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 provide information, technical assistance, and professional development to families and professionals who provide services to individuals who are deaf-blind.
The Montana Deaf-Blind 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
The Montana Deaf-Blind project 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
- MT Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Low Vision staff
- Montana Empowerment Center | Exceptional Children, Extraordinary Potential
- Montana Milestones
- Children’s Special Health Services