This course provides a functional and practical overview of some of the most common etiologies and visual conditions associated with deaf-blindness. It is particularly important to understand that the combination of a vision and hearing loss creates a unique sensory situation that may have critical implications. Knowing what a person is able to see or hear is essential in establishing clear communication, ensuring safe mobility, assessing support needs and setting reasonable goals for employment, living situations, transportation and many other aspects of life.
Much of the content in this course is addressed in HKNC’s course entitled: Introduction to Deaf-Blindness and Etiologies. This course is unique because it is presented in ASL with voice interpretation and is geared toward direct providers and people who interact and support deaf-blind people. The content in this course was developed by HKNC. However, the presenter, Christopher Tester, a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), has contributed by modifying the content to ensure optimal accessibility. This course, like all of our courses, is voice interpreted, captioned and transcripts are provided.