Deaf-Blind Program - About Us
The Deaf-Blind Program at the Center for Disabilities is part of a federal initiative to ensure that the unique needs of children who are deaf-blind are met with high-quality, appropriate services. The Deaf-Blind Program serves children from birth through 21 years of age in South Dakota who have a combination of hearing and vision loss.
Services Provided by the Deaf-Blind Program
- Assistance with early identification of infants and children with a hearing and/or vision loss.
- Technical assistance to school districts, medical personnel and other professionals in the following areas related to deaf-blindness.
- Communication and Language Development
- Orientation and Mobility
- Establishing Optimal Environments
- Transition Planning
- Functional Assessments
- Assistive Technology
- Technical assistance is provided through the following methods.
- Telephone Consultations
- On-Site Consultations
- District-Wide, State-Wide, Regional and National Workshops and Conference
- Resource Dissemination
- Information, referral and support for families with children who are deaf-blind.
- Linkages to best practices and local/national resources regarding deaf-blindness for parents and professionals, particularly in the areas of early intervention and transition.
The Deaf-Blind Program is supported by United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant #H326C080004-08.