The Kansas Deaf-Blind Project remains firmly committed to providing technical assistance, training, resources, and products for identified children and young adults (birth-21 years old), their parents/families and educators through the collaboration of various and private agencies, universities, national projects, and local education agencies. Project activities are designed to engage students, parents/families, and educators by offering a variety of services, supports, and linkages to systems that provide assistance to children and young adults who are deaf-blind. Through these collaborative partnerships the Kansas Deaf-Blind Project will ultimately lead to improved student, family, and educator outcomes, in the least restrictive environment possible.
- Free technical assistance for parents, educators, and early intervention personnel by project personnel and other consultants.
- Web-based family and school team support.
- Assistance in locating children and young adults who may have both a vision and a hearing loss.
- In-service training on specific content areas as determined by needs assessment data.
- Ongoing Sparkle training for families of children who are deaf-blind.
- Annual training for parents and service providers.
- Scholarships for intervener training.
- 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.
- Family Scholarships for education and training for parents/family members who have a child with deaf-blindness.
- 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 Ushers syndrome.
- Ongoing collaboration with various agencies to expand services for children who are deaf-blind.
Why get your child/student identified as having vision and hearing losses?
- A child who is certified with deaf-blindness is able to receive free services to the educational team and family provided by the Kansas Deaf-Blind Project.
- Additionally, when a child is certified he/she is eligible to receive funds from the Kansas State Deaf-Blind Fund, administered by the Kansas State Department of Education.
- For additional information go to: www.kansasdeafblind.ku.edu.
This project is addressing the need for customized field-based technical assistance and professional development for educational teams across Kansas.
This project is working to establish a database to facilitate more informed decision-making by families considering a cochlear implant for their child who has both hearing and vision loss
This project is investigating the effectiveness of adapted prelinguistic milieu teaching strategies for improving the use of conventional gestures and vocalizations by young children with deaf-blindness