Deaf-Blindness

WHO WE SERVE

We serve families of people of all ages, who are deaf-blind, or visually and hearing impaired throughout New York State. According to NCDB, the term deaf-blind (or dual sensory loss) refers to a combination of “varying degrees of vision and hearing loss.”

The key feature of deaf-blindness is that the combination limits access to auditory and visual information. “Children with dual sensory loss require teaching methods that are different from those for children who have only hearing or vision loss. When both vision and hearing are affected, opportunities to learn, communicate, and socialize can be severely limited. More than 90% of people who are deaf-blind have additional disabilities or health problems.”

Individuals with deaf-blindness and their families face unique challenges throughout their lives. They need support to access information, resources, services, and communication technology.

LEARN ABOUT DEAF-BLINDNESS

A Family’s Guide to Interveners for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss
http://intervener.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/A-Familys-Guide-to-Interveners.pdf

WEBINARS & WEBCASTS

CHARGE Syndrome Webinars http://chargesyndrome.org/resources.asp#webinars

NFADB Webinars www.nfadb.org/Products.html

NCDB Archived Webinars www.nationaldb.org/NCDBProducts.php?prodCatID=90

Perkins Webcasts & Webinars www.perkins.org/resources/webcasts/ www.perkins.org/resources/webinars/

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention EHDI www.infanthearing.org/

PUBLICATIONS

National Center on Deaf-Blindness www.nationaldb.org

Early Identification and Referral
https://nationaldb.org/groups/page/8/early-identification-and-referral

Intervener Services
https://nationaldb.org/initiatives/profile/intervener-services

Technology Solutions
https://nationaldb.org/initiatives/profile/technology-solutions

Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss
http://literacy.nationaldb.org/

Deafblindness Publication and Resources
www.perkins.org/resources/educational-publications/deafblindness-educational-service-guidelines/

Obtaining Services for Your Visually Impaired Child in New York State – Article
www.familyconnect.org/parentsite.aspx?SectionID=80&TopicID=373&DocumentID=6032

The Expanded Core Curriculum for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youths

http://bit.ly/1fabN6C

Total Life Learning: Preparing for Transition. A Curriculum for All Students with Sensory Impairments
Purchase book at: www.perkinsproducts.org/store

Transition Toolkit: Enhancing Self Determination for Young Adults who are Deaf-Blind
http://0a6a5bfc42275da80092-13cee80c2bfb23b1a8fcedea15638c1f.r47.cf1.rackcdn.com/cms/98_TransitionToolkit_Final_98.pdf