NCDB Products

NCDB produces materials and products that are relevant to services for children who are deaf-blind. In collaboration with state projects and other partners we work to create common tools that will improve technical assistance outcomes for children, families and the systems where they are served.  

Early Identification


Early Identification and Referral Self Assessment Guide

The guide provides state deaf-blind projects with a systematic process of data-based decision making to analyze current early identification efforts.
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The Sooner the Better

This framework offers state deaf-blind projects a collection of online resources that they can use to provide customized training and technical assistance to early intervention providers as well as to project staff and families.
Eir Toolbox

Early Identification and Referral Toolbox

Information on evidence-based practices that state deaf-blind project staff can use in collaboration with state service systems to improve identification of infants and young children who are deaf-blind.

Family Engagement

Family Stories

Families Matter Stories

Families have information and experiences to share. These video stories by families highlight key subjects: communication, literacy, movement, transition, empowerment, and teaming.
Famly Engagement Coordinators

Recommended Knowledge and Skills for State Deaf-Blind Project Family Engagement Coordinators

This document outlines recommended knowledge and skills for Family Engagement Coordinators for state deaf-blind projects.
Working Together For Families

Working Together for Families

This report highlights collaborative activities between state deaf-blind projects and state parent centers in their work to create alliances to support families.

Interveners & Qualified Personnel


Open Hands, Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervener Modules (OHOA)

A national learning resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who are deaf-blind who are being served in educational settings.
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National Intervener Certification E-portfolio System (NICE)

NICE is an assessment process that interveners can use to submit evidence of their knowledge and skills to be evaluated by expert reviewers in the field of deaf-blindness.
Intervener Services

Intervener Services and Interveners in Educational Settings

A national definition of intervener services was developed in fulfillment of one of the implementation strategies that emerged in the Recommendations for Improving Intervener Services.
Iep Discussion Guide

Are Intervener Services Appropriate for Your Student With Deaf-Blindness?

This discussion guide is to help IEP teams make informed decisions about whether intervener services are appropriate for a particular student.
Intervener Recommendations

Recommendations for Improving Intervener Services

Published at the request of the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the recommendations provide a road map for the development of intervener services in the U.S.



Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss Website

An online tool that provides step-by-step strategies for teaching literacy to students at any developmental level. The website can be used by teachers, state deaf-blind projects, and families.

National Child Count

Child Count Reports

National Deaf-Blind Child Count Annual Reports

The child count offers a snapshot of the characteristics, educational settings and living arrangements of children and youth who are deaf-blind in the U.S.
Child Count Maps

National Child Count Interactive Maps

The maps offer a visual display of child count data with multiple variables, searchable from 2008 through the present.


Accessing The Dream

Accessing the Dream

This video product is based on the Taxonomy for Transition Programming and the video chapters offer insight and understanding based on foundational best practices in transition planning.
Transition Toolkit

Transition Toolkit

A repository of information, tools, and resources that serves as a model for hosting a workshop for deaf-blind teens ages 14-22 and their families.
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READY Tool: Readiness Evaluation of Transition to Adulthood for Deaf-Blind Youth

A tool to help a transition team, which includes an individual who is deaf-blind, parents and professionals, to determine essential activities during the transition process.
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Transition Recommendations

These Recommendations are based on a comprehensive review of laws, policies, and best practices related to transition, and extensive interviews with experts throughout the United States.

TA & Implementation

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Technical Assistance Reference Guide

This guide is intended for use by state deaf-blind projects to inform the provision of TA to early intervention providers, school-based teams, and families.

NCDB National Webinar Recordings

NCDB uses webinars to share strategies and progress related to national needs and ongoing national efforts to improve outcomes for children who are deaf-blind.

General Publications

Topica Publications

Topical Overviews

This set of publications covers broad knowledge areas specific to understanding deaf-blindness and the implications for service and developing practice particular to the needs of children.
Practice Perspectives

Practice Perspectives

This series of publications is designed to translate current information on a specific data based or research based topic into a presentation that focuses on the application for practice.

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