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Gift Rotary Club of Almelo

Rotary Club AlmeloOn October 27 Dr. Jan van Dijk received two checks for the deafblind school named after him in Santiago, Chile: Escuela Jan van Dijk.

One check was donated in memory of Mathijs Voskamp. The other one by the Rotary Club of Almelo , Mr Jan Voskamp father of Mathijs (middle) is a member of the club. At his right side Dr Jan van Dijk, on his left side the chairman of the club. Mathijs was a former deaf student at the school where dr van Dijk was once the principal.Donation Rotary Club Almelo

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Saturday, 26 October 2013 10:17

Mini Symposium Rick van Dijk

Rick van Dijk

proefschrift Rick van Dijk

uitnodiging mini symposium Rick van Dijk

In april 2012 verdedigde dr. Rick van Dijk, de toenmalige directeur van Instituut voor Gebaren, Taal & Dovenstudies, zijn proefschrift Cognitive Perspectives on Deafness.

Op vrijdag 15 november 2013 organiseren wij rondom zijn proefschrift een minisymposium waarin een aantal belangrijke sprekers  aan het woord zal komen. Het programma ziet er als volgt uit:

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flag_brazilUnderstanding Children who are Deafblind Through Child-Guided Strategies, International World Conference in Sao Paolo, Brazil

by Prof. Dr. Jan van Dijk and Prof. Dr. Catherine Nelson

The Editor of the Journal DBiReview requested the presenters of the pre-conference on Assessment, Drs. Nelson en Van Dijk to write a short report of  their experiences. This report will be published in the January 2012 issue of the Journal. We received permission to publish this  report on our website.

Dr Nelson wrote:

Dr. Jan van Dijk of the Netherlands and Dr. Catherine Nelson of the University of Utah in the United States were pleased to have been given the opportunity to present two sessions on their Child-Guided Assessment Method for children who are Deafblind at the Deafblind International World Conference in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Within the presentations were descriptions of the methods utilized in the assessment as well as the framework used to determine child strengths, needs, and future directions for intervention. On each workshop day, Dr. van Dijk conducted a live demonstration of the assessment with a child and then the audience used the framework to formulate instructional goals for the children. Later in the conference, Dr. van Dijk assessed a third child to give participants another opportunity to gain knowledge about how to assess children who are deafblind using this unique approach.

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Monday, 10 January 2011 12:37


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Wednesday, 05 January 2011 14:52

Visit from India: Akhil Paul

Akhil Paul, director Sense International, IndiaI was recently surprised to get a phone call from Kentalis’ (my former employer) audiologist Fred Marinus, that Mr Akhil Paul would like to visit me.  

Akhil is from India and the Director of Sense international, India. We made an appointment to meet each other in early December at my house in the Netherlands.

The Sense International, India organization was established in 1997 as the first national non governmental organisation in India to support the development of comprehensive services for deafblind people.

It is estimated that this organization reaches about 300.000 deafblind people. The total population of persons with deafblindness in India is about a half million.

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Thursday, 26 August 2010 07:46

Definition of Deafblindness

Throughout my career, people have constantly asked me, “What is ‘deafblindness’?”

This topic was discussed at many conferences and in many working groups. A distinction was made between the medical definition of deafblindness and a functional definition.

An agreement was recently reached among professionals, which is reflected in the following definition, and published on the website of National Consortium on Deaf Blindness:

“It may seem that deaf-blindness refers to a total inability to see or hear. However, in reality deaf-blindness is a condition in which the combination of hearing and visual losses in children cause ‘such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness.’”
With the development of new assessment techniques, it has become possible to accurately measure the degree of hearing and visual impairment.
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Monday, 10 May 2010 10:25

Evaluation Assessment Course

Book, Child-guided Strategies: The Van Dijk Approach to AssessmentI have conducted over the years many seminars and workshops on the assessment of children with multiple disabilities, including deafblindness. I used as an outline the domains as they are demonstrated on our CD 'Child –guided Strategies for Assessing Children who are Deafblind or have Multiple Disabilties'(Nelson, van Dijk, de Kort). The outcome of our assessment was always very beneficial both for the child and the caregiver. The question I often heard was whether persons with less experience could also carry out 'The Child-Guided Assessment?' My colleague Dr Cathy Nelson has carried out research which showed that professionals (including parents) can be trained to use our assessment techniques and that the outcome of the assessment meet the criteria of reliability and validity. (Nelson, Janssen, Oster & Jayaraman 2010).

The assessment procedure was published in 2010 by the American Printing House for the Blind, in a manual called: Child-Guided Strategies : The Van Dijk Approach to Assessment.

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Sunday, 09 May 2010 18:30

Sam on Dutch TV

Sam Galesloot

On April 26, 2010, a documentary was shown on Dutch national television about Sam, a 25-year-old young man who is deafblind, and severely physically impaired because of a progressive muscular disease.  Sam acquired his sensory losses after he had learned to speak and to read. I know Sam rather well. He was a student in the Deafblind Department of Viataal (Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands), when I worked there as head of the Diagnostic Center.

This documentary attracted over 1,000,000 viewers. Sam later appeared on a popular talk show, which launched a campaign to raise money for a publication about the communication system he uses, an adapted deafblind manual alphabet, which he receives on his cheek instead of on his hand.

One video clip in the documentary caused nationwide discussion. It was taken from an earlier film, made by the same journalist, about Sam’s life when he was a young boy. In the clip, a doctor asked Sam’s parents whether a machine should be installed to provide Sam with oxygen if he became too weak to breath. The doctor argued that combined hearing and visual impairments, plus severe breathing problems, reduced Sam’s Quality of Life to virtually zero. The doctor suggested that Sam’s parents give permission to refrain from providing oxygen, so Sam could die. The parents never gave this permission. They did everything in their power to educate their son, and to teach him the real values of life. They saw Sam develop into a mature, very knowledgeable young man, whose life is a pleasure to himself and those around him.
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Wednesday, 07 April 2010 18:24

Charge Syndrome

CHARGE Syndrome is a major cause of deafblindness, characterized by many typical symptoms. The name CHARGE is an acronym for the six characteristics that are often present. These are:

  • Coloboma (key hole type opening in iris and retina)
  • Heart defect
  • Atresia of the choanae (blockage of the passages between the nasal cavity and the naso-pharynx)
  • Retarded growth and/or development
  • Genital hypoplasia
  • Ear anomalies/deafness
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Wednesday, 07 April 2010 09:53

Intellectual Disabilities and Deafblindness

For many years I have cooperated with a team of experts on deafness and deafblindness, at the Health Center of the Hospital of St. John of God, in Linz (Upper Austria), under the leadership of Dr. Johannes Fellinger. The Board of Directors of an Institution of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities asked the team to investigate whether:

  • “unidentified” people with deafblindness were in the Institution
  • people with deafblindness could be distinctly categorized
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