The goal of the Montana Deaf-Blind project is to increase the early identification of children who are deaf-blind or who are at-risk of becoming deaf-blind. Work between the National Center on Deaf-Blindness and state Deaf-Blind projects has focused on improving outcomes for this group of children by providing information, resources and training.
- Which infants and toddlers might qualify for the National Deaf-Blind Child Count
- MTDB Referral Checklist (PDF)
- MTDB Referral Checklist (DOCX)
- A Tool for Identifying Vision and Hearing Loss in Children with Multiple Disabilities (PDF)
- Promoting Early Identification and Intervention for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Children with Vision Impairment, and Children with Deaf-Blind Conditions
- Complete the Montana Deaf-Blind Census Form.
Access additional child count information on the Montana Deaf-Blind project’s National Child Count initiative page.
Resources for this initiative include:
- National Center on Deaf-Blindness Early Identification and Referral Initiative
- The Sooner the Better: A Framework for Training Early Intervention Practitioners on Deaf-Blindness
- Early Identification and Referral Toolbox
- Early Identification of Infants Who Are Deaf-Blind – A report on early identification needs in the field of deaf-blindness, and steps NCDB has taken to address them
- Washington Sensory Disabilities Services – access video drop down menu for topics by age groups
- InfantSEE.org – Participating doctors of optometry provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age free of charge regardless of family income or access to insurance coverage.
State Resources for this Initiative include:
- Montana Milestone Part C Early Intervention Program– Contact Part C for list of community providers
- Children’s Special Health Services
- Montana Medical Home Portal