The term “deaf-blind” can be misleading. It implies the complete absence of vision or hearing. In reality, only about 6% of children who are deaf-blind are without any sight or hearing. While most individuals have some usable vision and/or hearing, no two children with deaf-blindness are alike. Sensory limitations are frequently associated with other disabilities. Individuals diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome, and physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, for example, may also have vision and hearing losses that can go unnoticed due to the prominence of their other disabilities.
The loss of vision and hearing, even minor losses, can greatly impact development and learning. Children who are deaf-blind must be taught using strategies that are responsive to their individual sensory, cognitive, and physical skills. We encourage you to explore other areas of this website to gain more specific information about best educational practices for individuals who are deaf-blind.
The following link is for training offered by the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness for people working and living with children with dual sensory impairments.
For information about the available modules follow this link: https://nationaldb.org/ohoa/modules
If you would like more detailed information about this disability, the website of the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a comprehensive resource with an extensive library of materials. Introductory information about deaf-blindness compiled by NCDB is organized within the following topics: