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October 2018 News
Early Identification and Referral
NCDB is excited to announce that as of October 1 there is a new initiative lead for Early Identification and Intervention, Emma Nelson. Emma is certified as an early childhood special educator and has taught infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with complex needs, including deaf-blindness, in classrooms, community, and home-based settings. From 2013 to 2018 she was the Director of the Vermont Sensory Access Project, Vermont’s Federal Deaf-Blind Project, and also the Director of the Vermont I-Team Early Intervention Project, which supports local providers serving infants and toddlers with intensive special needs and their families. Emma is trained in Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) and the CVI Range. She earned her Master's degree at Hunter College in Early Childhood Special Education with a concentration in severe and multiple disabilities and deaf-blindness. Please join me in welcoming her to this new role. I encourage you to be on the lookout for updates from Emma about the exciting plans we have for the Early Identification and Intervention Initiative in the months ahead.
Also, with the start of fall, we thought you might enjoy exploring the following resources . . .
Home Visits with Families and Their Infants Who Are Deaf-Blind
This short article from Deaf-Blind Perspectives by Deborah Chen and Lynn McFarland describes important elements of home-visiting practices and reviews research findings and recommendations on conducting home visits.
WonderBaby (from Perkins)
This website is packed with wonderful information targeted to parents of babies and young children with visual impairments/multiple disabilities. It’s a good resource for early intervention providers to pass on to families with whom they work.
Hold Everything! Twenty “Stay-Put” Play Spaces for Infants and Preschoolers with Sensory Impairments and Other Special Needs
Created by The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education, the goal of this booklet is to provide parents and early childhood educators with ideas for developing “stay-put” play spaces for infants and young children with sensory impairments.
Here’s to a wonderful fall,