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Guidance for Implementing WI Criteria for Deafblindness

Tools to Use When Considering the Wisconsin Deafblind Technical Assistance Project (WDBTAP) Supports and Services

Eligibility Chart for WDBTAP Services: Combinations of Vision and Hearing
This chart determines eligibility for WDBTAP services for students by considering the child's degree of hearing loss and degree of vision loss.

Checklist to Consider the Wisconsin Deafblind Technical Assistance Project (WDBTAP) Supports and Services
This form is provided to assist local education agency staff, individualized education program (IEP) teams, families, medical providers, or others in determining whether to access free services and supports through the Wisconsin Deafblind Technical Assistance Project (WDBTAP). WDBTAP is a federally funded project through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. WDBTAP has been established to provide technical assistance on behalf of children aged birth through 21 who are deafblind. To access services, a child does need to be identified as a child with a disability but does not need to meet Wisconsin’s state special education eligibility criteria for hearing impairment and/or vision impairment.

Expanded Core Curriculum Considerations for Students Who Are Deafblind

Students who are deafblind are expected to achieve the Wisconsin Academic Standards as is the expectation of all students in general and special education. In order to master core subjects, students with sensory disabilities must learn an additional set of skills known as the “expanded core curriculum.” These essential skills must be identified and included in the student's IEP, as needed.

Students with deafblindness have unique learning needs. An expanded core curriculum has not been developed specifically for students with deafblindness. It is recommended that service providers refer to the expanded core curriculum for students who are deaf and hard of hearing as well as the expanded core curriculum for students who are blind and visually impaired. Using these two resources in conjunction will allow service providers to identify student-specific needs and develop an expanded core curriculum that is designed specifically for the individual student with deafblindness.

Expanded Core Curriculum for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Expanded Core Curriculum for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Information Update Bulletin 11.01 (08.17R)

Statewide Services Provided by the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Letter to McDowell

This letter provides clarification for IEP teams in regard to interveners for children who are deafblind as an appropriate related service.