Deaf Students with Disabilities

This section of Info to Go provides links to resources focusing on students who are deaf or hard of hearing who have disabilities.

Deaf Students with Disabilities: General

Clerc Center Resources

Deaf Students with Disabilities Network 

Links to resources, tools, and information for parents and professionals who have or work with deaf and hard of hearing students with varied disabilities. 

Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education
(Annual magazine published by the Clerc Center)

Technology and Multiple Disabilities: Learning What Works for Cree (2015)

Reading Above Grade Level-We'd Expect Nothing Less (2014, Odyssey Extra)

High Expectations for Deaf-Blind Students: Using a Team Approach (2014)

The Law and the IEP: Establishing and Maintaining High Standards for Deaf Students with Disabilities (2014)

When the Least Restrictive Environment is Residential: Meeting the Needs of Our Son (2013)

Creating Community: Balancing the Personal and Professional (2013)

Curriculum Modification: Making Standards Accessible for Deaf Students with Disabilities (2012)

Inclusion at a School for the Deaf: Making It Work for a Student with Special Needs (2010)

Deaf Children with Disabilities: Rights Under the IDEA (2010)

Helping Children with Sensory Processing Disorders: The Role of Occupational Therapy (2010)

Pet Therapy: A New Way of Reaching Students with Additional Disabilities (2010)

Stakeholder Resources

CHARGE Syndrome Foundation

Website of the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation. It offers links to numerous resources related to this condition. Hearing is one component of CHARGE Syndrome, which is a cluster of various physical challenges.

Communication Considerations: Deaf Plus (Hands and Voices) 

Document developed by Hands and Voices discussing children who are deaf or hard of hearing combined with additional conditions. This may include children with combined vision and hearing challenges, children who are on the autism spectrum, or children with cognitive disabilities.

Hearing Loss PLUS Additional Disability(ies) (Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss)

Links to various resources for students who are deaf or hard of hearing having one or more additional disabilities.

The IRIS Center

Website of a national center funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The IRIS Center is headquartered at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. It is dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities, from birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions.

Raising and Educating Deaf Children: eBulletins
(Associated with the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Oxford UP)

Cochlear Implants for Deaf Children with Complex Needs (2016)

Educating Deaf Children with Multiple Challenges (2014)

Deaf Students with Disabilities: Deafblind and Low Vision

Clerc Center Resources 

Deaf Students with Disabilities Network: Area of Exceptionality-Deafblindness and Visual Impairment

See area of exceptionality "Deafblindness and Visual Impairment" in the section of the Deaf Students with Disabilities Network for resources specific to deafblind and deaf and hard of hearing students with vision loss. 

Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education
(Annual magazine published by the Clerc Center)

Family Support Makes a Difference with a Deafblind Child: Orion's Journey (2017)

High Expectations for Deafblind Students: Using a Team Approach (2014)

 Stakeholder Resources

American Association of the DeafBlind (AADB)

A national consumer organization of, by, and for deafblind Americans and their supporters. "Deafblind" includes all types and degrees of dual vision and hearing levels.

DeafBlind Interpreting: National Training and Resource Center (DBI)

The DeafBlind Interpreting National Training and Resource Center (DBI) focuses on resources to enhance communication access for persons who are deafblind by increasing the number of interpreters able to effectively interpret utilizing tactile communication and other strategies.

National Center on Deaf-Blindness

Website of the National Center on Deaf-Blindness providing information for both professionals and families to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for children who are deafblind. It includes links to an extensive library of publications, including links to Assessment Tools and Instruments.

Project Salute (CSUN)

Resources on tactile learning strategies (e.g., touch cues, tangible symbols, tactile signs, hand-over-hand guidance) to address the unique learning needs of children who are deafblind or who have severe visual challenges. Includes resources in Spanish.

National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers: Pro-Tactile Resources

Links to resources about Pro-Tactile communication, which includes the value of touch in communication among deaf persons.

National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (iCanConnect)

Website of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), also known as iCanConnect. It provides links to information to provide equipment needed to make telecommunications, advanced communications, and the Internet accessible to low-income individuals who have both significant vision loss and significant hearing loss.

The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind

Website of a national nonprofit organization serving families of individuals who are deafblind. Numerous resources related to supporting children who are deafblind and their families are provided.

Reflections on Deafblindness: Hands and Touch (Perkins School for the Blind eLearning)

Webcast from the Perkins School for the Blind discussing the unique function hands serve for individuals who are deafblind.

Deafblindness: Educational Service Guidelines and Fact Sheets (Perkins School for the Blind eLearning)

Free materials offering a framework for state and local education agencies to develop appropriate programming for students who are deafblind. Scout is maintained by the Training and Educational Resources Program at Perkins School for the Blind, an information clearinghouse with online resources on all aspects of visual challenges and blindness.

Social-Emotional Development in Children and Youth Who Are Deafblind (2016)

Article in American Annals of the Deaf discussing factors impacting social-emotional development in children who are deafblind.

Raising and Educating Deaf Children: eBulletins
(Associated with the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Oxford UP)

Developing Communication and Language Skills with Children Who are Deaf-Blind (2014)

Last revised November 2017

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