2017 MS Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MAER) Fall Workshop
November 2nd & 3rd
MS School for the Blind
Jackson, MS

The conference theme for this year is “Together We Can Do So Much”. We are honored to have Dr. Cary Supalo as our keynote speaker to present his life story that led him into a career in the sciences. In addition, as a team member at Educational Testing Service he will explain, in a later session of the conference, inclusive assessment design for test takers with disabilities and how ETS addresses these needs. Dr. Supalo is an entrepreneur with his own technology company, Independence Science; a world traveler, national speaker, and a former assistant professor of chemistry.


Please see attached flyer and agenda for more information.  Registration link is included on the flyer.


2017 Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness (SERID)
October 8th - 11th
Hilton Jackson Hotel
Jackson, MS

This program includes forward-thinking national experts and emerging innovators who will focus on state-of-the art approaches, new program development, support for new strategies and services, and research in areas not previously addressed. This institute has a strong history of providing high-quality educational and professional development activities to colleagues who work with consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and late-deafened.

Conference participants generally include vocational rehabilitation personnel, employment specialists, educators, human services staff, transition specialists, mental health professionals, sign language interpreters, consumers, and other interested stakeholders. Bringing together this mix of colleagues creates a unique opportunity for professionals to learn new information, exchange ideas across disciplines, and create relationships that may result in future collaborations that benefit people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Continuing education credit will be available for rehabilitation counselors and sign language interpreters.


Please see attached flyer and agenda for more information.  Registration form is also attached.



Open Hands Open Access:  Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules

 The Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Intervener Learning Modules are a free national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who are deaf-blind and are being served in the educational settings (ages 3 through 21). 


How can YOU take the modules?                                     

1) Take them through the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) for FREE.  Go to the website at  to register and complete the online form. Once you are given a sign-in credential, you can move through the modules at your own pace in an unhosted environment


2) Join in with Mississippians to take them! Email or call us: 800-264-5135 to find out when the next Cohort starts or to tailor your educational team training! Project Staff will be in touch with you.

 This option will provide you with: 

· Applying your learning to your student/child

· Additional expertise through collaborative learning

· Shared ideas, resources, and extended support

· Increased teaming = greater student/child success

· Regular feedback on your assignments

· Monthly face to face time with your host


Family-to-Family Communities (F2FC)

September 2017 - May 2018
Family-to-Family Communities is a collaborative project sponsored by State Deaf-Blind Projects, the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, and the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind.  This opportunity is open to all, regardless of the age of your family member with deaf-blindness


For more information check out our flyer here.