OCDBE is a federally funded technical assistance and dissemination project designed to improve academic achievement and adult-transition results for Ohio children who are deafblind (DB). For more than 30 years, Ohio’s DB project has worked with local districts and their schools, state agency personnel responsible for IDEA Part B and Part C implementation, state and national parent and professional association representatives, and a variety of other partners committed to improving results for all children.

OCDBE’s four overarching strategies are to: (1) implement targeted services intentionally and strategically, based on identified needs; (2) collaborate with partners to significantly increase awareness of the needs of the diverse population of children who are DB; (3) intensify efforts to encourage the early identification and referral of children who are DB to OCDBE, and the early intervention and delivery of Pre-K-12 services to improve results for children who are DB; and (4) develop the capacity of Ohio’s system of regional technical assistance (TA) providers (i.e., its statewide system of support) to improve results for children who are DB, thereby increasing the quality, consistency, and “reach” of project services.

OCDBE services are designed and delivered using a tiered TA model and provided to designated groups, which include students who are DB, parents and family members of children who are DB, general and special educators, early intervention providers, related services providers, agency providers, regional state support team and educational service center personnel, and state agency personnel. OCDBE’s goal is to continuously strengthen and extend the capacity of Ohio’s Pre-K-12 education system to prepare children who are DB to be college/career ready upon graduation, improving each child’s opportunity to live independently, be economically self-sufficient, and be a full and participating member of his/her larger community. Meaningfully engaging families of children who are DB in supporting the development and application of skills needed to improve postsecondary opportunities, while effectively supporting the consistent and statewide delivery of high quality consultation and professional development and training (PD) to designated groups are key priorities of Ohio’s statewide DB project.

OCDBE conducts an annual census of children and youth with DB and offers no-cost child-specific consultation upon request by parents, school districts, or agencies.

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