Iowa's Deafblind Service Project
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Iowa's Deafblind Service Project provides technical assistance through training efforts and the dissemination of information on research and promising practices for purposes of educating infants, toddlers, children and youth who are deafblind, birth through 21.
Legal Requirements and Reports
Section 622 of the Individuals for Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines deaf-blindness as "children and youth having auditory and visual impairments, the combination of which creates such severe communication and other developmental and learning needs that they cannot be appropriately educated without special education and related services beyond those that would be provided solely for children with hearing impairments, visual impairments, or severe disabilities, to address their education needs due to these concurrent disabilities." This definition includes all children birth through age 21.
Iowa's Deafblind Services Project has an Advisory Committee that consists of families, students, consumers, and collaborative partnerships with Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department for the Blind, Iowa Braille School, Iowa School for the Deaf, Regents Universities, and Deaf Services Commission.
Iowa’s Deafblind Services Project is funded through a collaborative effort among the U.S. Department of Education (Federally funded program. IDEA, Part C, Section 622; Title 34 CFR, Part 307.), Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Braille School, Iowa School for the Deaf and the Area Education Agencies.
Iowa is committed to providing a quality educational program for children and youth who are deafblind that results in improved student outcomes.