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.




    

October Tidbit 

Communication Resources:

Gathered by Dinell Smith

 Teaching children with deaf-blindness how to communicate can be very challenging. Below are some great websites that will help you find ideas and solutions for teaching communication at any level, whether they are at a prelinguistic, emergent, or symbolic level.

1. The KS Deaf-Blind Project website has numerous PowerPoint Presentations and handouts on Communication found here.

2.  NCDB Library has a large collection of articles, learning modules, presentations, webinars and videos on the subject of Communication.

3. Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss  a wonderful continuum showing the stages of development for learning Literacy skills that lead to communication. Here is a webinar that was presented as an overview to tell you about this website. On the Homepage, click on the Red Colored Box in the middle of the page that says, "Literacy Skills Checklist" to see how this document correlates with the website to find where to go next and what to work on next. Under the section of "Shifting the Perspective" make sure to click on the "Continuum" for a nice timeline of Literacy Development skills that is helpful to see.

4. Paths To Literacy website offers many great strategies, resources, activities and ideas galore. There are several different ways to look at this website. You can go to the Menu to see the different Content Areas to search. Or you can go across the top bars and look at the various categories like "Strategies," "Resources" and “Technology” for so many great ideas.

Any time that you are looking for information on a specific subject, don’t hesitate to contact one of the staff at the KS Deaf-Blind Project for assistance.

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

https://nationaldb.org/library/page/2427


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