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Children With Deaf Blindness

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´╗┐Rajesh Nimisha Rajesh Mrs. Marwaha Period: 9 English1 Honors 19 October 2012 Deaf Blindness Most people assume that a deaf blind child is someone who is not able to hear or see. ?Our country's special educational law defines deaf-blindness as the combination of the visual and hearing impairment? (?Deaf Blindness?). These two impairments make the person lose his or her communication skills, developmental and educational needs. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness observes that the key feature of deaf-blindness is that the "combination of losses limits access to auditory and visual information" (?Deaf Blindness?). Through this research I was able to discover the origin of deaf blindness and explore about this disability. ?Laura Bridgaman was the first person who was an individual with deaf blindness who learned language? (?Deaf Blind Education: History?). She entered the England Asylum for the Blind in 1837 to start learning. Since that year in United States there were programs and services for students who are deaf blind. Education for the deaf blind became more important each year. Government started to provide more opportunities for the deaf blind children.(?Deaf Blind Education: History?). Most of the time when we say deaf blind the name that comes to our mind is ?Helen Keller". She is the most known deaf blind person in the history. A school for the deaf blind was not always easy to build. Keller had to attend the school separately for deaf and blind. ...read more.


More importantly a child will have difficulties in learning (R.M, Turnbull, and M.L). Doctors agree that family planning methods can cause deaf blindness. During pregnancy a women may have infections. These infections can also cause deaf blindness. Rubella, the vaccine cannot be used all the time to prevent deaf blindness (Bekker). However, if a woman takes this vaccine prior to pregnancy being a deaf blind can be prevented. This vaccine should not be used by a pregnant woman. After taking this vaccine the women who received should wait at least two months to elapse before getting pregnant (Bekker). All the children with deaf blindness differ from each other. They are all unique in their own way. The amount of visual and auditory loss varies in all individuals. The sensory input sometimes gets damaged but for some other individuals it won't get damaged. The vision and hearing may be lost from birth but for some others it takes time and eventually gets lost. "Either or both losses may be gradual or immediate and may not be accompanied by the loss of other body functions" (Mcllnnes and Treffry). Deaf blind people will face symptoms that are combined. There will be symptoms based on loss of hearing and loss of vision. There are different types of conditions that may lead to deaf blindness. ...read more.


People should be more aware of this disease. Children who are 12-18 month old can be prevented from deaf-blindness by taking the vaccine called Rubella. A third vaccine known as Measles mumps-rubella (MMR) is given when the child is 3 years old. These vaccines are really important to give to the children. This can prevent future loss of vision and hearing. Most of the people in our current society are not aware of deaf blindness (Bekker). In our society children with disabilities are not treated the right way. Most of the children who have both visual and auditory handicaps are assumed to be profoundly retarded. Parents of these children face this situation differently. Some parents struggle for their kid because of the lack of assistance. Parents who don?t have enough money to treat their child struggle the most. Some parents cope with the situation but some others are unable to handle the situation and they may be having a heart break. Parents should stay strong and seek professional support. They should give their child proper care. A parent's feeling for their deaf blind child is not explainable through words (Mcllnnes and Treffry). Through this research I was able to explore about deaf blindness, a disability which I had no information about. But now I know different types of information about deaf blindness. 85% of people don?t know what deaf blindness is or how it causes. Therefore it is important to raise a public awareness about deaf blindness in our society. ...read more.

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