ERIC Number: ED345457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
A Needs-Assessment of Agencies Serving Individuals with Deaf-Blindness: A National Profile of Transitional Services.
Seiler, Lauren H.; And Others
A national needs assessment of 719 educational and adult service agencies providing or proposing to provide transitional services to individuals with deaf-blindness was conducted to determine national and regional technical assistance needs. On average, each agency expressed a need for technical assistance in 20 separate areas. In the area of general client outcomes, respondents reported the greatest need for technical assistance in employment and family support. In the area of specific direct services, respondents requested aid in assistive technology, client assessment/evaluation, and communication training. In the area of systems/administrative issues, respondents indicated the greatest need in personnel training, public education/awareness, funding, and interagency collaboration. Findings also indicated that agencies continue to organize the constellation of services they offer using an isolated skills training and "readiness" approach. Infusion of all transitional services within community-integrated adult activities and outcomes continues to be an elusive service delivery model. The report recommends that future funding priorities and technical assistance activities aggressively promote holistic and visionary community-integrated client planning along with broad systematic and administrative interagency change supports. One recommended approach is the use of technical assistance and support to state and local level interagency teams, whose goals are to develop, implant, and maintain statewide and collaboration transition efforts for youth with deaf-blindness. (10 references) (Author/JDD)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Change Strategies, Deaf Blind, Delivery Systems, High Schools, Holistic Approach, Human Services, Integrated Activities, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Professional Education, Program Administration, Rehabilitation, Social Integration, Staff Development, Teamwork, Technical Assistance, Transitional Programs, Young Adults, Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Helen Keller National Center - Technical Assistance Center, Sands Point, NY.
Note: For a related document, see EC 301 217.