The focus of the Montana Deaf-Blind Project is to expand the knowledge and skills of family members, teachers, and service providers who interact with children who have both vision and hearing losses. A goal of the project is to support the adoption of “best practices”. We want to share information that helps people use strategies that have proven to be successful with children with dual-sensory impairments.
Having both a vision and hearing loss presents unique needs and challenges. The combined sensory loss creates barriers in the areas of communication. This, in turn, impacts other areas, including - behavior, learning, education, leisure time, and employment.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW to view an Animoto Video titled: Montana Deaf-Blind Introduction
The Deaf-Blind Project helps families and service providers address these challenges through:
• information sharing;
• training and workshops;
• technical assistance; and
• ongoing support.
Project services are provided year-round, at no cost. They include a lending library of books, videos/DVDs, assistive technology equipment, and adaptive toys.
Infants from birth, toddlers, children, and young adults through age twenty-one are eligible for services if they:
• have a hearing loss and a visual impairment, or
• have a diagnosis that places them at risk for developing both vision and hearing impairments (e.g., degenerative disorder such as Usher Syndrome), or
• demonstrate inconclusive or inconsistent responses during formal or functional vision and hearing evaluations.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW to view an Animoto Video titled: I Wish I Had .....http://nationaldb.org/documents/Family/Iwish.pdf
Please explore the resources we have put together on this website. We encourage you to contact us if we can help you in any way.