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Self-Assessment Guide Stories

Increasing the number of infants and toddlers who are identified and referred to their state deaf-blind projects is no small task, but projects that have used the Early Identification and Referral Self-Assessment Guide (SAG) have found it can be done.

The stories featured here highlight successes of state deaf-blind projects that, by using the SAG and an associated action-planning process, were able to establish relationships with systems responsible for early identification of children with disabilities in their states and develop clear processes for identification and referral. As a result, they boosted the number of children on their registries.

We hope these stories will help you think about ways you can focus child-find efforts in your state.

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  • Identified Part C as the system to address (this was aligned with advice from the project’s advisory board)
  • Action plan focused on:
    • Improved messaging regarding the benefits of referral to their state project
    • Standardizing materials and procedures and obtaining feedback on all materials from Part C coordinators
    • Giving annual presentations to Part C regional directors

Read the Missouri project’s story


  • Identified Part C as the system with the most potential for positive impact
  • Action plan focused on:
    • Building rapport and credibility
    • Expanding their project’s value to Part C beyond deaf-blindness
    • Refining messaging

Read the Vermont project’s story


  • Replicated efforts that were successful in one area of the state to the entire Part C regional system (Tennessee Early Intervention System)
  • Action plan focused on:
    • Building rapport and credibility with Part C administrators and service providers
    • Providing training throughout the state
    • Connecting directly with regional administrators

Read the Tennessee project’s story