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Deaf/blindness 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 students with deafness or students with blindness.

[+] Read about the specific criteria used to determine eligibility in the educational category of deaf/blindness

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education – Criteria for Eligibility in the Educational Category of Deaf/Blindness

A student is deaf/blind when:

  1. Both visual and hearing impairments are present as described in the criteria for Hearing Impairment/Deafness and Visual Impairment/Blindness, and
  2. The impairments together cause severe communication, developmental, and educational needs.
[+] Books, journals and other publications on deaf/blindness

The SSD Family & Community Resource Center (FCRC) offers books, videos and other resources on blindness/visual impairment (PDF), deaf/hard-of-hearing (PDF) and on multiple disabilities (PDF). Materials may be sent home through school mail to families whose children receive SSD services. Others may come into the FCRC to check out materials.
[+] Other local, state and national resources related to deaf/blindness

Local Resources
Missouri School for the Blind

Missouri DeafBlind Technical Assistance Project

National Resources
American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)

Deaf Linx

National Center on Deaf-Blindness

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind

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