ERIC Number: ED436920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Pennsylvania Deafblind Project, October 1995-September 1999. Final Grant Report.
Pennsylvania State Dept. of Public Welfare, Harrisburg.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
This final report discusses the activities and outcomes of a 4-year federally funded project designed to provide effective practices in the delivery of educational services to Pennsylvania children and youth with deafblindness from birth through 21 years of age and to their families and service providers. Outcomes of the project included: (1) increasing the capacity of local educational agencies, intermediate units, and community agencies to deliver effective consultation and appropriate technical assistance in a timely manner to children who are deafblind through accurate identification; (2) creating a systematic approach for parent involvement in planning and developing coordinated, comprehensive, and longitudinal service plans for their child which include early identification, appropriate educational program, transition, assistance with competitive or supported employment, assistance with residential options for independent living, and placement of their child in the least restrictive environment; (3) ensuring ongoing coordination of services among state and national agencies responsible for providing services to children with deafblindness; and (4) increasing the utilization of effective and age-appropriate practices that promote the inclusion of children with deafblindness. The report discusses activities, challenges and solutions, and implications for practice. Appendices include participant letters of support, advisory council membership, sample activities, and products. (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Children, Deaf Blind, Delivery Systems, Disability Identification, Early Identification, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Inclusive Schools, Infants, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Professional Development, Social Integration, Technical Assistance, Toddlers, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Public Welfare, Harrisburg.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania