It’s okay to be uncomfortable with the term deafblindness.

The term “deafblindness” may make you feel uncomfortable and that is okay.

However, please don’t be afraid to use that term either, especially if it helps people understand that your child has some very special needs. Educators, service providers, community members and others need to understand that with a little extra effort they can make the world accessible to your child with deafblindness. Without these accommodations, your child is denied access. Just like a child in a wheelchair who needs a ramp to enter the school building, if your child can’t get to the information because his eyes and ears don’t work well, he can’t learn.

Thanks Minnesota DeafBlind Project for sharing the above questions and answers

Find support by getting in touch with the Iowa Deafblind Project. We can provide help with early identification and intervention; resource linkages and materials, family-to-family connections; home visits to collaborate on your specific concerns, workshops, on-line courses and conferences.