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New Funding for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness

Posted on October 18, 2013

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Jay Gense   NCDB Project Director

We are very excited to announce that the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University, in partnership with the Helen Keller National Center (New York) and Perkins (Massachusetts), has received the award to serve as the “new” National Center on Deaf-Blindness.  While we have changed the name from consortium to center, you will notice that our acronym remains “NCDB.”  The new NCDB, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will partner with each of the newly funded State and Multi-State Deaf-Blind Projects to provide technical assistance and supports to the projects, to families, and to State Education Agencies, local school districts, and early childhood providers responsible for early intervention and education services for the country’s children who are deaf-blind. The new project began on October 1st.

NCDB and its predecessor national projects have a long history of service in the field of deaf-blindness. The new National Center will highlight services required in our rapidly changing field, including the promotion and development of technologies to assist in the delivery of technical assistance, development of tools and resources that promote engagement and collaboration across our network, and applications of evidence based practices.  NCDB will continue to work to ensure families and schools have access to the resources and expertise in deaf-blindness critical to quality educational outcomes for their children. 

In the proposal we crafted a vision for the new National Center on Deaf-Blindness to serve as a hub for the Deaf-Blind TA Network, as well as for the broader field of deaf-blindness. The conceptual framework in our proposal reflects emerging implementation science knowledge and emphasizes community engagement across the network to guide the development and implementation of all activities. We embrace the ongoing collaboration between each of the State and Multi-State Projects and NCDB. This is critical to both our individual and collective work.  We are excited about the future, knowing that we are embarking on a new 5-year journey helping to ensure quality services for kids and families.

WHAT’S NEXT?

1.  OSEP has scheduled NCDB’s “kick-off” meeting in Washington DC. During this meeting we will, in part, be crafting our Cooperative Agreement (unlike State Deaf-Blind Projects that function under a grant, NCDB operates under a cooperative agreement with OSEP) and meeting with OSEP Project Officers to plan and organize our work scope. Subsequent to this meeting we will finalize our work scope for Year 1 of the funding new cycle.

2.  NCDB will hold two webinars (the second simply a repeat of the first) to  share details about our new project and to discuss the numerous opportunities that exist within the Deaf-Blind TA Network for collaboration on new and continuing work. These webinars are scheduled for:

Wednesday, November 13 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Pacific time (11:00 Mountain, 12:00 Central, 1:00 Eastern)

Friday, November 1510:00 AM – 11:30 AM Pacific time (11:00 Mountain, 12:00 Central, 1:00 Eastern)

Details and login information will be provided in the coming weeks.

We appreciate the opportunity to serve as the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, and we look forward to collaborative efforts to help ensure that children who are deaf-blind and their families have needed resources and supports. Please take the time to bookmark the NCDB website " nationaldb.org", and check in frequently to learn of both ongoing and new efforts that will be implemented over the coming months and years.


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