Kansas Deaf-Blind Project

The Kansas Deaf-Blind Project is a federally funded grant designed to provide technical assistance to educational teams and families who serve learners with deaf-blindness in Kansas. Our Project goals include:

  • Collaborate with the medical, community, and infant toddler services to identify children with deaf-blindness early so services can be provided to the child and family
  • Provide training to families and service providers who work with children with deaf-blindness
  • Provide family and self-advocacy support
  • Assist families and educational teams to make effective plans for times of transition
  • Maintain learners on the Kansas census for the National Child Count

Services Provided by the Kansas Deaf-Blind Project

  • Free technical assistance for parents, educators, and early intervention personnel by project personnel and other consultants and selected web based family and school team support.
  • Assistance in locating children and young adults who may have both a vision and a hearing loss
  • Inservice training on specific content areas as determined by needs assessment data
  • Ongoing SPARKLE training for families of children who are deaf-blind.
  • Scholarships for intervener training for educators and training for parents/family  members who have a child with deaf-blindness.
  • Resources provided through the Kansas Deaf-Blind Loan Library
  • Resource Information Packets distributed to families of children who are newly identified as deaf-blind and to families whose children are re-certified on the Kansas Deaf-Blind Registry.
  • Annual and ongoing collection of Kansas deaf-blind census and federal census monitoring.
  • Ongoing training and certification for Kansas school nurses, in screening for vision and Usher’s syndrome.
  • Ongoing collaboration with various agencies to expand services for children who are deaf-blind.


November Tidbit 

Transitions Transitions!

Transitions are always a part of our lives.  Whether it is from teacher to teacher, grade to grade or program to program.  An effective transition process is important for learners, team members and families.  Here are a few free resources from the Center for ParentInformation and Resources about transitions.

                Deaf-Blindness: Guide for Advocates Working with Families

                Deaf-Blindness: Transition to Adult Life Parent Mini Guide

                Deaf-Blindness: Transition to Adult Life Fact Sheet

  • iTransition: It’s all about me! Is an online line curriculum to help students who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare for life after high school.  The curriculum is free.

A full list of Center for Parent Information Resources can be found in their Resources section of the website.

Opportunities for Families

The Kansas School for the Deaf invites families to join with a Connecting Families One Cup at a Time with various locations in Kansas.

Check Out this Webinar 

The Impact of Technology in the Life of a Person who is Deaf-Blind 

featuring our own Dinell Smith along with Maricar Marquez and Marcia Brooks


Rebecca Obold-Geary,
Sep 23, 2014, 2:36 PM