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Recommendations to Improve Transition Outcomes for Students with Deaf-Blindness and Additional Disabilities


Transition Recommendations National Task Force

  • Ellen Condon, Montana Deaf-Blind Project and NCDB Consultant
  • John Dickerson, Consultant
  • Donna Gilles, Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Christine Givens, Parent from Texas
  • Jolene Gruber, Wisconsin Deafblind Technical Assistance Project
  • John Mascia, Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
  • Laura Rocchio, Helen Keller National Center
  • Dinell Stuckey Smith, Parent from Kansas
  • Marilyn Trader, Helen Keller National Center
  • Chris Woodfill, Helen Keller National Center
  • Jennifer White, Able Opportunities, Inc.


Individuals from the following agencies and organizations agreed to be interviewed by NCDB staff. Their combined experiences, expertise, and passion contributed greatly to the content and quality of the recommendations.

  • Able Opportunities, Inc.
  • Arc of Pennsylvania
  • Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education
  • Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation  
  • Deaf-Blind Service Center
  • Delaware Program for Children with Deaf-Blindness
  • Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division for Visually Impaired
  • Families representing New York, North Carolina, and Texas
  • Georgia Sensory Assistance Project
  • Griffin-Hammis Associates
  • Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults
  • Idaho Project for Children and Youth with Deaf-Blindness
  • Idaho Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Idaho Protection and Advocacy
  • Idaho Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
  • Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
  • Iowa Coalition for Integration and Employment
  • Iowa’s Deafblind Services Project
  • Kansas Deaf-Blind Project
  • King County Washington Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Marc Gold & Associates
  • Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Missouri Deafblind Technical Assistance Project
  • National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • National Family Association for Deaf-Blind
  • National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
  • New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy, Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program
  • Specially Designed Education Services
  • Source America Pathways to Employment Project
  • Utah Deaf-Blind Project
  • Utah’s Division of Services for People with Disabilities
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center 
  • Washington State Services for Children with Deaf-Blindness
  • Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center

Many thanks to Tara Brown-Ogilvie, a National Leadership Consortium on Sensory Disabilities doctoral student, who supported the development of this product during her internship.