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Early Identification and Referral

In response to the 2016 DB Summit, NCDB has two exciting things in the works. First, we plan to highlight two resources a month that will provide state deaf-blind projects, service providers, and families with information about identification and referral as well as effective intervention strategies for infants and toddlers with combined vision and hearing loss. We will be posting these resources around the first of the month—so be on the lookout. These will be a combination of websites, training opportunities, links to current research, and information from the EI/R Toolbox.

Second, we are in the midst of finalizing the details for the 2016-17 EI/R webinar series—where we will be highlighting success stories from folks across the nation working in the following systems: community programs, Part C, the medical community, and EHDI. First up is the community programs webinar on Wednesday, November 9th, where you’ll have a chance to hear about an innovative program in Kansas called the KanLovKids Project. It offers pediatric low vision collaboration clinics and low vision evaluations to children ages birth through 21 who reside in Kansas. Dr. Linda Lawrence, an ophthalmologist who works extensively with infants, toddlers, and school-aged children diagnosed with cortical visual impairment as well as children who are visually impaired with additional disabilities, will be sharing details about the clinics along with Dr. Anne Nielsen (Kansas State School for the Blind) and Sara Siegele (Wyandotte County Infant–Toddler Services). The log-in details for this webinar can be found here: https://nationaldb.org/events/detail/8/1154. Details for the remaining webinars are soon to come—so keep an eye on the News & Events section of this initiative.

So, here are the first two resources we thought we’d share:

Combined Vision and Hearing Loss May Mean More Than You Think!
(https://nationaldb.org/materials/page/1938/8)
This is a one-page document (also available in Spanish) which is great for parents, Part C providers, and folks working in community programs.

WonderBaby (from Perkins School for the Blind)
(http://www.wonderbaby.org/)
This site is an amazing resource aimed at parents of infants and toddlers with visual impairments and additional disabilities. It would be a wonderful site for early intervention providers and state deaf-blind projects to pass on to the families with whom they work.

We hope that you find them helpful and can share them with families and providers in your state!

Megan Cote

Posted Nov 3, 2016 by Megan Cote

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