Alabama Initiative for Children and Youth who are Deaf-Blind Partners
Nationwide, barriers to education, employment and independent living still exist for individuals who have dual sensory loss. With significant statewide and national support and through a U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs Award, in 2013 the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind began implementing the Alabama Initiative for Children and Youth who are Deaf-Blind.
Helen Keller once said,
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Never has a statement held more weight when one takes stock of the significant agency collaboration, combined resources and expertise within the Alabama Initiative for Children and Youth who are Deaf-Blind including the: University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), School of Education, Educational Leadership, Special Education and Foundations – former Project lead agency – along with the UAB School of Optometry; EyeSight Foundation of Alabama; Alabama Deaf-Blind Coalition; Alabama Deaf-Blind Multi-Challenged Association (ADBMA); Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS); Alabama Early Intervention Services (EIS); Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE); Alabama Governor’s Office On Disabilities (GOOD); Helen Keller National Center (HKNC); National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB); Sight Savers of Alabama and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Greater Birmingham.
If you and/or your agency would like to learn more about how we can collaborate, please contact:
Josh Sharpton, Project Director
Megan Trescott, Lead Provider, Outreach for Deaf-Blind Services