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Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v17 p44-47 2016

Representatives from the Kansas State Department of Education; the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; the University of Kansas Transition Coalition; and the transition coordinator, parents, Independent Living Center, and administrators from the Kansas School for the Deaf formed a team to establish quality transition services and resources for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and to provide assistance to their parents, educators, agencies, and independent living center staff, especially in rural areas. The team, a result of the Summits sponsored by the federally supported pepnet 2, wanted deaf and hard of hearing students to be empowered to experience life as self-sufficient and contributing citizens. The Kansas team got together and deliberated. The team was well aware of multiple and varied needs, but had a difficult time prioritizing. They realized a need for data to pursue a systematic approach and make purposeful and effective decisions. They also needed to include other people who were involved with and cared about the transition process for deaf and hard of hearing young people. A representative from pepnet 2, the federal initiative to increase the lifetime choices of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, suggested that the team reach out to the Transition Coalition, a research unit at the University of Kansas that provides information, training, and resources for effective transition for students with disabilities. The Transition Coalition recommended administration of its Quality Indicators of Exemplary Transition Programs Needs Assessment-2 (QI-2). Today the Kansas pepnet 2 team has identified the unmet needs of deaf and hard of hearing students, and hopes to use this data to enable school districts to better prepare teachers, parents, and students for transition from high school to postsecondary education or the workplace.

Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Teamwork, Transitional Programs, Cooperative Planning, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Surveys, Data Collection, Program Effectiveness, Agency Cooperation, Barriers

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail: odyssey[at]gallaudet.edu; Web site: http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu





Author: Barron, Luanne; Ray-Oyler, Stephanie; Lattin, Dana

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=437&id=EJ1104108







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