Foundations 2.0 establishes the first-ever international competency standard for teachers working with children with multiple disabilities and sensory loss
Students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities, including deafblindness, are some of the most vulnerable in the world – and the least likely to receive an education.
Education of Learners with Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss – Foundations 2.0 establishes the first-ever international competency standard for teachers working with children with multiple disabilities. Participants complete the course through a combination of modules delivered through an online platform and in face-to-face instruction.
Foundations 2.0 is designed to ensure that educators and other service providers for students with multiple disabilities and vision impairments have the practical skills and professional knowledge necessary to move the education of these children forward, successfully and confidently.
Key Features of Foundations 2.0:
- NEW video featuring real-life classroom and community based scenarios and student-teacher interactions that help participants learn key concepts in teaching children with multiple disabilities.
- NEW video lectures from experts in the field provide a rich opportunity for participants to learn. Participants can now watch multiple times for greater understanding and internalization.
- NEW online learning platform to help support the blended learning approach. Now participants can read, watch, and do their work online or through the app.
"I hope this kind of training continues, so that more people are able to understand how MDVI (multiple disabilities with vision impairment) & deafblind students are unique human beings who have the right to get education suitable for their needs and abilities. Hopefully this training can also open the minds and hearts of other teachers with students with disabilities, in order to understand more about them."
-Grace Chintia Novita, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Foundations 2.0 Blended Learning Model
5 weeks of online training
Learning platform and app
International guest lecturers
Online instructor and IT support
7 days of in-person training
Practical activities and video analysis
Perkins Certification upon completion
In the Foundations 2.0 blended-learning approach, instruction comes through the online materials as well as through onsite and face-to-face instruction. This approach combines the flexibility of online learning with the practical application and hands-on experiences that face-to-face workshops provide.
Learning Outcomes from Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss Course:
Learners with Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss: Participants will learn about the diversity and life experiences of people with multiple disabilities and sensory loss, including deafblindness. While learning about accommodations and strategies, participants will learn about vision, touch, motor skills and sensory functioning.
Communication and Language Development: Participants will gain an understanding that all children, even those with the most significant disabilities, are communicating with us everyday. They will learn about the forms, functions, content and context of communication and the strategies for creating communication-rich environments that build relationships and become the foundation for all learning.
Assessment and Individualized education programs: This module will provide an overview of the critical considerations in the assessment of learners with multiple disabilities and sensory loss. The module will focus on the importance of observational assessment and the link between assessment and the development of individualized education programs.
Curriculum and Teaching Strategies: Participants will learn about the important considerations in developing curriculum for learners who have multiple disabilities and sensory loss. They will learn the characteristics of meaningful curriculum and that all learning should be founded in social communication.