What is Deafblindness

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children defines deafblindness as follows: “Deafblindness” means concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness” (Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities, July 1, 2014).

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Hearing & Vision Assessments

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Deafblindness: Raising Awareness of Dual Sensory Impairment

Deafblindness: Raising Awareness on Dual Sensory Impairment, a 30-minute video presentation, is available for use by educators, agency personnel, families, and others. Click here to access the resource, which provides information on defining deafblindness, identifying common causes of deafblindness, identifying services provided by OCDBE, and understanding how to register a child on the Ohio deafblind census. For more information, or to schedule a virtual or in-person outreach session, contact Dr. Lynne Hamelberg, OCDBE Family Information & Outreach Specialist, at 614.897.0020.

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News & Events

Meaningful Movement for Children who are Deafblind (2-part series)

Dates: Oct. 11 and Nov. 15
Time: 3:30-4:30 pm (ET)
Speaker: Dr. Lyn Ayer
Contact hours available
No Cost

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Independent Study in Intervener Services for Ohio Parents

Dates: Individually arranged
Target Audience: Parents
Facilitator: Dr. Lyn Ayer
Contact hours upon completion of module(s) and webinar(s)
No cost

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FREE Independent Study on Intervener Services for Educators

Date: Individually scheduled
Facilitator: Dr. Lyn Ayer
Contact hours upon completion

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