About the Texas Deafblind Outreach Project
The Texas Deafblind Outreach Project is a federally funded (National Technical Assistance and Dissemination Center for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind CFDA No. 84.326T) technical assistance program focused on services for children and youth with deafblindness (birth thru 21). The Project provides information, support and training for families, professionals, paraprofessionals, and community members in Texas.
Our staff includes consultants with many years of experience in the field of deafblindness. They divide their focus to address the needs of the family, staff serving infants and preschool-aged students, and staff serving students 6-22 years of age.
Texas Deafblind Project Grant Goals for 2013-2018:
- Students who are deafblind will have improved academic and social outcomes through provision of high quality technical assistance. Examples of technical assistance provided include face-to-face consultations and trainings, web based trainings, on-line resources, and the TX SenseAbilities newsletter.
- Families from diverse cultures will have information, leadership skills and support to successfully advocate on behalf of children and young adults who are deafblind. Family engagement is provided as an integral part of our services, including individual consultations, family leadership trainings, and cooperative relationships with family organizations.
- Teams will use evidence-based practices to improve post-school outcomes for students who are deafblind. Evidence based practices are used to provide support during school consultations, workshops specific to Transition, and trainings for community service providers.
- Texas will promote evidence-based policies and practices, and increased availability of qualified deafblind specific personnel. Qualified deafblind specific personnel include Home and Community Interveners, Educational Interveners, and Teachers of Students with Deafblindness.
- Texas students will be identified through an annual National Child Count of Children who are deafblind The TSBVI Outreach Program provides training on appropriate identification of children who are deafblind. We also collect and disseminate data from the DB Child Count.