ERIC Number: ED459577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
"Expanding the Circle": Projects for Children and Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind. Final Report.
This paper describes activities and achievements of a South Dakota project to improve the delivery of educational services to children with deaf-blindness and their families. Accomplishments are provided for specific objectives under the following goals: (1) children with deaf-blindness and their families will have enhanced skills and abilities that result in positive outcomes; (2) state and local educational agencies will improve results for children with deaf-blindness and their families through access to high quality education; (3) communities, including local service providers and agencies, will have enhanced skills and abilities to support children with deaf-blindness and their families; and (4) through regional and national collaboration, the states of Montana, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming, and South Dakota will strengthen the local capacity of reservation and rural communities to meet the unique cultural and educational needs of children who are deaf-blind and their families. The paper also describes problems encountered such as a lack of early identification and special problems presented by the rural nature of the state. Implications for policy, practice, and research include a need for increased training in the critical issues of deaf-blindness, for re-examination of the categories used in Child Count information, and collaboration with newborn hearing screening programs. An appendix provides guidelines for assisting individuals with a hearing and/or vision loss. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Dakota Univ., Sioux Falls. Center for Disabilities.; South Dakota State Dept. of Education and Cultural Affairs, Pierre.
Identifiers - Location: South Dakota