About the Oregon Deafblind Project
The Oregon Deafblind Project is a federally-funded Technical Assistance and Dissemination project. The Project provides technical assistance, training, and information to enhance services for children in Oregon who are deafblind. The project serves children from birth through age 21 years. Technical assistance and support to IEP teams serving students who are deafblind enables the teams to implement the highly specialized services needed in the provision of a free, appropriate, public education for learners who are deafblind, residing in Oregon. Students eligible to receive services through the Project must meet the federal definition of Deafblindness:
"Children and youth having auditory and visual impairments, the combination of which creates such severe communication and other developmental and learning needs that they cannot be appropriately educated without special education and related services, beyond those that would be provided solely for children with hearing impairments, visual impairments, or severe disabilities, to address their educational needs due to these concurrent disabilities."
The project provides services at no cost to districts and families of children considered "eligible" by an IFSP or IEP team. (See The Oregon Deafblind Project's Eligibility Factsheet. In order to receive technical assistance a child should be registered with the project. A Child Registry form must be submitted to the Oregon Deafblind Project's director. This will officially register the child with the project. Once the form has been submitted, a family, district team, or other service-provider groups can request technical assistance, including the Workshop series training. Please note that requests for service are honored on a first-come-first-served basis.
Information is disseminated through a variety of formats. These include:
- The Oregon Deafblind Project Newsletter is distributed quarterly widely via e-mail or via regular mail.
- New families are provided with information that is relevant to their child, including materials that have been provided to other Parents/Families in the state. These materials will vary according to the needs of the family, the age of the child, and the cause of deafblindness. The information contained includes relevant contact information and details about other family-oriented groups such as the Oregon Parent Training and Information Center (Salem), and the Swindell Center (Portland).
- Information is available to Families and service providers via telephone (503-838-8328) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The project provides information from and about local and national networks that support families and service providers. For example:
- The National Center on Deaf-Blindness ((NCDB) is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth who are deaf-blind.
- The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) assists youth and adults who are deafblind to live and work in the community of their choice.