ERIC Number: ED390243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Services for Children with Deaf-Blindness. Final Performance Report.
Askvig, Brent A.; Zeller, Mariel
This final report summarizes the activities of the North Dakota Deaf-Blind Services program, a 3-year project to ensure exemplary programs and services for children and youth with dual sensory impairments (DSI) throughout North Dakota. These goals were met through the systematic identification of individuals with DSI from birth through 21 years and improvement of services to this population. A wide variety of child find and public awareness activities were carried out, including newsletters, interagency meetings, and outreach to Native American communities, resulting in the identification and diagnosis of seven previously undiagnosed children with DSI. Preservice teacher education was provided to student teachers, and presentations on such topics as assessment methods, entry and exit criteria, communication, and organizational structure were made at state schools and residential institutions. Workshops on school-to-work transitions, presymbolic communication strategies, oral motor skills, routines, and other issues were also provided. Families were provided with mentorship, training, and student-specific technical assistance, and brochures and other resources were developed. Appendices include an external evaluation of the project, a needs assessment summary, and copies of project materials. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minot State Univ., ND.; North Dakota State Dept. of Public Instruction, Bismarck.
Identifiers: North Dakota