New Mexico's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service

Deaf-Blind Program

Project for New Mexico Children and Youth Who Are Deaf-Blind

This is a statewide program to provide technical assistance, training and support to families, service providers and educators of children and youth who are deaf-blind.

What is Deaf-blindness?

The term deaf-blindness is also known as dual sensory impairment, referring to a combined vision and hearing loss. Very few children are completely deaf and blind; most have some degree of functional vision and hearing.

Importance of Early Identification and Services:

Deaf-blindness impacts all areas of development including social relationships, communication, learning and movement. Developmental abilities are also impacted by the age the deaf-blindness began, type and degree of loss, and the presence of additional disabilities.

For more information on early identification and project services, here is a link to a brief training for you that includes links to handouts and resources for you download and use.

Who can refer to the Project?

Anyone who knows or works with a child with deaf-blindness, including:

  • Families
  • Teachers
  • Early Childhood staff
  • Physicians
  • Nurses/discharge planners
  • Physical/Occupational and Speech Therapists
  • Social Workers/Case Managers

Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP); The NM Department of Health-Family Infant Toddler Program; and The New Mexico Public Education Department - Special Education Bureau

Project for New Mexico Children Who Are Deaf-blind
The Center for Development and Disability

2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Contact Numbers
Phone: (505) 272-0321
Toll Free: (877) 614-4051
Fax: (505) 272-5896

Email: nmdb@salud.unm.edu