The term deaf-blind, which may be referred to as dual sensory impaired, means a disability that:

  • Is a concomitant hearing and vision loss or reduction in functional hearing and vision capacity.
  • Causes significant communication and adaptive behavior deficits
  • Adversely affects the student’s educational performance; and
  • Cannot be accommodated for by use of:
    • A program or service designed solely for students who are deaf or hard of hearing or
    • A program or service designed solely for students who are blind or have low vision.

A student who is solely deaf-blind is not considered to be a student who has multiple disabilities as defined in state law.

Identification and eligibility for special education is determined by a case conference committee using the required assessment components.  See “Required Assessment Components for Eligibility Areas”.

NOTE:  The required medical reports for this disability should be completed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist and educational or clinical audiologist, otologist, or otolaryngologist.

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