ERIC Number: ED419366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Considerations in IEP Development for Children Who Are Deafblind.
Frey, Mary R.
This information sheet discusses the eligibility of students with both auditory and visual impairments for special education services, and the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). It describes the preparation necessary before the IEP team meeting and parent participation during the meeting. The process of developing an IEP is explained, including the drafting of both annual goals and short-term learning objectives. The joint effort between educators and parents in the development of an IEP is emphasized. For children who are deaf-blind, the focus of the IEP is described as exploring and trying different communication options and establishing the foundations of a communication system. In later years, it is recommended that the focus be on the expansion of the communication system and on increased interaction with friends and classmates. Parents are urged to question staff about the teaching methods that work best for their child. It is recommended that skills targeted in the IEP are directly observable and measurable, with specific criteria for success listed. Supports that educators and parents might want to consider to enable student participation are listed and include supports relating to personal needs, physical needs, sensory needs, staff and peer education, and provision of access and opportunities. Appended is a brief description of the Pennsylvania Deafblind Project. (CR)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Deaf Blind, Educational Planning, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Education Programs, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Teamwork
Pennsylvania Deafblind Project, 6340 Flank Drive, Suite 600, Harrisburg, PA 17112-2764; telephone: 717-541-4960; http://www.cisc.k12.pa.us/CISC.pgs/State/DB/Infoshe1.htm (June 1998).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.; Instructional Support System of Pennsylvania, East Petersburg.