ERIC Number: ED392213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-18
Introduction to Deaf-Blindness Workshop.
This document presents the agenda and materials distributed at a 1-day introductory workshop on deaf-blindness. Introductory material explains the workshop's purpose and rules. A short test contrasts facts and myths about deaf-blindness. A handout presents information on the dynamics of deaf-blindness, etiologies in the adult deaf-blind population, and categories of deaf-blindness. Information on the anatomy and function of the eye and visual system is provided. Visual acuities and visual fields are explained, followed by information on five types of vision loss, an explanation of how a child's vision is affected by a specific eye disorder, and possible developmental delays of a child with severe vision impairment. An activity in which participants attempt to identify objects by touch alone is suggested. The workshop then addresses how hearing works, the importance of sound, speech perception, otological care, anatomy of the ear, causes and types of hearing losses, measuring hearing loss, and degrees of hearing loss. A hearing loss simulation activity is also provided. Remaining informational handouts cover communication modes, language levels, and a functional approach to language intervention and assessment. A workshop summary notes that deaf-blind individuals may have problems in the areas of anticipation, motivation, communication, and learning. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Services for Children with Deafblindness in Missouri. Final Report, Fiscal Year 1994-1995; see EC 304 642.