Topic: The importance of having the disability of deaf-blindness “checked” in the IEP

Date 03/04/2011

By Joe Johnson

Subject Re: checking deafblind on the IEP

My wife and I had to raise the roof when we found out that the new computer program used by the school system in Worcester Massachusetts did not include deaf-blind in the drop down box.

We need to be on the look out for this type of error of omission and never take no for an answer. Don't sign anything unless deaf-blindness is listed as the primary disability

Bottom line is if a child is deaf-blind, deaf-blindness must be considered the primary disability. If the inability to see and hear is not addressed all other educational efforts will most likely be in vain.

It is now possible to add a new diagnosis into the program on the fly.