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Summary of Part C Webinar and follow-up call
Early Identification and Referral
Starting in October 2015 NCDB began a series of six webinars and six subsequent drop-in calls for state projects to collectively engage in discussions to further national efforts to more effectively identify children who are deaf-blind at an earlier age. The series started with an overview of the Self-Assessment Guide and was followed by a session on the Toolkit, evidence based practices and Action Planning. This is to be followed by webinar on four systems critical for the early identification and referral of young child who are deaf-blind: Part C, the medical community, EHDI and community programs.
On November 18th NCDB hosted a webinar on the PART C System. Carol Darrah (GA), Jennie Mascheck (MO), Danna Conn (TN) and Emma Nelson (VT) presented on the work that they have done in their states to increase their collaboration with their local PART C Systems and discussed what changes they have seen in their child find as a result of this work.
Participants from 13 state deaf-blind projects attended the session and all found the session helpful. This webinar was recorded and you can find it archived at: https://nationaldb.org/wiki/page/8/604
Presenters shared materials they discussed and are now part of the EI&R Toolkit that can be found at: https://nationaldb.org/wiki/page/8/113
Two resources were highlighted after the webinar and can be found at:
These included the PowerPoint developed by the Missouri Deaf-Blind Project for Part C Single Point of Entry Directors and Risk List for Combined Vision and Hearing Loss in Infants and Toddlers. The PowerPoint has be delivered as part of annual presentation for APH (American Printing House for the Blind) quota registration. The Risk list is a four-page document that lists etiologies of deaf-blindness with their associated ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification) codes. (ICD-10 replaced ICD-9 in October 2015.) The target audience is Part C service coordinators. The document includes space to insert state specific project information.
To continue the discussion and address state specific questions and issues a follow-up drop in call was scheduled for December 2nd.
Nine individuals participated in the December 2nd drop in call. A wide ranging discussion and opportunity for specific questions and answers took place with additional information shared by the Webinar presenters as well as others. During the call additional materials and resources were identified and shared with NCDB to include in the Toolkit.
Both participants and presenters learned much from each other through the webinar and drop in call, once again demonstrating the incredible knowledge and skill we have within our network and the power that comes from sharing. Thank you all for your involvement in our work to identify and better serve the young children, their families and those that serve them.
Mark Schalock and Megan Cote