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Communication is foundational and forms the basis of our interactions. Having effective communication, both as the expressive communicator and the listener, shows respect and value of the other person. ODP will be holding four virtual sessions that will include information surrounding the complexity and importance of communication. Attendees will leave with strategies and tools to better support those with complex communication needs.

This training is presented by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services and the Special Populations Unit. This training will help you understand vision loss, common causes and factors, etiquette considerations, and services and supports available when supporting an individual who is blind or visually impaired.

In a communication-requisite world, we have a responsibility to ensure all people can communicate in a meaningful and functional way. It is not enough to rely on verbal language, nor is it sustainable to simply ‘know’ what a person wants or needs. This training will explore the definition of communication through multi-disciplinary perspectives, explain why it is important to accurately identify how an individual expressively and receptively communicates, and provide tools, resources, and strategies to support individuals with a variety of communication needs.

Nonverbal Communication is surrounded by inaccurate beliefs, which can impact the way we interact with and support individuals. For individuals that communicate non-verbally, it’s important for professionals to know how to identify and avoid misconception. This session will review the myths and misconceptions of nonverbal communication to help professionals arrive at an accurate understanding.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (Lao Tzu). Gradual implementation is a tool for a multitude of applications, not just long journeys. Similar to desensitization, this process seeks to make a seemingly overwhelming task, skill, or goal more achievable by breaking it down into smaller steps. Join us to learn practical ways to effectively apply gradual implementation for complex communication needs.