**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
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
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
- 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.
PARENT MEET UP IN WICHITA APRIL 8TH, 2016 @ 6:00
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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