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ERIC Number: ED390223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-20
Pages: 195
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia