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Beyond the NIDCD: News from Other Organizations

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is offering new publications in their Practice Perspectives series.  Authentic Assessment describes a comprehensive approach to assessment that emphasizes gathering information about children in their everyday environments during normal activities. College Students Who Are Deaf-Blind is a summary of a research study on the experiences of 11 college students who are deaf-blind. It also provides suggestions for ways that colleges can support students with deaf-blindness. For these and other NCDB publications, go here. Each is available in standard print, large print, and Spanish.  For bulk orders or braille copies, contact NCDB by phone at (800) 438-9376 or (800) 854-7013 (TTY) or by e-mail at info@nationaldb.org.

Dangerous Decibels is offering its next Educator Training Workshop on August 4-5, 2011, in Portland, Ore. This two-day certification workshop (16 hours) is open to people of all professional and educational backgrounds and is led by Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University, and University of Northern Colorado hearing conservation, health communication, and educational outreach experts. The workshop prepares and equips participants to expertly present a K-12 classroom program that is proven effective at changing knowledge, attitudes, and intended behaviors in students regarding their hearing health. Instruction includes classroom management, hands-on activities, and an opportunity to deliver the program to instructors for critique and feedback. Instructors are available after the workshop for continued e-mail or phone support. Participants receive an educator kit with graphics, simulations, supplies, a script, and a sound level meter needed to present the classroom program. For more details go here or e-mail howarthl@ohsu.edu.

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is sponsoring the “Jack Vernon Walk to Silence Tinnitus” on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Willamette Park in downtown Portland, Ore. The walk is a fundraiser to support the ATA’s research grant program and also includes an online walk. The physical walk begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until approximately 12:00 p.m. and there are prizes for the highest fundraising teams and a raffle for all physical participants. The online walk is happening now and continues through the end of June. To join the online walk, go here.