Collaborative Partnerships to Enhance Services for Children with Disabilities and their Families • Welcome and introductions • SpecialQuest history • www.specialquest.org • SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library
NM Head Start Collaboration Office NM Public Education Department , Special Education Bureau NM Department of Health, Family Infant Toddler Program NM Children, Youth and Families Department, Office of Child Development NM Early Childhood Higher Education Task Force UNM/Center for Development and Disability Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) NM SpecialQuest Community Graduates: Alamo Navajo Early Childhood Center and La Clinica de Familia Early Head Start Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) NM Association for the Education of Young Children NM Governor's Commission on Disability NM School for the Blind and Visually Impaired NM School for the Deaf NM State Leadership Team Partners
NM SpecialQuest Vision • All families of young children (birth through five) receive quality supports, services, and systems of care that are accessible to all groups, respectful of individual and family choice, child and family centered, culturally competent and within community-based systems, which work together to enhance positive outcomes for families and children in New Mexico.
Working Together to Impact Policy & Funding • Crosswalk regulations • RFP requiring inclusive practices • Clarify responsibilities on Indian land • SpecialQuest in Governor’s initiatives
Inventory NM resources on inclusion Brochure Develop & provide training at local, state & national levels Working Together to CoordinateTraining on Inclusion
SpecialQuest Birth-Five Community Team MeetingAugust 5, 2008 The following agencies were represented: La Clínica de Familia Early Head Start Tresco TOTS Aprendamos Intervention Team MECA Therapies LLC Dona Ana County Head Start HELP New Mexico, Inc. • Las Cruces Public Schools Head Start • Las Cruces Public Schools DD Pre-School • SpecialQuest Graduate • Judi Lujan • Parents Reaching Out • La Vida Institute • La Clínica de Familia Healthy Start
OVERVIEW OF “COMMUNITY PERCEPTIONS OF INCLUSIVE PRACTICES” • Including Children Birth-Five with Disabilities, • Involving Families of Young Children with Disabilities, • Providing Integrated Services to Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with Disabilities, and • Supporting Implementation and Sustainability.
Phase 1Strengths as a Community • Value families as partners and decision makers • Transition Teams in place • Agencies working together toward a common goal
Phase 1“Cause to Pause” • Team recognized the need for a unified effort to increase inclusive practices in our community. • Team recognized the need to formalize a community plan within Dona Ana County. • Team recognized the need to involve key players in Dona Ana County.
SpecialQuest Birth-Five Las Cruces Community Team Meeting November 18, 2008
Action Plan Ideas • Create a Vision Statement • Learn more about each other’s programs • Learn more about SpecialQuest resources • Strengthen our SpecialQuest team • Collaborate for future funding/grant opportunities
Action Plan Ideas Increase participation on SpecialQuest team: • Families • New Mexico State University Professors • Gadsden Independent School District • Hatch Municipal Schools
Action Plan Ideas Enhance Collaboration: • Training on Inclusive practices • Training on Early Childhood topics • Shared list serve for SpecialQuest Community Team
Vision Statement All children in Doña Ana County, age birth to five, have access to inclusive educational and social environments. Our mission is to establish meaningful partnerships to enhance and integrate systems with access to a broad range of services.
Guided Viewing: In Concert • How did they identify partners and build relationships? • What strategies did they use to gather & share information? • How did they work together to develop & coordinate plans? • How did they implement plans?
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What Can You Do to Support Inclusive Practices? Together We’re Better! Join the QUEST!