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New Resource for School Administrators: Identification of Children with Deaf-Blindness

School administrators play an important role in supporting the identification and referral of children who are deaf-blind. This article provides information and resources to help school administrators increase their knowledge of deaf-blindness and strategies they can use to ensure that children with deaf-blindness are identified, referred, and receive appropriate services.

Identification of Children With Deaf-Blindness: Resources for School Administrators

Project Information Update

With the start of the new school year, this is the perfect time to check your state deaf-blind project listing on the NCDB website. This page is one of our most viewed pages. If you have changes, complete the DB Project Change Notification Form. We not only use this to update our website, but also to keep our mailing lists current. Questions? Contact






New Materials Now Available: An Overview of Deafblindness

Looking for a quick way to explain what deaf-blindness is, how many children are affected, and how children who are deaf-blind learn and communicate? NCDB has developed a printable factsheet and online infographic that can help. It can be found on the Deaf-Blindness Overview page or at the links below.


New Article: “The Hardest Job of All”

What does it take to succeed in the world of employment as an adult who is deaf-blind? In “The Hardest Job of All: Acknowledging the Costs of Showing Up,” author George Stern offers a candid look at the joys and challenges of independence as an adult who is deaf-blind as well as his thoughts on career training and disability policy.

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New Article: State Deaf-Blind Projects and Hands & Voices

Enhancing Family Connections with Deaf-Blind Network,” by Emma Nelson and Megan Cote of NCDB and Terri Patterson of H&V Headquarters, highlights the many ways state deaf-blind projects and H&V chapters work together to help families make connections with other families and to increase referrals to state deaf-blind projects and H&V chapters.



New Practice Guide: Active Learning

Lilli Nielsen’s Active Learning strategies create motivating environments and natural opportunities that promote curiosity, learning, and engagement. Our new Active Learning practice guide details the essential components of this important instructional practice. This and other NCDB Practice Guides are intended as a tool for state deaf-blind project personnel and practitioners to inform training and coaching needs.

Behavior Intervention Resource from Texas Project

The Texas Deafblind Project has published, Guidance for Planning Behavior Intervention for Children and Young Adults who are Deafblind or have Visual and Multiple Impairments. The authors' goal is to provide information that will help educators and others develop proactive strategies to reduce the amount of stress a child experiences. The 60-page document includes a number of forms designed to capture typical data collected by a team as well as specialized information relevant for students who are deafblind or have visual and multiple impairments.

Updated Peer-Learning Communities

The Peer-Learning Communities (PLCs) page has been updated and many groups are welcoming new members. PLCs are a great way to connect with other state deaf-blind project staff across the nation. If you want to get involved, reach out to the contact person listed for the group(s) you are interested in. If you have any questions, email




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