WHAT DEFINES DEAF-BLINDNESS?
The discussion on what consistutes as Deaf-Blind can lead to a lengthy discussion but here it is in a nutshell. To be Deaf-Blind, it is an unaccurate picture of someone who is completely deaf and blind, but rather, a description of someone who has some form of Deafness and some form of Blindness. To many Deaf-Blind, they call themselves that because they are embedded in a community and adopt the culture that comes with. It can also be a term in which the general population can define someone who can’t hear nor see.
Deafblind people have a little or no hearing, may or may not use hearing aids or cochlear implants. Their blindnesses could vary: Deaf with Glaucoma, Deaf with Usher Syndrome, Deaf with no sight from birth… and so on.
Usher Syndrome information can be found here: