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Network Collaborations in Transition


Network Collaborations in Transition


This page was last updated on Mar 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm


A number of state deaf-blind projects established Memorandums of Understanding (MOU's) in their 2013 grant proposals related to Transition.  Here is information about two of those collaborative efforts.

Interdisciplinary Transition Team Initiative (ITTI)


The Interdisciplinary Transition Team Initiative (ITTI) is a transition planning initiative that incorporates evidence based practices for young adults who have combined hearing and vision loss, their families and educational team members. Once a pilot project designed and implemented by Susanne Morrow of the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative, the ITTI has now evolved into a partnership between 12 state deaf-blind projects and will be carried out over years 2014-2018 of the current grant cycle. The overall purpose of the ITTI is to bring interdisciplinary team members together to identify and support the goals of a young adult who is deaf-blind. Once transition teams have been established they are invited to participate in a series of on-site and distance meetings and webinar presentations. These monthly sessions are supplemented with transition planning activities. The teams are provided with guiding principles and practical tools that have proven successful for transition-age young adults who are deaf-blind.

Some anticipated benefits of the ITTI are as follows:

  •  Enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration
  •  Smoother IEP planning process
  •  Person-centered goals designed to meet the student and family’s wishes
  •  Enhancement of self-determined behaviors
  •  Increased knowledge for families of the planning process and services outside of the educational environment
  •  Enhanced quality of life for the student

Partners in the ITTI have agreed to the following:

  • Identify young adults within their state along with the family and appropriate team members
  • Participate in scheduled strategic planning meetings
  • Participate in monthly web-based meetings addressing transition related content  
  • Provide technical assistance at various levels general, intensive, where needed
  • Collect change of knowledge and satisfaction data 

Current Status of the ITTI:

  • Monthly web meetings have been held to keep project moving forward
  • All state projects have identified at least one team to participate in the ITTI
  • Locations have been identified for the kick-off face-to-face meeting on 9/17/14
  • ITTI materials have been designed by NYDBC
  • Outcomes & evaluation tools being created
  • Presenters and topics of monthly ITTI web meetings have been designed by NYDBC with input from state projects
  • NCDB Community of Practice site updated regularly with materials and tools for ITTI process by NYDBC
  • Face-to-face meeting being scheduled for ITTI partners in DC at PDM

States included in the partnership:

Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, New England Center (CT, MA, NH, ME), New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia  

National Center on Deaf-Blindness 

Further questions about the ITTI, please contact Susanne Morgan Morrow at

Southeast Deaf-Blind Projects Teaming for Improved Outcomes for Students with Deaf-Blindness, Families and Professionals


The southeast region has a long history of collaboration and effective teaming.  Eleven state deaf-blind projects are working together on the following activities in order to increase the capacity of the Deaf-Blind network to positively impact the lives of families, youth and service providers.  These projects will continue to strengthen the network's capacity through resource sharing, shared expertise, online engagement and evaluation planning. 

States included in the partnership:

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida-Virgin Islands, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas 

National Center on Deaf-Blindness

Shared Activities 

The following are examples of possible collaborative projects and activities:

-  Transition Institute for Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness and their Families
-  Family – to – Family Conference Video/Phone Calls
-  Webinars
-  “Seated” Trainings: Partnering to bring noted researchers, presenters into individual states resulting in a “circuit delivery
-  Participation in the development of Communities of Practice in targeted initiative areas
-  Conferences: such as CHARGE, or other topics

Sounds great!  What has happened to date?

Promotion of the Transition Toolkit

To strengthen our planning, on March 13th, we conducted a webinar on the use of the DB Transition Toolkit for the Projects in the Southeast so that everyone knows the valuable resources available with this tool.  

NSTAAC Annual Capacity Building Conference


CEC conference 2014 
During the recent CEC national conference, Dr. Linda McDowell, Principal Investigator of the Mississippi Hearing-Vision Project, presented a Poster highlighting the Southeast Initiative Group Collaboration.  The focus was the annual Transition Institutes which have resulted in greater self-determination outcome for young adults who are deaf-blind and produced the "Transition Institute Toolkit" , designed to help others interested in hosting similar events.


Family to Family Conference Calls in English
We have held a conference call with Clara Berg, National Family Association of DB and NY DB Project, to inform the Southeastern states of her experience with developing and maintaining the Calls. NCDB volunteered to host the first three conference calls while we are investigating resources for sustaining a toll free call in number for these calls. Ellen Bowman, HK Fellow and Alabama parent of a child has volunteered with several Family Specialists from member states to take lead on this project. The calls should be starting soon.

Florida currently participates in monthly Spanish Family calls; one for CHARGE and the other for all other families of youth who are deaf-blind.

Staying Connected 

Numerous group activities have occurred since November 2013 and we are working collaboratively in a Group space on the NCDB website.  


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Together we ARE better and can accomplish so much as a team! Pooling resources and sharing the workload allow us to connect youth and their families across state boundaries!

Emily Taylor-Snell

Posted Oct 15, 2014 by Emily Taylor-Snell

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