Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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FAQ and Referrals

 


Does My Child Qualify for Services from TNDB?

“A person who is deaf-blind has a unique experience of the world. For people who can see and hear, the world extends outward as far as his or her eyes and ears can reach. For the young child who is deaf-blind, the world is initially much narrower. If the child is profoundly deaf and totally blind, his or her experience of the world extends only as far as the fingertips can reach and if no one is touching them may feel alone or isolated. Their understanding of the world depends upon physical contact.

If a child who is deaf-blind has some usable vision or hearing, as many do, her or his world will be enlarged. Many children have enough vision to be able to move about in their environments, recognize familiar people, see sign language at close distances, and perhaps read large print. Others have enough hearing to recognize familiar sounds, understand some speech, or develop speech themselves."  Adapted from Overview on Deaf-Blindness  by Barbara Miles.

  • Does your child have problems with seeing and hearing, or do you worry that they do not see or hear well?
  • Do you want more information about your child’s diagnosis?
  • Do you want more information about how to help your child learn, communicate, play and grow?
  • Do you want to connect with other families?

How TNDB can help you?

  • Once your child has been referred to the project, you will be contacted by a project staff member to arrange a visit at the family’s home or another location convenient to the family
  • The visit is to discuss with the family how the project may be able to support them and provide appropriate resources.
  • An onsite consultation at your child’s school or community setting may be needed. The purpose of consultation is to identify how TNDB can provide individualized supports in collaboration with the family and educational team members. 
  • TNDB provides information, resources and trainings that reflect best practices in the field of deafblindness
  • TNDB recognizes the value of parent to parent contact and upon request will connect families of children who are deaf-blind through a variety of means. Parents will have opportunities to meet when attending project sponsored trainings.
  • Services are available year-round and are provided free of charge upon request of the family, early intervention providers, school personnel, or other professionals working with the child and family.
  • Please call us and we will be happy to talk with you about your child.

Who Can Refer My Child to TNDB?

Anyone who knows of an individual in Tennessee birth through age 21 who is deaf-blind (has a combined hearing and vision loss) may call or email us to refer a child.

Refer A Child

Phone: (615) 936-0262 
Fax: (625) 322-1277
Email: danna.conn@vanderbilt.edu


What Happens When an Individual Is Referred to TNDB?

When a family is referred to TNDB, the following steps are taken:

  • The family and/or the referring agency will be contacted by a project staff member to arrange a visit at the family’s home or another location convenient to the family/referral source
  • The initial visit is to discuss with the family and/or education providers how the project may be able to support them in providing appropriate resources.

Last Edited: June 1, 2015
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