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Anne L. Corn, Ed.D.
Kathleen M. Huebner, Ph.D.

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THE REPORT TO THE NATION PROVIDES:

  • NATIONAL BASELINE DATA ON EACH GOAL
  • A REPORT OF STATE-LEVEL ACTIVITIES TO ACHIEVE GOALS
  • A VEHICLE FOR COMMUNICATION ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE FIELD
  • RESOURCE INFORMATION FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN BECOMING INVOLVED IN THE NATIONAL AGENDA EFFORTS

THE REPORT TO THE NATION WAS DEVELOPED:

  • BY AND FOR PARENTS, PROFESSIONALS, AND CONSUMERS
  • AS PART OF THE PROCESS FOR ACHIEVING THE GOALS
  • AS A VEHICLE FOR CHANGE

THE REPORT TO THE NATION CAN BE USED TO:

  • INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE PROVISION OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
  • EMPHASIZE THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS, INCLUDING THOSE WITH MULTIPLE DISABILITIES
  • COMMUNICATE WITH EDUCATORS, LEGISLATORS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND OTHERS WHO CAN IMPACT SERVICES
  • HIGHLIGHT THE STARTING POINTS FOR EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS ON A NATIONAL LEVEL
  • PROVIDE COMPARISON DATA FOR LOCAL AND STATE EDUCATION SERVICES

GOAL 1 REFERRAL

PARENT SURVEY: 27 States/240 Families

FINDINGS

  • 71% referred by 6 months of age
  • 85% referred by 12 months of age
  • 52% enrolled in EC by 6 months of age
  • 77% enrolled in EC by 12 months of age
  • 94% enrolled in EC by 3 years of age

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • MORE AND BETTER INFORMATION TO ALL MEDICAL PERSONNEL WHO REFER

GOAL 2 PARENT RIGHTS

NATIONAL SURVEY--Degree to which parents felt knowledgeable with their child's education

101 FAMILIES from 18 STATES

FINDINGS

Felt knowledgeable about their child's:

  • 48% ed. needs
  • 58% legal rights
  • 69% abilities
  • 59% available programs/services
  • 50% future potential

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Professionals MUST provide: more information to parents, improve communication, & develop procedures to create parent-professional relationships

GOAL 3 PERSONNEL PREPARATION

  • NATIONAL SURVEY- NUMBERS OF PROFESSIONALS BEING TRAINED & NEEDED BY 2000/ Findings disseminated
  • MODEL OF EXCELLENCE DEVELOPED & PRESENTED TO OSERS/POLICY FORUM
  • PROJECT FUNDED TO STUDY POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
  • NATIONAL COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH EFFORTS UNDERWAY
  • APPLICATION OF NATIONAL STANDARDS ENCOURAGED
  • ENCOURAGE COLLABORATIVE PLANNING AMONG SPECIAL ED. AND PERSONNEL PREP FOR ACCURATE COUNTS OF CHILDREN SERVED
  • ESTABLISH SYSTEMS OF CAREER LEADERSHIP e.g.., MENTORS, MASTER TEACHERS, TEACHERS AS RESEARCHERS, ETC.

GOAL 4 CASELOAD SIZE

NATIONAL SURVEY FINDINGS:

  • SIGNIFICANT VARIABILITY
  • 47 STATES RESPONDED
  • 72% REG. STANDARDS/ POLICY FOR SPECIAL ED
  • 57% REG. STANDARDS / POLICY FOR VI

RECOMMENDATION

  • THERE IS SIMPLY NOT ONE BEST MANNER TO DETERMINE CASELOADS FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE BLIND/VI

GOAL 5 FULL ARRAY OF PLACEMENT OPTIONS

NATIONAL SURVEY 1525 MAILED TO PARENTS-- 359 COMPLETED RETURNED, 24.3%

FINDINGS:

  • 72.6% in PUBLIC SCHOOLS;
  • 6.7% SEPARATE DAY SCHOOLS;
  • 19.3%RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENTS
  • 70% ONLY INFORMED ABOUT THE PLACEMENT THE DISTRICT IS RECOMMENDING;
  • 15% ONLY INFORMED OF TWO OPTIONS

RECOMMENDATION

  • PARENTS NEED TO BE BETTER INFORMED ABOUT HOW THEIR CHILD'S EDUCATION WOULD BE AFFECTED IN EACH PLACEMENT OPTION

GOAL 6 ASSESSMENT

NATIONAL SURVEYS

  • Parent & Professional
  • Information on all standardized, formal, informal assessments used

THREE THEMES EMERGED

  • What is assessed
  • What instruments are used
  • What type of assessment training is needed

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • DEVELOP ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES AND INSTRUMENTS
  • EVALUATE INSTRUMENTS BEING USED
  • DEVELOP GUIDELINES FOR ADAPTING INSTRUMENTS AND INTERPRETING RESULTS
  • DEVELOP/PUBLICIZE TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR PROFESSIONALS WHO ADMINISTER & INTERPRET ASSESSMENT RESULTS

GOAL 7 ACCESS TO MATERIALS

NATIONAL SURVEY

  • 150 SENT, 30 RESPONDED (27 STATES)
  • 81% TO 100% OF THE STUDENTS NEED SPECIAL MATERIALS
  • NOT RECEIVING MATERIALS AT SAME TIME

FINDINGS:

  1. $3.5 MILLION SPENT ANNUALLY
  2. TIME SPAN BETWEEN ORDERS AND DELIVERY 4 TO 7 WEEKS

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR STAFFING MATERIALS PRODUCTION CENTERS
  • CREATE UNIFORM ACCESS STANDARDS FOR TEXT IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS
  • OFFER ACCOMMODATION FOR ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
  • ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR STANDARDIZATION OF GRAPHICS
  • ENCOURAGE VENDORS TO DEVELOP FULL-PAGE TACTILE GRAPHICS

GOAL 8 CORE CURRICULUM

CORE CURRICULUM (CC) DEVELOPED

  • REVIEWED BY MEMBERS OF NA WORKING GROUPS
  • DISSEMINATED IN RE:view and NA Packets, WWW
  • CC ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY PREPARED & DISSEMINATED BY TSBVI
  • CC Adopted 1996 AER RESOLUTION

SURVEY:

  • 100 TEACHERS/10 STATES CC

FINDING:

  • CHILDREN ARE NOT RECEIVING "CC"

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Complete and disseminate annotated bibliographies on all areas of the CC
  • Adoption of CC by SEAs
  • Personnel preparation programs assure future teachers are prepared to teach CC
  • Assess implementation of CC