Outreach

Wherever the need for services and information exists, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) reaches out to provide support. We are more than just a school. For more than 128 years, the FSDB has served as a trusted resource throughout the state of Florida and beyond. Our valuable partnerships with parents and families, local, state and national organizations and communities, and school districts impact hundreds of children and adults through our widespread network.

Parent-to-Parent Network.  We partner with parents to develop individualized programs to meet the needs of your child through home-based early intervention, parent engagement workshops, specialized training opportunities, distance learning classes and more. Our Parent Services program also serves as a forum for advocacy and exchange of information and resources.

Educator Collaboration.  We partner with school districts across the state by collaborating on issues impacting children who are sensory-impaired and sharing best practices through training, seminars and conferences. We also serve students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired in rural school districts with services that are not readily accessible at their locations. For more information, contact Carmelina Hollingsworth, Coordinator of District Outreach Programs and Professional Development, at 904.827.2660.

Professional Partnerships.  We also partner with universities, colleges and medical professionals, who play an important role in our network.  The relationships we have provide an impressive range of support that enhances student education and services. 

DeafTEC Initiative. We are one of the three state partners in the DeafTEC initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. DeafTEC was developed by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) – National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Three state partners – Florida, Texas, and California with state schools for the deaf and a community college – together facilitate outreach and workshop training activities in each state.

Distance Learning. We provide an array of distance learning services, including support, training and tools to benefit students, parents, professionals and stakeholders throughout the state and beyond. Collaboration opportunities are offered through live broadcasts, webinars, online classes, and more. Online American Sign Language (ASL) interactive classes are offered four times each year, and events at and connected with FSDB can be viewed online through live online streaming. Check our Events calendar for specifics.

Evaluation Services. We provide evaluation services for deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students enrolled in school districts throughout Florida. School districts can refer students to FSDB for assessment services on the FSDB campus. Evaluation results are provided to the school district, which in turn enables the IEP team to decide on programmatic and service delivery strategies appropriate for the student’s needs.

Summer Programs. We provide a variety of summer programs each year for students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired – Summer Quest Camp, Summer Explorers Camp, and Summer Day Camp, free of charge. Participants must meet eligibility criteria; a camp physical is required for students.

Statewide School-Age Outreach. We provide specialized outreach services to children, their families, and the teachers and professionals who serve them. Two statewide discretionary projects, funded by the Florida Department of Education are housed at FSDB. The Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (RMTC) and the Outreach Services for the Blind/Visually Impaired and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (OSBD) work collaboratively to provide services throughout the state. Services include training, technical assistance, referral, on-site observations and evaluations, and more. Learn more about RMTC and OSBD.