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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2018 Parent Retreat

Date: May 4, 5, and 6, 2018
Location: Deer Creek State Park, Mt. Sterling, OH
Target Audience: Parents of children registered with the Ohio Deaf-Blind Census
Theme: Charting a LifeCourse

Online Training

All trainings are at no cost. For more information or to register for any of these trainings, please contact Leanne Parnell, Deafblind Education Consultant, at lparnell@ohiodeafblind.org or 614-897-0020 x107.

Communication Options for Students Who Are Deafblind or Have Multiple Disabilities

This training explores a variety of communication options for students who are deafblind or have multiple disabilities, including hearing loss and vision loss. Participants will learn and practice different types of communication, including Haptics.

For: Sign Language Interpreters, parents, teachers, support service personnel, OT, PT, SLP
Date: May 19, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 3:00
Registration Deadline: May 8, 2018

Hearing & Vision Assessments

For a vision-hearing decision tree click here.