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ERIC Number: ED529991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Deaf-Blind Child Counts: Issues and Challenges. inForum
Muller, Eve
Project Forum
The purpose of this study is to describe some of the ways deaf-blind projects collect National Technical Assistance Consortium for Children and Youth with Deaf-Blindness (NTAC) census data, compare Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Child Count and NTAC census data for the ten states included in this study and identify issues and concerns raised by deaf-blind project directors related to the discrepancy between OSEP Child Count and NTAC census figures. The 10 deaf-blind projects interviewed for this document reflect the tremendous diversity among deaf-blind projects. The interviews pointed out some of the common issues and concerns regarding the discrepancy between OSEP Child Count and NTAC census figures. A significant majority of interviewees agreed that this discrepancy in figures has a negative impact on the field as a whole, most importantly: fewer services available for children with DB, fewer opportunities for professional development at both the preservice and inservice levels, and insufficient research dollars. Although interviewees offered a number of conflicting policy recommendations, most agreed that getting an accurate count of children with DB remained a significant challenge and that closing the gap between OSEP Child Count and NTAC census figures was an important goal. Furthermore, directors of all projects seemed to agree that NTAC census figures (and not just OSEP Child Count figures) should be used to generate policy at both the state and federal levels, and that deaf-blind projects should receive increasing support for the unique contribution they make by providing TA to teachers of the DB and outreach to children with DB and their families. An interview protocol is appended. (Contains 1 table and 16 footnotes.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum
Identifiers - Location: Delaware; Kansas; Kentucky; Massachusetts; Minnesota; Nebraska; New Mexico; North Carolina; Utah; Washington