Technical Assistance, or TA, is a collaborative process between the project, the professionals, and the family that includes a process to identify needs, negotiation of goals, and decision making about services. These services may include the sharing of resources and information, networking with other parents or professionals both in-person and online, on-site coaching and modeling, professional development both in-person and online, among other options. Anyone who is involved in the life of a child or young adult who is deafblind is an eligible recipient of TA, including parents, professionals, children and young adults who are deafblind.
In order to implement effective TA that promotes academic achievement and improved results, research has proven that the following variables must be in place:
- a multi-tiered approach to the delivery of technical assistance,
- readiness for change, and
- various implementation drivers.
As prescribed by the Office of Special Education Programs, the NYDBC will operate within a multi-tiered, technical assistance (TA) delivery system.