2021 Training Calendar
Introduction to Interveners
The Montana Deaf-Blind Project is pleased to welcome Julie Maier, California Deafblind Services Educational Specialist, to provide an introduction to and overview of interveners. Attend this free webinar for answers to questions such as:
- What is an Intervener?
- How do they differ from paraprofessionals and interpreters?
- Why might students with deaf-blindness need an intervener?
- How do you determine that an individual student needs an intervener?
- What skills and training does someone need to be an intervener?
- Where can they learn those skills/obtain that training?
- What is the Cogswell-Macy Act and what does it have to do with intervener services?
MT OPI renewal unit credit is available.
Monday, August 9, 2021
9:00-10:30 AM Mountain Daylight Time
- What is an Intervener… Flier
- What is an Intervener… Webinar Video
- What is an Intervener… presentation slides (PDF)
- What is an Intervener… Communicative Competencies Peer Learning Community Agreement to Participate (DOCX)
- What is an Intervener… Intervener Resources (PDF)
- What is an Intervener… MTDB referral Checklist (PDF)
Designing Meaningful Work Experiences
The Montana Deaf-Blind Project is pleased to announce the fourth session in our webinar series on work experience and employment for students with a significant impact of disability, including students with deaf-blindness.
Microbrewery owners, Veterans living with PTSD, inmates at the Montana Women’s Prison, a bank president, a documentary filmmaker… Question: What could possibly link all these individuals (and more) together? Answer: Alana, A Jill of All Trades!
Discover how Alana and her mom, Kim, have opened themselves to opportunity and built a life full of joy and purpose by sharing their passions in the vocational realm and beyond. Alana – A Jill of All Trades is synonymous with a group of individuals working together to make our world a little brighter, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to do the same!
See how Alana’s community is built one relationship at a time as her contagious spirit and fearlessly authentic presence brings folks of all backgrounds together. Explore ways to utilize resources to support individuals with a significant impact of disability in their endeavors. And, understand how this can all be accomplished in the face of adversity!
MT OPI renewal unit credit is available.
Date: February 11th, 2021
Time: 12-1:30 Mountain Time
- Work Experiences… Webinar Flier
- Work Experiences… Webinar Video
- Work Experiences… Webinar Slides (PDF)
In this webinar, Cheri Reed-Anderson and Ellen Condon will introduce audience members to Customized Employment, illustrate how this strategy can support access to community employment for students with significant disabilities, and share information about how to access Customized Employment through Vocational Rehabilitation in Montana.
Date: January 14, 2021
- Customized Employment… Flier link
- Customized Employment… Webinar Video
- Customized Employment… Webinar Slides (PDF)
2020 Training Calendar
Health Care Transition
The Montana Deaf-Blind Project, in partnership with the Montana Transition Resources Project, is pleased to welcome Laura G. Buckner for this free learning opportunity. OPI renewal unit credit is available.
- Transition… Webinar Recording Video (YouTube)
- Transition… Event Flier and More Information
- Transition… Registration Page
- Transition… Handout (PDF)
SSI Work Incentives for Youth Who Work
September 23, 2020
Join this webinar to learn about different Social Security Administration (SSA) work incentives available for youth who are thinking about going to work and who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) cash benefits.
- SSI Incentives… Event Flier and More Information
- SSI Incentives… Webinar video
- SSI Incentives… Webinar Slides (PDF)
- SSI Incentives… Handout: WIPA Brochure (PDF)
- SSI Incentives… SSA Red Book January 2020 (PDF)
Turning 18? What You Should Know About Social Security
There are changes that come into play when a person turns 18 years old, both in life and with Social Security. Join this webinar to learn: What the Redetermination process is and how to best prepare for it; What other Social Security disability programs 18-year-olds might qualify for, and how to identify and access them; and What Work Incentives are geared towards younger individuals who receive Social Security benefits.
October 14, 2020
- Turning 18… Webinar Flier
- Turning 18… Webinar Video
- Turning 18… Webinar Slides (PDF)
- Turning 18… Handout: Sample Letter of Support (Word)
- Turning 18… Handout: 2021 Social Security Changes (PDF)
Confronting Challenges as a Pandemic Technology Moderator: Strategies for Engaging Students with Disabilities in Virtual Learning and the Use of Netiquette
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, students with disabilities were required to abruptly transition to the use of virtual platforms for everyday activities, such as learning, doctor/service provider appointments, and maintaining a social life. This resulted in educators, parents, guardians, caretakers, and service providers being required to assume the role of technology moderators for students with disabilities. Many new challenges, in which strategies and answers were not available, surfaced.
This webinar presentation will give a brief overview of the following challenges, as well as provide several strategies for addressing these challenges: (a) engaging in virtual learning; (b) the use of netiquette (the etiquette of the internet); and (c) the safe use of social media platforms. This session will conclude with a short question and answer portion in which questions about these challenges can be asked.
- Confronting Challenges… Flier Link
- Confronting Challenges… Webinar Video
- Confronting Challenges… Webinar Slides (PDF)
- Confronting Challenges… Handout: activity Checklist (Word)
- Confronting Challenges… Handout: Technology Skills Visual Checklist (Word)
Discovering Talents, Strengths and Interests With Kimberly Norris-Scrano
After an alarming “SLAM, SLAM, SLAM,” Kim often comments to complete strangers how her daughter, Alana’s, perfect job would be testing the durability of new products for Anderson Windows and Doors. This one-liner joke is quite successful in bringing smiles to previously startled faces, but there’s quite a bit of truth to it. Alana was born with complex multiple disabilities, so Kim has known for years that her daughter’s path to employment would be unique.
Beginning in elementary school, Kim started pairing Alana’s strengths and interests with activities that could springboard into vocational opportunities. Alana graduated from Hysham High School in 2019, and the mother-daughter team have been busy ever since! In this webinar, you will learn how to open the floodgates of possibility for individuals like Alana by seeing the potential in their preferred tasks. Whether it’s zipping up plastic baggies, throwing balls, ripping paper, exploring sensory bins, or triggering a cause-and-effect gadget – there is a place for most any passion in the vocational realm and beyond!
Date: November 5th, 2020
- Discovering Talents… Flier Link
- Discovering Talents… Webinar Video
- Discovering Talents… Presentation Slides (PDF)
Promoting Work Experiences for Students: Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) With Montana Vocational Rehabilitation
Learn about Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) in Montana. This webinar will introduce families and professionals to the concept and help them understand how to access Pre-ETS. Participants will learn how Vocational Rehabilitation, high schools, Community Rehabilitation Programs, Independent Living Centers, universities and other programs are working together to help students with disabilities prepare for life after high school. Presenters will share examples of how students with the most significant impact of disability are receiving Pre-ETS. There will be a special focus on Pre-ETS for students with hearing and/or vision loss. OPI renewal unit credit is available.
Date: December 3rd, 2020
- Work Experience… Flier Link
- Work Experience… Webinar Video
- Work Experience… Webinar Slides (PDF)
- Work Experience… Handout: VOC Rehab Rack Cards (PDF)
Transition to Employment Webinar Series
hosted by the Montana Deaf-Blind Project
The purpose of this series of webinars is to provide teams supporting students with deaf-blindness and a significant impact of disability, the tools to: explore community employment as a post-school outcome for all of their students; begin identifying students’ interests, skills and abilities, and support needs; and, identify tasks the student could offer in employment. The end goal of the webinar series in year one is for teams to use the information to create an individualized work experience for a student they are currently working with.
Webinar One: Accessing Competitive Integrated Employment through a Customized Approach
This session will introduce audience members to strategies called customized employment and discovery; explain how discovery can be used as an alternative to traditional assessments, to highlight a student’s interests, abilities, support needs, and potential work tasks.
- Accessing Competitive Employment… (training video)
- Accessing Competitive Employment… PDF version of training (PDF)
- Accessing Competitive Employment… Plan to Conduct Discovery (Word format)
Webinar Two: Using the Strategies of Discovery to Learn about the Student
This session will introduce the strategies of observation, interview and description to assist teams to identify skills and interests, ideal conditions for success, and potential tasks that a student could do for employment.
- Using the Strategies of Discovery… (training video)
- Using the Strategies of Discovery… PDF version of training (PDF)
- Using the Strategies of Discovery… unpaid work handout (PDF)
Webinar Three: Translating the Information Learned in Discovery into Characteristics of a Well-matched Work Experience
This session will illustrate how to translate interests and skills into job tasks, and perceived barriers to employment into ideal conditions for success.
The final webinar in this series will talk about how to translate what you have observed and learned during the work experience (or other Discovery activities) into a plan for additional work experiences and/or a blueprint for the student’s well-matched job.
- Webinar 3: Training Video
- Webinar 3: PDF version of presentation (PDF)
- Webinar 3: Work/volunteer experience summary handout (DOC)
The University of Montana provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities who request and require them. Please contact Kim Brown for information and to arrange accommodations.
Annual Conferences in Montana
- MYTransitions Conference
- Montana Council for Exceptional Children
- PLUK Family Conference
- MSDB Family Learning Weekends
- OPI Teacher Learning Hub
- NCDB Events and Training
- Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference
- Western Region Early Intervention Conference