CBSS Grant Objective:
The aim of the technical assistance priority is to deliver technical assistance and training necessary to improve outcomes for children who are deaf-blind. This TA and training will be made available to personnel in the schools, classrooms, or early intervention systems where these children are served.
What this means:
Technical Assistance — or TA — is not new. In fact, TA has been a signature activity of CBSS across every five-year grant cycle.
The staff at Connections has always worked hard to provide information, training, and support to families and providers working with children who have deaf-blindness. What is new in the current grant cycle is that three specific types of TA have been delineated — Targeted TA, Intensive TA, and Universal TA.
Targeted & Specialized TA
- Targeted & Specialized TA consists of is one-time or episodic events offered by CBSS.
- These training and support events are developed based on needs that common to multiple recipients, and they more topical and not extensively individualized at the individual child level.
- Examples of Targeted & Specialized TA include hosting a regional or national conference, offering a series of conference calls on a particular topic, and our Summer Institute and Special Topics Workshop events.
- Information about upcoming Targeted & Specialized TA activities are posted on our News & Events page.
- To receive e-mail updates about upcoming CBSS training events, please visit our Contact Us page and request to be added to our Constant Contact mailing list.
- All members of the CBSS staff are involved in Targeted & Specialized TA.
Intensive & Specific TA
- Intensive & Specific TA is direct interaction with a CBSS staff specific to the needs of an individual child.
- This level of TA includes purposeful and planned series of activities designed to reach an outcome chosen by the TA recipient (i.e., the family members and/or providers working with the child).
- Intensive & Specific TA is available by request to families, providers, schools or districts. It may be provide on-site, or it may involve distance technology. It may also involve specific training opportunities — such as participation in the Intervener Training Project or the Delrey Demonstration Project. Please click here to access our Referral Form.
- Although multiple staff members are involved with the provision of Intensive & Specific TA, Sandra Newcomb is the CBSS Intensive TA Specialist and has the lead role for this service.
Universal & General TA
- Universal & General TA is the provision of information and assistance but with minimal interaction.
- This level of TA involves making information available that can be accessed independently by others.
- Examples of Universal & General TA include training materials created by CBSS, informational brochures, one-time conference presentations, e-Connection Updates (electronic newsletters), social media and networking activities, field-initiated demonstration activities (including the Mini-grant Program), Factsheets and research summaries, and the CBSS website and web-based training opportunities.
- To receive e-mail updates about upcoming CBSS activities and events, please visit our Contact Us page and request to be added to our Constant Contact mailing list.
- Although multiple staff members are involved with the provision of Intensive & Specific TA, Jeni Stepanek is the CBSS Universal TA Specialist and has the lead role for this service.
More on TA — from the National Center Deaf-Blindness