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Our Goals

As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families by:

  1. 1 Creating visibility and direction for identified priorities through a range of practices, activities, supports and partnerships.
  2. 2 Identifying and encouraging new innovations in local, state, and national practice and policy.
  3. 3 Promoting opportunity for reflection, debate, and constructive dialogue around ideas and developing practice.
  4. 4 Maintaining a rich repository of content, history, and knowledge, easily available and shared by all who are part of the community of deaf-blindness.

Our Initiatives Make a Difference

About Children Who Are Deaf-Blind

In the U.S., there are roughly 10,000 children who are deaf-blind. Deaf-blindness is a low incidence disability and within this population of children there is great variability. Ninety percent of children who are identified as deaf-blind have additional physical, medical and/or cognitive disabilities.

Although the term deaf-blind implies a complete absence of hearing and sight, in reality, it refers to children with varying degrees of vision and hearing losses. The key feature of deaf-blindness is that this combination of losses limits access to auditory and visual information and creates unique challenges for communication and education. As a result, families often face difficulties in securing the knowledge and resources needed to support their children. Students who are deaf-blind require special teaching methods and accommodations to succeed as learners and because the majority of these children receive their education in their local schools, there is an increased need for specialized professional development to train teachers and service providers.

The Children We Serve

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NCDB : The Teaching Research Institute : Western Oregon University : 345 N. Monmouth Ave. : Monmouth, OR 97361
Contact Us: 800-438-9376 |

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