Deafblindness sounds pretty dramatic, but it also seems to describe the reality of combined hearing and vision loss. Think of a world where 1+1 does not equal 2, but instead equals 10. Missing a little bit of what can be seen and a little bit of what can be heard often means missing a whole lot of what is going on in the world.
Additionally, missing information causes misunderstanding which causes big problems. It is important for us to realize that without the proper modifications and support, even a mild vision and hearing loss has a dramatic impact on a child’s ability to access information and learn.