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Survey on the Assessment of Communication and Cognitive Skills in 2-8 Year Old Children who are Deafblind

By Charity Rowland, Ph.D., Oregon Health and Sciences University
Email: rowlandc@ohsu.edu, Phone: 503-238-4030 ext. 115

Abstract: Request for participants to complete a survey on assessment of communication and cognitive skills as a part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Key Words: News & Views, blind, deafblind, survey, asssessment, communication, cognitive skills

Oregon Health & Science University, under the direction of Dr. Charity Rowland, has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to study and validate methods for assessing the communication and cognitive skills of 2-8 year old children who are deafblind. This is a collaborative effort with Dr. Deborah Chen (California State University, Northridge), Dr. Harvey Mar (St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital and Columbia University, New York), Dr. Robert Stillman (University of Texas at Dallas) and the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind.

We are currently distributing surveys to parents and professionals who have recent experience in the assessment of 2-8 year old children who are deafblind. We are seeking a nationwide sample of parents and professionals to provide information about the assessment process in general and about specific assessments that they recommend. The surveys are estimated to take about 35 minutes to complete. The survey information is collected without identifying information. A $20.00 gift certificate is provided to those who (separately) provide a mailing address.

If you would like to suggest individuals to participate in the survey or would like to participate yourself, please contact me. I can either mail surveys directly to names/addresses that you provide or I can mail them to you for you to distribute. In either case, the surveys are returned to us without any identifying information, so we do not know who completed them. Thank you for considering this request.

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