As family members or friends with someone who is deaf-blind, it is often difficult to find appropriate information when needed. We know Knowledge is Power ~but sometimes we just don’t know where to find information particular to deaf-blindness. The best resource to share is our National Center on Deaf-Blindness. Have you had a chance to check out their website? It is a one stop shop! One can find information to help self-educate, informational documents to share with educational teams, community members, and support staff. There is information on specific etiologies, state directed information and the list goes on. There are public groups to join such as Early Intervention, Family Engagement, Interveners and Qualified Personnel, Literacy, Transition, and more. There is guidance and direction to gain, learn, and share, with the occasion to network with others nationally. There are forums, shared materials, blogs, and multiple ways to interact. A community has truly been built for us on this website. Have you become a member and created a profile yet? It is free! I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to do so.
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Go to nationaldb.org
Step 2: Click on "Make a Profile" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen
Step 3: Fill in the information requested and click on "Create My Profile"
You're in! Now you can join the group(s) of your choice
Step 4: From any screen on the website click on the "Connections" tab (it's in the bar across the top of the page) and choose "TA Initiative Groups"
Step 5: Click on the group of your choice link
Step 6: In the upper left-hand corner of the screen click on "Join Group"
You will then become a member of the group(s) you have chosen to join. You can post to the forum if you wish. Remember that although you have to be a member to post, this is a public group and posts can be read by anyone, so take care not to post personal details.
The next time you come to the website, it is less complicated and you don't have to go through the 6-step process. Instead, just follow these steps:
- Login (in the upper right-hand corner of the screen) using the username and password you chose when setting up your profile.
- You will then see your name (also in the screen’s upper-right corner). Click on the "down" arrow next to your name. The names of any groups you belong to will appear.