The Importance Of A Deafblind Classification On An IEP Form

By Janette Peracchio, CT Family Specialist
If you have a copy of your child’s IEP Cover Page on hand, take a look to see what is checked for their “primary disability”.   If your son or daughter is registered with The New England Center (NEC), their main disability should be Deaf Blindness.  When your child is classified as deaf blind, they will receive extra services that your school system does not offer. The New England Consortium of Deaf Blind Projects will provide Technical Assistance (TA) to parents and school teams so children and youth can fully participate in their homes, schools and communities. Parents are invited to participate in teleconferencing, workshops and conferences to help them become strong advocates for their child and foster self-determination in their young adult. Some of the themes of these workshops include: How to Have Non-Verbal Conversations with a Child Who is Deaf Blind; Developing an Object Communication System at Home and School; What you Need to Know about Transition from High School; Cortical Vision Impairment; Futures Planning and Reaching for the Stars. School teams and families can attend and are taught by the experts in the field of deafblindness.  As a family, you are able to attend New England Center (NEC) sponsored family activities, picnics, and meet other families who are dealing with issues common to your family. The world of deaf blindness is scary and mysterious to families in the beginning, but having the New England Consortium on your side is so valuable, it is worth having the label of deaf blindness on the IEP form. We recommend that all NEC students should have the classification of deaf blindness to insure that your child’s needs met, which is the true point of it all.

Taken from “In Touch Newsletter,” Vol. 6, Issue 7 Winter 2009-2010, New England Consortium of Deafblind Projects

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