Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness

Annual District Partners' Conference

Each year, the Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness holds a District Partners' Conference. Guest presenters are leaders in research and practice in the field of Deafblindness.

2020/2021 Online Learning Series


Upcoming Presentation

April 13, 2021 from 11:30 am - 1 pm

POPDB is pleased to have Julie Maier and Maurice Belote, Educational Consultants from California Deaf-Blind Services, present on why autism and deafblindness seem similar and how they are different. Often, Teachers of Students with Deafblindness notice that their students seem to have features that are consistent with autism. The goal of this presentation is to explain why some students with deafblindness may share some of the same features with autism. You may find Julie and Maurice’s article on this topic to be a great resource to bookmark or download. If the link doesn’t work for you, check out the California Deaf-Blind Services website and look for the 2014 Fall Newsletter.

This presentation is open to all BC team members and parents supporting students with deafblindness. If you would like to attend, please contact your POPDB Teacher-Consultant for a registration form. 

ASL Interpreters have been booked. Auto-Live Transcription is available.

Julie and Maurice have provided us with their PowerPoint (in PDF) ahead of time. Feel free to download and follow along. You may also find this comparison reference (DSM-5 to DSM-IV-TR) on the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder handy for the presentation as well. 


Past Presentations

March 9, 2021 

Jude Nicholas, a clinical neuropsychologist from the Statped Vest Center for Deafblindness in Norway, presented on tactile working memory. The presentation was based on one of his recent publications, a book on Tactile Working Memory Scale, which can be downloaded for free from the Nordic Welfare Centre. The video will be available shortly. In the meantime, Dr. Nicholas has made his presentation available as a PDF download

February 9, 2021

Robbie Blaha, an educational consultant from the Texas Deafblind Project at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaire, presented on issues of sexuality in individuals with deafblindness. The presentation was based on a book written by Robbie and Kate Moss and is available for download at the National Center on Deaf-Blindness. The video will be available shortly. Robbie has made her presentation available as a PDF download