The Project for New Mexico Children and Youth Who Are Deaf-Blind is a statewide program to provide technical assistance, training and support to families, service providers and educators of children and youth who are deaf-blind.
The term deaf-blindness is also known as dual sensory impairment, referring to a combined vision and hearing loss. Very few children are completely deaf and blind; most have some degree of functional vision and hearing.
The 2004 IDEA-Part B federal definition of deaf-blindness is: “combined hearing and vision impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that these children cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness”.
For infants and toddlers receiving Part C early intervention services, deaf-blindness is defined as: “combined hearing and vision impairments or delays, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and intervention needs that specialized early intervention services are needed”.
Lack of access to auditory and visual information for children with deaf-blindness impacts all areas of development including social relationships, communication, learning and movement. Developmental abilities are also impacted by age of onset of the Deaf-blindness, type and degree of loss and the presence of additional disabilities.
Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP); The NM Department of Health-Family Infant Toddler Program ; and The New Mexico Public Education Department- Special Education Bureau