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Hearing & Vision Loss

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEAFBLIND INDUSTRIES - DBL - REL

DeafBlind Industries is a job training program that provides deaf-blind clients with a fully accessible living and learning environment culminating in placement of the client in gainful employment within 60 days after completion of training. Each client is engaged in intensive training in a trade along with basic work and office skills, on-the-job experience, and all additional skills necessary for the chosen trade. Each client will also be provided with off-campus housing in an environment designed to teach and reinforce independent living skills.

Currently available trades:
Massage therapy
Knitting and hand-made fine apparel
Office administration

All clients are first introduced to basic job and office skills before focusing on a specific trade. After completion of the job training program, DBI proceeds with one of three things based on each client's employment goals:

Job placement services, including job searching; interview coaching and preparations for interviews; and providing all the accommodations necessary during the interview process.
Self-employment by training the client in all the skills necessary for running a private practice or working in a partnership while DBI also facilitates all the start-up steps, providing Web site development and other marketing services, and assisting in building a customer base.
Joint venture with DBI's business ventures which markets and sells the services or products of the client's trade.

Introductory Course in Work and Office Skills

This introductory course is designed to train clients in the following areas, all of which are necessary for success during and after training:
Basic Computer Skills: Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Workplace Habits: Attendance, punctuality, professional dress, and personal hygiene.
Workplace Etiquette: Meetings, e-mail and telephone communication, and interpersonal relationships.
* Time Management Skills: Setting priorities, meeting deadlines, and proper use of "downtime."

After focusing on the above skills, clients continue to practice and improve these skills throughout their training.

Massage Therapy

Training in massage therapy culminates in clients' taking national certification test. In addition to a course in the foundations of massage therapy, clients study in all the areas covered by national certification testing along with any specialties clients may choose within this field. DBI provides them with all the volunteer massage opportunities required for certification. Clients are also trained in skills needed for communicating with a variety of customers and marketing their services as massage therapists.

Knitting and Hand-Made Fine Apparel

Clients become members of the Knitting Guild Association and work toward Master Knitter certification. The course covers yarn selection and preparation, pattern reading and creation, all the various stitches in this craft, blocking and care of knit items, backtracking and repairing, joining and weaving, gauging and measuring, edging and fringing techniques, and more. Clients learn to create a wide range of knit apparel and accessories, including sweaters, afghans, caps, scarves, shawls, and coverlets. In addition to knitting, clients practice sewing and other skills for creating other hand-made apparel and accessories.

Office Administration

Certification for Microsoft Office is part of training in Office Administration. Clients become trained in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and have the opportunity to utilize these skills and interests, such as writing, editing, data processing, bookkeeping, customer service, and public relations. Hands-on experience with Microsoft products and adaptive technology is provided with quality one-on-one instruction leading to in-depth training in areas related to each client's employment goals.

If you are interested in enrolling or would like more information, please contact us at info@deafblindindustries.com.

Info: www.deafblindindustries.com

INFO:
Dana Hughes, Deaf-Blind Coordinator
Email: DCSLICK@aol.com


Janie Neal, Deaf-Blind Advocacy
Email: smokyladytn@yahoo.com


Lana Newton, DB Specialist
Email: lana.newton@state.tn.us


Audrey Hughes, VR Counselor
Email: audrey.hughes@state.tn.us


Paula Knisley, Blind & Low Vision Counselor
Email: paula.knisley@state.tn.us


Alicia Scruggs, VR Counselor
Email: alicia.scruggs@state.tn.us

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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