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Project SPARKLE Training Program

Supporting Parent Access to Resources, Knowledge, Links and Education

The SPARKLE training program is a very unique training program designed for families of children and youth who are deaf-blind. Is is designed to be used at home, whenever it is convenient for you and at the pacing that works best for you.  This program is also designed to help you apply what you’ve learned to better address your child’s developmental and educational needs.

Learn more about SPARKLE

If you are a parent in North Carolina, contact
one of our Family Specialists to learn how you can get started!

Project SPARKLE is a program of individualized learning that enhances the ability of parents of children who are deafblind to fulfill their roles in the development and education of their children.  Through Project SPARKLE, parents will have access to information, training, and resources in their homes via DVD technology and the Internet.



The SPARKLE training program is provided to parents utilizing DVD technology and supported with a Parent Guidebook and the SPARKLE website.
The training program focuses on:

  • deafblindness
  • vision
  • hearing
  • touch
  • concept development
  • intervention
  • communication

The child profile is a database program which supports the family in collecting data and information specific to their child. Parents use what they have learned and develop a profile unique to their child.  They can then share this profile with the educational team, service providers, medical personnel, and others.

The SPARKLE website has a Family Room component where parents can access an evolving collection of family stories for inspiration and support.  It also had a section entitled “R Kids” that highlights individual children and celebrates their abilities.

Project SPARKLE also provides a Listserv where parents can interact with each other to share ideas, information, and encouragement.  The listserv has deafblind topics for ongoing discussion.

Each participating state has a State Facilitator who can provide guidance, support, and resources to families as appropriate.  The SPARKLE website has a unique video library where parents can watch presentations by professionals in deafblindness from their home computers.  It also contains a glossary of terms and a resource section containing links to related websites.



Address: 907 Barra Row, Suites 102/103
Davidson, NC 28036
Phone: 704-892-1321
Fax: 704-892-5028
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