Course Duration: May 28 - August 23

Registration Fee: $60 for 2 modules for South Dakota residents.

Registration Fee: $110 for 2 modules for any other state.

Additional Fee: $40 for 1 USD graduate credit (2 modules)

Registration Deadline: May 24

South Dakota Resident Registration

Out-of-State Resident Registration

The Dakota Cohort Trainings in Deaf‐Blindness were developed through a collaborative effort between the National Center on Deaf‐Blindness (NCDB) and the South Dakota Deaf‐Blind Program. 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: Introduction to Sensory Disabilities

Module Title Date Hours
Introduction to the Dakota Cohort (Adobe Meeting at 7:30 p.m.) 5/28/2019 1.5
Welcome & Orientation Module 5/28/2019 1.5
Module 1 Overview of Deaf-Blindness 5/28/2019 5
Module 2 The Sensory System, the Brain and Learning 6/24/19 7
Module 3 The Role of Intervener in Educational Settings 7/15/2019 6
Module 4 Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image 8/5/2019 9

Series 2: Communication

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 5 Availability for Learning 5/28/2019 9
Module 6 Understanding Communications Principles 6/24/2019 7
Module 7 Emergent Communications 7/15/2019 8
Module 8 Progressing from Non-Symbolic to Symbolic Communication 8/5/2019 7

Series 3: Instructional Strategies A

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 9 Routines 5/28/2019 10
Module 10 Concept Development 6/24/2019 8
Module 11 Intervener Strategies 7/15/2019 8
Module 13 Calendars 8/5/2019 10

Series 5: Instructional Strategies C

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 14 Introduction to Orientation and Mobility 5/28/2019 8
Module 15 Orientation and Mobility in Everyday Routines 6/24/2019 7
Module 25 Touch for Connecting and Learning 7/15/2019 8
 Module 26 Touch for Connecting and Communication 8/5/2019 7

Series 7:Wrapping Up

*Series 1 is a prerequisite*

Module Title Date Hours
Module 18 Collaborative Teaming and Family Partnerships 5/28/2019 9
Module 27 Putting it all Together 6/24/2019 6

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 August 23, 2019.


Rose Moehring
SD Deaf-Blind Program
Phone: 605-357-1439

Brandy Sebera
SD Deaf-Blind Program
Phone: 605-357-1439