2015 National Deaf-Blind Child Count Additional Disabilities
Over the past six years, approximately 90% of the children and youth on the National Deaf-Blind Child Count have been identified as having one or more additional disabilities.
The number of additional disabilities experienced by children and youth had increased over time. For example, in 2005, just 13.1% of the children and youth on the count had four or more additional disabilities. In 2015, almost 44% had four or more additional disabilities.
The population continues to be diverse in terms of experiencing additional disabilities. Ninety percent has one or more additional disabilities, and over 40% have four or more. The increasing level of complexity in the needs and challenges faced by this population also requires continued evolution and adaptation in national, state, and local systems to provide needed services effectively.