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Early Identification & Referral Update
Early Identification and Referral
It is hard to believe that it has already been 5 months since I started in my new role at NCDB as Project Specialist for Early Identification/ Referral and Family Engagement. Stepping into the shoes of two clearly defined leaders in our field (Kathy McNulty and Barb Purvis) has been quite an honor. Little did I know that my feet are a little small for the shoes- so I have been frantically working to get up to speed on the ins and outs of NCDB as well as trying to get apprised of all of the amazing work happening across our network. There is still so much to learn!
Here are a few Early Identification/ Referral Initiative Highlights:
1) Additional resources have been added to the Tool Box- so please check them out and let us know what is still needed.
2) Multiple states have utilized the self-assessment guide and are beginning to implement one or more of the four key evidence-based practices recommended by the national center. The nine state projects who participated in the field-testing of this process collectively make up about 21% of the total 0-21 deaf-blind population. Collectively their birth through two child count has increased from 125 in 2011 to 169 in 2013. Of the 344 newly identified infants and toddlers in 2013 , they identified 104 (over 30%). Their portion of the 0-2 population has increase from 22.6% to 29.3% in the 2 years they were involved in this process. The process works! If you are interested in receiving technical assistance to implement this process, please let us know!
3) Future Plans Include:
Creating Service Provider packets for Implementation Strategies
Expansion of the Tool Kit & Highlighting the resources that have been effective in systemic change for individual state deaf-blind projects.
Expanding our reach to the broader network of EI/R providers
I look forward to DB Summit and having the chance to work together to create an action plan to move the Early Identification and Referral work forward as a collaborative effort! Barb Purvis is owed an ENORMOUS thank you for her leadership that has led us to this point. She was masterful in her planning and thinking around this initiative!