Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Supporting Your Child

Logo: The Arkansas CAYSI Project

Parent Training


SPARKLE is a daylong training that CAYSI provides for parents. Parents will learn more about the concepts of vision and hearing loss and the impact it has on learning. Participants will take home training materials, including a SPARKLE DVD.


The Importance of Communication

The National Center for Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) shares a practioner’s thoughts on communication as the basic tool for independence.

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The Importance of Touch: Reflections on Deafblindness: Hands & Touch

Barbara Miles discusses the unique function hands serve for individuals who are deafblind.

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Communication Matrix

Designed by Dr. Charity Rowland for collaborative use by parents and teachers to assess student communication mode(s) and assist in the planning of an educational program.

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Home Talk

Designed for parents to more actively participate in assessing communication and planning of their child's goals both at home and in the school.


An intervener provides a bridge to the world for the student who is deafblind. The intervener helps the student gather information, learn concepts and skills, develop communication and language, and establish relationships that lead to greater independence. (Alsop, Killoran, Robinson, Durkel, & Prouty, 2004; McGinnes, 1986; Robinson et al., 2000).

Open Hands Open Access Intervener Services Learning Modules

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) is any kind of device or tool that helps people learn, work, communicate and live more independently. AT can be very simple and inexpensive, like a modified knife and fork, or it can be very sophisticated and costly, like a computerized speech device.

Assistive Technology Resources Arkansas ICAN (Increasing Capabilities Access Network)

Arkansas’ statewide assistive technology program designed to make technology available and accessible for everyone who needs it.


The goal of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) is to ensure that every person with combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern telecommunication tools and the training necessary to use them, granting every individual the opportunity to interact with the world as an involved, contributing member of society.

Center on Technology and Disability

Assistive technology helps to level the playing field for individuals with disabilities by providing them a way to fully engage in life’s activities. An individual may use assistive technology to travel about, participate in recreational and social activities, learn, work, communicate with others, and much more.

Working with Schools - Advocating

Wright’s Law

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for free on-line, accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

From Emotions to Advocacy

A book written especially for parents to provide a step by step approach to advocate for your child.

Facilitated IEPs

To assist the IEP Team with a third party who is neutral and objective.

CADRE - The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education

"Encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs."

Working with Schools - Transitioning

Transitioning out to the community after High School – START PLANNING as early as possible!

Arkansas Transition Services

Assistance for you and your school in preparing for your child’s goals after high school.

National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC)

Offers several online training programs on a variety of topics, including an overview of providing services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing and addressing transition issues.

Working with the Medical Community

Family-2-Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC)

Assists families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the professionals who serve them. We provide health-related support, information, resources and training.

Complex Child

Online magazine written by parents of children with complex medical issues and disabilities on a wide variety of topics.

Medical Home Clinic, Arkansas Children’s Hospital

This clinic provides a medical home to coordinate comprehensive medical care in conjunction with primary care physician and other local providers. To determine if your child may benefit from the Medical Home Clinic, consider the following questions:

Are you coming to Arkansas Children's Hospital more than three times a month?

Would having two appointments on the same day help meet your needs?

Would it be helpful to have a written individual care plan for your child? Your local doctor can refer you to Medical Home us by calling 501-364-3030.

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State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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