What is Deaf-Blindness?

  • May 16th, 2011
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The federal definition of deaf-blindness is the “concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which creates such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in a special education in programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness.” FR Dept. of Education, 34 CFR Parts 300 & 303. Vol. 64, No. 48.3/12/99

Deaf-Blindness is a condition of a combined vision and hearing loss, requiring specific instructional strategies that address the presence of both sensory impairments. The child could have varying degrees of hearing and vision loss. It is the combination of this loss that has a profound impact on the child will interact and learn.

Through PaTTAN, The Pennsylvania Deaf-Blind Initiative offers a variety of training, technical assistance, and resources to assist educators and families in the areas of assessment, instruction, and family involvement activities.

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