Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss – Foundations 2.0

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.

Foundations 2.0 is designed to ensure that teachers 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. Educators improve their teaching proficiency by learning professional concepts and gaining the skills they need to effectively work with this population before making use of them in their own classrooms.

The U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities declared in 2006 and confirmed in 2016 that education is a human right for all individuals, including those with disabilities. The committee specifically identifies individuals with multiple disabilities and deafblindness among those most at risk of exclusion. Foundations 2.0 can help ensure educators in your country have the knowledge and skills required to educate these students so they can reach their full potential.


5 weeks of online training

Learning platform and app

International guest lecturers

Online instructor and IT support


7 days of in-person training

On-site instructors

Practical activities and video analysis

Perkins Certification upon completion


In a 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. Self-paced practice on the online platform allows teachers to learn at their pace, and to replay sections of audio or video that they find difficult.

The onsite training consists of seven days of in-person instruction and interaction with instructors. This training provides teachers with practical activities and video analysis of real-life situations. Detailed training plans, handouts, and resources are provided.

The goal is to maximize learning by using the best aspects of each approach: independent online study of course content and face-to-face workshop opportunities where participants can build a community of practice and learn additional content by interacting with others.

  • 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

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. They will also learn about accommodations and strategies that will enable them to have the maximum access to learning. 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. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to develop a basic communication system for learners who do not have any formal communication or language system.
  • 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 Streategies: 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. This module will reinforce that all learning should be founded in social communication.

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