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Webinars/Special Education/First Steps Summer Third Birthdays - REMINDER

Source: Pam Thomas, Coordinator, First Steps Program

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education Teachers, Process Coordinators, System Point of Entry Directors, First Steps Service Coordinators 

Date:  January 30, 2015

Staff in the Office of Special Education have recorded a presentation on Part C Extension: Continuing First Steps Services for Children with Summer Third Birthdays. The presentation includes information on the First Steps requirements for a Summer Third Birthday Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), parent options for services over age three, a discussion about school readiness, and timelines.

Be sure to view the recorded presentation on the changes at your convenience and then join us for the live questions and answers session on February 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

RECORDED PRESENTATION

To listen to the recorded presentation, go to: http://dese.mo.gov/communications/webinar/summer-third-birthday-services and click on "view the recorded presentation" (approximate playing time is 20 minutes).

LIVE PRESENTATION

If you have questions you would like to submit prior to the questions and answers session, please submit them to: [email protected] (indicate "Summer Third Birthday" in the subject line).  We will respond to the questions in the questions and answers session.

To participate in the live questions and answers session on February 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., go to: http://dese.mo.gov/communications/webinar/summer-third-birthday-services and click on "Log in."

If you need an accommodation as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the questions and answers session, please call 573-751-5739 at least 48 hours in advance of the session to discuss the accommodation.

We hope you will be able to join us on February 3.


Free Cochlear Implants Educational Consultation Services to School Districts

Source: Stephen Barr, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Superintendents and Directors of Special Education

Date: January 29, 2015

The Department has again contracted with Missouri State University (MSU), Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, through the Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic for limited free consultation services to help school districts as they meet the needs of students who have cochlear implants.  Free cochlear implant educational consultation services are available to any Missouri school district serving students with cochlear implants (PK-12).  Service delivery is individualized but could include information on device functioning, speech and auditory development, educational development, modes of communication, etc. 

The collaborative, weekly consultation services are offered through Missouri State University (MSU) each Thursday between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. this semester.  Consultation services (i.e., phone conferences, e-mail correspondences, web-cam communications, etc.) are available to all public school districts in the state of Missouri.  School personnel and students can also come to the clinic at MSU.  Parents may be included in the consultation at the discretion of the school district.

For information about the services, please contact: Jill Oswalt at [email protected].    


An All-day Educational Activity for Hearing Impaired Students: Cultural Fair "Festival de Latinos"

Source: Missouri School for the Deaf

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors/Process Coordinators, Teachers who have a student with a hearing impairment, paraprofessionals or other school staff working with a student who is deaf, hard of hearing or hearing impaired

Date: January 28, 2015

To celebrate the cultural richness of Central and South America, the Missouri School for the Deaf is holding a cultural celebration called Festival de Latinos from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on March 3, 2015, on the campus of the Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD) located in Fulton, MO.  All deaf and hard of hearing students across the state of Missouri are invited to participate.  Students will be immersed in deaf culture and cultures from several Central and South American countries.  Some of the confirmed presenters are:

Jose Miguel Feliciano will be the morning keynote speaker.  He is a native Puerto Rican who is deaf.  He will be presenting poetry in his native sign language as well as talking about his life in Puerto Rico.

Azael Buperry, a deaf native of Honduras, grew up in California and rediscovered his native culture while a college student at NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf).  He will be teaching Honduras Sign Language.

Melissa Draganac-Hawk, a deaf woman from Peru.  She is currently the Vice President of NAD (National Association for the Deaf).  She will present to small groups about her life in Peru.  She will also be the concluding keynote speaker.

The St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society will also be present. They will be teaching a variety of dances.  In addition, the St. Louis Zoo staff will present on rain forest animals found is some of these countries.  There will be sports and craft activities as well as educational presentations.  This event is suited for children of all ages. 

Lunch will be provided for those attending.  Registration for this event is free, but required.  To register for this event, contact Laura Smith at [email protected] or at (573) 592-2535.  For more information about the Missouri School for the Deaf, visit http://msd.dese.mo.gov/ or call 573-592-4000.


Part C Application for Federal Funds under IDEA

Source: Pam Schroeder, Assistant Director, First Steps Compliance

Intended Audience: Stakeholders interested in Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Date: January 27, 2015

All states making application for funds under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to make available for public review and comment the application packet for the federal funds.  These are the federal funds that support the First Steps Early Intervention Program for children, birth to three years, and their families. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed the draft application packet for the IDEA Part C funds and, through this notice, is making the draft application packet available for review at the following link:  http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/compliance/part-c-annual-state-application.

The Part C application is available for review from January 27, 2015, through March 30, 2015.  Written public comments on the draft Part C application may be submitted from February 27, 2015, until the close of business on March 30, 2015, to the attention of Pam Schroeder, Assistant Director of First Steps Compliance, Office of Special Education, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480, or by email at [email protected] or by fax to 573-526-4404.

The Part C application packet, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), includes a summary of the assurances, certifications, and description of IDEA use of funds that the state will use to implement Part C of IDEA.  Upon OSEP's approval of Missouri's Part C application, the state will receive a federal grant award under Part C of IDEA for the period of July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

As you review the application, please note the following:

* The application is in a format required by OSEP.

* The costs included in this application only reflect those attributable to the federal IDEA Part C funds that are allocated to the state of Missouri and not the total cost of the First Steps program.

* The amounts listed in Section III, Description of the Use of Part C Funds, are based on the current state fiscal year (SFY15) allocation since OSEP has yet to give the anticipated award amounts for SFY16. 


Federal Grants Managements Workshops; "The Impact of the Omni"

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Subgrantees/Recipients of Department Administered Federal Programs (includes school districts, charter schools, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations)

Date: January 27, 2015

The Division of Financial and Administrative Services, within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will co-sponsor two Federal Grants Managements Workshops on March 17 and 18, 2015.  Locations, registration, and agenda information for the workshops can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/Federal-Grants-Management-Workshops.pdf.  Attendance at this meeting is imperative to understand the impact the new Omni Circular will have on federal grant awards (i.e. IDEA , Perkins, and Title I).  


Part B Application

Source: Pam Williams, Coordinator, Special Education Services

Intended Audience: System stakeholders in Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Date: January 26, 2015

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

All states making application for funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to make available for public review and comment the application packet for those federal funds.  These are the funds that support provision of special education services to children ages 3 to 21 in Missouri.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed the draft application packet for IDEA Part B funds and by this notice is making the application available for review and comment at http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/compliance/part-b-annual-state-application.     

The application packet, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), includes a summary of the assurances, certifications, and IDEA use of fund descriptions that the state will use to implement Part B of IDEA.  Upon OSEP's approval of Missouri's Part B application, the state will receive a federal grant award under Part B of the IDEA for the period of July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

As you review the application, please note the following:

* The application is in a format required by OSEP.

* Missouri is providing general assurances to OSEP that the state will be implementing the provisions of state and federal regulations for Part B of IDEA 2004.

* The dollar amounts listed in Section III, Use of Funds, are for State-level Administration and Targeted Initiatives; not the cost of serving students with disabilities or the total cost of special education services in Missouri.

* The amounts for State-level Administration and Targeted Initiatives are based upon the current year (SFY15) allocation since OSEP has yet to give the anticipated award amounts for SFY16.  These amounts will be used until the SFY16 award amount is disclosed. 

* The application indicates new or revised policies based on proposed changes to the Missouri Part B State Plan which will be presented to the Missouri State Board of Education on March 16, 2015.  A copy of the plan is available at the following link:  http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/proposed-state-plan-changes-2015.   

The application is available for review on our website from January 26, 2015, through March 27, 2015.  Written public comments on the draft Part B application packet may be submitted from February 9, 2015, until the close of business on March 10, 2015, to the attention of Pam Williams, Coordinator of Services, Office of Special Education, at [email protected] or P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480 or by fax 573-526-4404. 


Workshop on Physical Education and Sports for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments and Deafblindness

Source:  Missouri School for the Blind

Intended Audience:  Teachers of the Visually Impaired, physical education teachers and paraprofessionals of students with visual impairments, family members, and educational teams of students with multiple disabilities including visual impairment or deafblindness

Date:  January 23, 2015

The Missouri School for the Blind will host a one-day workshop entitled "Physical Education for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments and Deafblindness" at Drury Inn and Suites Forest Park in St Louis on Thursday, March 26, 2015.  Presenting will be Lauren Lieberman, Ph.D, Director of Camp Abilities, Co-Director of the Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments, and Distinguished Service Professor, The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY. 

The workshop will focus on school age children with visual impairments and other disabilities.  Dr. Lieberman will review:  1) what is Adapted Physical Education?; 2) assessments for children with visual impairments;  3) appropriate programming for physical education and physical activity including training support staff;  4) instructional strategies for motor skills, fitness, sports, and recreation;  5) resources such as videos, products, equipment, web sites, and summer camps;  and,  6) advocacy strategies.

The session description with a workshop schedule and registration form is posted at:  http://msb.dese.mo.gov/.  At the bottom of the page under Outreach Services, select Professional Development.  There is no charge for the workshop which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Lunch is not provided.  

For questions, contact: Yvonne Ali, Supervisor, MO Instructional Resource Center for the Visually Impaired, MSB, 314-776-4320, extension 3256 or [email protected].  


Part C Application for Federal Funds under IDEA

Source: Pam Schroeder, Assistant Director, First Steps Compliance

Intended Audience: Stakeholders interested in Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Date: January 27, 2015

All states making application for funds under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to make available for public review and comment the application packet for the federal funds.  These are the federal funds that support the First Steps Early Intervention Program for children, birth to three years, and their families. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed the draft application packet for the IDEA Part C funds and, through this notice, is making the draft application packet available for review at the following link:  http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/compliance/part-c-annual-state-application.

The Part C application is available for review from January 27, 2015, through March 30, 2015.  Written public comments on the draft Part C application may be submitted from February 27, 2015, until the close of business on March 30, 2015, to the attention of Pam Schroeder, Assistant Director of First Steps Compliance, Office of Special Education, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480, or by email at [email protected] or by fax to 573-526-4404.

The Part C application packet, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), includes a summary of the assurances, certifications, and description of IDEA use of funds that the state will use to implement Part C of IDEA.  Upon OSEP's approval of Missouri's Part C application, the state will receive a federal grant award under Part C of IDEA for the period of July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

As you review the application, please note the following:

  • The application is in a format required by OSEP.
  • The costs included in this application only reflect those attributable to the federal IDEA Part C funds that are allocated to the state of Missouri and not the total cost of the First Steps program.
  • The amounts listed in Section III, Description of the Use of Part C Funds, are based on the current state fiscal year (SFY15) allocation since OSEP has yet to give the anticipated award amounts for SFY16.  

Federal Grants Management Workshops; "The Impact of the Omni"

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Subgrantees/Recipients of Department Administered Federal Programs (includes school districts, charter schools, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations)

Date: January 27, 2015

The Division of Financial and Administrative Services, within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will co-sponsor two Federal Grants Managements Workshops on March 17 and 18, 2015.  Locations, registration, and agenda information for the workshops can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/Federal-Grants-Management-Workshops.pdf.  Attendance at this meeting is imperative to understand the impact the new Omni Circular will have on federal grant awards (i.e. IDEA , Perkins, and Title I).   


Part B Application

Source: Pam Williams, Coordinator, Special Education Services

Intended Audience: System stakeholders in Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Date: January 26, 2015

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

All states making application for funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to make available for public review and comment the application packet for those federal funds.  These are the funds that support provision of special education services to children ages 3 to 21 in Missouri.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed the draft application packet for IDEA Part B funds and by this notice is making the application available for review and comment at http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/compliance/part-b-annual-state-application.     

The application packet, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), includes a summary of the assurances, certifications, and IDEA use of fund descriptions that the state will use to implement Part B of IDEA.  Upon OSEP's approval of Missouri's Part B application, the state will receive a federal grant award under Part B of the IDEA for the period of July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

As you review the application, please note the following:

  • The application is in a format required by OSEP.
  • Missouri is providing general assurances to OSEP that the state will be implementing the provisions of state and federal regulations for Part B of IDEA 2004.
  • The dollar amounts listed in Section III, Use of Funds, are for State-level Administration and Targeted Initiatives; not the cost of serving students with disabilities or the total cost of special education services in Missouri.
  • The amounts for State-level Administration and Targeted Initiatives are based upon the current year (SFY15) allocation since OSEP has yet to give the anticipated award amounts for SFY16.  These amounts will be used until the SFY16 award amount is disclosed. 
  • The application indicates new or revised policies based on proposed changes to the Missouri Part B State Plan which will be presented to the Missouri State Board of Education on March 16, 2015.  A copy of the plan is available at the following link:  http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/proposed-state-plan-changes-2015.   

The application is available for review on our website from January 26, 2015, through March 27, 2015.  Written public comments on the draft Part B application packet may be submitted from February 9, 2015, until the close of business on March 10, 2015, to the attention of Pam Williams, Coordinator of Services, Office of Special Education, at [email protected] or P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480 or by fax 573-526-4404.


ePeGs is Currently Unavailable

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Financial Administrators, Superintendents, Bookkeepers

Date: January 21, 2015

Due to maintenance in the system, ePeGs will be unavailable until Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  The ePeGs link has been temporarily removed from the DESE Web Applications page.   


Webinars/Special Education/First Steps Summer Third Birthdays

Source: Pam Thomas, Coordinator, First Steps Program

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education Teachers, Process Coordinators, System Point of Entry Directors, First Steps Service Coordinators 

Date:  January 20, 2015

Staff in the Office of Special Education have recorded a presentation on Part C Extension: Continuing First Steps Services for Children with Summer Third Birthdays. The presentation includes information on the First Steps requirements for a Summer Third Birthday Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), parent options for services over age three, a discussion about school readiness, and timelines.

Be sure to view the recorded presentation on the changes at your convenience and then join us for the live questions and answers session on February 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

RECORDED PRESENTATION

To listen to the recorded presentation, go to: http://dese.mo.gov/communications/webinar/summer-third-birthday-services and click on "view the recorded presentation" (approximate playing time is 20 minutes).

LIVE PRESENTATION

If you have questions you would like to submit prior to the questions and answers session, please submit them to: [email protected]  (indicate "Summer Third Birthday" in the subject line).  We will respond to the questions in the questions and answers session.

To participate in the live questions and answers session on February 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., go to: http://dese.mo.gov/communications/webinar/summer-third-birthday-services and click on "Log in."

If you need an accommodation as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the questions and answers session, please call 573-751-5739 at least 48 hours in advance of the session to discuss the accommodation.

We hope you will be able to join us on February 3.  


2015 Power Up Assistive Technology Conference

Source: Missouri Assistive Technology

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors and Teachers, Parents, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Physical Therapist, Paraprofessionals, and other interested parties

Date: January 14, 2015

Registration is now open for the 2015 Power Up Assistive Technology Conference and Expo.  The conference will be held on April 13 and 14 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.  This year's conference features a host of national and regional presenters to strengthen the capacity of educators, special education staff, occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists, paraprofessionals, librarians, technology staff, etc.

Discover new assistive technology (AT) devices and resources from interactive sessions.  This year's conference will include Missouri and national presenters on topics like iPads and applications for students and others with disabilities, augmentative communication devices, AT and transition, AT for low-vision, accessible websites, and many other topics related to AT in and out of the classroom. 

The conference agenda, registration form, and information on speakers, sessions, and exhibitors can be found on Missouri Assistive Technology's website at: http://at.mo.gov/power-up-conference/index.html


 

Special Education Compliance/Clarifications and Updates

Source: Office of Special Education

Intended Audience:  School administrators, special education directors, process coordinators, school counselors, special education teachers, district test coordinators, advocates, and parents of students with disabilities

Date:  January 13, 2015

Form D of the model IEP form was updated to include the most recent accommodations issued by World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) affecting English Language Learners (ELLs) with disabilities for statewide achievement assessment.  These changes were made so that IEP teams would have access to the most current and accurate information about the accommodations for the ACCESS to ELLs test as well as know the implications of using these accommodations.  This information is key to making informed decisions about a student's participation on this state-wide assessment.  IEP teams of affected students should review the changes and make informed decisions about use of accommodations as described on Form D-Part 5.  This process can occur as part of an IEP meeting or through an IEP amendment so long as the parent and LEA are both in agreement with any changes. 

Please note that Form D-Part 4 was also updated to clarify the justification for students who take the MAP-A.  We appreciate your ongoing flexibility as this form is updated to be the most accurate reflection of the test publisher's technical information. 

A chart detailing the changes made to Form D-Part 5 along with the updated Form D can be found on the DESE webpage http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/compliance/individualized-education-program-iep.   Questions can be referred to your RPDC compliance or MEL consultant or to the Department at 573-751-0699 or [email protected].


FY15 Payment for Public Placement Fund (PPF)

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Financial Administrators, Superintendents

Date: January 12, 2015

The Public Placement Fund (PPF) will be paid in the January school payment transmittal and listed as "Pub. Placement" revenue code 5369.  Due to the number of applications received and the amount of reimbursement requested, payment amounts have been prorated at approximately 69% of each district's requested amount.  This payment is for services provided during the 2013-14 school year.  The FY15 PPF payment amounts have been posted at: http://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/other-available-funding.  Applications for the current 2014-15 school year (FY16) will be available in September 2015 and are due October 31, 2015.  If you have any questions, please contact Special Education Finance at (573) 751-0622 or [email protected].


January Special Education Finance Updates Webinar Cancelled 

Source: Special Education Finance 

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education 

Date: January 12, 2015 

The January Special Education Finance Updates webinar originally scheduled for January 21 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. has been cancelled.  The next Special Education Finance Updates webinar is scheduled for February 18 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  A message will be sent out with information regarding the February Special Education Finance Updates webinar prior to the webinar date.

Contact the Special Education Finance Section if you have any questions at (573) 751-0622 or by email at [email protected].   


Proposed Changes to Part B State Plan

Source: Stephen Barr, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: System stakeholders in Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Date: January 7, 2015

The Office of Special Education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is proposing changes to the state regulations implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The proposed changes are available for inspection until March 6, 2015, in the office of the Assistant Commissioner, Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 205 Jefferson Street, 4th floor Jefferson Building, Jefferson City, MO 65102 during regular office hours and is also available on the office website at  http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/proposed-state-plan-changes-2015.       

Written public comments on the proposed changes are being solicited and should be directed as follows no later than the close of business on February 18, 2015, to: 

Special Education Compliance

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education P.O. Box 480 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Fax: 573-526-5946

Email: [email protected]

Public hearings will be held by webinar on:

January 23, 2015

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - http://dese.mo.gov/communications/webinar/part-b-state-plan-public-hearing-1

February 10, 2015

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. - http://dese.mo.gov/communications/webinar/part-b-state-plan-public-hearing-2

To participate in a webinar, type in or click on the corresponding link above on a computer with internet access and follow the directions.  During the webinar, you will have the opportunity to type in and submit your comments to Department staff.  The webinars will remain open to receive public comment for a minimum of one hour or until all comments have been received.

Individuals who require special accommodations to participate in the public hearing, need to contact the Office of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at least 72 hours prior to the event at 573-751-5739.


2014-15 Proportionate Share Carryover Release Request is Now Open in ePeGs

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, Financial Administrators

Date: January 7, 2015

The Proportionate Share Carryover Release Request to release 2014-15 unspent proportionate share carryover funds is now open in ePeGs.

Proportionate share funds are the amount of IDEA Part B funds a district must reserve and spend on either a private/parochial or home school student in the district's boundaries.  If a district has not expended all of the proportionate share of its Part B funds by the end of the first year, the district must obligate the remaining funds for special education and related services to students with disabilities placed by their parents in private or home schools during a carryover period of one additional year.  If a district cannot completely spend the carryover funds during the second year having met all proportionate share requirements, the district may request a release of the unspent funds to spend on allowable Part B expenditures for public students with disabilities within the district.  Proportionate share carryover funds may be released when the district has more carryover funds than current year proportionate share expenditures.  In order to release these funds, the district must complete and submit the Proportionate Share Carryover Release Request under Part B in ePeGS by March 1, 2015.  If the district chooses not to release the proportionate share carryover funds and does not spend them in their entirety, they will be forfeited. 

Once the Proportionate Share Carryover Release Request is approved by DESE staff, the district will need to revise the 2014-15 Part B Budget Application to re-budget the anticipated amount of released funds into any function code other than 1224 by April 30, 2015.

A webinar was provided on December 17, 2014, that described the process of releasing unexpended proportionate share carryover funds.  The recorded webinar can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/communications/webinar/december-special-education-finance-updates.  

Contact the Special Education Finance Section with any questions at 573-751-0622 or [email protected].


 

Functional Vision Learning Media and Orientation and Mobility Assessment Services for Students with Visual Impairment

Source:  Stephen Barr, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Special Education

Intended Audience:  Administrators of teams serving students with visual impairment

Date: January 6, 2015

Vision professionals certified in the education of students with visual impairment and orientation and mobility are available to provide functional vision and learning media assessments at no charge to local education agencies and state board operated programs.  The results of the assessments may be used for IEP Form A decisions required by IDEA.  The assessments yield information as to how a student's educational performance is affected by visual impairment.  The orientation and mobility assessments evaluate a student's safety and independence in travel.  Technical assistance and professional development is also available.  In addition,  resources regarding a variety of topics including adaptations to the learning environment, modifications of materials, instructional strategies, and the Expanded Core Curriculum are also available. 

For additional information on these services, contact:

Annette Miller at [email protected], 314-776-4320 ext. 1240 or go to http://msb.dese.mo.gov/outreach-services/vision-ed-orientation-mobility.html 

Julie Anderson-Ituarte at [email protected], 417-836-5490 or go to http://education.missouristate.edu/bss/ 

Anthony Blades at [email protected], 660-785-7428 or go to http://rpdc.truman.edu/blindskills.asp 

To view a map by county to determine who to contact, go to: http://msb.dese.mo.gov/outreach-services/documents/OutreachServDeliveryArea_Contact122014.pdf.  


The Importance of Touch and Hands for Children and Youth with Deafblindness and/or Multiple Disabilities

Source:  Missouri Deafblind Technical Assistance Project/Missouri School for the Blind

Intended Audience:  Teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and parents of students with combined vision and hearing loss

Date: January 6, 2015

The Missouri Deafblind Technical Assistance Project based at Missouri School for the Blind is sponsoring a one-day workshop titled "The Importance of Touch and Hands for Children and Youth with Deafblindness and/or Multiple Disabilities" presented by Barbara Miles, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts at no charge for participants.  This workshop will provide information on the importance of touch as a foundational sense for children and youth with combined vision and hearing loss and additional disabilities and will provide instruction in techniques for respectful, educational, and conversational use of touch.  The workshop will be Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at the Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, Missouri from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Registration forms are posted at:  http://msb.dese.mo.gov/.   At the bottom of the page under Outreach Services, select Missouri Deafblind Technical Assistance Project, Training Opportunities.

For questions, contact:  Susan Bonner, Project Coordinator, MSB, (314) 776-4320 ext. 3255 or [email protected].