2024 Colorado Department of Education Orientation & Mobility Seminar

O&M Strategies and Communication Techniques When Working With Students Who are Deafblind

This Special Education Professional Renewal Graduate Course allows for graduate credit tied to attendance at this seminar, which is presented in collaboration with ACVREP and the Colorado Department of Education. 

This two-day course will cover key communication and tactile strategies for orientation and mobility instruction of individuals who are DeafBlind. Topics covered (and for choosing from to use as appropriate for each unique individual) include...

  • Rapport and building trust.
  • Sign language considerations.
  • Basic tactile language/communication for discussions and providing quick information while on the move.
  • Available accessible telecommunication and smartphone apps.
  • Strategies for soliciting information and assistance from people in their community.
  • Why and when to use adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).

Case studies, stories and videos will be shared; participants will engage in activities on both days of this training.

Course is graded Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory. Syllabus

  • Eligibility

    All of the participants of the course must be O&M Specialists working with students with visual impairment, including blindness and/or deaf-blindness.

    Graduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    Non-degree-seeking graduate status refers to a student who has earned at least a bachelor's degree and who either:

    • Has applied to UNC Graduate School and not yet been admitted or;
    • Wishes to take this graduate class but not pursue a degree.

    Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    Note: UNC student immunization policies will apply to your enrollment. See the current UNC vaccination policy and directions. If you enroll for a fully online course, please contact debra.miller@unco.edu after your enrollment to request that the immunization requirement be removed.

  • Register

    Use CRN: 40486

    Follow the instructions in the PDF below to register.

    • You will use the CRN (Course Registration Number) listed above when you register in Ursa.
    • Step 1 of this process can take up to 1-3 days turnaround time, so we recommend you start the process in advance of the "add/register by" deadline posted on this page.

    Directions for course registration and activation

  • Contact Us

    Tanni Anthony

    UNC Extended Campus

  • Once You Register

    Dropping and Withdrawing

    If you wish to drop or withdraw from the course, you must do so on or before the deadline dates listed in the Course Basics box.

    • If you are registered for any other courses in the same academic term, you can drop or withdraw within your Ursa account.
    • If this is your only course this term, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@unco.edu or 970-351-4862.

    It is your responsibility to know the drop and withdrawal deadlines and procedures.

    Billing and Payment for Your Course

    Tuition for this course is listed in the Course Basics box on this page. Any course materials costs (textbooks, digital access, etc.) would be a separate or additional expense.

    Billing notification will be sent to your Bearmail (student email) account when your bill is ready. If you have not activated your Bearmail, directions are in the directions for course registration and activation.

    • Please pay your bill by the due date listed on your eBill to avoid service charges.
    • To view or pay your bill, log into Ursa and go to the Financial tab. You will not receive a bill in the mail; UNC has an eBill system.
    • Further instructions for finding and paying your bill are available on the UNC Bursar's website.