23. Special Education Overidentification: Deaf-Blindness

Initial identification of deaf-blind school children likely occurs before school and entails medical assessment.  It is highly probable that special education is required for these children given the double jeopardy of two sensory outages.  Intellectual deficits for lack of sensory input can occur.

Long-term placement issues for  more involved children might be more critical.

Least restrictive environment?

Access to the general curriculum?

We  should  remember to place these questions under the rubric of over-identification.

FAPE issues can result from the lack of proper equipment and devices, updating and repair.

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