The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) is a grant-funded project awarded to the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, University of Cincinnati, by the U.S. Department of Education with support from the Ohio Department of Education. The project provides services in Ohio to individuals with deafblindness, birth through 21 years including collaborative technical assistance to families, educational personnel and services providers through training and information dissemination. The OCDBE is dedicated to offering innovative approaches to improving the education of children and youth with deafblindness.

Our Team

Deborah Telfer, PhD

Project Director and Principal Investigator

Lynne Hamelberg, PhD

Census Administrator

Linda Bass-Johnoff, M.Ed.

Linda Bass-Johnoff, MEd


Jodi Dowell

Jodi Dowell, MEd

Research Associate for Low Incidence Disabilities

Advisory Board (AB)

THE OCDBE AB advises project personnel on the development, implementation and evaluation of project activities, and in making connections among and across state, regional and local entities as they relate to the work of OCDBE. The Board meets two times per project year – once in the fall and once in the spring.


OCDBE provides technical assistance with the help of OCDBE’s skilled and knowledgeable team of consultants who live and work around the state of Ohio. OCDBE consultants can conduct a classroom observation, meet with school district personnel, or meet with parents. A consultation can be requested by completing the Request for a Consultation found on the OCDBE website under Educational Support Services.

Technical Assistance Deployment & Design (TADD) Team

The TADD Team advises project personnel on the design and delivery of consultation, professional development (PD) and training, and technical assistance (TA) across tiers to be provided to a variety of target audiences including families, educational and medical professionals, regional providers, and community agency representatives. TADD pays particular attention to the quality, relevance, and usefulness of TA, and the efficiency of TA delivery provided across all tiers. TADD also advises on the identification and use of strategies for extending and sustaining the work of the project during and after the life of the grant.

More Information

What is Deafblindness?
OCDBE Services
Ohio Deafblind Census


Annual OCDBE Parent Retreat


April 26-April 28, 2024


Deer Creek State Park Lodge


Kimberly Christensen


Register by March 15, 2024