The purpose of the South Dakota Deaf-Blind Project is to promote academic achievement and improve results for children who are deaf-blind by providing technical assistance, disseminating useful information, and ensuring all children will graduate from high school ready for college and/or a career. While the Center for Disabilities is the lead applicant for the project, key collaborators include the South Dakota School for the Deaf; the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired; South Dakota Parent Connection; the South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Special Education; and the South Dakota Department of Education, Birth to Three Program.

“In such a large geological state like South Dakota, with widely scattered populations, it is important to build capacity across the state systems and work with like-minded service providers and institutions,” said Wendy Parent-Johnson, Center for Disabilities executive director. “We thank the U.S. Department of Education for identifying the critical need for the continuation of the deaf-blind project in South Dakota.”

Some of the main goals of the project are to develop an outreach and referral process to improve identification of all students who are deaf-blind; develop and implement individualized technical assistance plans for each student and their family; and provide onsite or long distance trainings to personnel in the schools, classrooms, or EIS providers, among others.

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