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ERIC Number: ED392211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan-2
Reference Count: N/A
Services for Children with Deafblindness in Missouri. Final Report, Fiscal Year 1994-1995.
Howze, Yvonne; And Others
This final report describes activities and accomplishments of a federally supported program to provide services for children with deaf-blindness in Missouri. The project focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of a four-component statewide comprehensive service delivery model to serve 193 deaf-blind children and youth through: (1) early education, family-focused models, and technical assistance; (2) the Curriculum Specialist project; (3) the Family Life Cycle Support System; and (4) planning for transition and adult outcomes. Annually, approximately 45 families of infants and toddlers received direct weekly home intervention. In addition, "parent advisors" received training, early childhood specialists completed relevant coursework, and respite care orientation training resulted in an increase in number of consumers utilizing this service. Technical assistance and inservice training were provided for professionals, paraprofessionals, and parents. A pilot partnership to develop local capacity in St. Louis (Missouri) for supported living was initiated. New partnerships were formed and old partnerships strengthened through interagency collaboration efforts. Team building and strategic planning for integration were carried out by statewide team action planning groups. Materials provided at a workshop on deaf-blindness and a training module on developing communication for children and adults with deaf-blindness are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Curriculum, Deaf Blind, Delivery Systems, Early Intervention, Education Work Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Infants, Inservice Education, Outreach Programs, Parent Education, Program Development, Respite Care, State Programs, Technical Assistance, Toddlers, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Missouri School for the Blind, St. Louis.
Note: For related parent handbook and workshop materials, see EC 304 643-644.