What is Technical Assistance? It is another way of saying "help" or "information" – in this case, Project Reach provides help and information for individuals supporting children and youth with deaf-blindness. This Project Reach Brochure 2021 provides some basic information, and the Menu of School-Based Services and Menu of Family Services provide more details.
Project Reach offers a wide variety of types of technical assistance designed to meet a wide variety of needs and support the largest number of people possible. What might work for you?
General technical assistance
This is for people looking for general information. ANY person might use general information! Examples include newsletters, links to other groups and topics related to DeafBlindness. It may also include free materials you can download, or requesting materials from our library.
Targeted technical assistance
This is for people that have a child or student with DeafBlindness in their life, or are likely to in the future. These services require some degree of commitment from both Project Reach and the participants. Examples of activities include taking distance trainings that last a few weeks, attending conferences where Project Reach will be presenting, ongoing distance consultation with a DeafBlind Specialist or Family Engagement Coordinator, family contacts at targeted ages, the annual family conference, webinars, and other activities.
Current offerings can be found in the "What's New" section of the website.
Intensive technical assistance
Project Reach does not provide early intervention services, but we provide support for families and service providers in the early intervention services. This brochure describes the role of Project Reach in early intervention. To refer an infant or toddler for eligibility or technical assistance, please use the Referral for Eligibility Form and the Request for Technical Assistance form.
Federal Child Count
Every state deaf-blind project is required to provide data to the National Deaf-Blind Child Count. This National Child Count is used to identify national and state technical assistance needs for children and youth who are DeafBlind, their families and the service providers and systems which serve them. https://www.nationaldb.org/info-center/national-child-count/, retrieved 11/19/20). Child Count information is also used to identify research needs, in developing personnel preparation programs, and in targeting national and state product development and dissemination activities. The information is reported with a code number, NO NAMES ARE USED IN REPORTING. A letter from Louise Triploi, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Project Officer for Illinois, explaining the importance of this process and the partnership Project Reach is requesting from families and educational entities to accurately reflect the early intervention and educational situations of our Illinois children and youth can be found here.
Technical assistance may be requested on many topics. The most common topics requested include:
- Prelinguistic Communication Skills
- Emergent Communicator Skills
- Proficient Communicator Skills
- Access to Instruction/the General Education Curriculum
- Concept Development
- Meaningful Social Connections
- Components of IFSP/IEP
- Instructional Strategies
- Assessment Strategies
- Assistive Technology
- Literacy (Emergent to Advanced)
- Transition Planning - Early Intervention to Early Childhood
- Transition - Post-secondary (14-21)
If your agency may potentially serve children and youth who are deaf-blind, you are eligible for free technical assistance from Project Reach. Please take a moment to fill out the Educator Needs Assessment Survey so we can keep current with state needs and address your professional development priorities.