Located within the Colorado Department of Education, this project provides technical assistance (a responsive, collaborative and comprehensive consultation process) which supports Colorado children and youth, birth to 21 years, who have BOTH a vision and hearing impairment. The technical assistance is available, at no cost, to parents, families and professionals in providing appropriate learning, literacy, and living opportunities for these individuals. These services are in addition to those provided by administrative units, and other state and local agencies.
Other State Projects on Deafblindness
National Center on Deaf-Blindness (Link to All State Projects)
Who Do We Serve?
The project provides free technical assistance to families, education teams and service providers of children birth through the year of their 21st birthday, if the children have a combined vision and hearing loss, or are highly suspect for both vision and hearing loss. The combination of these sensory impairments, even if both are mild, may qualify the child for the project's services.
Getting Started Early: Part C and Deafblindness
- Clarifying Colorado Part C System Procedures for Children with Sensory Disabilities, April 2004 (PDF)
- Part C Procedures Update Memo, November 2007 (PDF)
Agencies serve children with deafblindness birth to age 3:
- A Shared Vision: Partners in Pediatric Blindness and Visual Impairment
- Anchor Center for Blind Children
- Early Childhood Program for Infants/Toddlers who are blind visually impaired at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
- Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP)
- Community Centered Boards (CCBs)
What are the Services Offered by the Project?
The technical assistance (T.A.) team consists of one Family Specialist (parent) and educational consultants. State Technical Assistance Specialists - Specialists in many aspects of combined vision and hearing impairments may be called upon to visit the home, school, classroom, and community to provide technical assistance (consultation, in-service training, program design and review) about effective teaching strategies and materials.
Technical assistance (which can be requested by families of children and youth who are deaf-blind as well as school personnel, and agencies providing services to such children and youth) services are in addition to those provided by schools, and other state and local agencies. Assistance may also include:
- personalized on-site consultation
- in-service training
- family support services
Family Specialist - Parents of children or youth with combined vision and hearing loss are available to talk to other families by phone or in person. The Family Specialist also creates family mailings, family events and assists with planning parent workshops.
- Summer Institute - Nationally recognized experts in the field of deaf-blindness and significant support needs present an annual summer workshop, which is offered for university credit. The training is typically 2.5 days.
- Parent Training - The project sponsors an annual training for parents and other adult family members who would like to learn more about deaf-blindness. The focus is on family networking and hands-on-learning.
For more information about the Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss Project, please contact:
Email Tanni Anthony
Email Gina Herrera
A project of the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs
The Colorado Services for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss is funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs