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Update on the 2015 Deaf-Blind Child Count
National Child Count
Just a quick note to update you on where we are in completing the 2015 Annual Deaf-Blind Child Count Report. The data is in and has been analyzed and re-analyzed to make it as clean as possible.
A set of DRAFT tables with state level data is being prepared for your review and approval. We will wait until after Summit to send it out for your review. Please look for a notice that it available and ready for review the second week of August.
Based on preliminary results, the number of children and youth included in the December 1, 2015 “Snap Shot” has increased by more than 160 from 2014. Collectively, you identified and added 1,337 new infants, toddlers, children and youth to your censuses! That is 197 more than in 2014. Amazing!
Thank you all for the incredible and hard work you do to find these kids and ensure that we as a network continue to have - and be able to share - a more accurate picture of those we serve than is presented in the annual Special Education Child Count. As you know, the most recent report identified 1,408 students ages 3-21 as deaf-blind. This represents only about 13% of the kids we serve. This discrepancy was the impetus for starting the Child Count in 1986 and why it continues to be a critically important effort.
Yes, that does mean that with the 2015 Annual Child Count we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Count!
As always I look forward to seeing you at Summit.