What is Deaf-Blindness?

The term “deaf-blind” can be misleading. It implies the complete absence of vision or hearing. In reality, only about 6% of children who are deaf-blind are without any sight or hearing. While most individuals have some usable vision and/or hearing, no two children with deaf-blindness are alike. 

The loss of vision and hearing, even minor losses, can greatly impact development and learning. Children who are deaf-blind must be taught using strategies that are responsive to their individual sensory, cognitive, and physical skills. We encourage you to explore other areas of this website to gain more specific information about best educational practices for individuals who are deaf-blind.

Understanding Deafblindness- The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education