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Identifying and Serving Students who are DeafBlind with Formal Language: An Evolving Challenge for Our Field

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Three deaf-blind students. Two teenage boys working at computers. One pre-teen girl holding a microphone.


June 13, 2018


12pm PT / 1pm MT / 2pm CT/ 3pm ET

90 minutes


In the field of deaf-blindness, the majority of research, evaluations, and intervention strategies have appropriately addressed the needs of children with emerging language, significant challenges with interactions, and multiple disabilities. However, the segment of the congenital population with formal language is increasing and their needs are presenting a challenge to districts, families, and the field itself. In Texas, for a number of years, these students made up 22 to 32% of the state’s deaf-blind child count. While access to incidental learning, pacing, and social needs are important for these students, appropriate intervention looks considerably different. Let’s share what we know and are learning about these students and begin a collaboration to support them.


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Teachers and other professionals serving students who are deaf-blind.


  • Robbie Blaha, Education Consultant, Texas Deafblind Project
  • Matt Schultz, Education Consultant, Texas Deafblind Project
  • Cathy Lyle, Educational Consultant, Minnesota Deafblind Technical Assistance Project


The participants will gain awareness of:

  • A shift in child count data and identified needs for technical assistance to local districts.
  • Current efforts in in two states to develop evaluations, strategies, and training materials for this population.

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