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Providing Technical Assistance to Families: A Guide for State Deaf-Blind Projects

Part 2: Universal, Targeted, and Intensive TA

Part 2 of this guide covers technical assistance activities. It is aligned with OSEP tiered TA definitions. Many were contributed by state deaf-blind projects from across the U.S. as examples of effective strategies they use to structure their family TA.

Family-centered practices should align with the following principles (Hatton et al., 2018):

  • View families as the experts on their children’s developmental needs and the family’s needs/concerns
  • Encourage families to make informed decisions regarding services to meet those needs 
  • Build on existing family strengths 
  • Focus on collaborative teaming and partnerships with families