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.


Opportunities! Opportunities!



October 24, 2014

at the Instructional Resource Center (Olathe School District)

14090 Black Bob Road

Olathe, KS 66062

8:30 am -3:30 pm

Dr. Susan Bashinski from Missouri Western State University will present Accommodating the Receptive and Receptive Communication Needs of a Learner with Deaf-Blindness and/or Complex Disabilities During Assessment.  Participants will be come familiar with a process for examining a learner's receptive and expressive communication needs and planning to accommodate these during the assessment process. Discussion will include necessary considerations regarding a learner's sensory and motor skills/needs, and ways in which these facilitate or inhibit a learner's effective communication.  The workshop will focus on school age learners. Registration is limited.  Register today!  

For more information contact Rebecca Obold-Geary roboldgeary@kssdb.org or Megan Cote mcote@kssdb.org.

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 10, 2014, 11:05 AM
Rebecca Obold-Geary,
Sep 10, 2014, 11:05 AM