• 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    • Depressed, withdrawn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