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Peer-Learning Communities

State deaf-blind project personnel are an incredibly supportive group of individuals. They work collectively to improve the lives of children who are deaf-blind and their families by:

  • Sharing knowledge and expertise
  • Working together to solve problems
  • Collaborating to provide services 

To make this type of networking across state lines as easy as possible, NCDB offers peer-learning communities (PLCs). They are primarily for state deaf-blind projects but depending on the group may include representatives from other national entities. 

Learn more about Peer-Learning Communities for State Deaf-Blind Projects

Current PLCs are listed below. If you are interested in joining any of these, please connect with the relevant contact person. All PLCs have time and effort expectations. See Readiness for Targeted TA from NCDB for general information. Additional expectations for each group can be obtained from the group contacts.

Early Identification and Intervention

EHDI and Hands & Voices Group

State deaf-blind project staff who are consistently and actively targeting the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) or Hands & Voices programs meet to discuss impacting them through conference presentations, product development, articles, and publications.

Contact: Emma Nelson – emma.nelson@hknc.org, (503) 504-4836

Early Identification and Intervention Training Group

State deaf-blind project staff who are consistently and actively targeting the Part C personnel development system meet to discuss impacting it through product development, conferences, and training.

Contact: Emma Nelson – emma.nelson@hknc.org, (503) 504-4836

Family Engagement

Family Engagement Coordinator Peer-to-Peer Learning Community

Individuals serving in the role of family engagement coordinator or leading state deaf-blind project family engagement activities connect online to expand their knowledge of effective strategies for serving families across the network by sharing experiences and resources.

Contact: Megan Cote – megan.cote@hknc.org, (913) 707-3280

Interveners and Qualified Personnel

Training Interveners Group

State deaf-blind project staff who are consistently and actively training interveners meet to discuss obstacles, challenges, and successes and share strategies and supports to enhance the training, promotion, and use of interveners.

Contact: Kristi Probst – kristi.probs@hknc.org, (309) 287-4158

Technical Assistance

Child-Specific Technical Assistance

This PLC provides an opportunity for state deaf-blind project personnel to share strategies, processes, documents, and ideas on successful child-specific TA and develop solutions for shared areas of need.

Contact: Sam Morgan – sam.morgan@hknc.org, (516) 833-8311

State Deaf-Blind Project Management

State deaf-blind project staff meet to share strategies and resources on how to operate a state deaf-blind project, including logic models and work plans, management plans, matching staff resources to project goals, forming effective partnerships, and budgeting and fiscal management.

Contact: Linda McDowell – linda.mcdowell@hknc.org, (601) 606-8040

Transition

Improving Transition Outcomes for Students Who Are Deaf-Blind and Have Additional Disabilities

State deaf-blind project personnel, NFADB board and affiliate members, and HKNC staff meet to increase their knowledge of resources and practices that lead to improved the post-school outcomes for youth with additional disabilities who require long-term intensive support.

Contact: Michael Fagbemi – mike.fagbemi@hknc.org, (516) 393-7596