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.


December Tidbit 


The term “Intervener” is being heard more and more, but what exactly is it? An Intervener is a person who works consistently one-to-one with an individual who is deafblind, and has training and specialized skills in deafblindness. To learn more about deafblindness and how it impacts the learning of a child, the role of an Intervener for a child with deafblindness, how to become a Nationally Credentialed Intervener, and much more, please visit this website:  www.intervener.org  You can also watch some video clips from parents talking about how important an Intervener has been to their child’s learning.

Interveners are being recognized more across the country as the bridge to the world for a person with deafblindness, not only in schools, but also in the home and community setting. Here is information on the importance of the Role of the Intervener in the Home and Community across the Life Span and includes videos, a webinar, presentations and more related info: http://nationaldb.org/library/page/2495 

Due to the increased awareness of the importance of Interveners, there are changes coming on a National level to expand opportunities for Interveners to obtain a state or national certificate or credential. Here’s more info on this great step forward in the right direction: https://nationaldb.org/blog/post/36

Here is a national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge and skills related to intervention. It is called Open Hands Open Access Intervener Learning Modules and can be accessed for FREE. These can be found here: https://nationaldb.org/ohoa   with additional information found here in their webinar: http://nationaldb.org/library/page/2271

The Kansas Deaf-Blind Project has partnered with the KS Department of Education (KSDE) to offer someone the opportunity to take online classes to become a trained Intervener, with the option of becoming Nationally Credentialed. View the Kansas Deaf-Blind Project website for more info: http://kansasdeafblind.kssdb.org/services/training/intervener

A quick search in the website for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness shows many more articles on the subject of Interveners: http://nationaldb.org/library/search/?search=intervener&format=json 

Kansas is a leader in providing intervention services with Nationally Credentialed Interveners in the state.  Stay tuned to training opportunities in the spring of 2015.

     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