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Dual Sensory Imparied

A student who is Dual Sensory Imparied has dual-sensory impairments affecting both vision and hearing, the combination of which causes a serious impairment in the abilities to acquire information, communicate, or function within the environment, or who has a degenerative condition which will lead to such an impairment.

Florida Administrative Rule for Students who are Dual-Sensory Impaired


Florida Outreach Project for Individuals with Deaf-Blindness is funded through the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The Project is designed to build the capacity of the local school districts to create solutions to educational challenges often associated with students who experience both vision and hearing impairments. The Florida Outreach Project addresses three critical areas in the education of individuals with deaf-blindness:

  • Identification of persons with deaf-blindness and maintenance of the deaf-blind census in the State of Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands;
  • Technical assistance and support to families, teachers, and others who live and work with individuals who are deaf-blind in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands;
  • Training for families, school districts, and service providers.

National Center on Deaf-Blindness As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families. 

FSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)  not only serves children and adults with autism, but also serves persons with dual sensory impairments. Their primary focus is to provide an individualized direct response to the needs of these individuals and their families. 

A-Z to Deafblindness is a website developed by a man who is deafblind himself.  It provides a lot of information about this condition including about manual two-handed signing and links to many other useful sites.