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

Supporting Communicative Competence Professional Learning Series (6-part series)

Dates: Sept. 23, Nov. 4 & Dec. 9, 2021 | Jan. 13, Feb. 17, Mar. 10, 2022
Time: 4-5:30 pm (ET)
Speaker: Jacqueline Kerns, EdD and Judy Page, PhD
No Cost

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Communication That Counts: (2-part series)

Connecting with Children Who are Deafblind and Have Additional Disabilities (2-part series)
 Nov. 4 and Nov. 10, 2021
Time: 2-3:00 PM (EST)
Speaker: Dr. Lyn Ayer
No Cost

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From Interaction to Formal Language: (6-part series)

Become an Excellent Observer, Thoughtful Communicator and Creative Designer of Learning with Children who are Deafblind or have a Low Incidence Disability (6-part series)
 Nov. 2, 9, 16 & 30 | Dec. 7 & 14
Time: 4-5:30 pm (ET)
Speaker: Chris Montgomery, M.Ed., Texas Deafblind Consultant
No Cost

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Making Sense of Early Intervention


Revised 2021 Making Sense of Early Intervention now available!

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