Representatives from the Hellen Keller National Center (HKNC) provided this important opportunity for local caregivers, teachers, care professionals, and parents to participate in hands-on training at Envision headquarters. Other sponsors included the Maize School District and the Kansas Deaf-Blind Project. Thirty participants were in person, and 19 people joined virtually to take advantage of the free workshop.
“We were so excited to be able to play a part in helping to bring this event live to the Wichita community,” said Stacy Fuller, Executive Director, Rehabilitation and Support Programs. “This training is valuable for everyone who works with someone who is Deaf-Blind and is an integral part of inclusion in schools, workplaces, and communities.”
Michael Richards, HKNC Deaf-Blind Immersion Experience Coordinator, and Beth Jordan, HKNC Great Plains Regional Representative, led the three-hour workshop focused on equipping caregivers with the tools they need to support a Deaf-Blind individual. This training provided the opportunity to put into practice communication systems and human guide techniques. Other main areas of learning included ways to develop meaningful activities and simulation/experiential activities.
For more information about the Hellen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind, visit www.helenkeller.org.