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.
- Fact Sheet - Colorado Services for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss Project (PDF)
- Colorado Deafblind Project - Facebook Page
The technical assistance (T.A.) team consists of one Family Specialist (parent) and three educational consultants. Project staff are available for on-site visits to homes or schools to provide technical assistance. Technical assistance may include consultation with parents, teachers, related staff members, and school administrators. Inservice training can be tailored to the needs of an individual student and/or address the general strategies to support learners who are deafblind. Technical assistance may be requested by families of children and youth who are deafblind or school/agency personnel providing early intervention or educational services and supports to children and youth who are deafblind.
Who Do We Serve?
The Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss 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:
- 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?
Technical assistance services are in addition to those provided by schools, and other state and local agencies. Assistance may include:
- personalized on-site consultation
- inservice training
- family support services
Services may be requested by families of children and youth who are deafblind, school personnel, and agencies provided services to children and youth who are deafblind.
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, inservice training, program design and review) about effective teaching strategies and materials.
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.
- Family Connections: Newsletter - The project's newsletter VIBRATIONS is published and disseminated three times a year. Each newsletter has a theme topic. The newsletter is free to all interested persons and is also posted to the project's website.
- Newsletter and Resources
- Summer Institute - Nationally recognized experts in the field of deafblindness 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 deafblindness. The focus is on family networking and hands-on-learning.
- Lending Library - A lending library is maintained with up-to-date books, articles, workshop materials, videotapes, and manuals related to the topic of vision and hearing loss. A current directory is available upon request and on the project's website. Lending library materials are mailed out upon request.
For more information about the Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss Project, please contact:
Phone: (303) 866-6681
Phone: (303) 866-6605
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