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Virginia Project for Children and Youth with Deaf-Blindness

Overview

The Virginia Project for Children and Youth with Deaf-Blindness is a statewide program designed to provide technical assistance, training, distance education, and networking information to families, service providers, and individuals birth through 21, who are deaf-blind/dual sensory impaired. A toll free number (877) 295-7799 and an interactive web site are available to families, service providers, and others interested in obtaining and sharing information statewide. Basic demographic and statistical information is maintained on individuals (grant regulations - National Deaf-Blind Census), birth through 21 years old throughout the State to assist with identification of needs for program development, training and research. Project personnel work closely with State and local agencies to coordinate service delivery, disseminate information regarding optimal practice interventions and facilitate improved outcomes by children and youth who are deaf-blind.

Major Activities

  • To develop and implement an early intervention focused child find process while revising and increasing the accuracy of the census
  • Increase the numbers of service providers trained in effective practices as identified by needs
  • Increase the numbers of family members trained in effective practices as identified by needs assessment
  • Increase the use of effective practices to transition children into Early Childhood services and young adults into adult services
  • Develop and implement an outcomes-based evaluation model

Contact

Project Director, Vacant
Valerie Luther, Consumer Outreach Specialist, at (804)827-0195, valuther@vcu.edu

Web Address: Virginia Project for Children and Youth with Deaf-Blindness

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