ERIC Number: ED390204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Iowa's Project for Deaf-Blind Services. Final Report, October 1992--September 1995.
Maurer, Steven A.
This final report describes the Iowa Deaf-Blind Project, which provided technical assistance on a statewide basis in the form of information dissemination, training, and consultation to local school districts, area education agencies, institutions, and organizations providing early intervention, early identification, education, transition, vocational, and related services to children who are deaf-blind. The project stressed activities which support interagency collaboration to provide students with coordinated, comprehensive, and longitudinal service plans in the least restrictive environment with nondisabled peers. Particular emphases of the project's conceptual framework included: building the capacity to identify and assess children with dual sensory impairments; connecting families with resources through development of a parent support network; transitioning students from school to the adult services community; supporting and promoting interagency collaboration and linkages; providing teachers and support service personnel with test practice curricula and instructional resources; and integrating and including these students into regular school environments. The project identified 62 children with deaf-blindness. Ten conclusions and implications are drawn, stressing the need for ongoing supports and services. Attached material includes the census questionnaire, a book request form and list of 39 books available for borrowing, a videotape request form and list of 18 videotape sets, a parent questionnaire, interview guidelines, and descriptive program brochures. (DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Consultation Programs, Deaf Blind, Delivery Systems, Disability Identification, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Incidence, Inclusive Schools, Information Dissemination, Postsecondary Education, Preschool Education, Social Integration, State Programs, Teacher Education, Technical Assistance, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Bureau of Special Education.