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 are based on a comprehensive review of laws, policies, and best practices related to transition and extensive interviews with experts throughout the United States. The work was guided by a national task force comprised of adult service providers, subject matter experts, and families. Task force members were selected by NCDB for their collective expertise supporting students who require long-term supports and their families. The task force met every other month, beginning in March 2017.
NCDB staff conducted 40 interviews, each lasting 60 minutes, to gather information on integrated employment opportunities and community inclusion. Interview subjects were chosen because of their knowledge and expertise regarding one or more of the following: employment and transition for youth with deaf-blindness, customized employment, integrated employment, individualized community living supports, developmental disabilities and vocational rehabilitation services, and family supports. To identify effective practices, we particularly focused on entities who had been successful in these areas. Entities interviewed included individuals from:
State or county developmental disabilities agencies
State vocational rehabilitation services
State blind and low vision services
State deaf-blind projects
The Helen Keller National Center
The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center
The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
Interviewees from the following agencies subsequently met with the task force via online conferencing for discussion and overviews of their activities.
Arc of Pennsylvania
National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
Office of Disability Employment Policy
Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center
Their perspectives and the strategies they shared were invaluable in helping the task force understand effective systemic practices.