Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
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Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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Deaf-Blind Services


Tennessee Deaf-Blind Project is a federally funded program that provides families, educators, and other professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to improve outcomes for individuals, ages birth through 21, who have a combined hearing and vision loss. Technical assistance and support is provided FREE to an individual who has both a vision and hearing loss or has a diagnosis that leads to a vision and hearing loss. Anyone can refer an individual to TNDB.

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Services provided

Our goal is to increase public awareness of deafblindness in our state. In order to reach this goal we provide the following FREE services:

  • Strategies and systems that increase communication and learning
  • Onsite observation and assessment of classrooms, strategies, and supports to produce and action plan and report with recommendations
  • In-home consultation and training with early interventionists for adaptions to environments, developing daily living skills routines, and communication skills
  • Functional and educational planning with families and educations staff
  • Lending library
  • Infant Massage training for parents/care providers
  • Parent and service provider information packets
  • Participation during IEP meetings upon request
  • Increase resources by training teachers,classmates, special educators, related service providers (PT, OT, speech therapists), and physicians
  • Support networks for families
  • Conferencing by phone and email available
  • Technical Assistance
  • Family support and network
  • On-site training for schools, medical centers, colleges, communities, etc
  • Offer workshops, conferences as well as in-service and pre-service trainings
  • Maintain yearly deafblind student census

Who may benefit from these services

  • Individuals who have mild to severe hearing and vision loss
  • Parents, family members, and other care providers.
  • Individuals who have a diagnosis that places them at risk for developing both vision and hearing impairments (e.g., Usher Syndrome, Stickler Syndrome, Retinitis Pigmentosa, brain tumors)
  • Individuals with multiple disabilities who demonstrate inconclusive responses during formal or functional vision and hearing evaluations.
  • Classmates of individuals who have a vision and hearing loss
  • Education personnel (e.g., teachers, service coordinators, occupational and physical therapists, speech pathologists, special educators, vision and hearing specialists)
  • Health care, community, and state agency personnel (e.g., pediatricians, nurses, early interventionists, etc)

Intervention and educational planning

Person-Centered Planning is a process-oriented approach where a group of team members (ex. teachers, related service providers, school administrators, family members, student) come together and collaborate on behalf of a specific individual. It is focused on the individual and it involves developing a variety of meaningful strategies and resources to assist the individual with achieving successes based on what has been determined by the team as priorities. TNDB staff members will coordinate and facilitate the Person-Centered Planning for families with children with deafblindness.

Infant massage

Infant massage is a wonderful way to communicate with your infant/child.

Last Edited: August 16, 2017
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