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Literacy for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind: Building a Foundation

Literacy for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind: Building a Foundation

A young girl holding a chart containing Disney character magnets. It reads "My Magnetic Responsibility Chart.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the concept of literacy as a continuum.
  • Recognize that all children are on the continuum and can continue to develop. 
  • Recognize the impact of deaf-blindness on literacy skills development. 
  • Understand that trust and meaningful interactions build communication skills and move the learner along the literacy continuum.
  • Recognize the important roles that communication partners and the physical environment play in successful communication.  
  • Learn how to use the “Literacy Learner Profile” to guide literacy planning and instruction.
  • Learn how to use the “Literacy Instructional Plan Template” to individualize daily routines.

Development Team

  • Hilary Hodes
  • Julie Durando
  • Shawna Benson
  • Sue Dell
  • Nancy Steele
  • Christine Spratling

Suggested Citation

Hodes, H., Durando, J., Benson, S., Dell, S., Steele, N., & Spratling, C. (2019). Foundations of literacy instruction for children with combined vision and hearing loss. National Center on Deaf-Blindness.