through a collaborative effort between the National Center on Deaf‐Blindness (NCDB), the South Dakota Deaf‐Blind Program and the North Dakota Dual Sensory Project. Through use of the NCDB-developed online training modules, the Dakota Cohort is able to provide participants with a hosted site. This site provides opportunities for online learning, participant discussions, technical support, review of assignments and a variety of credit options, including one to two university credits.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with high-speed internet
  • Adobe Connect, YouTube and Moodle

Assignments must be submitted through Word documents or PDF.

Credit Options

  • National Center on Deaf-Blindness online stored badges (especially important for para-educators)
  • Continuing education hours (used for re-certification)
  • University of South Dakota credit (one and two credit options)
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and state interpreter credits (for re-certification)

If you are not interested in receiving credit or being part of the Dakota Cohort hosted site, you may access the modules on the National Center on Deaf-Blindness website..

Series 1

Module Title Date Hours
Introduction to the Dakota Cohort Sept. 18 1.5
Welcome & Orientation Module Sept. 19 1.5
Module 1 Overview of Deaf-Blindness Sept. 19 5
Module 2 The Sensory System, the Brain and Learning Oct. 1 7
Module 3 The Role of Intervener in Educational Settings Oct. 30 6
Module 4 Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image Nov. 13 9

Series 2

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 5 Availability for Learning Sept. 19 9
Module 6 Understanding Communications Principles Oct. 1 7
Module 7 Emergent Communications Oct. 30 8
Module 8 Progressing from Non-Symbolic to Symbolic Communication and Complex Language Nov. 13 7

Series 3

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 9 Routines Sept. 19 8
Module 10 Concept Development Oct. 1 8
Module 11 Intervener Strategies Oct. 30 8
Module 13 Calendars Nov. 13 10

Series 4

Module Title Date Hours
Module 12 Maximizing Vision and Hearing Sept. 19 9
Module 22 An Introduction to Sign-Language and Braille Oct. 1 8
Module 14 Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for Interveners Oct. 30 8.5
Module 15 Introduction Orientation and Mobility in Everyday Routines Nov. 13 7

Series 5

*Must have completed all modules to take modules 21 and 27*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 16 Self-Determination Sept. 19 6.5
Module 17 Social Skills Oct. 1 7.5
Special Assignment Oct. 30 2

More Information

Future training packages (series) will be developed from the list of 27 modules based on need and level of interest.

Module content is based upon Council for Exceptional Children competencies and is supported through the U. S. Office of Education, Special Education Programs.

All work must be completed by Dec. 8, 2017.


Rose Moehring
SD Deaf-Blind Program
Phone: 605-357-1439
Fax: 701-239-7373

Sherri Nelson
ND Dual Sensory Project
Phone: 701-239-7376
Fax: 701-239-7373