ERIC Number: ED390223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-20
Reference Count: N/A
Georgia Deaf-Blind Pilot Project: Project EPIC. Final Report. Optional Pilot Projects for Children with Deaf-Blindness.
Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta.
This final report describes activities and accomplishments of Project EPIC (Effective Partner Interaction in the Community), a 3-year federally supported project in Georgia to facilitate the establishment and implementation of effective educational practices with students having deaf-blindness. The project was designed to expand students' present communication options and to increase interaction with communication partners, especially in the community setting. Project implementation involved: (1) training teachers, paraprofessionals, related professional staff, and parents on ways to assess students' communication, sensory, and general competencies; (2) developing assessment techniques for determining requirements of the community-based instructional sites; (3) development of expanded communication systems for students; (4) training of selected teachers and parents as mentors; (5) regional workshops on promoting communication for successful integration in the community, school, and home; and (6) provision of technical assistance to related projects. Among program achievements were provision of intensive technical assistance at five demonstration sites; increased community participation by students in the project; and development of articles, monographs, and a checklist. This report describes the project's purpose, goals, and objectives; conceptual framework; accomplishments and activities; problems and resolutions; research/evaluation findings; and impact. Extensive appendices include: summary data on student assessments, data on sample sites, program forms, recommendation results, quality indicator data, satisfaction forms and letters, information on the communication system expansion, a vocabulary list, a listing of mentor activities, workshop and conference data and letters, and a listing of project publications. (DB)
Descriptors: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Communication Skills, Community Based Instruction (Disabilities), Deaf Blind, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Inservice Education, Mentors, Parent Education, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Social Integration, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Technical Assistance, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta.