An online deafblind intervener training program is now available through Utah State University (USU). WDBTAP is extending the opportunity to take this coursework to selected professionals, paraprofessionals and parents/guardians in Wisconsin. Applicants chosen for the training will be reimbursed for the noncredit option fees upon successful completion of the course with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
To be eligible for this program, please complete the application below and return it to Jolene Gruber, Grant Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Midwest Deafblind Transition Institute
Sound: Background music
Overview: Visuals show the people as they are speaking as well as multiple scenes of groups of people
both indoors and outdoors, gathered in small groups, taking photos, and participating in activities and
waterskiing, sometimes using sign language.
R.J. Crace, Event Mentor: Well, I think it’s just a great opportunity for high school kids to get a
good sense of where they might be going with their lives in all facets. Academics, future
employment, independent living, social skills – a lot of things that maybe get overlooked when you
are a high school student and all you’re thinking about is the test tomorrow.
Jake McMahan, Event Mentor: The institute is a place where we can make sure that deafblind
children have the success that they need to have in life and have the resources they need to have
to make sure that their success is accomplished. Because, a lot of times, these learning experiences
are rather tough.
Aubrey Westmaas, Student Attendee: When you’re here, you’re going to meet a ton of inspiring
people and have a ton of adventures.
Michael Fagbemi, Transition Lead at National Center on Deaf-Blindness: Student development.
Obviously, young adults are here. They’re connecting to other young adults as well. There’s
student planning. That’s a big part of this where, at the end of the weekend, the young adults will
sit down with their families and their team and they will plan an action plan that will take them
through the school year with resources that will be attached to that. There’s inter-agency
collaboration where vocational rehab and other agencies that are very important to this person’s
action plan will participate in this as well, and they’ll make those connections.
Jason Corning, Lead Mentor (using sign language and spoken through an interpreter): I was invited
to do the keynote presentation. And I did an inspirational message to the youth talking about my
experiences growing up and going to college and finding a job and what kind of accommodations
that I used.
Visual: Group including Jason Corning using sign language and pro-tactile interpretation
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Text: Pro-Tactile Interpretation
Text: ASL Interpretation
I always try to make myself do the things that I can do. And I do a lot of things that people think I
can’t do. Because I know what it feels like to go through these kinds of challenges and barriers to
different issues that I’ve had to face. And the kinds of assertiveness I’ve had to express to be
myself. I want to help other people to be assertive and to help people to see that outside
Michael Fagbemi: It’s all really built around supporting self-determination. It’s building the
confidence of these young adults, giving them the opportunity to say yes, you know, you can do
this. And doing it in a way in which people understand that we’re trying to make this as equitable
as possible because equity and opportunity are the very lifeblood of what we’re here for and why,
you know, we actually, you know, move forward as adults and develop as adults. And we’d like the
same thing to happen for them as well.
Aubrey Westmaas: This place feels like home. Because when you’re here, you belong.
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