Deafblindness Resources

These resources relate specifically to deafblindness (Scout also provides more general resources about multiple disabilities). Students who are deafblind have unique educational challenges, but there are also organizations, communities, and groups that focus on deafblindness. The resources here include material for parents, teachers, and individuals.

Deborah Gleason, Regional Coordinator of the Hilton/Perkins Program, provides guidelines to determine how a child learns most effectively, how adults can support this learning, and what environmental conditions are best.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

This article by Jill Brody discusses the role of occupational therapists, definitions, and intervention strategies for working with young children with visual impairments and additional disabilities.

Source: Project SALUTE

Associations from each continent by and for people with deafblindness.

Source: A to Z Deafblindness

Lauren J. Lieberman and Cathy Houston-Wilson highlight major barriers that impede the inclusion of students with visual impairments in physical education and provide strategies for overcoming those barriers.
Reprinted from Re:VIEW.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Advice for older adults with vision and hearing loss who want to be fully engaged participants in the world.

Source: VisionAware

Written by parents raising children with combined hearing and vision losses, this manual is a "road map" for other parents in the same situation.

Source: Minnesota DeafBlind Technical Assistance Project

NCDB offers an overview of Person Centered Planning, articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and research.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

Harvey Mar and Karen Goehl present the PHASES Project, an approach to the assessment of students with deafblindness that emphasizes evaluation in natural contexts and situations. 

Source: Indiana Deafblind Services Project

This is Chapter 7 from Peggy Freeman's book, The Deafblind Disabled Baby: A Program of Care for Parents of the Deafblind Baby with Multiple Disabilities. She discusses the importance of play and outlines six stages of play, with many simple activities to try at home. Downloads as a Microsoft Word Document.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

This section of the NCDB website has several articles about play and recreation for students who are deafblind.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

NCDB provides links to articles and publications, bibliographies, and Internet resources related to postsecondary education for students who are deafblind.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

Theresa Smith offers guidelines for interacting with someone who has a combined vision and hearing loss.

Source: Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind

The importance of communication and play in the education of children with deafblindness. English title: "Deaf-Blindness: A Possible Educational Approach ‘Giving Priority to Childhood’”; in Spanish.

Source: International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

Characteristics of individuals with deafblindness; features of a functional communication program. English title: “A Functional Ecological Program for Congenitally Deaf-Blind”; in Portuguese.

Source: International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

Project SALUTE describes the hierarchy of communication symbols, from most abstract to most concrete. Color photographs of each of the eleven symbols are included; available in English and Spanish. 

Dr. Harvey Mar's overview of psychological evaluation of children who are deafblind. He defines several assessment approaches, answers common questions, and advises psychologists on preparing for the assessment.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Perkins author/education Barbara Miles speaks on the important role that hands and the sense of touch play in communication with children who are deafblind.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcasts

Peggy Freeman gives advice on the importance of routines to parents of babies who are deafblind with multiple disabilities, with detailed suggestions for routines for feeding, sleeping, bathing, dressing and undressing, and toileting.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

NCDB provides links to their products, articles and other publications, bibliographies, and Internet resources on a wide range of topics, including Self-Determination.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

Sense offers online publications and resources for people with a dual sensory impairment, their families, caregivers, and the professionals who work with them.

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