Lakes Country Service Cooperative

1001 E. Mount Faith, Fergus Falls, MN 56537


    • Deaf/Blind
      Other terms that have been used include dual sensory impairment, hearing and vision loss, concomitant hearing and vision loss and hard of hearing/visually impaired. The term, stated in the IDEA refers to a continuum from hard of hearing to complete deafness and visually impaired to totally blind. Very few people are completely deaf and completely blind. Many students with deafblindness have additional disabilities.

      --> Glasses Give
      Normal Vision
      --> Mild --> Moderate --> Severe --> Blind

       Visual Impairment/Blindness

      --> Temporary
      Hearing Loss
      --> Mild --> Moderate --> Severe --> Deaf

       Hard of Hearing/Deaf

      Possible Indicators
      • Inattention
      • Self-stimulation
      • Boredom
      • Lack of communication skills
      • Doesn't participate in group activities
      • Responds better to 1:1 interaction
      • Startles when you approach
      • Missing information that other kids get (incidental)
      • Has trouble keeping up with pace of classroom activities, especially group discussion
      • Tunes out
      • Frequently frustrated
      • Depressed, withdrawn
      • Underachiever
      • Complains of headaches
      • Squinting or straining, fatigued eyes, gets tired as the days go on
      • Clumsy, walks over/into things
      • Discrepancy between what parents and professionals say the student "can do", especially one-time assessment
      • Seems to see or hear different things at different times
      • Difficult to test/inconsistent results
      More Information:
      Josh Nelson, Director of Educational Programs