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Exceptional Student Education (Special Education)

Exceptional Student Education (Special Education)

Dual-Sensory Impairments: Deaf-Blind

Dual-sensory impairment (deaf-blindness) is defined as impairment affecting both vision and hearing, the combination of which causes a serious impairment in the abilities to acquire information, communicate, or function within the environment, or a degenerative condition which will lead to such an impairment. Special education services are provided in a variety of educational settings including consultative support, itinerant resource support, resource rooms, and self-contained classes in accordance with individual education plans, or individual family support plans. Orientation and mobility instruction is provided both on campus and in the community and is provided by certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists. The Deaf-Blind Program works cooperatively with the Florida Division of Blind Services Tampa District office and the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind to ensure a seamless service delivery system to children and families in Hillsborough County.

Resources

  • Florida and Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative - The FAVI Deaf-Blind Collaborative serves the entire state of Florida providing training and consultation services to the families and educational teams of Florida’s children and young adults (ages 0-22) with concurrent hearing loss and vision loss.
  • Florida Deaf-Blind Association - Florida Deaf-Blind Association, Inc. (FDBA) Created in 2004 by, for and of Deaf Blind Floridians in Daytona Beach to provide resources and reduce isolation of the Deaf Blind community. Members consist of Deaf Blind Floridians and others who are supportive. Officers on the board are Deaf Blind and live throughout the state.
  • Florida Division of Blind Services - The Florida Division of Blind Services helps blind and visually impaired individuals achieve their goals and live their lives with as much independence and self-direction as possible.
  • Helen Keller National Center - The Center provides services to youth and adults who are deaf-blind according to the definition of deaf-blindness in the Helen Keller Act.

Contacts

Coordinator, Deaf-Blind Programs
Laura Brown
(813) 837-7838
Laurac.Brown@sdhc.k12.fl.us

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