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

Creative Assessment Considerations: Strategies for Evaluating Children with Deafblindness and/or Multiple Disabilities

Dates: Oct. 6-Nov. 13, 2020
Time: 4-5:00 pm -five, 1-hour weekly webinars
Target Audience: School psychologists, speech-language pathologists, related services, intervention specialists, parents
Facilitator: Dr. Timothy Hartshorne
1 contact hour for each session upon completion of the webinar evaluation
No cost

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Why Would My Child do That? Making Sense of Communication

Dates: Sept. 12, 2020
Target Audience: Parents, educators, related services providers, agency personnel
Facilitator: Dr. Timothy Hartshorne
2 Contact hours upon completion of the webinar evaluation
No cost

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2020 Parent Retreat

Date: Sept 12, 2020
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Dr. Timothy Hartshorne, Central Michigan University

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