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1. The Importance ofInteragency Collaborationby Early Intervention Programs
3. The Importance of Interagency Collaboration by Early Intervention Programs Ruth F. Howell, Ed.D., Director
Early Intervention Department
Maryland School for the Deaf
P.O. Box 894, Columbia, MD 21044-0894
4. FE / EI Snapshot Established in 1968 by the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) which has two campuses: Frederick and Columbia
Presently serves more than 80 children between ages of birth to five
5. Primary Purpose ofthe Program To establish communication between deaf children and their families
6. Who Is Eligible? All deaf and hard of hearing children and their families are eligible
However, the child and the family must be Maryland residents
7. Program Design Home-based and center-based
Includes all 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City
8. Services to Children Special instruction: home- and school-based
Speech therapy: center-based
9. Services to Children Hearing aid loaner bank information
Cochlear implants / services for hard of hearing children
Children with additional disabilities
Referrals to outside resources as needed
10. Services to Parents /Extended Family Home visits: focus on individual needs of each family
Instruction in American Sign Language
Parent rights: IDEA, NCLB, ADA
11. Services to Parents /Extended Family Behavior management
Access to available resources
Early literacy and language development
12. Parent / Family Services Parent meetings on campus
Regional parent meetings
Extended family: e.g., siblings, grandparents
Child care providers
13. Networking with Other Agencies Local Infants and Toddlers programs
Local Health Departments
Public and private agencies: e.g., DSS
Hospitals / audiologists / cochlear implant centers
14. Interagency Agreement Process Developed interagency agreement with Maryland Infants and Toddlers program
Developed interagency agreements with each of the local infants and toddlers programs throughout Maryland
15. Characteristics of Agreements Agreements:
vary by county
are amended as needed
define how the local ITP and MSD will work collaboratively
16. Characteristics of Agreements Examples related to:
Provision of services
Reciprocity for referrals
Coordinating paperwork such as IFSPs
17. Characteristics of Agreements Interagency agreements do NOT require exchange of funds. They are collaborative.
18. Advantages of Collaboration Parents take advantage of both state and local services.
Low incidence of deafness?generic early interventionists may not be familiar with deafness.
19. Cross Trainingfor Service Providers WMEITC design
Western Maryland Early Intervention Training Consortium
Pool resources to bring in trainers for specific topics.
Identify strengths of service providers; share resources.
20. Sharing Resources Examples include:
Conducting assessments / sharing results
Compensating for the lack of teachers of the deaf in some local ITPs
Trading resources such as foreign interpreters or sign language interpreters
Identifying appropriate service providers to meet needs of the child and family
21. Advantages ofSharing Resources Parents can access a myriad of services.
Parents see deaf / hearing partnerships.
Can combine resources regionally when there is a low incidence of deafness
Families in nearby counties can meet and interact.
22. Advantages ofSharing Resources It reduces stress for families.
Service providers develop relationships among agencies.
It offers better coordination of services.
It offers additional resources for families.
23. Advantages ofSharing Resources Service providers learn from each other.
It creates an atmosphere of teamwork.
Interagency collaboration is a
situation for families.