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EI/R Webinar Series Is Moving Forward!
Early Identification and Referral
As a result of the 2015 DB Summit, NCDB planned a series of 6 webinars related to the Early Identification and Referral process. In October, the first two webinars about the Self-Assessment Guide and the Action Planning process occurred. We owe a HUGE thanks to Jennie Mascheck (MO), Rebecca Obold-Geary (KS), and Emma Nelson (VT) for joining to share their insights in completing both steps in the process. Next Wednesday, November 18th at 11 PT/ 1 CT/ 2 ET we will host a webinar on the PART C System. Carol Darrah (GA), Jennie Mascheck (MO), Danna Conn (TN) and Emma Nelson (VT) will be presenting on the work that they have done in their states to increase their collaboration with their local PART C Systems and discuss what changes they have seen in their child find as a result of this work. There will be time for questions and answers as well as an opportunity for you to ask your own state specific questions, so come ready to learn and share!
Also, we want to make you aware of the following valuable resources related to Under Identification of Children in PART C (which can be found in the EI/R Tool Kit):
A Tool for Identifying Vision and Hearing Loss in Children with Multiple Disabilities
This is a tool from New York for professionals and parents to use to determine if a child may have a vision and/or hearing impairment and needs further evaluation. The appendix lists questions for the family to ask the ophthalmologist and audiologist at their appointment.
Early Identification of Hearing and Vision Loss is Critical to a Child's Development
This is a 2001 article by Gigi Newton and Kate Moss from Texas about the importance of early identification, including lists of etiologies, risk factors, and behavioral indicators associated with deaf-blindness.
We hope to see you at the webinar on Wednesday to support your fellow deaf-blind project colleagues as well as to share your questions and ideas from your state!