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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Professional Learning Series


Dates: One Session Per Month January-June 2021
Target Audience: Parents, Educators, Related Service, Paraprofessionals
Facilitator: Dr. Timothy Hartshorne
One contact hour for each session
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My Child, My Connection

Dates: March, April, and May 2021
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm or 7:30-8:30 pm
Target Audience: Parents, Early Intervention Providers
Facilitator: Dr. Lyn Ayer, PhD

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Assessment, Identification, and Support Unique to Children with Deafblindness and Low Incidence Disabilities

Dates: February-May 2021
Time: 4:00-5:15 pm (ET)
Target Audience: Parents, Early Intervention Providers
Facilitator: Dr. Melinda Wolford, PhD
One contact hour (1) is available for each session.

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