Technical Assistance Form
What is Technical Assistance?
The Project provides technical assistance to families, parents, and service providers who work with children who are Deaf-Blind. Regional outreach Technical Assistants from the North Dakota School for the Deaf and North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind provide the support.
Technical Assistance may include:
- Workshops and conferences that target issues related to specific Deaf-Blind areas for parents, families, and professionals
- Consultations in the home to families, at school to educational and related service staff, or by telephone for referral, information, and support
- Assistance in the identification of children and youth who are Deaf-Blind
- Development of new service delivery procedures and strategies that result in systems change
- Information dissemination through the D-B Informer, and books and videotapes from the Resource Library in Devils Lake
- Financial support for participation in training opportunities; and
- Help in building partnerships with parents, families, and the local community.
Topics for Technical Assistance may consist of instructional strategies, early intervention, medical issues, communication, audiology, sign language, orientation and mobility, and transition.
Following the provision of Technical Assistance to families and service providers, the Project Director evaluates these services. The evaluation will help us gain information regarding the quality, relevance, and usefulness of the project services and are reported federal authorities.
What is the Deaf-Blind Census?
It is the responsibility of the North Dakota Dual Sensory Project to maintain a census of the number of children and youth who are Deaf-Blind. This data is used to help determine funding the State will receive to support Technical Assistance, services, and training. The Census consists of demographic information (i.e., date of birth, gender, home special educational unit) and descriptive information such as cause of Deaf-Blindness of each individual with Dual Sensory impairments between birth and 21 years of age. There are approximately 30-40 children on the North Dakota Deaf-Blind Census.
The individuals are served in a variety of home and educational settings across the state. It is essential that children with combined hearing and vision impairments be identified so their unique needs can be met. State and federal agencies track information of the students while they are in school and after graduation.
A family member or professional, working with the individual may refer a child by contacting the ND Dual Sensory Project.
North Dakota Dual Sensory Project
Sherri Nelson, Director
1321 S. 23rd St., Suite A
Fargo, ND 58103