Helen Keller Deaf Blind

Deaf Blindness Instruction

The combined effect of hearing and vision loss can dramatically impact how an individual can access information and communication. AIS recognizes that it is critically important to ensure that children and young adults with deaf-blindness receive specialized instruction and follow through by family and caregivers. The teacher of the Deaf-Blind provides direct one-on-one instruction and consultative special education services within student’s school.

Definition

Deaf-Blindness is a complex term. It is often mistakenly thought to apply only to individuals who do not see or hear anything. However, it actually applied to individuals with varying degrees and types of both a vision and hearing loss. In fact, of those on the deaf-blind census, 83% have some vision and 61% have some hearing. (Killoran, 2007)

Blindness does not necessarily mean total loss of vision and hearing – rather- “Simultaneous hearing and vision loss, 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.” 34 CFR, 300.8 (c(2);8