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Using Evidence-based Strategies and Technical Assistance to Improve Identification of Infants and Toddlers with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss . D. Jay Gense & Mark Schalock NCDB: Teaching Research Institute, Western Oregon University Barbara Purvis NCDB: Helen Keller National Center.

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Using Evidence-based Strategies and Technical Assistance to Improve Identification of Infants and Toddlers with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

D. Jay Gense & Mark Schalock

NCDB: Teaching Research Institute, Western Oregon University

Barbara Purvis

NCDB: Helen Keller National Center

www.nationaldb.org

deaf blindness the big picture in 2013
Deaf-Blindness –“the big picture in 2013”
  • General Demographics
      • # of children
      • Disability variance
      • Etiologies
      • Living & Education Settings
  • National TA model
overview early identification referral initiative
Overview: Early Identification & Referral Initiative
  • Identifying the need
  • Response
  • Implementation strategies
  • Tools for TA
early identification and referral self assessment guide
Early Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide

Process includes

  • Data analysis
  • Reflection
  • Issues to consider
  • Effective strategies
  • Targeted action
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Example page from the data analysis section of the Early Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide
initial implementation
Initial Implementation
  • Adopted more narrow focus
  • Final web-based product developed in collaboration with ten pilot states
  • Informed by evaluation data
  • Development of detailed planning guide
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Initial Implementation

Provided framework that includes

  • Four key practices
  • Descriptors of each practice
  • Considerations for implementation
  • Resources and Examples
implementation intensive ta
Implementation: Intensive TA
  • Initial group of ten pilot states
  • Eight additional states currently
  • Included TA around key evidence based practices
  • Ongoing TA for groups addressing a targeted issue or system
implementation universal ta
Implementation: Universal TA
  • Access to the Guide via NCDB website
  • Announcements via email, web and social media
  • Introductory webinar
  • Article written by pilot state
  • Access to EI&R Team for questions
implementation targeted ta
Implementation : Targeted TA
  • Self-populating data tables
  • Access to EI&R Team throughout self-assessment process
  • Consultation available on request
  • Toolbox of resources
  • Promotes network-wide discussion
initial outcomes
Initial Outcomes
  • More targeted approach to EI&R issues and systems
  • National access to collaboratively developed web-based product
  • At least 21 states implementing a data based decision making process
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Initial Outcomes
  • Eighteen states implementing evidence based practices to improve effectiveness
  • Core group of ten states committed to developing targeted materials to promote a consistent national effort
  • Increased number of infants and toddlers referred to State Deaf-Blind Projects
next steps
Next Steps
  • Promote and facilitate use of Self Assessment Guide among additional State Deaf-Blind Projects
  • Ongoing expansion of Toolbox
  • Expanded EI&R Team for TA delivery
  • Create online opportunities for network-wide discussion and problem solving
questions discussion
Questions/discussion
  • What can we do to facilitate constituents’ use of data to address challenges?
  • How might TA Centers within and beyond OSEP better collaborate to support early identification and referral efforts?
ncdb contact information
NCDB Contact Information

D. Jay Gense, Director

[email protected] or 503-838-8390

Barbara Purvis, Team Lead, Early Identification and Referral Initiative

[email protected] or 913-677-4562

Mark Schalock, Evaluation Specialist

[email protected] or 503-838-8777

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