Multiple Disabilities Resources

In addition to blindness or visual impairment, a child may have additional disabilities, such as cognitive, developmental, hearing, or mobility impairments. Every student with multiple disabilities presents a unique educational challenge. Teachers need specialized training and skills to understand how these students experience and understand the world. In this section, families and educators will find introductions to the educational needs of these students, as well as best practice and policy overviews.

These fact sheets inform parents on all aspects of communication. Each sheet defines the topic, explains its importance, and offers tips and important points to remember. Some are available in Spanish.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

This assessment tool is designed to pinpoint exactly how a child is currently communicating and to assist in creating communication goals. This user-friendly online version is aimed at parents whose children have severe multiple disabilities. Available in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, and Czech.

A wide range of teaching strategies used to provide effective instruction to students with visual impairments and additional disabilities is presented in this collection of video webcasts. Includes reflections on touch, tangible symbols, and creating communications portfolios for students.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

When a child does not speak, many behaviors are a form of communication. This tip sheet reminds caregivers and educators of the basics. This landing page links to fact sheets in English, Chinese, Laotian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS)

Sue Elan Holmes writes "about her experience with the Little Room, and what the Active Learning approach has meant for her son, Jimmy."

Source: Future Reflections, 2006, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Includes articles, bibliographies and Internet resources.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

This webcast featuring Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy provides information about the specific characteristic behaviors of CVI and provides information regarding the evaluation of functional vision.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcast

CDBS's fact sheet provides specific strategies and activities that create a need for the child to communicate. This landing page links to fact sheets in English, Chinese, and Spanish.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS)

Elizabeth Hartmann focuses on three main aspects of environments in this article (page 3): space, people, and time. Giving each appropriate attention "make them more conducive to meaningful communication" for children with deafblindness.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

Information and resources on CVI, including videos, online classes, and information on the CVI Endorsement.

Source: Perkins eLearning

This article provides a simple introduction to the sequence of skills that children master as they learn and grow.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Information about treatment of diabetic retinopathy, tips for living with the condition

Source: Sacramento Network of Care

Frequently asked questions on the housing rights of people with disabilities, and the legal responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals.


This site has overviews on many vision conditions.

Source: National Eye Institute

Features a weblog with updates on research and publications, and a forum of experts that respond to questions about education of children with deafblindness.

Deborah Gleason offers parents a wealth of ideas on making a child's world safe and understandable. Also available in Spanish, and downloadable in Indonesian.

Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

NCDB offers a wide range of information on the topic of early intervention, including their own products, as well as links to articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and research.

Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Deirdre Leech’s webcast explores the meaning of literacy for students with multiple disabilities or deafblindness, and discusses specialized formats that maximize access.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind
Easter Seals Camp ASCCA
Jackson's Gap, Alabama
Phone: 800.843.2267
Source: Easterseals

Easterseals camping and recreation programs serve children, adults and families of all abilities.

Locations at: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

Use the link to find out more about a camp near you.

Source: Easterseals