What is Deafblindness?
- Persons are considered deafblind if they have a combined loss of both vision and hearing, such that neither of the distance senses of vision and hearing can be used as a primary source of gathering accurate information.”
- The combination of these sensory losses results in significant difficulties in accessing information, learning, communicating and participating.
- Congenital deafblindness occurs when a baby is born with severe losses of both vision and hearing.
- Acquired deafblindness occurs later in life through accidents, disease or – the leading cause of deafblindness – aging.