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Boy In Adaptive Chair With ToyMultiple Disabilities

The resources and information found here are intended to help practitioners learn more about supporting young children with multiple disabilities and their families. Visit the resource landing pad for information about evidence-based practices and topics; online, print, and video resources; and Virginia-specific guidance.


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Multiple Disabilities PDF | HTML

Articles & Handouts

Assessing Communication and Learning in Young Children who are Deaf-Blind or who have Multiple Disabilities (external website)

Design to Learn Projects

Oregon Health and Science University

This 59-page booklet describes best practices for assessing communication and learning skills in young children (ages 2-8 years old) who are deafblind or who have additional impairments. Information is provided about planning for assessment, gathering information, and interpreting and applying results. Descriptive information about assessment tools that are appropriate for assessing young children with multiple disabilities is included.

Children Who Are Deaf-Blind PDF | HTML

National Consortium on Deaf- Blindness

This handout provides practice perspectives, statistics and information on supporting the development and education of children who experience deaf-blindness.

Learning to Communicate: Strategies for Developing Communication with Infants Whose Multiple Disabilities Include Visual Impairment and Hearing Loss (external website)

Deborah Chen, Ph.D

reSources, CA Deaf-Blind Services

This article provides lots of practical information and tips for working with families, recognizing communication cues, using key word signs with children with multiple disabilities. An annotated bibliography is also included with descriptions of print and video resources.

Severe/Multiple Disabilities (external website)

NICHCY Disability Fact Sheet No. 10 (Jan 2004)

This fact sheet covers a definition, incidence, characteristics, medical and educational implications, and resources related to children with multiple disabilities.




Liam's StoryLiam's Story, A Mother's Voice | Related Resource Page

Jamie, Liam's mother, reads a letter she wrote to the VA General Assembly about how important early intervention has been in her family's life. In the video, you will meet Jamie and Liam and see how, through collaboration between his family and his early intervention providers, Liam is able to communicate, use a computer, and move about at home, on trips to a museum and out to get ice cream with his family.



Websites & Programs

For Families (external website)

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

This page offers many resources that families and support providers will find helpful, including family stories, information about the importance of communication, information for families of newborn babies, advocacy information, etc.

Multiple Disabilities (external website)

Family Connect

This site offers information and links to resources related to family life, communication, learning, independent living skills, and future planning. Resources are available in English and Spanish.

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (external website)

The Early Intervention page offers a variety of links and resources for families of infants and toddlers with deaf-blindness and service providers who support them.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (external website)

NORD offers information about rare diseases and disorders for families and medical professionals, information about advocacy, and a rare disorders database.



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