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

For a vision-hearing decision tree click here.

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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

The Basic Human Need for Closure and Its Impact on Children and Youth who are Deafblind (2-part series)

Dates: January 18 & 25, 2022
Time: 4-5:00 pm (ET)
Speaker: Maurice Belote, former Project Director of California Deafblind Services
No Cost

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The Forgotten Senses: Proprioceptive and Vestibular Issues and Availability for Learning for Children with Deafblindness

Dates: January 22, 2022
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm (ET)
Speaker: David Brown, Deafblind Educational Specialist
No Cost

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Introduction to Interveners

Dates: February 10, 2022
Time: 4-5:00 pm (ET)
Speaker: Karen Koehler, PhD and Doug Sturgeon EdD; Shawnee State University TVI and D/HoH Consortiums
No Cost

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The Importance of Identifying Children with CAPD & CVI

Dates: February 24, 2022
Time: 4-5:00 pm (ET)
Speaker: Karen Koehler, PhD and Doug Sturgeon EdD; Shawnee State University TVI and D/HoH Consortiums
No Cost

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