2015 National Deaf-Blind Child Count Part C Information
Because Part C is non-categorical, the vast majority of infants and toddlers are identified as developmentally delayed. Some states provide an “at risk” category. About 17% of infants and toddlers were identified as at risk.
Almost all infants and toddlers receive intervention services in the home.
The apparent continued under-identification and referral to deaf-blind programs of very young children remains an important need. Infants and toddlers greatly benefit from having access to expertise in deaf-blindness and must receive appropriate services that address the impacts of dual sensory impairments. Further, parents and families of these infants and toddlers can benefit from supports established within states. Without such early identification and referral to state deaf-blind programs, access to needed services and supports is compromised.
As Part C agencies continue to appropriately serve children families, there are increased needs for more early interventionists with a knowledge of deaf-blind intervention and instruction.