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.


Summer Tidbit 

Kansas Deaf-Blind Summer Tidbit of the Month:

Prepared by Dinell Smith, KS DB Family Specialist

Learning shouldn’t stop in the summertime, so here are some ideas to keep your child busy and engaged in learning throughout the summer while having fun too!


        1.       Paths to Literacy offers a variety of ideas for summer activities for learners with blindess or               visual impairmens just by searching the word “Summer.” One of them can be found here                  called,  "Honoring the Summer Solstice"

        2.     When it gets too hot to go outside, here’s a fun game that you can create using scents to                  play matching games. Get creative and come up with your own scents to add.

             “Ten Scents of Christmas Sensory Cards”

        3.     Writing Prompts for Summer Journals” has some wonderful ideas to get you started on                practicing reading and writing and other Literacy skills throughout the summer months. I’m                   sure you could think of some more great questions to add to this list.

        4.    How about “25 At-Home Science Experiments” for some learning fun?

        5.    Cooking is always a fun way to learn reading, math and science skills. Families Together                   has some great “Picture Recipes” for kids.

        6.    Gardening is another great way to learn and have fun during the summer. You can plan a                   large or small garden, inside or out. So many choices. Here’s an article on

               “A Beginners Guide to Gardening with Kids.”

        7.    I think most of us have fond memories of the great Tents and Forts that we created in the                  living room using blankets and chairs or possibly in the backyard. Find those old sheets and               blankets and get started!

        8.    Don’t forget that you can visit your local library, zoo, parks, and so much more. Get out and                Explore! 

    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