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Deaf-Blind: Resources

Professional Development

Communication Matrix: From Assessment to Implementation

Dates: June 27-28, 2023
8:30 am - 4:30 pm on both days

Location: Adams 12 Conference Center - 1500 E. 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80241

Content: When assessing the early communication skills of children and youth who are deaf-blind service providers and families can struggle to find tools outlining what a child can do. The Communication Matrix is an observational tool and behavioral inventory that  pinpoints how a child at the earliest levels of communication uses multiple modes to express themselves, with or without speech or sign language.


  • List a variety of communicative behaviors students use to express themselves
  • Understand the characteristics and features of the 7 levels of communicative functioning in the Matrix
  • Identify the reasons Early Communicators express themselves
  • Practice basic administration and scoring of the Communication Matrix
  • Develop language around the Educational Needs of students based on Matrix results
  • Review examples of how Communication Matrix results can be used to set goals and plan instruction


When registering please indicate if you require any accommodation(s). Please note that all registrations must close two (2) weeks prior to the event to address all the conference logistic needs.

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On-Demand Professional Learning Specific to Deaf-Blindness

Pediatric deafness/hearing loss is addressed in five training modules on topics that detail (a) the importance and methods to detect and identify early-onset hearing loss; (b) the mechanics of how we hear; (c) the types and incidence of early-onset deafness/hearing loss; (d) the degree of hearing loss; and (e) causes and risk factors for early-onset hearing loss.

Lending Library

A lending library is maintained with up-to-date books, articles, workshop materials, videotapes, and manuals related to the topic of vision and hearing loss.Lending library materials are mailed out upon request.


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National and International Resources Specific to Deaf-Blindness:

National Resources Specific to Children with Disabilities


For more information about the Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss project, please contact:

Tanni Anthony
Phone: (303) 503-4647
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Gina Herrera
Phone: (303) 253-0451
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