Yearly, OCDBE sponsors a weekend Parent Retreat for parents of children with deafblindness, birth through 21 years who are registered on the Ohio Deafblind Census. The retreat, which offers parents a weekend of respite, is designed to provide parents with opportunities to network with other parents of children with deafblindness, learn new information about deafblindness, and develop skills for working with their children.
The Parent Retreat includes a speaker with expertise with deafblindness and/or individuals with disabilities based upon topics suggested by parents. Previous retreats included guest speakers who shared topical information on deafblindness, how to develop an IEP, behavior, instructional strategies, future planning for the transition of children from early intervention to school-age and high school to adulthood.
Parent attendance at the Parent Retreat is supported through stipends intended to offset childcare and related costs. Overnight lodging, meals, and meeting materials are provided at no cost to parents.
2023 Parent Retreat
The 2023 Parent Retreat is scheduled for April 21-April 23, 2023. More information will be available in January, 2023.
The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education is primarily supported through a grant (#H326T230006) with the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Additional support for targeted activities is provided by the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education or Offices within it, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Rebecca Sheffield.