ERIC Number: ED443258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Partnerships for Rural Resource Teams: Bringing Best Practices to Children Who Are Deaf-Blind in Montana. Pilot Project Year 4, Final Performance Report, 3/1/98-9/30/99.
Montana State Office of Public Instruction, Helena.
This report discusses the outcomes of the Partnerships for Rural Resource Teams Project, a project designed to build upon the foundation of services for children and youth with deaf-blindness in Montana. Grounded in a framework that draws upon the principles of collaborative teamwork, contextually-based technical assistance, family involvement, and an ecological approach to skill development, the Partnerships Project identified personnel with expertise in deaf-blindness and/or areas of programmatic support that were relevant to individuals with deaf-blindness. Project funds were then utilized to develop a deaf-blind service support model based on the purchase of necessary expertise to form an individual student planning team around those individuals with deaf-blindness whose families require more or different types of technical assistance than are currently available through the state. If the needs of a student could not be addressed by in-state resources, consultation and training by out of state experts in the needed area of specialization were available. The Partnerships Project resulted in increased access to resources for teams and families supporting students with deaf-blindness statewide. It was able to coordinate relatively limited specialized resources to achieve the maximum benefit for these families and children. The report discusses the goals and achievements of the project. (CR)
Descriptors: Deaf Blind, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Inservice Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Rural Areas, Services, Specialists, State Programs, Teamwork, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Montana State Office of Public Instruction, Helena.
Identifiers - Location: Montana