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.
Phone: (615) 936-0262
- 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
What 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.)
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