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Educational Practices

This section contains links to Info Topic pages on educational practices that are important for children and youth who are deaf-blind. 

Each Info Topic contains selected information and resources gathered from the wonderful knowledge base in deaf-blindness that has developed as a result of the work of practitioners and researchers over many decades. Some of the resources were created by NCDB, but most were created by other individuals and agencies, such as state deaf-blind projects and Perkins School for the Blind, that have generously made them publicly available. Note that the resources for each topic are only a selection of what is available. 

Please help us make this section as useful as possible by providing feedback and suggestions. Do you know of a specific factsheet or article on a topic that you find especially helpful? Do you have a photo or video that illustrates a key practice? Let us know! We review suggestions on a case-by-case basis to ensure they align with our selection guidelines.

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Assessment

Individualized assessments conducted by trained evaluators guide educational program development.

An aide and young boy are sitting at a table playing with a plastic toy.

Communication Basics

Communication is broader than just spoken or signed language. It includes gestures, movement, facial expressions, and more. 

A teacher and a teenage boy with blindness sitting at a table that has papers and markers on it. The boy is signing to the teacher.

Communication and Concept Development

Socialization and Recreation

Relationships and participating in enjoyable, interesting activities are as important as academic and functional skills development.

Life skills

The development of key life skills is essential in order for children and youth to be as independent as they can possibly be.

Transition to Adulthood

Transition planning helps children and youth get ready for employment, post-secondary education, and community life once they leave school.