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ERIC Number: ED548233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
Recommendations for Improving Intervener Services
National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recognizes the current challenges faced by states and schools relative to the provision of high-quality intervener services for children who are deaf-blind. To respond to these challenges, OSEP asked the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) to conduct an initiative to 1) collect information about current intervener services across the country and 2) develop recommendations for improving national, state, and local intervener services based on an analysis of the information collected. The recommendations presented here are NCDB's response to OSEP's request. They are intended to promote positive developmental and educational outcomes for children who are deaf-blind, from birth through age 21, by improving both the availability and quality of intervener services throughout the United States. This report is organized in a format that highlights the following four broad goals: (1) Increased recognition of intervener services by educational personnel and within local and state written policies; (2) Training and support to increase the availability of well-trained, competent interveners; (3) Creating systemic awareness and change through support for families as partners; and (4) Long-term sustainability of high-quality intervener services across the nation through the inclusion of intervener services in national special education policy. Specific recommendations support the achievement of each goal. In turn, each of the recommendations includes "implementation strategies" that articulate action steps that NCDB, working in collaboration with state deaf-blind projects and other critical partners and stakeholders (e.g., families, university faculty, interveners, teachers, other service providers, and administrators), can carry out or facilitate to achieve the recommendation. In addition, the recommendations are associated with "anticipated outcomes." Supporting data and clarifying information are included throughout the report.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; Utah
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: H326T060002