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Outreach Services, VSDB presents a family event - Where the Wild Things Are!
June 18, 2016, 9:30 – 1:00

with collaboration with VA Department of the Blind and Vision Impaired, VA Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, and VA Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness

Join us as the Wildlife Center of Virginia showcases some of their rescued animals, while teaching us about mammals, birds, and reptiles that roam at night! Related fun, educational activities will precede the show, and lunch for all will follow. This activity is open to students ages 4 through 18 who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired and their immediate family members.

Please compete the registration form (linked) and submit it to register your child and family for "Where the Wild Things Are", June 18, 2016. All attendees must register in advance.

To REGISTER, go to:

This event will be held in Staunton, VA, and limited to the first 25 students and their families who register. Emails will be sent to let those who register know if they have been confirmed for the event, or if they will be on a waiting list. Questions should be sent to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at The deadline for receiving registrations is Friday, June 10, 2016.

Questions should be sent to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at or call 540-414-5249. Thanks! We hope to see you there!


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Western Oregon University to Become Hub for Deaf-Blind Resources

By Joce DeWitt, Statesman Journal, 10/13/2013

Thanks to a $10.5 million grant that will come over the next five years, the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University hopes to establish itself as the central hub for knowledge and resources for education of youths suffering from deaf and blindness.

The institute received the federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to operate the National Center for Deaf-Blindness.

Director Jay Gense said the center has been in operation at WOU for years and was well-poised to receive the grant.

“We’re thrilled, of course,” Gense said.

The center in Monmouth is the only one for deaf-blindness funded by the Department of Education, which, for Gense, only makes the award sweeter.

That it’s based in Oregon is cool; that it’s based in WOU, a small university compared to other state universities, is unique, he said. “Just the fact it’s really here is pretty amazing.”

The center at WOU will act as the core of a national network of deaf-blind resource programs located in every state.

“It’s an infrastructure that kids and families and those that serve them have access to research and expertise no matter where they are,” Gense said.

According to information released by Western Oregon University, there are 10,000 infants, children and young people across the country living with deaf-blindness and only 70 in Oregon. Almost 90 percent of those have additional disabilities.

There are fewer cases of deaf-blindness than any other disability in the United States, which leads to isolation for children who do live with it

“There literally are more school districts in this country than kids who are deaf-blind, which means there aren’t a lot of people who know what they need to know to educate these kids,” Gense said.

Still, there’s been a positive cultural shift in the past 10 years. Instead of sending children to far-flung schools, they are receiving education locally.

Therefore, two of the center’s priorities are to make sure children are not isolated and to leverage resources: If there are resources or knowledge available in one state, there is no reason to duplicate it in another, Gense said.

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