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Youth who are deaf-blind experience significant challenges when transitioning from school to desired post-school outcomes such as community inclusion, college, and career readiness. This initiative facilitates existing partnerships between organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting successful transitions to adulthood for young adults with deaf-blindness.

Initiative Lead

Technical Assistance & Support


Key goals of this initiative are to raise awareness of best practices related to transition and provide tools and resources to promote positive post-school outcomes and increase interagency collaboration. The following resources are intended for both families and professionals:

Recommendations to Improve Transition Outcomes

The Recommendations to Improve Transition Outcomes for Students with Deaf-Blindness and Additional Disabilities, published in 2018, were developed to help state deaf-blind projects improve state-level services for young adults who are deaf-blind and have additional disabilities.
Read more about the recommendations and upcoming meetings about them.

Transition Institutes

Transition institutes are annual weekend events to help young adults with deaf-blindness, aged 14 to 22, develop self-determination and leadership skills and make action plans for important adult-life goals related to college, career, and independent living. Families and service providers also attend and are given the tools to become more active participants in the young adult’s action plan. Read about the 2017 institutes:


State deaf-blind project or other agency personnel who have questions about transition-related services for teens and young adults with deaf-blindness can contact the Initiative Lead, Mike Fagbemi.

Data Facts

Read a brief overview of this population from the annual child count.

Tools for Technical Assistance

NCDB Transition Products

Recommendations to Improve Transition Outcomes for Students with Deaf-Blindness and Additional Disabilities

The Recommendations to Improve Transition Outcomes for Students with Deaf-Blindness and Additional Disabilities were developed to ensure that students with deaf-blindness and long-term support needs are included and can access quality lives in their communities.They are based on a comprehensive review of laws, policies, and best practices related to transition and extensive interviews with experts throughout the United States.

READY Tool: Readiness Evaluation of Transition to Adulthood for Deaf-Blind Youth

The READY Tool helps a transition team, composed of an individual who is deaf-blind, parents, and professionals, determine essential activities that must be carried out during the transition process. The completed tool should be used to generate a plan of action and develop goals and objectives for the IEP and transition plans.

Accessing the Dream: Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life

In these videos from past Transition Institutes, young adults, family members, and state deaf-blind project personnel share stories and experiences. The videos describe effective transition practices that:

  • Promote youth perspectives on self-determination, access, and networking
  • Build the capacity of service providers to prepare youth for college and career
  • Raise expectations of families so they can better support their child
  • Promote interagency collaboration
(Also available in Spanish)

Transition Toolkit: Enhancing Self Determination for Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind
A repository of information, tools, and resources for hosting a Transition Institute for deaf-blind young adults (ages 14 to 22) and their families. Produced in collaboration with the Southeast Regional Transition Institute Team.

Interveners in the Home and Community: An Under-Recognized Imperative
This white paper summarizes knowledge about the use of interveners in home and community settings and proposes actions to provide greater access to interveners for people of all ages who are deaf-blind.

Resources From Our Partners

Transition Institute Follow-Up: Youth Action Planning
This article describes a process developed by the Georgia Sensory Assistance Project (GSAP) to assist young adults who attend transition institutes to continue to work toward their goals after the institute they attend has ended.

Building Graduate Students’ Knowledge of Deaf-Blindness Through Experiential Learning at the 2017 Midwest Transition Institute
The 2017 Midwest Transition Institute provided a great place for graduate students working towards a master’s degree in speech and language pathology to build and further their skills in working with students who are deaf-blind.

Network Collaboration

Transition Institutes

Transition Institutes, described above, bring together young adults and their families to build skills and provide training in the pursuit of their personal goals. The institutes are developed by groups of state deaf-blind projects that, collectively, share their expertise and resources to create events that assist young adults in achieving their dreams for adult life. Southeast and Midwest Institutes occurred in June & July 2018. If you are interested in participating in future institutes, contact Mike Fagbemi.

Interdisciplinary Transition Team Initiative (ITTI)

The ITTI is a multi-year, multi-state initiative focused on enhancing transition outcomes for young adults (aged 14 to 21) with combined vision and hearing loss. It incorporates evidence-based practices for the young adults, their families, and educational team members. For information contact Susanne Morgan Morrow.

New England Consortium's Transition Team Initiative (NEC TTI)

The NEC TTI conducted a year-long model program to deliver evidence-based practices to young adults who are deaf-blind, their families, and educational team members. Key aspects of the model included incorporating families into program development and planning, identifying key supports and services, and increasing service provider skills. For information, contact Tracy Evans-Luiselli.

Current Initiative Activities

NCDB : The Research Institute : Western Oregon University : 345 N. Monmouth Ave. : Monmouth, OR 97361
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