Deaf-Blindness has different meanings to deaf-blind adults, parents and those in the field of education.

The Washington state educational definition of “deaf-blind” reads:

Deaf-Blindness means concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for students with deafness or students with blindness and adversely affect a student’s educational performance.”

Many people think “Helen Keller” when they see the words “deaf-blind.” But most the students who qualify for services with our deaf-blind project may have partial vision and some hearing, only a few are deaf and blind.  We know that any degree of hearing loss (deafness) and vision impairment, when combined, create unique learning challenges for children.

For information contact Katie Humes: 425-917-7828 or