The annual deafblind census is a registration of children, birth through 21 years of age, who have a combination of vision loss and hearing loss.

The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) is required under federal regulation to identify students throughout Ohio who have this combination of losses, also known as deafblindness. The Ohio census is part of the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) mandate to identify all children with deafblindness. The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is charged by OSEP with aggregating data from each state’s DB census to produce a national deafblind child count. Click here for additional information about the national DB child count:

https://nationaldb.org/groups/page/11/national-child-count

Registering a child does not require parental consent, nor does it violate FERPA, as outlined in Reg. 99.31(a). All Ohio school districts should register children on the DB census – regardless of disability category (e.g., visual impairment, multiple disabilities, etc.) that have a combination of vision and hearing loss even if they are not identified as deafblind.

It is important that students with combined hearing-vision loss are identified correctly and registered on through the DB census. Doing so allows training and services for families, school districts, and agency personnel.

For instructions on how to register a child, go to the census component of the OCDBE website at https://www.ohiodeafblind.org/census/

For a downloadable copy of Ohio census procedures, click here to access the: Annual Ohio Deafblind Census: How to Register a Child, Update a Child’s Record, or Report No Children with Deafblindness.

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