**Announcing new staff**

Project Director:  We are pleased to introduce Marites Altuna as the new Project Director. Marites is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and  a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI). She has completed an Intervener training program, and is studying braille transcription. Marites comes to us from the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools where she has served as a TVI in the Vision Department.  She will begin working for the project part-time at the end of May. In August, Marites will begin full-time work with the project. We will post her contact information once she begins her official duties. Welcome, Marites! 

Census:  Erin Kelly has been hired to assist with census duties for the Project. Erin also serves as Activities Director in the KSSB dormitory and is assisting KSSB's Field Services unit. Welcome Erin!

Annual Performace Report:  Sunday Dove will be assisting with the completion of the Annual Performance Report (APR), a yearly requirement for all projects. Sunday has extensive experience with federal grant reporting and formerly worked as part of different research teams at Juniper Gardens Children's Project (KU). Welcome Sunday!

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.



April 8 Parent Meetup brochure


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    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


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