Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing with Vision Impairment have unique needs requiring adaptations to intervention strategies. However, there seems to be a gap in identification of children who are DeafBlind within Part C programming. Based on data from the National Center on DeafBlindness Census data, 6% of the total number of reported children who are DeafBlind are in the birth through two age range (Part C eligible). Within the three through five year age range (Part B eligible), the census includes 12% of the total childhood DeafBlind population. This work is intended to allow for improved identification of children of hearing loss, vision impairment, and children with both hearing and vision needs (DeafBlind). The authors provide principles to guide evidence-based best practice to guide early intervention providers. Resources for expanding supports for young children who are DeafBlind are also included.
Wiley, S. Parnell, L. & Belhorn, T. (2016). Promoting Early Identification and Intervention for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Children with Vision Impairment, and Children with Deaf-Blind Conditions. Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, 1(1), 26-33. DOI: 10.15142/T3FW23
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