This Is Communication

Introduction to Module Series

Welcome to the Ohio Center for Deafblind Education’s professional learning series This Is Communication!  This online learning series includes text-based learning modules with embedded media and resources, as well as learning and assessment activities.

The modules in this series promote individual professional learning about communication in an online format.  They are intended for independent use. Each module should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. In this series, the modules focus on differentiating communication and language, strategies for identifying communicative forms and intents; teaching strategies to increase communication; leveraging preferences and motivation; hearing/vision/tactile/motor considerations; team collaboration/problem solving/service delivery; assessment tools, IEP targets and data management; choosing and using AAC tasks and tools; and connecting communication, and language development to literacy.

Additional online learning resources are available for those who want to learn more about how to support communication, particularly for learners with combined hearing-vision loss. For example, the OHOA (Open Hands Open Access) Series provides extensive information.


Modules include descriptions of selected practices, the evidence-base supporting the use of selected practices, and implementation strategies. Embedded video clips illustrating the practices are included where appropriate as are links to materials and resources that support implementation. Each module focuses on important features of communication intervention for learners who do not currently have a consistent communication mode or who need to expand their current communication mode to engage socially, behaviorally, and academically and benefit from their educational experiences.