"Our parent advisor could not do a better job than the one she
is currently doing for us. She has included us in all decisions regarding
our daughter. She has provided us with much support and information.
She is constantly keeping up-to-date on new information. She has become
a part of our family. We greatly value her suggestions and feel she
truly cares about us and our daughter."
--SKI-HI Program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
"Our child has improved dramatically in her ability
to communicate. Our intervener has been instrumental in this development.
Her bonding with our daughter is evident by Katy's desire to please
and positive reactions of signing, babbling and moving. It is a warm
and content feeling to see these two interact. I can attribute many
of Katy's progressive strides to my intervener's efforts. She is an
adopted member of our family."
--Intervener Program for Deaf-Blind
"The bottom line is that without the Deaf Mentor
Program we feel things would be very different at our house! Would we
have appreciated deaf persons and become involved with the Deaf community
to the extent we have? Would we enjoy the friendship of so many families
in the same boat as us? Would we have a wonderful deaf person coming
into our home each week sharing their language and culture with us and
helping us to understand and appreciate Jade? Would Jade be enjoying
the level of self-esteem and be progressing as well in her language
and her school work as she is now? The answer is "no"! We are so thankful
for the services and the insights the Deaf Mentor Program has provided
our family and Jade and feel it is an essential program for all families
with deaf children."
--Deaf Mentor Program
"Because of my parent advisor, I now know my
baby who is severely disabled. I know when she is excited, happy, mad,
and when she calls for me. Thank you for giving me the tools to communicate
with my baby. I can never repay you."
--INSITE for Multidisabled Sensory Impaired
"It has been very easy to talk to our parent
advisor. She does not judge nor criticize. One thing I have loved about
her is that she is always pointing out positive things about my baby;
how she sees this or that improvement; or pointing out something the
baby is doing that I have not noticed. She has been wonderful, just
what we have needed."
--VIISA Program for Visually Impaired
"My husband and I feel so blessed to have
access to the great resources available. They help us understand and
effectively deal with our child's special needs."
--Parent receiving AHEAD Program
From Interventionists Trained in and Using SKI-HI Institute Programs
"Finally, we (Deaf adults) are being asked to
help. I feel honored to share my life with these beautiful children
and their families. They value me and my experiences, and I see the
parents accepting their child as a deaf child and learning how to communicate
with their child and it thrills me. This is the best program in the
--A Deaf Mentor
"I have noticed a big change in Jim's progress.
He has come from crying constantly to actually enjoying doing tasks.
It's very satisfying to know that I have helped him."
--Child Care Provider receiving AHEAD Program
"Empowerment as a teacher of the visually impaired
with restored enthusiasm was personally important to me. It has been
so very long since I received valuable professional development in visual
impairment at the preschool level."
--A VIISA Course Participant
"Jake is really starting to respond to his world.
He watches people more and responds to them when they talk to him. He
smiles more and reaches out to them. He also plays with his toys more.
He rolls around to explore his world and touches and feels what he finds."
--An Intervener for a Child who is Deaf-Blind
"I liked the video tapes, home assignments, group
discussions, hands-on experiences, and interaction about real situations.
I'm overwhelmed with all I have learned. Fabulous presentations and
the materials are incredible. I particularly liked the information on
hearing aids, communication options and the emphasis on the family.
I liked the opportunity for networking and meeting others in the field
who will be good resources. The curriculum is a useful tool, concise,
well organized, very relevant to my work and gives me a path to follow."
--A SKI-HI Training Participant
"I reflect back on your training and think
how positive your trainings really are with the capacity to impact so
many hearts in a positive way which is something America desperately
needs more of. I can't imagine your not getting funded in the future.
Continue your mission!"
--AHEAD Trainers' Training Participant
From Agencies Using SKI-HI Institute Programs
"The need for specialized training for paraeducators
and their supervisors is important due to lack of existing training
programs and the time and schedule constraints of paraeducators. Our
school has five paraeducators. Many are working with young children
with sensory impairments and it is important that school personnel be
able to communicate with these children to help them learn along with
their classmates. The communication training system that you have been
developing, field testing, and distributing has been most helpful."
--A School District Director of Special Education
"We are fortunate that the Project AHEAD training
has been available to many of our early intervention programs. We feel
this training has been very useful as providers learn to work with children
and their families. With the reauthorization of the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the increased emphasis on carrying
out Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) goals in "natural environments,"
the AHEAD training is very valuable as providers interact with families
at home and in child care settings. Some of our early intervention staff
have had the opportunity to become AHEAD trainers. This will allow the
training to be available to more providers in the future."
--State Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) Coordinator
"While the trainings were only one step, they
provided new opportunities for collaboration between early childhood
and vision service providers and a better knowledge base for mutual
support for future endeavors. In a time when there is a severe national
shortage of trained teachers of the visually impaired and with many
of these providers lacking training for infant/preschool service delivery,
the VIISA model can be an important supplement to state efforts, especially
if it is carefully planned to address particular state concerns and
--A State Department of Education
"The benefits of the SKI-HI curriculum have been
invaluable to teachers in our program, even more so to the parents who
received the information. We have adopted the philosophy of SKI-HI and
integrated it as the most important aspect of our infant program. We
highly recommend the curriculum whenever the opportunity arises."
--An Early Intervention Program Director
"In our state, over fifty percent of young children
with delays or disabilities participate in community child care settings
at a minimum of twenty hours per child per week. Their is urgent need
to assist, train, and support the child care personnel caring for these
young children in order to promote the optimum development of each child.
In addition, child care staff require training which enables them to
provide a supportive environment so that children with delays or disabilities
are able to form important friendships with all young children. Project
AHEAD has state-of-the-art resources and materials and a "Train the
Trainer" model to support each state's ability to train its personnel."
--An Early Intervention State Coordinator