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Posted Jun 13, 2018|Archived Webinar

2018 National Webinar: Identifying and Serving Students who are DeafBlind with Formal Language

Recorded on June 13, 2018


In the field of deaf-blindness, the majority of research, evaluations, and intervention strategies have appropriately addressed the needs of children with emerging language, significant challenges with interactions, and multiple disabilities. However, the segment of the congenital population with formal language is increasing and their needs are presenting a challenge to districts, families, and the field itself.

In Texas, for a number of years, these students made up 22 to 32% of the state’s deaf-blind child count. While access to incidental learning, pacing, and social needs are important for these students, appropriate intervention looks considerably different. This webinar shared what we know and are learning about these students and encouraged a beginning collaboration to support them.

Learning Objectives

Participants will gain awareness of:

  • A shift in child count data and identified needs for technical assistance to local districts.
  • Current efforts in in two states to develop evaluations, strategies, and training materials for this population.

Webinar Resources

Presenter Information

Robbie Blaha
Education Consultant, Texas Deafblind Project

Matt Schultz
Education Consultant, Texas Deafblind Project

Cathy Lyle
Educational Consultant, Minnesota Deafblind Technical Assistance Project