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Deaf/Blindness
Deaf/Blindness means simultaneous 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 children with deafness or children 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 child is deaf/blind when:
  1. Both visual and hearing impairments are present;
  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
www.msb.k12.mo.us

Missouri DeafBlind Technical Assistance Project
http://msb.dese.mo.gov/outreach-services/what-mdtap-is.html

National Resources
American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)
www.aadb.org

Deaf Linx
www.deaflinx.com

National Center on Deaf-Blindness
http://nationaldb.org/

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
www.hknc.org

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind
www.nfadb.org


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