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ERIC Number: ED437765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Montana's IDEA Services for Children and Youth with Deaf-Blindness Project. (State Project-1a). Final Report-- 10/1/95-9/30/99. Performance Details for Last Reporting Period-- 3/1/98-9/30/99.
Montana State Office of Public Instruction, Helena.
This final report discusses the outcomes of a 4-year federally funded project designed to identify children in Montana who are deaf-blind and to provide training and technical assistance to improve the quality of special education and related services in Montana for children ages birth through 21 who are deaf-blind. The project was devised to meet the needs and concerns identified by families, service providers, and educators. These needs were transformed into six major Project goals: (1) public awareness; (2) identification of children who are deaf-blind; (3) provision of family services; (4) provision of technical assistance to service providers and educators; (5) community coordination and collaboration; and (6) project evaluation and management. By implementing objectives and activities in those goal areas, the Project helped to reach the following benefits: (1) families derived the benefits associated with early and accurate identification; (2) families accessed individualized supports that enabled them to carry out educational and therapeutic activities; (3) families were provided with the necessary information and support to advocate for school services; (4) families accessed current information and training opportunities on deaf-blindness; (5) service providers took greater advantage of resources available to support students who are deaf-blind; (6) service providers became more capable of delivering appropriate services to children who are deaf-blind; (7) the specialized services required became more integrated; (8) service providers continued to develop their skills and change their practices; and (9) teacher trainers infused information about the needs of students who are deaf-blind in preservice training curriculums for early intervention personnel. The report further discusses the context of the project; objectives; activities; problems encountered and solutions; and implications for policy, practice, and research. (CR)
State Deaf-Blind Project, Office of Public Instruction, PO Box 202501, Helena, MT 59620-2501. Tel: 406-444-4426; e-mail: froman@staate.mu.us.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Montana State Office of Public Instruction, Helena.
Identifiers - Location: Montana