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DeafBlind Awareness Week was June 27th - July 3rd
Do you support someone who is DeafBlind?

Before answering no, check out the info below… you may be surprised!

DeafBlind doesn’t mean fully deaf and fully blind. It’s a spectrum and can be any combination of both hearing and vision loss.

 

Normal Hearing

Hard of Hearing

(mild to moderate)

Deaf

(severe to profound)

Progressive Loss

Normal Vision

 

Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Low Vision

Visually Impaired

DeafBlind

DeafBlind

DeafBlind

Legally Blind

Visually Impaired

DeafBlind

DeafBlind

DeafBlind

Progressive Loss

Visually Impaired

DeafBlind

DeafBlind

DeafBlind

 

DeafBlindness is a disability of access- to the environment, people, objects, materials, experiences, etc. that are necessary for learning, communication, and development.

You can support someone with combined vision and hearing loss in a variety of ways:

Use the individual’s strongest sense to communication with them

Support them through hand-under-hand instead of hand-over-hand

Create routines and invite them to participate in them

Maximize visual and auditory access

Follow the individual’s lead

Want more information about DeafBlindness? Watch DeafBlindness101 here!

“It is important to understand that the [person’s] vision and hearing losses are not additive in nature (deafness plus blindness), but rather are multiplicative (deafness times blindness). Therefore sometimes even [people] with seemingly mild simultaneous vision and hearing losses can be greatly impacted by them.”

-Huebner, Prickett, Welch, & Joffee

Posted July 2021

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