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Preparing to Address Challenges in the Part C System

Early Identification and Referral

Preparing to Address Challenges in the Part C System

Early Identification and Referral

This page was last updated on Oct 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm


Historically, state deaf-blind projects have experienced varying levels of success in improving early identification and referral of infants and toddlers. To address this challenge, state deaf-blind projects have found ways to share their most successful strategies. Recent work has also involved the examination of evidence-based early identification and referral practices to build on past efforts and respond to current funding requirements.

The activities included here are examples of strategies that lay the foundation for focused implementation efforts. They are closely aligned with evidence-based practices which have been identified as having particular relevance for our network. Start here – then move on to Resources for Under-Identification and Resources for Under-Referral, which provide clear steps for implementing practices that have a record of producing positive results. 

Do Your Homework

  • Increase staff knowledge about your state’s Part C structure
  • Find out what policies exist in your state regarding vision and hearing screening
  • Explore how your project might inform or assist with vision and hearing screening efforts
  • Analyze National Child Count data annually to identify geographic areas of your state that need intensified effort

Make Connections

  • Look for existing network opportunities (e.g. local conferences, social media, advisory boards, ongoing Child Find activities)
  • If no one on your staff has early intervention expertise, make sure you have ongoing access to someone who does
  • Invite early intervention administrators or providers to serve on your advisory board
  • Bring your project’s voice to your state’s Interagency Coordinating Council by serving on it or asking a family member to consider doing so 

Get the word out

  • Share resources from your library/resource center
  • Include early intervention administrators and service providers on your distribution list(s)
  • Contribute fact sheets and/or articles to Part C newsletters or websites
  • Consider a public service announcement or other public awareness activities
  • Provide awareness information (brochures/referral information/fact sheets) to be included in program resources packets 

Resources for Under-Identification

Resources for Under-Referral

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