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.

June Tidbits

Take a look!!!  Dinell Smith, our Kansas Deaf-Blind Family Specialist, has offered a few resources for the summer.   Below are a few ideas for starters and she will be posting more on Facebook.  You’ll want to see the rest all summer.

·         Make an Experience Book or an Object Book to read and communicate. Here are some examples of how to make an Object Book  (http://www.unr.edu/ndsip/tipsheets/makingobjectbooks.pdf  ) and how to make Experience Books.  (http://www.wsdsonline.org/video-library/deaf-blind-videos/experience-books/ )

·         See the website 36 Fun Summer Activities for Kids Who are Blind or Multiply Disabled  (http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/summer-activities-blind-children ) by Perkins’ Wonder Baby.org

·         Ability Path.org has a nice list of the Top Ten Summer activities For Kids With Special Needs. (http://www.abilitypath.org/health-daily-care/daily-care/playing/top-ten-summer-activities-special-needs.html )

·         Check out the FREE Curriculum from N2Y Unique Learning System for Summer (you must register first). https://www.n2y.com/products/unique/summerRegistration.aspx

Included in the FREE Summer Curriculum, you’ll get 30 Lessons that contain books on several reading levels. The lower level books offer tons of symbol support for the non-readers, to a middle level with some picture symbols, and a higher level with words only. Each story also contains many additional supports like recipes, communication boards, additional  stories, arts and craft activities, social studies lessons and science lessons that all go along with the story. These will not be available after summer is over, so make sure to save them for the future!

·         Download FREE books from Chapel Hill Snippets: http://chapelhillsnippets.blogspot.com/p/free-materials-to-download-and-print.html

                                             A June Bonus!

June 22-28 is the 30th Anniversary of Helen Keller Awareness Week .  Join us on Tuesday, June 24 at 2:00 CST to hear a panel discussion about the impact of technology on the lives of persons with deaf-blindness.  Our own Dinell Smith along with Maricar Marquez with Helen Keller National Cener and Betsy McGinnity from Perkins will be presenting.  For more information on joining the webinar see the National Center on Deaf-Blindness website