Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness

Everyday Activities

Course Outline

The indvidual with deafblindness learns from hands-on experiences, not from watching or listening to others. Basic life skills provide the best opportunity for each person with deafblindness to learn the skills s/he needs through direct interactions with the environment. The individual with deafblindness requires adequate feedback about his/her actions on the world around him/her. Learning about personal grooming, community interactions, and social interactions are some of the most difficult skills to acquire. The Intervenor needs to be able to encourage each individual with deafblindness to become as independent as possible and the Intervenor needs to know how to provide sufficient information to allow this to happen.

Participants will receive a transcript from Richmond Continuing Education upon completion of the course.


  • Participants must be currently support a student with deafblindness under an education authority in the province of BC
  • Participants must have completed both Introduction to Deafblindness and Introduction to Intervention

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe functional activities for someone who is deafblind
  • Describe how to integrate functional activities into programming
  • Demonstrate the role of community-based instruction within the context of deafblindness
  • Demonstrate an ability to plan, implement, and document activity routines
  • Demonstrate how to use activity routine and environmental discrepancy analysis
  • Demonstrate effective teaching strategies for life skills and social skills
  • Describe domestic activities, career education activities, and leisure activities

Instructional Methods

This course has been developed into an 8 week online course utilizing online readings, web searches, and multimedia for course instruction. Students must participate in online discussion forums. Written assignments are to be submitted as Word documents. Participants will need access to a high speed Internet connection to view streamed documentaries in a QuickTime format.

Course Hours: 30
Note: This course was previously titled: Activities of Daily Living