Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities

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.

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