Title: 'Providing Support to Families and Professionals When There Isn’t a Lot of Money: Strategies from Kansas'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): early intervention, training, family support, collaboration
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify strategies for supporting families and service providers with limited financial support.
  2. Identify challenges and successes for building the capacity of early intervention professionals.
  3. Identify important statewide collaborative partners.


Due to the financial situation in Kansas, it has been challenging to gain the financial support necessary to implement a statewide system for supporting the early intervention networks in providing comprehensive, unbiased services for children who are deaf/hard of hearing. A dedicated group of people spent many years developing a comprehensive plan, but even a five-year phase-in plan has proven challenging to implement. In the meantime, children who are deaf/hard of hearing are still in need of the key pieces that lead to success such as qualified, knowledgeable professionals, access to services, and access to comprehensive, unbiased information. A dedicated advisory board in conjunction with a member of the outreach team at the Kansas School for the Deaf has found ways to support families and service providers with limited financial support. This session will share strategies for supporting families and service providers, challenges and successes in building capacity for service providers, and the collaborative relationships that have supported this process.
Presentation: 1223ErinSchuweiler.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
Erin Schuweiler - Primary Presenter
Kansas School for the Deaf
     Credentials: M.S., Ed.
     Other Affiliations: Sound START of Kansas
      Erin Schuweiler is the Birth to Three Coordinator at the Kansas State School for the Deaf (KSD). Erin has worked at KSD for 10 years, 2 years as a preschool teacher and 8 years in birth to three. Erin provides services and resources to service providers and families who have children ages birth to three who are deaf and hard of hearing throughout the state of Kansas. Erin graduated from the University of Kansas with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Deaf Education and Early Childhood Special Education.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.