What's Required

  • (c)  Eligibility definitions.
     
    (2)  Deaf-blindness.  A student with deaf-blindness is one who has been determined to meet the criteria for deaf-blindness as stated in 34 CFR, §300.8(c)(2). In meeting the criteria stated in 34 CFR, §300.8(c)(2), a student with deaf-blindness is one who, based on the evaluations specified in subsections (c)(3) and (c)(12) of this section:
     
    (A)  meets the eligibility criteria for auditory impairment specified in subsection (c)(3) of this section and visual impairment specified in subsection (c)(12) of this section;
    (B)  meets the eligibility criteria for a student with a visual impairment and has a suspected hearing loss that cannot be demonstrated conclusively, but a speech/language therapist, a certified speech and language therapist, or a licensed speech language pathologist indicates there is no speech at an age when speech would normally be expected;
    (C)  has documented hearing and visual losses that, if considered individually, may not meet the requirements for auditory impairment or visual impairment, but the combination of such losses adversely affects the student's educational performance; or
    (D)  has a documented medical diagnosis of a progressive medical condition that will result in concomitant hearing and visual losses that, without special education intervention, will adversely affect the student's educational performance.
     

Definition

  • Deaf-blindness means concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that cannot be accommodated through special education services/programs developed solely for children with deafness or children with blindness.
     
    A student with deaf-blindness is one who:
     
    • Meets the eligibility criteria for a student with a visual impairment AND the eligibility criteria for a student with an auditory impairment; OR
     
    • Meets the criteria for a student with visual impairment and has a suspected hearing  loss  that  cannot  be  demonstrated  conclusively,  but   a speech/language therapist, certified speech and language therapist, or a licensed speech language pathologist, indicates there is no speech at an age when speech would normally be present OR 
     
    • Has  documented  hearing  and  visual  losses  that  if considered  individually, may not meet the requirements for auditory impairment or visual impairment, but   the   combination   of   such   losses   adversely   affects   that   student’s educational performance; OR
     
    • Has documented medial diagnosis of a progressive medical condition that will result in concomitant hearing and visual losses that, without special education intervention will adversely affect the student’s educational performance.

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