Educational Strategies

Teacher Support Program for Learners with DeafBlindness

Education Resources


Assessing individuals with DeafBlindness requires a team approach by individuals who know the child best from home, school, and social settings. Often the most effective approach of assessing an individual with DeafBlindness is through an authentic assessment using everyday environments during daily activities.


Learners with DeafBlindness often do not learn to read and write in typical ways due to the lack of visual and auditory information. Reading and writing that is connected through meaningfully engaged hands-on explorations, experiences, and interests provide an effective way to develop literacy skills for these learners. The following resources are compiled to address literacy for learners with combined vision and hearing loss.


Due to limited visual and auditory input learners with DeafBlindness may not have the Incidental learning experiences needed for development of basic math concepts. The following resources were compiled to address math for learners with combined vision and hearing loss.

Sensory Integration

Sensory integration is a term that has been used to describe processes in the brain that allow us to take information we receive from our 5 senses, organize it, and respond appropriately. We also have a vestibular sense (balance) that tells us how to position our bodies and heads, and a proprioceptive sense (awareness of body in space) that helps us know what we do with our joints, muscles, and ligaments. 

Learn more about Sensory Integration

Resources for Sensory Integration:


“Not being able to speak is not the same thing as not having anything to say.” Rosemary Crossley

Individuals with DeafBlindness require individualized instruction and accommodations to develop their communication skills. The following resources will explore how communication and concept development go hand-in-hand for learners with combined vision and hearing loss.


Forms of Communication

Resources on Communication

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology provides learners with DeafBlindness access to literacy and communication in the school, home, and community. Assistive technology can be low-tech or high-tech options that allows learners to increase their participation and independence. The following resources were compiled to address assistive technology for learners with combined vision and hearing loss.

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