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D jay gense mark schalock ncdb teaching research institute western oregon university

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 – Improve Identification of Infants and Toddlers with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss “the big picture in 2013”

  • General Demographics

    • # of children

    • Disability variance

    • Etiologies

    • Living & Education Settings

  • National TA model


  • Overview early identification referral initiative
    Overview: Improve Identification of Infants and Toddlers with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss 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 2007-2011

    Process includes

    • Data analysis

    • Reflection

    • Issues to consider

    • Effective strategies

    • Targeted action


    D jay gense mark schalock ncdb teaching research institute western oregon university
    Example page from the data analysis section of the Early Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide


    Initial implementation
    Initial Implementation Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide

    • Adopted more narrow focus

    • Final web-based product developed in collaboration with ten pilot states

    • Informed by evaluation data

    • Development of detailed planning guide


    Initial implementation1
    Initial Implementation Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide

    Provided framework that includes

    • Four key practices

    • Descriptors of each practice

    • Considerations for implementation

    • Resources and Examples


    Implementation intensive ta
    Implementation: Intensive TA Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide

    • 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 Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide

    • 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 Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide

    • 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 Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide

    • 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


    Initial outcomes1
    Initial Outcomes Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide

    • 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 Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide

    • 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 Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide

    • 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 Identification and referral Self-Assessment Guide

    D. Jay Gense, Director

    gensej@wou.edu or 503-838-8390

    Barbara Purvis, Team Lead, Early Identification and Referral Initiative

    barbara.purvis@hknc.org or 913-677-4562

    Mark Schalock, Evaluation Specialist

    schalom@wou.edu or 503-838-8777