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

Mapping the Dreams: The Transition to Adulthood

(3 sessions)
Dates:
 Jan. 12, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, 2022
Time: 4-5:30 PM (ET)
Speaker: Tammie Sebastian, Statewide Program Coordinator, Ohio Center for the Education of Children with Disabilities & Amy Freeman, Statewide Transition Coordinator, Ohio Center for the Education of Children with Disabilities
No Cost

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Better Together: Supporting a Successful Transition to Adulthood

Dates: February 1, 2022
Time: 4-5:30 PM or 7-8:30 PM (ET)
Speaker: Katie Scheetz and Allison Meloy, Opportunity for Ohioans with Disabililties
No Cost

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Exploring Transition-Age Services for Deafblind Youth

Dates: February 2, 2022
Time: 4-5:30 PM (ET)
Speaker: John Filek, Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youth and Adults
No Cost

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Considerations for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators Unique to Children with Deafblindness and Low Incidence

(3 sessions)
Dates:
 Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 30, 2022
Time: 4-5:15 PM (ET)
Speaker: Dr. Melinda Wolford
No Cost

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