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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.
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:
- Transition Initiative Bulletin Board - new resources, upcoming events, and information from partners both within and outside of the deaf-blind network
- Youth Voices - stories by and about young adults with deaf-blindness that highlight best practices related to self-determination, access, and family involvement
- 2016-2017 National Transition Webinars - recorded webinars from the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative and NCDB on a variety of transition-related topics
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. Two institutes were held in the summer of 2017, in the midwest and southeast.
- 2017 Transition Institutes: Planning for the Future
- 2017 Midwest Transition Institute: Race for Your Dreams
National Task Force
The National Task Force on Services for Young Adults with Additional Disabilities was established by NCDB to develop recommendations to improve post-school outcomes for youth who are deaf-blind with additional disabilities.It is comprised of representatives from state deaf-blind projects, national and state adult service organizations, and families. You can read more about the work of the National Task Force.
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.
Tools for Technical Assistance
Current Initiative Activities