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DeafBlind Central: Michigan’s Training and Resource Project - AFB Directory Profile

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DeafBlind Central: Michigan’s Training and Resource Project
Central Michigan University
Sloan 105
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
(989) 774-2725 (Local)
(989) 774-1572 (Fax)
dbcen@cmich.edu
http://www.dbcentral.org

Brief Description

Geographic area served: Michigan

Staff

Beth Kennedy, Director, Beth.Kennedy@cmich.edu

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides publications and media that reflect best practices in the field of DeafBlindness. Offers referral to other agencies/organizations.
  • Support for Parents
    • Helps to organize family social events with the state parent group Michigan Association for DeafBlind (MADB).

      Offers onsite consultation: In some circumstances, DB Central staff will visit the home, school or community setting to work with families and service professionals who are impacted by DeafBlindness. Attempts to address and resolve issues via distance consultation (i.e. phone, email, webcam) will likely precede on-site visits.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Offers onsite consultation: In some circumstances, DB Central staff will visit the home, school or community setting to work with families and service professionals who are impacted by DeafBlindness. Attempts to address and resolve issues via distance consultation (i.e. phone, email, webcam) will likely precede on-site visits.

      Offers training to professionals and families on a variety of topics, as determined by needs surveys and best practices in the field.

      Offers training opportunities open to all people involved with children/young adults who are DeafBlind, as well as some geared for specific audiences. Trainings may be both regional and statewide, as well as professional development opportunities (see regional training map below). Participants in DB Central trainings may be eligible to receive distance or onsite coaching. Teams selected for onsite coaching will work with project staff to develop a technical assistance agreement.
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