Deafblindness Publication and Resources
Advocacy Tools for Parents of Students with Deafblindness
Parents of children with deafblindness face many challenges every day. They have hopes and dreams for their children, and they want their children’s educational services to help them develop and learn. To help you navigate this process Perkins Training & Educational Resources Programs is pleased to make the following materials available online.
DB Guidelines Companion Materials for Families
Developed by the New Jersey Statewide Parent Advocacy Network & Perkins School for the Blind, this collection of resources is designed to help parents advocate for effective services to meet the needs of their child who is deafblind. Topics include early intervention services, the evaluation process for children who are deafblind, checklists for Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, appropriate public education options, the transition to adult life and more. Contacts for additional information and support are also included.
These materials cross reference the original Deafblindness: Educational Service Guidelines publication. ( Download chapters from the publication in English and Spanish).
Click on the titles below to download DB Guidelines companion materials as PDF files.
- The Parent Center Guide to Deafblindness: Educational Service Guidelines Publication
- Deafblindness Evaluations Fact Sheet
- Deafblindness Evaluations Mini-Guide
- IEP Fact Sheet
- IEP Mini-Guide
- IEP Meeting Checklist
- Transition to Adult Life Fact Sheet
- Transition to Adult Life Mini-Guide
Spanish Language Companion Materials
Some of the resource materials are also available in Spanish. Click on the titles to download the Spanish version PDF's.
- Spanish Deafblindness Evaluations Fact Sheet
- Spanish Deafblindness Evaluations Mini-Guide
- Spanish IEP Fact Sheet
- Spanish IEP Checklist
- Spanish IEP Mini-Guide
- Spanish Transition Fact Sheet
- Spanish Transition Mini-Guide
In 2008, the Perkins School for the Blind worked with experts in deafblindness, including state deaf-blind projects, to develop “Deafblindness: Educational Service Guidelines.”
These guidelines provide state and local education agencies a framework to support the development of meaningful, appropriate programming for students with deaf-blindness. The Guidelines also identify the knowledge and skills educators need to help their students who are deaf-blind reach their full potential and become successful, contributing members of our society.
You can download PDF files of the publication in English and Spanish.
• Download DB Guidelines in English
• Download DB Guidelines in Spanish