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“Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much.” Helen Keller Cathy Kirscher, M.S. Dorothy Walt, M.A. Helen Keller National Center NW Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness 2011 Collaboration: A Team Approach Audiology Audiology Hearing Loss No. 1 Diagnosis for U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan January 2010 Small Study Finds Hearing Loss in 1 in 4 College Students March 2011 Unexpected result may be due to the use of personal music players, researchers say Communications Learning Center (CLC) CLC Deaf-Blind Communicator Introducing the Orion 18 Braille Tablet by LevelStar Independent Living (IL) Independent living A personal alert system for people who are deaf-blind from Silent Call Communications SafeAwake Smoke Alarm Aid www.safeawake.com Interpreting interpretin g Low Vision Orientation & Mobility (O&M) mobility Seminars seminars National Training Team (NTT) Various topics in the field of deaf-blindness Seminars held in Sands Point, NY at HKNC Costs include on campus lodging, meals, professional training and manual 3-day Seminars: $375 4-day Seminars: $500 Application on-line http://hknc.org/FieldServicesNTTSchedule. htm Technology technology There’s an APP for that! RedLaser Barcode identifier - free Magnifier- Greengar Studios Color identifier $1.99 Looktel Money reader $1.99 VizWiz - free "Take a Picture, Speak a Question, and Get an Answer". BrailleCoder – Braille practice free Navigon navigation system - $4.99 SayText – scans and reads text free Talking calculator $0.99 FCC ACTS TO ENSURE THAT DEAF-BLIND INDIVIDUALS HAVE ACCESS TO 21st CENTURY COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES Vocational Services Vocational services HKNC’ s Emphasis on Employment Identifying personal interests Providing vocational experiences Encouraging areas of interest Identifying needed vocational supports Affiliation with “national employers” for transition to home community Support Service Providers: Help provide a link to community access for deaf-blind people where they live and work. ssps assist with visual information What’s happening around them How the room is set up, who is there, what they are doing, their mood Reading a menu Product information when shopping: size, color, shape, price, and options available ssps assist by providing human guide To and from a meeting place To and from the restroom Through a lunch line To and from special events At recreational activities To and from work sspS assist with communication Connect with people Basic, informal interpreting i.e. social interactions Make phone calls, read and respond to mail and emails ssps assist with Transportation Rides to job interviews, conferences, workshops, errands, recreation, doctor’s appointments, shopping Important in rural areas where public transportation is limited Communicate with bus drivers, ticket agent Navigate subway system, catch the right bus SSPs assist with everyday life Food/clothes shopping Basic banking Watching sporting event Participating in extra- curricular activities Connect with families Vacations Church, temple, synagogue, etc Access to systems (rehab., medical, education, and social security) It is not appropriate for ssps to: Be a personal care attendant Run errands without the deaf-blind person Teaching Formal interpreting (unless already a certified interpreter) Ask personal questions Make decisions for the deaf-blind person Give opinion if not asked Ssps assist with pre-Employment Transportation and human guide to various appointments: VR counselor Medical evaluations Vocational assessments Classes/training on vocational and job search skills Read letter and print materials, fill out forms associated with these appointments Ssps assist with job search activities Read job announcements on the web and newspaper Visual information on resumes, applications, cover letters, and thank you letters Interview preparation: clothes shopping, dry cleaners, haircut, nice paper for resume Informational and job interviews Ssps assist with maintaining jobs Connect with co-workers Read memos, files, reports Provide transportation to meetings and other locations Human guide to meetings Assist through a lunch line (or assist with food shopping to bring lunch to work) “While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.” - Helen Keller