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									    Nebraska Statewide
 Educational Programs and
Support Services for Children
  who are Deaf or Hard of
          Hearing
        1997 - 2008
           Rhonda Fleischer
           rfleisch@esu9.org
           History - 1997
• Nebraska School for the Deaf enrollment – 38
  students
• 668 students statewide
• Legislative decision to close NSD’s campus.
• Four regional programs were established.
• Regions are state funded with dollars that had
  been budgeted for the NSD campus cost.
• Committee of stakeholders was established and
  continue to operate as a standing committee of
  SEAC.
• Arrangement with the Iowa School for the Deaf
  assures a full continuum of placement options are
  available.
        • LEA - Educational costs
        • NDE - Residential costs
Nebraska made a
commitment to
enhance the
educational
programs that
children who are
Deaf and Hard of
Hearing receive
through their local
schools (LEAs)
               1997                            2006
• 668 students                    • 712 students

• 77 interpreters                 • 115 interpreters
  No certification requirements     State added interpreter qualification
                                    requirements to Rule 51 in 2001




• 39 deaf educators in
  mainstream programs.            • 61 deaf educators
 Nebraska Regional Programs’ Role
         Approved by State Board of Education - December 10, 2004




• Act as a networking system
   – E-mail distribution lists
   – Monthly coordinators’ meetings via polycom or IP
   – Quarterly reports to SEAC from all stakeholders
   – Twice a year stakeholders meetings
   – Coordinator report quarterly to Nebraska Association of
     Special Ed Supervisors
   – Coordinators
   – Each region has advisory mechanism including administrative
     steering committee
•Create social and educational opportunities for
students, including summer educational
experiences
                     • Statewide Activities
                         –   Fall Secondary Activity
                         –   Elementary Extravaganza
                         –   Space Camp
                         –   Storytelling Festival
                         –   Winter Dance
                         –   Arts Festival
                         –   CCDHH -- Speech Contest
                         –   Close Up
                         –   Camp Anderson
                     • Each region has numerous
                       activities in their region
• Technological
  Connections
   – Ichat/Skype/V pads
   – Video Phones
   – Jr. NAD through polycom
   – Exploring Academic Bowl
     team over distance
   – iChat project between
     Grand Island Public
     Schools and Oregon School
     for the Deaf
• Encourage family involvement                                                      QuickTime™ an d a


   – Sign language classes for families
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   – Parents are always encouraged to participate
     and required to participate with preschool
     students
   – Parents are involved on advisory committees
   – Summer parent/professional workshop
   – iPod/DVD connections
       • Spelling words
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• Promote cooperative agreements among
  service providers and equity for all children
  Coordinators are familiar with community and school services
  that are available in their region and share information with
  districts and families
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• Develop increased professional development
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  opportunities
   – Annual summer workshop for parent/professionals
   – Financially support staff and parent attendance at
     National Conferences
   – Bring in National Presenters

• Establish Interpreter Training
   –   EICP (UNC)
   –   ASK-12 EIPA testing
   –   UNO established interpreter training program
   –   Boys Town and Regional Mentoring
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• Develop increased professional development
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  opportunities
   – Annual summer workshop for parent/professionals
   – Financially support staff and parent attendance at
     National Conferences
   – Bring in National Presenters

• Establish Interpreter Training
   –   EICP (UNC)
   –   ASK-12 EIPA testing
   –   UNO established interpreter training program
   –   Boys Town and Regional Mentoring
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   – Interpreter listserve to address issues
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• Act as a resource to families, students, and schools
   –   Assist districts with program development
   –   Recruiting/hiring/interviewing assistance
   –   Always available to answer questions
   –   Lending libraries

• Provide access to Deaf and hard of hearing role
  models
   – Every activity

• Provide information about technological
  equipment and specialized materials and
  information
   – Tech tubs
   – Lending libraries
   – FM systems available to borrow
• Act as a resource to families, students, and schools
   –   Assist districts with program development
   –   Recruiting/hiring/interviewing assistance
   –   Always available to answer questions
   –   Lending libraries

• Provide access to Deaf and hard of hearing role
  models
   – Every activity

• Provide information about technological
  equipment and specialized materials and
  information
   – Tech tubs
   – Lending libraries
   – FM systems available to borrow
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                                                                             – iChat/Skype/Vpad used for meeting
                                                                               attendance
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                                                                             – Sign book/story on iPod
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                                                                             – Record activities to share at IEP meeting
                                                                             – Using iMovies/photos to develop
                                                                               language
                                                                             – Recording lectures (interpreted) when
                                                                               student is absent
                                                                             – Download educational podcasts to send
                                                                               home
                                                                             – Used to develop sign vocab
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                                                                               assess
                                                                             – iMovie makes it easy to add captions
• Challenges
  –   Critical to have strong invested leadership
  –   Keeping current -- Technology is changing quickly
  –   Firewalls
  –   Interfacing technology
  –   Training
  –   Aging staff
  –   Open mindedness and support of administration
      (training)
  –   Sometimes there is a trust issue since we aren't part of
      schools
  –   Everyone doesn't have access to tech
  –   Copyright laws
  –   Appropriate use of equipment
  –   $$$
More than 190 of Nebraska’s 243
   school districts have used
  services from the regional
      programs since 1997
                  Resources
• Regional Programs -- http://www.esu13.org/nrp
• State Plan -- http://cwp.esu9.org/Stateplan.doc
• UNC - EICP --
  http://www.unco.edu/doit/litp.htm
• ASK-12 --
  www.usu.edu/mprrc/curproj/ask12/EIPATestFAQ
  .cfm
• EIPA -- http://www.classroominterpreting.org
• Rhonda Fleischer -- State Liaison for Programs for
  Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  rfleisch@esu9.org

								
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