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National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness. National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness. Understand the components and services of the national consortium Understand the connections and inter-related links to services and resources for DB students, families, and professionals

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National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

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National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

  • Understand the components and services of the national consortium

  • Understand the connections and inter-related links to services and resources for DB students, families, and professionals

  • Understand NCDB’s commitment to a leadership role in DB personnel training

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NCDB Mission

“To collaborate with other projects, organizations and agencies to build the capacity of families, services providers and systems throughout the nation in service of the highest possible quality of life for children and youth who are deaf-blind.”

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NCDB Objectives

1.Communicate, collaborate and form partnerships

2. Implement an ongoing, multi-level needs assessment

3. Provide national leadership in the implementation of evidence-based practices

4. Implement an array of technical assistance and personnel training

5. Utilize partnerships to build the capacity of youth and families to promote empowerment and self-advocacy

6. Provide national leadership to promote personnel training to address the shortage of leadership and highly qualified personnel

7. Identify, collect, organize and disseminate information related to deaf-blindness

8. Expand the utilization of information resources by developing and disseminating accessible products

9. Implement a comprehensive system of evaluation

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NCDB Model

  • Evolutionary model based on 50 years of DB work

  • Collaborative partnerships and relationships

  • Consistent focus to improve services

  • Out-of-the-box thinking and planning

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Personnel Training

Technical Assistance

DB-LINK Info Services

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NCDB’s Technical Assistance

TA services are delivered through a combination of three types of activities:

  • State specific TA & training

  • Multi-state TA & training

  • National TA & training

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Functions of DB-LINK

  • Identify & organize information

  • Create & manage databases

  • Provide personalized inquiry-response

  • Coordinate dissemination

  • Develop & maintain website and products

  • Serve technical assistance providers

  • Collaborate nationwide

  • Provides largest and only DB clearinghouse in nation

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and agencies


State DB projects

Individuals who are deaf-blind

Communities of



Legal professionals

Medical professionals

Psychological professionals

Social service programs


Voc Rehab

General public

Rehab programs

OSEP TA/D projects



Related service


Info centers

Information Services

Technical Assistance

Personnel Training

Information Services and Dissemination

Information Services

Technical Assistance

Personnel Training

Information/Knowledge Management

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Personnel Training

  • Desired Outcome

    • Facilitate development of national personnel training and leadership consortium

  • Partners

    • 14 universities offering some level of training in deaf-blindness to service providers

  • Activity

    • 3 meetings; 4 conference calls; many emails!

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Personnel Training

System Outcomes

  • Development and submission of teacher and intervener competencies to CEC for program accreditation

  • Development and submission of collaborative low incidence personnel preparation grant to increase number of highly qualified teachers

  • Development of research design matrix to categorize research-based and evidence-based practices in the field

  • Development of strong, ongoing collaborative relationships across programs and faculty

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NCDB Personnel Prep Consortium

Work on Deaf Blindness was provided a forum through NCDB to move critical efforts forward.

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NCDB Personnel Prep Consortium

GOAL: Provide leadership in personnel training in the field of deaf-blindness.

1. National personnel training and leadership consortium

2. Personnel training activities

3. Collaboration with Personnel preparation programs

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Planned and Accomplished

Deaf Blind competencies for interveners and teachers submitted to Council for Exceptional Children

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Deaf Blind Research

  • IN PROCESS: Planning, collecting, and organizing research to assess what has been done and what needs to be investigated.

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IN PROCESS Web-Based Repository

  • Video clips

  • Web resource sharing

  • Evidence-based resources

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RESULTS: Helen Keller Fellows Project

  • OSEP Combined Priority for Personnel Preparation Grant

  • Improve the quality and increase the number of personnel in chronic shortage area

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Focus of HK Fellows

  • Increase teacher leadership in deaf blindness

  • Network across the nation

  • Learn from DB experts

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Each Year Each Cohort

  • Participates in webinars

  • Attends DB Topical

  • Attends DB Leadership Seminar

  • Interns with State DB Project

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Outcome of HK Fellows

Through the opportunities to meet, interact, and work with current experts in the field of deaf blindness Four Cohorts will be encouraged and mentored as new DB leaders.

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Importance of this Model

  • May be able to replicate it in other low incidence areas.

  • Demonstrates collaboration across universities and states.

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Boston College

East Carolina U

Hunter College of City U of NY

San Francisco

State U

Texas Tech U

U of New Orleans

Dr. Susan Bruce, 617.552.4180,

Dr. Susan Bashinski, 252.737.1705,

Dr. Roseanne Silberman, 212.772.4740,

Liz Hartmann, 415.867.8948,

Dr. Roseanna Davidson, 806.742.1997,

Dr. Bill Sharpton, 504.280.1398,

University Resources

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U of Alabama – Birmingham

U of Arizona

U of Southern Mississippi

Utah State

U of Utah

Dr. Mary Jean Sanspree, 205.934.6723,

Dr. Stephanie MacFarland, 520.621.5165,

Dr. Linda McDowell, 601.606.8040,

Linda Alsop, 435.797.5598,

Dr. Cathy Nelson, 801.585.3260,

University Resources

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AK-Patrick Pillai, 907.562.7372,

AL-Mary Jean Sanspree, 205.934.6723,

AR-Martha Kay Asti, 501.682.4248,

AZ-Cindi Robinson, 520.770.3861,

CA-Maurice Belote, 415.405.7558,

CO-Tanni Anthony, 303.866.6681,

DE-Peggy Lashbrook, 302.454.2305,

FL-Dr. Regina Bussing, 352.273.7550,

GA-Dr. Kathryn Heller, 404.413.8040,

HI-Jessica Lundblad, 808.222.8466,

State and Multi-State DB Projects

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IA-Patrick Clancy, 319.472.5221,

ID- Robin Greenfield, 208.364.4012,

IL-Tina Lechnick, 630.790.2474,

IN-Karen Goehl, 812.237.2827,

KS-Diane Haynes, 502.777.6235,

LA-Joyce Russo, 225.3423640,

MA-Tracy Evans Luiselli, 617.972.7517,

MD-Dianne Kelly, 301.405.7915,

MI-Beth Kennedy, 989. 774.2725,

MN-Sally Prouty, 612.638.1525,

State and Multi-State DB Projects

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MO-Jennie Mascheck, 314.776.4320,

MS-Dr. Linda McDowell, 601.266.5135,

MT-Gail McGregor, 406.243.2348,

NC-Chris Jones, 919.807.3243,

ND-Sherri Nelson, 701.795.2730,

NE-Teresa Coonts, 402.595.1810,

NJ-Jerry Petroff, 609.771.2998,

NM-Molly McLaughlin, 505 272.4349,

NV-MaryAnn Demchak, 775.784.6471,

NY-Sam Morgan, 718.997.4853,

OH-Thomas Stephens, 614.785.1163,

State and Multi-State DB Projects

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OK-Jan Watts, 405.325.0441,

OR-Lyn Ayer, 503.838.8328,

PA-Juli Baumgarner, 412.826.2338,

RI-Susan Dell, 401.456.8557,

SC-Carol Mabry, 803.734.8222,

SD-Rose Moehring, 605.357.1437,

TN-Jennifer Vick, 615.936.3329,

TX-Cyral Miller, 512.206.9242,

UT-Darla Fowers, 801.629.4730,

VA- Peggy Sinclair, 804.827.2377,

VT-Susan Edelman, 802.656.8554,

WA-Nancy Hatfield, 425.917.7828,

State and Multi-State DB Projects

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WI-Marcy Dicker, 262.787.9540,

WV-Annette Carey, 304.558.2696,

WY-Joanne Whitson, 307.324.5333,

PR-Marta Sanabria, 787.753.7981,

VI-Jill Singer, 340.776.5802,

State and Multi-State DB Projects

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Background of NCDB

Combined efforts:

  • The Teaching Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University

  • Helen Keller National Center (HKNC)

  • Hilton-Perkins Program at Perkins School for the Blind

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  • The Teaching Research Institute has conceived, led, managed and elevated technical assistance, dissemination, symposia and product development activities in the area of deaf blindness for three decades.

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  • Helen Keller National Center has provided national leadership in deaf-blindness and services to youth and adults who are deaf-blind since it was established by Congress in 1967.

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Have operated the National Technical Assistance Consortium for Children and Young Adults who Deaf-Blind (NTAC)

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Perkins School for the Blind

  • Perkins School for the Blind has served children who are deaf-blind for more than 150 years and operates the Hilton/Perkins Program, which provides consultation, training and technical assistance related to deaf-blindness throughout the nation and in developing countries.

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TRI, HKNC, Perkins

Have operated the National Information Clearinghouse on Children and Youth who are Deaf-Blind (DB-LINK)

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s to information


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Further information, please contact:

Dr. Christina Reagle

Teaching Research Institute


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