From the Guest Editor When I was asked to be the Guest Editor for this issue of the Division 12 Newsletter, it reminded me that it had been awhile since I had thought about deaf-blindness. So I first reviewed the definition: a concomitant hearing and visual impairment, the combination of which causes ... Editorial
Editorial  |   December 01, 2000
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Editorial
Editorial   |   December 01, 2000
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SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2000, Vol. 9, 2. doi:10.1044/aac9.4.2
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2000, Vol. 9, 2. doi:10.1044/aac9.4.2
When I was asked to be the Guest Editor for this issue of the Division 12 Newsletter, it reminded me that it had been awhile since I had thought about deaf-blindness. So I first reviewed the definition:

a concomitant hearing and visual impairment, the combination of which causes such a severe communication and other developmental and educational problems that individuals cannot be accommodated by programs or services solely for students with hearing impairments or visual impairments (The Federal Register, Oct 11, 1991, p. 51585, cited in Edwards, Goehl, & Gordon, 1992).

Thus, individuals with deaf-blindness are not necessarily totally without sight or hearing, any more than members of a Deaf community are totally without hearing. A newer term, “dual sensory impairment ” is also used to describe persons with significant limitations in both hearing and vision.
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