Alaska Deaf-Blind Project at SESA
SESA is an educational service agency for people with “low incidence” disabilities and offers a statewide lending library. Low incidence disabilities include autism, deaf and hard of hearing, vision loss, emotional disabilities, and multiple disabilities. The Alaska Deaf-Blind Project at SESA provides on-site support and services to qualified deaf-blind individuals (birth to age 22) free of charge, including functional hearing and vision assessments; information and training on American Sign Language, Tactile sign language, pre-symbolic communication, Braille, and picture and object cues; development and implementation of IEP or IFSP programs for students; and support for the transition into an ILP program, school, and adulthood. The Alaska Deaf-Blind Project demonstrates and/or teaches specialized strategies to local school personnel, parents, and the community; assists educators, group homes, and families in obtaining specialized instructional materials and/or adapting available material/equipment; serves as a liaison with other agencies; provides topical in-service presentations and workshops; and connects clients with culturally appropriate interventions.