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Tennessee Deaf-Blind Project

What is the Tennessee Deaf-Blind Project?

Tennessee Deaf-Blind Project (TNDB) is a federally funded program that provides families, educators, and other professionals with information and training to help improve outcomes for individuals, from birth through age 21, who have a combined hearing and vision loss.

Anyone who knows of an individual in Tennessee who is deaf-blind may call or email us to refer a child. Click the link below to learn how.

Refer a Child

Phone: (615) 936-0262

Our mission

  • To improve academic achievement and functional outcomes for children who are deaf-blind
  • To help families advocate on behalf of their children to reach their full potential for independent living
  • To improve postsecondary outcomes for children who are deaf-blind
  • To collaborate with state and local providers
  • To collect and disseminate child find data

Jessica in classWhat is Deafblindness?

Deafblindness is a rare condition that consists of a combination of vision and hearing loss. It is uncommon for an individual with deafblindness to be completely blind and completely deaf. Most individuals who are deaf-blind have some degree of usable hearing and/or vision. Regardless of the amount of vision and hearing losses, individuals with combined vision and hearing loss have unique communication, learning, and mobility challenges.

Deafblindness occurs in 3 out of every 100,000 births. In Tennessee, currently 230 children and youth (ages birth through 21 years) are identified as having both a vision and hearing loss.

How we can help

Technical assistance and support may be provided FREE to anyone who has both a vision and hearing loss. These support services include

  • Individual consultations in school, home, therapy, or community settings
  • Training through workshops and conference presentations
  • Educational and transition planning with families, students, and professionals
  • Information and referral
  • Child-find through Tennessee’s census for individuals with combined hearing and vision loss
  • Infant massage instruction

Who may benefit from TNDB?

  • Individuals who have combined hearing and vision loss
  • Parents, family members, and other care providers
  • Education personnel such as teachers, service coordinators, occupational and physical therapists, speech pathologists, special educators, and vision and hearing specialists
  • Health care, community, and state agency personnel (e.g., pediatricians, nurses, early interventionists, etc.)

Last Edited: May 19, 2016
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