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1 TRANSITION PLAN PUBLIC MEETINGS CENTER FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING EDUCATION

2 AGENDA Any person wishing to speak must submit in person a Sign-up Sheet by 6:30 PM. 6:00 – 6:15 Welcome 6:15 – 6:30 Written Recommendations (Worksheets) 6:30 – 8:00 Public Comment Period 8:00 Public Meeting Closed

3 HOUSE ENROLLED ACT 1367 Purpose of establishing the Center: To fulfill the need for a centralized entity that will support parental choice, including the full continuum of language and communication options; monitor and track a child’s progress through systems and services, enable data sharing between programs, and provide comprehensive outreach and educational consulting so that all children who are deaf or hard of hearing will experience good outcomes.

4 HOUSE ENROLLED ACT 1367 Key Function of the Center: To carry out its duties in an unbiased manner to ensure that children who are deaf and children who are hard of hearing acquire optimal language usage and academic abilities.

5 HOUSE ENROLLED ACT 1367 Duties of the Center: 1.Monitoring and tracking the identification, early intervention, education and successful transitions 2.Providing family support 3.Developing child assessment service models 4.Developing student learning opportunities 5.Providing consultation to school corporations 6.Providing classroom assessments 7.Assessing professionals 8.Acting as a liaison with all relevant state agencies

6 “GIVEN” The center for deaf and hard of hearing education is established.

7 AND, THUS… The role of the stakeholder process is to advise the transition plan (how to do it), not to debate whether or not (why) the center should be established.

8 “GIVEN” The center shall be established in a manner that is supportive of parental choice and provides comprehensive information related to key decision points on matters such as knowledge of the full continuum of language and communication options.

9 AND, THUS… The role of the stakeholder process is to advise how to support parental choice, including the full continuum of language and communication options, not to debate who should choose the approach to communication.

10 “GIVEN” The center shall carry out its duties in a manner to ensure that children who are deaf and children who are hard of hearing acquire optimal language usage and academic abilities.

11 AND, THUS… The role of the stakeholder process is to identify methods and make recommendations that allow the center to provide comprehensive, balanced information that will optimize language skills and academic success, not to debate the merits of language and communication options.

12 CDHHE TRANSITION PLAN State Agencies Indiana School for the Deaf Department of Education State Department of Health Family and Social Services Administration Stakeholders Individuals who are deaf and hard hearing, Parents of children who are deaf and hard hearing, and Professionals who provide services to children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Public Comment Office of Management & Budget In consultation with:

13 STAKEHOLDER PROCESS Stakeholders: Stakeholder Group Smaller Conversation Groups Drafting Team Public Meetings Supported by: Content Experts Process Experts

14 STAKEHOLDER GROUP Kim Bianco Majeri Bob Bowman Jodee Crace Debbi Davis Janice DeSanto Kelly DiBenedetto Dawn Downer David Geeslin Naomi Horton Gayla Hutsell Guignard Lisa Kovacs Cindy Lawrence Rhonda Marcum Melody Marley Terri Miller Heidi Neuberger Nicole Norvell Teri Ouellette Amy Robbins Laura Scheele Grayson Swaim Jane Ellen Watkins Lucy Witte David Yurek

15 STAKEHOLDER GROUP CHARGE Advise the Office of Management and Budget on key details for the transition plan to implement and administer the center for deaf and hard of hearing education.

16 STAKEHOLDER GROUP ROLE Make recommendations for: 1.A detailed description of how the center for deaf and hard of hearing education will implement and carry out its duties ; 2.A description of the agency that will provide office space and staff support for the center in an unbiased manner to ensure that children who are deaf and children who are hard of hearing acquire optimal language skills and academic abilities, regardless of the mode of communication; and 3.Any other information the office of management and budget determines is necessary.

17 STAKEHOLDER GROUP WORK Guiding Principles Center Operations Center Programs Duties of the Center

18 STAKEHOLDER GROUP WORK Preliminary Duties of the Center: (see worksheet) 1.Monitoring and tracking the identification, early intervention, education and successful transitions 2.Providing family support 3.Developing child assessment service models 4.Developing student learning opportunities 5.Providing consultation to school corporations Providing classroom assessments Assessing professionals 6.Acting as a liaison with all relevant state agencies

19 NEXT STEPS OMB, in consultation with State agency reps, will: Review and consider the stakeholder group Transition Plan recommendations. Add to the draft Transition Plan details regarding: 1.The estimated costs associated with center operation; 2.A description of the fiscal impact on the Indiana School for the Deaf and the agency resulting from the transfer of outreach and consultative service responsibilities; and 3.Any other information the OMB determines is necessary.

20 NEXT STEPS OMB, in consultation with State agency reps, will: Submit a detailed transition plan to implement and administer the center. Post the final transition plan on the OMB Internet web page for CDHHE (www.in.gov/OMB/2578.htm). Recommend to the general assembly through the budget process an appropriate agency to provide office space and staff support for the center.

21 PUBLIC MEETINGS June 18: Adams High School, South Bend June 19: Bedford North Lawrence High School, Bedford June 20: Indiana Government Center, Indianapolis

22 PURPOSE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS Purpose: To hear public testimony on the Draft Transition Plan for the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Activities: Inform the public regarding early work of the stakeholder group; and Invite the public to provide input to the draft Transition Plan: Worksheet: 3 Questions (unmet needs; important duties; other) Public Comment: Public Hearing (listening; not Q&A)

23 Worksheets may be submitted today or by June 29 to WORKSHEETS Any person wishing to speak must submit in person a Sign-up Sheet by 6:30 PM. To ensure that children who are deaf and children who are hard of hearing acquire optimal language skills and academic abilities: 1. What are unmet needs? 2. Given the unmet needs, what are the most important functions of the Center? (Includes draft ideas from the Draft Transition Plan. Check the most important and/or write others.) 3. Other comments

24 PUBLIC COMMENT GUIDELINES Public comment will be limited to written and spoken testimony on the Draft Transition Plan for the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education. 1.Public comment will be heard from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM. 2. Any person wishing to speak must submit in person a Sign-up Sheet by 6:30 PM. 3.Upon submission of the Sign-Up Sheet, individuals will be assigned a number indicating the order in which they will be recognized to testify.

25 PUBLIC COMMENT GUIDELINES 4.Public comment will be time-limited. The amount of time allotted per person will be determined based on the number of persons registered to speak by 6:30 PM. If more than ninety persons are registered to speak, public comment will be limited to one minute per person taken in the order of registration until cut off at 8:00 PM. 5.When recognized to speak, individuals should first state their name and organization (role).

26 PUBLIC COMMENT GUIDELINES 6.Speakers are asked to avoid repeated or redundant public comments. The Office of Management and Budget is interested in qualitatively understanding the full range of views. Individuals may choose to “pass” if they feel that their points were made by others. Organizations, associations, and groups are asked to appoint a single spokesperson.

27 PUBLIC COMMENT GUIDELINES 7.All members of the public will treat others at the Public Meeting with respect. There will be no displays of disapproval such as booing or hissing. 8.Any persons not following these guidelines may be asked to leave the Public Meeting. 9.When the Public Meeting is officially declared closed, no further public testimony will be allowed. 10.The public is invited to submit written testimony on the Draft Transition Plan through June 29, 2012.

28 PUBLIC COMMENT REMINDERS State your name and role. Limit comments to the Transition Plan. Avoid repeated comments. Treat others with respect. Worksheets and written comments are welcome until June 29, Please submit to:

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