ERIC Number: ED398712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Together We Can: The Virginia Project for the Integration of Children with Deaf-Blindness. Final Report.
Malatchi, Anne H.
The project "Together We Can" is described in this final report as a program to provide training and technical assistance to improve the quality of life for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with deaf-blindness in Virginia. The plan for the project included services based on recommended effective practices in the areas of early identification, early intervention, education, transition, vocational services, and related services. The project conducted the following activities: promotion of program awareness and advertisement of service availability; creation of an interagency advisory council; provision of inservice training, technical assistance, and workshops concerning exemplary practices for children with deaf-blindness; promotion of inclusion of children with deaf-blindness in schools and in the community; facilitation of parental involvement in their children's education; development and dissemination of project information; and maintenance of an annual census of Virginia's children with deaf-blindness. The program stressed collaboration of state agencies, family/consumer groups, nonprofits, colleges and universities, and professional organizations. The report discusses project challenges and their resolution, evaluation findings, and the project's impact. Appendices include a list of project milestones and maps of Virginia. (CR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Deaf Blind, Disability Identification, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Inclusive Schools, Infants, Inservice Education, Professional Development, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Social Integration, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond. Virginia Inst. for Developmental Disabilities.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia