(For pdf version of short term Technical Assistance request form click here.)

What is Technical Assistance? Intensive and specific technical assistance (TA) is available by
request to families, service providers, schools, or districts. Technical assistance may be provided on-site or it may
involve distance technology. It may also involve specific training opportunities to LEA and/or
AEA staff. Through the provision of technical assistance, the goal of Iowa’s Deafblind Services Project is to
increase educational achievement by supporting teams requesting assistance with assessment,
designing instructional programs, and regular, ongoing implementation of program
recommendations.

The short-term Technical Assistance requested through this form is intended to:

  • Provide intervention strategies for a specific student who already has an established
    program.
  • Develop and refine classroom routines, schedules, and activities for a student.
  • Provide materials and training to staff working with children who are deafblind.

Overview: When a request for Technical Assistance is made to the Deafblind Project, you can
expect that the DTAT will do the following:

  • Review the child’s current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to become familiar with
    the child’s educational program, classroom placement, and goals prior to initial technical assistance.
  • Request video of the student engaging in the targeted behavior, routines or interactions that
    are the focus of the technical assistance.
  • Provide a written report of communication with the team and any recommendations.