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The first step in being eligible to receive services is registering a child, ages birth to 21, with the KSDB Project.  A parent or a school team member may register a child by completing the online application.   A pdf version is also available on our Resources page.

Initial or recertification applications must be submitted to the KSBD Project by December 1st of the current year.  If your student is registered (certified), we will notify you to complete the census by January of the following year.   A list of students who completed the census is submitted to KSDE on June 30th for consideration to the Kansas Deaf-Blind Fund.

Deaf-Blind certifications are completed every three years (unless provisionally certified for a year).  The deaf-blind census is conducted every year.  The KSDB Project sends a reminder letter to the school contact 30 days before the due date.

Complete the KSSB Service Request Form.  KSSB intake will route your request to the DB Project, or you may complete the Request for Technical Assistance Form.
The type of technical assistance you receive is based on your level of need and the involvement you prefer, from a more fundamental level such as information or request for resources to a more intense level of support such as child-specific TA.

The U.S. Department of Education mandates all state deaf-blind Projects to conduct an annual census of children ages birth through 21 who are deaf-blind.  Information from all states is compiled and reported to the National Center on Deaf-blindness (NCDB).  The census information is confidential, and no personal identifying information is provided to NCDB.

The information is used in funding, planning, and developing appropriate services for children and youth who are deaf-blind.  To see the previous reports, go to https://www.nationaldb.org/info-center/national-child-count/.

Completion of the census makes the student eligible to apply for the Kansas Deaf-Blind Fund administered by the Kansas Department of Education.

Kansas is the only state with a special fund appropriated by the legislature to support students (birth through 21) who are deaf-blind in their educational programs. The Kansas Department of Education administers this fund and provides up to $3,000 per student until the fund is depleted. The funds are used to offset costs associated with educating students who are deaf-blind and who have current certification on the Kansas Deaf-Blind Census. Funds can be used in the following areas:

  • Assistive technology (including adaptive equipment)
  • Consultation
  • Evaluation as described in the Deaf-Blind Fund application

If you need information about applying for the Kansas Deaf-Blind Fund, contact:

Joan Houghton, Ed.D.
Education Program Consultant
Special Education and Title Services Team
jhoughton@ksde.org

or

Amy D. Martin
Senior Administrative Assistant
Special Education and Title Services Team
admartin@ksde.org

You may also access information from the KSDE Website here.

The Deaf-Blind Core Team is an essential element for every school district or Tiny-k network.  The purpose of establishing a DB Core Team is to build and strengthen local capacity through our partnership.  The team comprises two or more service providers to include a program coordinator or a special education administrator.  Each district decides on who will be in the core group.

The DB Core Team provides leadership in identifying and registering students with deaf-blindness to the KSDB Project.  The team serves as a liaison to the KSDB Project and guides in helping the district serves students with deaf-blindness in collaboration with the KSDB Project.   The DB Core Team will allow for a more integrated approach to delivering deaf-blind services in your district or Tiny-k Programs.

The KSDB Project offers the following to the DB Core Team:

  • Scholarship for certified paraprofessionals/ interveners (contingent on funding from KSDE).
  • Mini-grant for materials or resources to support our collaborative work.  The mini-grant is separate from the Kansas Deaf-Blind Fund.
  • Limited scholarship for professional development training or conferences.
  • A Deaf-Blind Consultant is available for support.
  • Customized team collaboration site for the student – a repository of strategies, videos, and communication about the student who is deaf-blind.

If interested to develop a DB Core Team in your district or program, please email:  kansasdeafblind@kssdb.org.

The Deaf-Blind Project offers a Team Collaboration Site for each local school team as a repository of action plans, articles, resources, and discussion among the “educational team” and the KSDB Projects.  The structure of the site helps team members to improve communication and collaboration.

Team Collaboration Site Log-in

Kansas State School for the Blind

1100 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66102
(913) 305-3000

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education #H326T180051. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Susan Weigert, Ph.D.

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