The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) conducts a yearly child count of children, ages birth through 21 years, who have a combined vision and hearing loss. Collection of information for the census is mandated by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Yearly results from the census, including an interactive map, can be found below.

While a child can be registered at any time, most children are registered by their school during the winter months when OCDBE sends out information to schools and early intervention service agencies about the child count. Once a child is registered, teachers and family members of the child qualify for services such as consultation, professional development, parent trainings, parent scholarships and more. All services from OCDBE are provided at no cost to the family or school district.


The registration process is fairly simple with our secure, online form. A few items you will need to have with you when you register a student are:

  • the parent’s name, address, and contact information
  • a contact person for the school/agency the child is with (usually the person filling out the form)
  • The child’s level of hearing loss and vision loss
  • The etiology or cause of hearing and vision losses
  • The child’s EMIS category and the percentage of time they spend in the typical classroom with peers

Please click on the link below to be routed to our secure online census form.

Analysis of Ohio's 2013 Deafblind Census Data completed by Wordfarmers Associates. June 2014.

For additional nationwide census data please access the National Center on Deaf-Blindness website at

If you would like more information about the census or the registration process, please contact Leanne Parnell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 614-785-1163.

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