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ERIC Number: ED390201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The Texas Education Agency Services to Children with Deaf-Blindness: The Texas Project. Final Report.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
This packet presents the final report and related supporting material of the federally supported Texas Deaf-Blind Project, which provided technical assistance to families of children with deaf-blindness, as well as public and private agencies, institutions, and organizations providing services to this population throughout Texas. During the grant period, the census total of such children increased from 235 to 594. The Deaf-Blind Outreach Team provided on-site consultation to 2,009 professionals and paraprofessionals and 451 family members. Training workshops on local, regional, and statewide levels were attended by 8,554 professionals and 1,384 family members. Preservice training was given to 18 university or alternative teacher certification classes. A lending library circulated 262 items. Quarterly newsletters in either English or Spanish were mailed to 4,288 individuals, including: 683 families. An attached evaluation report concludes that the project is strong and effective with an excellent staff. The evaluation report notes the emergence of two primary issues--the state-wide problem in teacher training in the area of severe disabilities and the complex impact of dual sensory impairment on student learning. Other material includes sample consumer satisfaction surveys, a description and text of a project-developed videotape, samples of six project-developed information pages, "A Brief Guide to Personal Futures Planning" by Kate Moss and David Wiley, census data by region, and sample copies of the newsletter, "P.S. News!!!" in both English and Spanish. (DB)
Descriptors: Deaf Blind, Delivery Systems, Demography, Disability Identification, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Incidence, Material Development, Outreach Programs, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Participant Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, State Programs, Teacher Education, Technical Assistance, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Note: For analytics of appendixes, see EC 304 467 and 468.