ERIC Number: ED454637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Personnel To Support the Education of Children and Youth with Deafblindness. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
This briefing paper summarizes survey data collected from 42 state education agencies (SEAs) on the topic of personnel to support the education of children and youth with deafblindness. A variety of topics are covered including state and regional consultants, the use of paraeducators, state regulations and guidelines, and the involvement of deaf-blind projects in other state personnel initiatives. Results of the survey indicate that, despite the challenges educators face serving children and youth with deafblindness, there are personnel who provide specialized services and state regulatory guidance supporting this low incidence population. More than half of the states have state and/or regional consultants in the areas of vision, hearing, or deafblindness providing a variety of services, in addition to the state deafblindness projects. Also, in many states, deafblindness projects are involved in comprehensive system personnel development or state improvement grant activities in a number of ways. State regulations or guidelines related to employment, supervision, and in-service training of paraeducators who work one-on-one with students with disabilities exist in more than 20 states. Finally, interveners are working one-on-one with students who have deafblindness in at least 14 states. There are, however, many concerns about the training, support, and supervision of interveners. (CR)
Descriptors: Consultants, Consultation Programs, Deaf Blind, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidance Personnel, Guidelines, Inservice Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Recruitment, Resource Staff, Specialists, State Programs, State Regulation, Surveys, Technical Assistance, Training Methods
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 1800 Diagonal Rd., Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Tel: 703-519-7008 (TDD); Fax: 703-519-3808; For full text: http://www.nasdse.org/forum.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Produced by Project FORUM at NASDSE.