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DB & PTI Collaboration in Kentucky!
Diane Haynes, Director of the KY DB Project, recently posted some exciting news on the State DB Listserv that I would like to share with you. It's a great example of collaborative activities occurring between a State Deaf-Blind Project and a Parent Center. This coming year, a large portion of NCDB's family engagements efforts will focus on identifying and highlighting similar efforts that are occurring across the country.
Congratulations to Diane and her PTI partner, Paulette Logsdon!
Here is Diane's message:
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am very pleased to announce that the Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project and our state's PTI project,
KY-SPIN are now sharing office space in both Lexington and Louisville!!! This is being done with no additional expenditures to either project.
We have been holding bi-monthly joint staff meetings via conference calls and face-to-face. Beginning in January 2015 the staff meetings will take place via ADOBE Connect.
Results of the increased collaboration between our projects includes:
KY-SPIN will be co-sponsoring the Southeast Transition Institute for young Adults who are Deaf-Blind which will be hosted by Kentucky in June 2015. This long standing event also includes participation of parents and KY-SPIN plans to work with us to encourage collaboration with PTI projects from participating states. The PTI will work with our project's family specialist and the region's planning committee to develop training for families specific to post secondary transition.
We have conducted joint awareness trainings with Part C and Part B 619 providers in the eastern regions of our state where there are the greatest numbers of under-served and hard to reach families. These awareness trainings have resulted in collaborative home visits that include PTI staff, our project staff and Part C providers as well as Part B 619 providers.
The PTI project has increased the number of referrals to our project.
As of January 2015 the PTI will be joining our state's work group of agencies who provide services to Part B students and Part C infants and toddlers who have sensory disabilities.
Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project