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Image of a page with logos of the National Center on Deaf-Blindness and the Florida & Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative reads:Risk List for Combined Vision and Hearing Loss in Infants and Toddlers Associated Etiologies with Corresponding ICD-10 Codes It is important to remember that “DeafBlindness” encompasses a wide diversity of children and conditions. The term describes any combination of vision and hearing loss that negatively impacts a child’s ability to access environmental information, communicate and interact with others. Only a small percentage of children considered DeafBlind are totally deaf and blind. Most have varying degrees of residual vision and hearing and over 90% have additional disabilities. Referral to a state DeafBlind project allows for children who qualify as DeafBlind to be counted in an annual National Child Count that is shared with Project Directors from the Office of Special Education (OSEP) Technical Assistance & Dissemination Network. Referral also qualifies providers and families to receive a variety of technical assistance services, including print and web resources, family support and consultation with experts on effective practices for children who have conditions that affect both hearing and vision."

Etiologies Related to Deaf-Blindness

Published: May 9th, 2019

Contents: 2 Diagnoses Associated with Sensory Loss: Dual Sensory Impairment 2 Diagnoses Associated with Sensory Loss: Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Complications 3 Diagnoses Associated with Sensory Loss: Hereditary / Chromosomal 4 […]

What is Deaf-Blindness?

Published: May 8th, 2019

    WhatisDB-notes (pdf) PowerPoint–WhatisDB Make a Referral or Request Assistance!

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Supporting Individuals Who Are DeafBlind: Interpreters, Interveners, and Support Service Providers

Published: February 18th, 2019

by Kristi M. Probst, Ed. D. and Susanne Morrow, M.A., CI and CT Comparing the Roles and Responsibilities of Interpreters, Interveners and SSPs Individuals who are DeafBlind interact with their […]

When your child with disabilities has been displaced . . .

When your child with disabilities has been displaced . . .

Published: November 11th, 2018

1)  If your Florida student’s disabilities include sensory losses, you may benefit from Technical Assistance to facilitate his/her special education program, supports, and services: **The Florida & Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind […]

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Missed the 2016 International Deaf-Blind Expo? See the IDBE Blog here!

Published: March 5th, 2018 by Christina Ortiz

Support Service Providers: Training Programs

Published: May 26th, 2017

A Support Service Provider (SSP) has been trained to work 1-on-1 in the community with teens and adults who are deaf-blind, in order to provide visual and auditory information about […]

Accessing the Dream: Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life

Published: June 6th, 2016

Accessing the Dream: Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life

Meet the FAVI Deaf-Blind Collaborative Team!

Published: September 26th, 2015

FAVI Deaf-Blind Collaborative STAFF The Florida and Virgin Islands (FAVI) Deaf-Blind Collaborative team are five professionals who combine our backgrounds of education and experience to develop trainings and resources that […]

Pam Kissoondyal, Family Specialist

Published: October 11th, 2012

Pam Kissoondyal, Family Specialist My name is Pam Kissoondyal.  My husband and I have two wonderful children (well three wonderful children if you count our dog – Boxer). Alec is 16 […]

Shelly Voelker, Family & Information Specialist

Published: October 10th, 2012

Shelly Voelker, Ed.D., Family & Information Specialist My first and most important job is mother of four children.  After losing my oldest child Noah, in 2009, I adopted three young […]