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Early Identification and Referral
State deaf-blind projects are challenged to engage state systems and local communities in identifying children with deaf-blindness prior to age three and, even more so, in the first year of life. Once a combined vision and hearing loss is recognized, referral to a state deaf-blind project and other appropriate services persists as a challenge. This national initiative is focused on improving early identification and referral outcomes by building partnerships among the National Deaf-Blind TA Network, other OSEP Technical Assistance & Dissemination projects focused on children birth through two, and the broader early intervention community. Please join us in this important work!
Technical Assistance & Support
An array of technical assistance is available from the initiative.
Both the Self-Assessment Guide as well as the EI&R Tool Kit are available through the NCDB website. These resources can be used by State or Multi-State Deaf-Blind Projects with or without support from EI&R Initiative staff.
TA can focus on any or all parts of the improvement cycle, including:
- Completing the Self-Assessment Guide
- Developing an action plan
- Implementing evidence-based practices as part of the action plan
- Evaluating your activities
- Updating your self-assessment and/or developing a new action plan
Targeted technical assistance can be provided either to a single state or a group of states, supporting efforts throughout the process.
Based on previous experience we have found that working with small groups of state projects, through regularly scheduled meetings, is an effective way to provide support and facilitate the sharing of strategies and resources. These small meeting groups are based on similar state needs and steps in the process.
Individual TA can be requested when additional support is desired or needed to proceed through the Self-Assessment Guide, developing an action plan or implementing evidence based practices. This would entail a longer, more intensive level of support than that provided at the Universal level.
Consultation and coaching is available to customize the tools, materials and strategies available through the EI&R Initiative. This could include materials within the matrix to create a long-range plan for providing training to Part C as well as with the SAG process and Tool Kit.
Understand the intent of this national initiative and the unique role it plays in bringing state deaf-blind projects and state systems together to improve referral and intervention efforts. Data facts demonstrates the impact of the improvement process by focusing on the increased numbers of infants and toddlers reported for states who have engaged in the process.
Current Initiative Activities