The Montana Deaf-Blind Project is located at the Rural Institute at the University of Montana- Missoula. Individuals from birth through age 21 who are impacted by both vision and hearing loss are eligible for project services. Staff of the Montana Deaf-Blind Project partner with Outreach Consultants from the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind to provide information, technical assistance, and professional development to families and professionals who provide services to individuals who are deaf-blind.
The MTDB project works to:
- Build capacity and improve services within Montana to increase outcomes for students who are deaf-blind.
- Increase the resources and expertise available through collaborative partnerships at the state, regional and national levels.
The project supports national initiatives that include the following:
- Early Identification and Referral
- Family Engagement
- Assessment, Planning and Instruction
- Professional Development for staff working with students with deaf-blindness
- National Child Count
MTDB provides technical assistance through a Multi-Tiered Model of Support to families, educators, administrators, and related service providers at three levels of support: universal, targeted, and intensive.
Meet the Staff
The Montana Deaf-Blind Project’s initiatives are implemented in collaboration with the following state agencies:
- Montana School for the Deaf and Blind Outreach Consultants
- Montana Office of Public Instruction
- The state’s Part C program and Family Support Specialists
- Children’s Special Health Services
- MT Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Low Vision staff
- Montana PTI