What is DeafBlind impairment?
DeafBlindness means having both hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational problems that the child cannot be accommodated in special education programs designed solely for students having hearing or visual impairments.
Purpose of Regional Programs
The children, birth-to-21, who as a result of their low-incidence disability require specialized services, are eligible for support from the Regional Programs. Regional Programs work in collaboration with Local School Districts, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs, Families, and Community Agencies to provide specialized educational support for children with deafblind impairment.
DeafBlind Regional Program Services:
Oregon DeafBlind Project
The Oregon Deafblind Project provides technical assistance, training and information to enhance services for children in Oregon who are deafblind, birth through age 21. The Oregon Deafblind Project is a "Technical Assistance and Dissemination" project, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It is housed at the Teaching Research Institute on the campus of Western Oregon University at Monmouth, but serves the whole of Oregon. The Oregon Department of Education is the project’s major partner, collaborating to ensure statewide technical assistance and support to educational teams who are responsible for the education of children who are deafblind, and to reach out to and assist parents and families of this population.
Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD)
The Oregon School for the Deaf is a community that fosters lifelong learning, encouraging individuals to become self-fulfilled, productive citizens.
Helen Keller National Center
HK National Center’s mission is to enable each person who is DeafBlind to live and work in their community of choice.
Helen Keller National Center “Registry” Information
The purpose of the registry is to provide basic information about persons with DeafBlindness in the United States. This information is to be used to identify the needs of person with DeafBlindness, as a planning tool and for research purposes.