The Value of Family Engagement: Identifying Unique Needs and Priorities of Families with Children Who Are Deaf-Blind
This report emerged in response to a growing need to elevate the family voice as a driving force in the decision-making and collaborative efforts of the deaf-blind technical assistance network. This report summarizes a five-month visioning process facilitated by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) to illuminate state-level priorities and national-level supports for families of children who are deaf-blind. Contributors to this work included state deaf-blind projects, deaf-blind specific family-based organizations, and other national partner organizations who support families with children who have unique needs.
As you review this report, we encourage you to think about the myriad of ways that it could be used, such as
- Advocating for specific family needs
- Organizational planning
- Systems-level collaborations
- Technical assistance provision
- Teacher preparation programs
- Professional development
“This is a useful guide for helping state deaf-blind projects think about how to do better and is an important tool for us moving forward.” Beth Kennedy, DeafBlind Central
Published 2022 by National Center on Deaf-Blindness.