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Recommendations to Improve Transition Outcomes


Recommendations to Improve Transition Outcomes


This page was last updated on May 28, 2019 at 3:47 pm


One of the biggest challenges for the deaf-blind network is to improve post-school outcomes for youth who are deaf-blind. Although there have been modest improvements in some areas, many youth still face obstacles that adversely impact where they live and work and they often lack opportunities to expand their social circles. For young adults with additional disabilities these obstacles are more pronounced. 

To help address this problem, NCDB developed the Recommendations to Improve Transition Outcomes for Students with Deaf-Blindness and Additional Disabilities. Development of the recommendations involved extensive interviews with experts across the country and 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. 

Support for Using the Recommendations

NCDB is now offering a series of drop-in calls on how state deaf-blind projects can use the recommendations to help improve state-level services for this population of young adults.


The following meetings will all be held at 12 PT/ 2 CT / 3 ET on the scheduled dates.

December 19, 2018

Recommendation 1: Training and Technical Assistance: Raising Expectations #1—Creating a vision for a full life after school using PCP, discovery, and age-appropriate transition assessments

Meeting Notes 
January 9, 2019Recommendation 1: Training and Technical Assistance: Raising Expectations #2—New policies and laws to support accessing a full life after leaving school
Meeting Notes 
January 23, 2019Recommendation 2: Work Experiences: Building from interests, strengths, and support needs #1—Introducing the possibility of employment for all students with deaf-blindness and preparation for work through an evolution of work experiences
Meeting Notes 
February 6, 2019Recommendation 2: Work Experiences: Building from interests, strengths, and support needs #2—Identifying resources in your state
Meeting Notes 
March 6th, 2019 Recommendation 3: Advocate for Community Activities & Living: Making meaningful connections & creating a vision of a meaningful life in the community. Activities that are part of transition planning & connection to LTS Meeting Notes 
March 20th, 2019 Recommendation 4: School and Agency Collaboration: Know your resources. Who are the agencies in your state, what do they provide? And how do you access them? What collaborative funding opportunities are there in your state?
Meeting Notes 
April 3rd, 2019Recommendation 5: Qualified Personnel: What efforts exist in your state to build capacity of support providers in schools and adult service agencies to CIE, community membership and community living for young adults with a significant impact of disability? And deaf-blindness?  Meeting Notes 
April 24th, 2019Recommendation 6: Educate Families: Efforts to educate, empower and engage families to lead the charge for their adult childMeeting Notes 
May 22nd, 2019Looking Back to Move Forward - Reviewing the past meetings and determining next steps for moving forward with these recommendations.Meeting Notes 

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Captioning is available upon request. Captioning services must be requested 4 days prior to the event start time in order to guarantee the availability of a captioner. Please contact Robbin Bull, or 503-838-8562 and include the event name, date, and time.

Prior Task Force Activities

Before the recommendations were developed, the task force conducted a national needs assessment to ascertain resources and areas of strength and weakness in state developmental disabilities service delivery systems related to employment, independent living, and recreation. The following summaries provide information about the work of the task force. 

Task Force Summaries

  • July-August 2017 - Includes links to resources on Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services
  • September-November 2017 
  • November 2017-January 2018 - Includes links to presentations by representatives from the Arc of Pennsylvania and the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center
  • March 2018 - Includes a link to a presentation by representatives from the Office of Disability Employment Policy

Task Force Members

  • Chris Woodfill, Helen Keller National Center
  • Marilyn Trader, Helen Keller National Center  
  • John Mascia, Alabama Institute for Deaf-Blind
  • Ellen Condon, Montana Deaf-Blind Project
  • John Dickerson, Advocate / Consultant
  • Dinell (Stuckey) Smith, Parent from Kansas
  • Christine Givens, Parent from Texas
  • Donna Gilles, VA Deaf-Blind Project
  • Laura Rocchio, Helen Keller National Center
  • Jolene Gruber, Wisconsin DB projects
  • Jennifer White, Able Opportunities, Inc.

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