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The basic human need for less ambiguity and more opportunities for closure: Towards a better understanding of deafblindness webinar


Two children are outside among rose bushes. One child has her thumb in her mouth, while the other child holds onto this hand.Maurice Belote has worked exclusively in the field of deafblindness for 41 years. Most recently, Maurice served as Project Coordinator of California Deafblind Services from 1992 until his retirement in 2021. He is currently adjunct faculty with two university teacher training programs and also serves as Co-Chair of the National Coalition on Deafblindness, which advocates for federal legislation and policies that promote equitable access for children and youth who are deafblind. He is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings and in 2021, was awarded the Anne Sullivan Medal for his contributions to the field of deafblindness.

Humans have a basic need for closure. Lack of closure can result in unnecessary high levels of stress. Stress and anxiety impact learning and active engagement. Lack of closure also contributes to ambiguity. This can have a major impact on all the decisions that people with deafblindness make, both big and small. We need to better understand the basic human need for closure. Then we can better prepare to increase opportunities for closure and reduce confusion. This supports the well-being of our own children or the students we serve.

The session will be Auslan interpreted and live captioned.

Date: Wednesday 7th September 2022

Time: 10am AEST / 9:30am ACST / 8am AWST

Cost: Free to attend.

Click here to register for the webinar