ERIC Number: ED436056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Overview on Deaf-Blindness. DB-LINK Fact Sheet. Revised.
This overview provides basic information on the causes of deaf-blindness and the particular challenges faced by individuals who are deaf-blind. Causes of deaf-blindness include various syndromes, multiple congenital anomalies, prematurity, congenital prenatal dysfunction, and various postnatal causes. Differences between people deaf-blind from birth and those adventitiously deaf-blind are noted. Challenges facing a person who is deaf-blind are identified, especially the learning of language, and orientation and mobility skills. Challenges facing the family, teachers, and caregivers are also discussed and suggestions are given in the areas of communication, orientation and mobility, individualized education, transition, and inclusion within the family. The paper stresses that individuals who are deaf-blind have a unique and valuable experience of the world and can have a high quality of life if they accept their condition, are provided educational experiences that help them maximize their abilities, and live in accepting families and communities. (Contains a descriptive guide to 7 organizations that offer help to families, caregivers, and teachers and an annotated list of 11 print resources.) (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Adventitious Impairments, Caregiver Role, Children, Communication Skills, Congenital Impairments, Coping, Deaf Blind, Etiology, Individual Development, Interpersonal Communication, Language Acquisition, Physical Mobility, Quality of Life, Social Integration
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Clearinghouse on Children Who Are Deaf-Blind, Monmouth, OR.
Note: For previous version of this fact sheet, see ED 395 442.